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The man of the match is an award given to the player who, in the opinion of some impartial body, is felt to have given the best performance during the course of a team game. Although awards of this kind are potentially on offer for any team game being played, they are particularly popular in cricket and football, not least because the large scale broadcasting of these sports means that there is virtually always a broadcaster on hand to decide who wins the award.
Most bookmakers offer bets on choosing the man of the match before the match starts, but it is important to check first to find out exactly whose selection the bookmaker is going to go with. In the majority of cases it will be the man of the match chosen by the broadcasters but some bookmakers will pay out on the FIFA choice of man of the match at the end of international football matches.
The bet will be placed before the match and will be paid out on the odds given at the time of being made. Every bookmaker will have their own individual rules as to which broadcaster or official bodies’ choice of man of the match will be used for the purpose of the bet, and when this will be announced. If no man of the match is named during the broadcast itself then the bet will be declared void and the stake returned. The stake will also be returned if a bet is placed on a player who, in the event, doesn’t take part in the game. For this reason it is fairly unwise to place a man of the match bet before the official starting line-ups have been announced. If the award is split between two players, then the bet will be paid out as a dead heat. This means that half of the stake will be paid out at the winning odds, and the other half will be lost.