You’ve studied the form, spent hours poring over the stats site and come up with a cracking bet that you’re convinced is a winner and at good odds too. Then the match is cancelled! That in itself is very frustrating but the uncertainty about what happens to your bet is also extremely annoying. Here we explain what happens if the event you bet on is cancelled or postponed.
You can find a little more information on this matter in our FAQ about void bets, where we look at the various reasons why a bet could be voided, including postponement and cancellation, as well as how this affects accas and multiples. As we say in that piece, there are a whole host of reasons why a match could be postponed or cancelled and by far the most common is the weather, with rain, snow and frozen pitches and tracks all causing disruption, especially during the winter months and for events taking place at smaller or less sophisticated venues.
The issue of what happens to a bet in the unlikely event of a postponement/cancellation is both simple and complex. Simple, because there are only two possible options but complex because how these are applied varies from one betting site to another, according to different sports and also involves a variety of different criteria.
Postponed Event – Bet Stands
In many instances a wager on an event that is postponed will still stand, assuming the fixture, event or tournament is played at some future date. Usually, if the details of the new date are decided quickly and the re-scheduled event takes place quite soon (this may be within 48 hours, 72 hours or even a week) the original bet and odds will stand and simply roll forward onto the new date and time.
As said, the exact details of the relevant timings vary according to the sport, the event and the bookie so check the rules at the bookmaker you used, listed under postponement and/or the relevant sport. Alternatively you could contact the bookie in question and ask them whether your bet will stand, or if it will be voided.
Postponed or Cancelled Event – Bet Void
Whilst it is not uncommon for a bet to stand, the more likely scenario is that it will become a void bet. As said, you can get more info on this on our FAQ entry for void bets but in essence, the chances are that if an event is cancelled entirely or postponed to a date some way in the future, or even postponed to a date yet to be confirmed, the bet will become void. This means your stake is simply returned and the wager is null and void: you don’t win and you don’t lose.