What Happens to My Bet When a Game is Suspended or Postponed

Written by:
Mary Montgomery
Published on:
Jan/07/2017

With the Duke vs. North Carolina game cancelled due to inclement weather this past fall, It was a good time to answer the question: What happens to my bet when a game is suspended or postponed?  Recent game postponements and cancellations appear below. (orginally published October 2015)

Affected Cancelled January 7, 2017

The Trail Blazers game against Detroit has been postponed until Sunday because of winter weather in Portland.
The game is now scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at Moda Center.
The Portland Winterhawks have postponed their Saturday home game against Everett because of winter weather.
No makeup date was announced.  For BetPhoenix Rules Go Here

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The typical sportsbook rules are that, if a betting event fails to take place as scheduled, for any reason, or if it ends without an official score and is not resumed within 72 hours, the stakes will be refunded or credited to your account.

The Week 4 2016 Broncos vs. Bucs game in Tampa Bay was delayed due to severe weather with Denver way up.  Many gamblers wondered what would happen if this game were to be cancelled.  Most sportsbooks require that games must go at least 55 minutes of play for totals bets on the game to have 'action' regardless of whether the score was already OVER at the time of the cancellation. 

Games must go at least 55 minutes of play for bets on the game to have 'action'.  Each quarter is considered 15 minutes.

Postponement of Basketball, Football and Hockey games are less common than with Major League Baseball but they do happen as was evidenced with the Duke-NC game.

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- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com  

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