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Sportsbook Refunds Issued in Illinois State-Chicago State Basketball Game Due to Stat-Keeping Error

Written by:
Tyrone Black
Published on:
Dec/14/2021

A stat-keeping error impacting the final score and point spread of Saturday's game between Illinois State and Chicago State has forced at least one online sportsbook to issue refunds.

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Caesars Sportsbook tweeted out that they were issuing refunds on the game.

"The final score in Saturday’s Chicago State vs Illinois State College Basketball Game was incorrectly listed as 80-71 Illinois State, when it should have been 81-71. With the spread at #CaesarsSportsbook listed at 9.5, Caesar has decided to pay out both outcomes."

PointsBet followed suit.

It was unclear at this time whether any of the offshore sportsbooks returned funds.  Only offshore sportsbooks and local bookies using Pay Per Head services allow wagering on Illinois in-state schools for residents of that state.  Illinois-sanctioned sportsbooks are prohibited from doing so.

"In this case, we've let all bets be winners, the ones that were with the incorrect score and the ones that would've won with the correction," Jay Croucher, the director of trading for sportsbook PointsBet, told ESPN. "There's kind of a statute of limitations, where we don't want to basically be coming after people's money two days later, particularly on a game like that."

- Tyrone Black, Gambling911.com

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