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

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Mary Montgomery
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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)

Last Affected Possible Postponement/Suspension - June 20, 2018

Orioles-Nationals, Brewers-Pirates -

The Brewers-Pirates game has been postponed For BetOnline Rules Go Here

The Orioles-Nationals game is likely to be postponed  For BetOnline Rules Go Here


All bets except the 1st 5 Innings odds were no-actioned.

The Run Line (Spread) and Totals were no-actioned because the game did not go at least 8.5 innings. Rule:

“For all Regular Season Runline (spread) and Total (over/under) wagers to have action, the game must go 9 innings or 8½ if the home team is winning, listed pitchers must also start to have action.”

For the Money Line, since the game was tied and postponed until a future date, the bets were also no-actioned. Rule:

“Regular Season Games must be played on scheduled date and site. If a game is rescheduled all bets are cancelled.”


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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