General Rules for Fixed-Odds Betting

Betting with fixed-odds consists in predicting the result of an event (both sports event or other events) with a pre-determined probability. The amount of potential winnings is calculated multiplying the bet amount by the odds offered at the moment the bet is placed.

The Official Programme (“Palinsesto ufficiale”) is the betting programme defined by the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM), which we are able to include in our bet offering. The Complementary Programme (“Palinsesto Complementare”) includes the bets which are different from those in the official ADM program - it is defined autonomously by each operator and approved by ADM.

The results of the events object of Official Programme wagers are certified by ADM, while ones from the complementary schedule are certified by each operator. The results are certified based on official information published by the regulating bodies of the events or, in their absence, based on elements, news or information objectively identifiable. Results must be certified also based on independent sources of information of proven reliability - which in turn use the above mentioned sources and filmed recordings of the events.

The following bet types are allowed: (i) single, where the object of the betting is the correct prediction of one single event; (ii) multiple where the object of the bet is the correct prediction of more than one event; and are only successful if all the results are predicted correctly. The system bets are also allowed, with which the player has the possibility to make at the same time, within one wager, several multiple bets on the different possible combinations of results from the same selection of events. The main difference between system and multiple bets is that system bets can be won even if not all of the selections are correct.

The minimum amount for each single and multiple bet is €1,00. In addition, for system bets the minimum amount is €0,25 for each combination, with an overall minimum for the total system stake of €2. Stakes must always be a multiple of €0.05. Single or multiple bets cannot be accepted if their potential winning is higher than €50.000. For system bets, the overall maximum winnings for the entire wager cannot exceed €50.000 and those one for each combination cannot exceed €10.000.

Both the official and complementary programmes will include: (i) bets before the start of the event (pre-match), which are allowed to be placed until the beginning of the event object of the bet, (ii) bets during the development of the event (in-play or live) that are open and can be placed after the beginning of the event.

Wagers are considered valid if accepted and registered by ADM/Sogei system. The result of the event object of the bet is the one that is fulfilled on the field. Potential future changes do not affect, for the purposes of a settled bet, a result which has been already certified. Therefore, for instance, any subsequent decisions from regulatory bodies of an event cannot be taken in consideration in order to determine the outcome of the bet.

As general rule, a bet can be void only in the following cases: (i) if the event object of the bet is cancelled or, only in case of sport events, if it hasn't occurred within the following 3 days from the original date scheduled in the official programme; (ii) if none of the registered competitors has qualified at the end of the competition; (iii) in case of switching fields in team competitions, that is to say when the team scheduled to play at home plays away instead and vice versa; however the bet remains valid in case the location of the event changes but the hosting team preserves such designation; the bets remain valid in the singles or doubles competitions, like for instance in tennis, irrespective of a venue change or kind of surface or if the competition is indoor instead of outdoor, or vice versa.

Should an event be suspended or cancelled after it started, not all wagers will be void. The bets that will be void are the ones on the final result of the event and the ones on partial results that couldn’t take place on the field (it is referred to partial results that couldn’t possibly happen due to the fact that the event has been cancelled, such as a bet on the first half result, when the first half never ended due to the cancellation). The bets that have been made on partial results or happenings connected to the event, when the object of the bet has been achieved on the field, will be valid, even if, at a later stage, the event is suspended or cancelled (meaning that, a wager on something that actually happened, like the first goal scored from a specific player, your bet will be valid and will be paid, even if the game has been cancelled or suspended after that).

In the case that one or more selections in a multiple bet are void the bet remains valid but for the purpose of calculating possible winnings, the single void selections will be allocated odds equal to 1,00.

The player has the right to be refunded for the amount wagered, via an automatic credit to the gaming account: (i) all the selections of the bet are void ; (ii) in case of pre-match bets when the sporting event selection has not been closed on time and the bet has been accepted after the start of the match: (iii) for in-play bets the same is principle is used for all the selections bet placed after that the effective outcome is already set.

Should a contestant withdraw before participating to anevent, wagers on this participant will be voided. Bets are also void if none of the competitors finish the competition.

In case of an unexpected draw among the possible predictable results of the bet (for instance in case of 2 football players both gaining the title of top goal-scorer in a tournament/championship) the odds for the winning bet will be re-calculated in relation to the ratio between the original odds and the number of contestants tying for the win. The potential winning can’t be lower than the stake placed in any case.

Please note that on Basketball, Baseball and American Football, all matches of US competitions are displayed with away team before the home team. I.e. NY Knicks – Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden, will be shown as Boston Celtics @ N.Y. Knicks.

In order for us to provide a comprehensive service, some events may display additional information, such as score, time passed in the event or other pertinent information.  Although we make every effort to ensure all information displayed is correct, such information is provided for information purposes only and customer should not rely on such information to place a bet. Please note that the odds displayed are a true indication of the current state of the event in question. 
We will not accept any responsibility for bets placed purely on this information alone and therefore will not be able to void part or the whole of any stake for any errors in the displayed additional information. 

PokerStars Sports is a member of the European Sports Security Association ("ESSA"), a non-profit making organisation that monitors irregular betting patterns and possible instances of event manipulation.  As part of that membership, PokerStars Sports is a full participant in its early warning system which is geared towards identifying any such betting behaviour.

In the event of a warning being received by PokerStars Sports, PokerStars Sports withholds the right, in its absolute discretion, to:

  1. suspend the offering of any event or series of events in any of its markets; and
  2. delay and/or withhold payment on any event or series of events in any of its markets, until the integrity of such event or series of events has been confirmed by the relevant sports federation via ESSA.

Further, in the case of active event manipulation  being confirmed as having taken place on any event or series of events by ESSA, acting in conjunction with the appropriate sports governing bodies, PokerStars Sports withholds the right, in its absolute discretion, to suspend any bets placed on such events, either by any individual identified by ESSA as having possessed insider betting knowledge or information or by any other individual who in the reasonable opinion of PokerStars Sports is connected to, acting in conjunction with or in any way involved with such individual.

Documentation and regulations for fixed odds sports betting.

Decree No. 145 of 1 August 2022

Regulation concerning fixed odds betting on sporting events, other than horse racing and non-sporting events.

Probability of winning

In compliance with Art. 7 of the Legislative Decree No. 158 of 13 September 2012, converted into Law No. 189 of 8 November 2012, and in order to ensure coordination with the information notes published on the website of the Agency of Excise, Customs and Monopolies (ADM), below is a link to the ADM’s website, where you can consult the section on the probability of winning fixed odds bets:

Here are the figures for the percentage of the collection allocated to prize money:

Sports betting (Probability of winning - Percentage of the collection allocated to prize money)