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What Happens To My Parlay If a Game Pushes or Gets Cancelled?

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  • If a game in a parlay pushes -- meaning the score lands exactly on the spread or total -- that leg of the parlay is removed, and the rest of it will stand.
  • So a three-team parlay (+600) with two wins and one push will just become a two-team parlay (+260).

Let’s say you’ve laid down a 6-team NFL parlay and it’s down to the last leg, the Panthers -7.

But what happens if the Panthers win the game by exactly 7 and the last leg of your parlay is a push (the game landing on the spread or total).

Or what if the game is cancelled all together?

The bet is not graded as a loss. Rather, the leg that pushes is removed from the parlay, lowering the odds. You won’t lose the parlay until one game actually loses.

In fact, in any scenario where a leg of a bet in a parlay is a push or the game gets cancelled, that leg will be removed from the parlay.

Consider the hypothetical parlay above. Here is how the payouts of a 6-team NFL spread parlay would look with additional pushes. Each leg of the wager has odds of -110.

As more legs of the parlay are pushed, the odds of the parlay decrease, but you won’t lose the wager unless a game in the parlay actually loses.

There are unique scenarios where a sport’s particular rules can apply, but that isn’t going to impact a parlay wager in a different manner than a single-leg wager.

For example, in a rain-shortened MLB game, just like it would be with a straight wager, moneyline bets become action after the fifth inning is completed, whereas runline, over/under and team total bets would need the full game to be played for the bet to have action. Otherwise, it will be a push and standard parlay push rules would apply.

The same goes for situations such as a retirement in a tennis match, where it depends on how your sportsbook grades the individual scenario, but the application to the parlay will be the same.

Use our parlay calculator to figure out your new payout.

What About Teasers?

The same rules apply for teasers. If a bet pushes on your teased point spread and all the other legs win, it just drops that game out of the teaser.

So a $24 to win $20 bet on a 6-point, two-team NFL teaser becomes $24 to win $9 if one leg wins and one pushes.

What About Moneylines?

You don’t have many moneyline pushes in American sports, because most sports have very few ties. But on two-way lines in soccer, some props, and the rare NFL tie, it can definitely happen.

Pushes on moneylines in parlays work the same way as spreads — that parlay leg is removed, and the rest stands — assuming that betting the tie wasn’t an option. In soccer, it’s common to bet three-way moneylines, meaning a tie is a loss.

The easiest way to know whether or not your moneyline will count as a push is whether or not there was an option to bet a tie. Again, it won’t come up as often in American sports.

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