In the world of sports betting, bettors can place wagers on a wide variety of outcomes. While moneylines, spreads and parlays are the most popular bet types, prop bets allow players to have a vested interest in more specific outcomes, like how many points a player will score. In addition to being a fun way to add some extra excitement to the game, these wagers can offer hefty payouts if correctly predicted.

With the increased popularity of legalized sports betting in US states, there are a number of different ways to bet on baseball games. One such option is called official betting, which is made available through a licensed sportsbook in a state where sports betting is legal.

The NFL has a few basic rules regarding official betting, including that bets on a particular outcome must be settled before the end of the game. This is to protect the integrity of the game and catch bettors who violate the league’s gambling policies. The league collaborates with regulators, sportsbooks and independent integrity monitors to enforce its betting policies and track suspicious betting activity.

The NHL has a similar policy in which bets on any NHL game are prohibited. However, players and those working for the league can place bets on other sports if it is legal where they are located. This includes the NBA, summer leagues, WNBA, G-League and Basketball Africa League. The league’s collective bargaining agreement also prohibits players from placing bets on NHL games unless it is done outside of the team facilities and while traveling for work purposes.