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NBA Betting Rules for Canceled and Postponed Games: What Happens to My Bet?

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You’ve locked in your NBA bet for the night with closing line value, entered it into the Action App so your friends see how sharp you are, only for Adrian Wojnarowski to tweet an hour later that the game is canceled.

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What happens to your bet? It’s a good question and an important one to know the answer to when you’re betting at a sportsbook.

Each sportsbook has different guidelines, so be sure to double check the house rules. In most cases, though, a postponed NBA game will result in a canceled bet and your wager will be refunded, even if the game already started.

Here are the official rules from a couple major sportsbooks.

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“Any event which does not start within 12 hours from the start time as last issued by the governing association will be declared void. This includes, but is not limited to, cases where games are postponed due to bad weather, crowd trouble or other similar scenarios.”


“If a match does not start on the scheduled start date and is not completed within 24 hours of the scheduled start time, all bets will be void except for those on markets which have been unconditionally determined.”


“Subject to any specific sports rule to the contrary, where an event which is scheduled to be completed within one day is not completed within 24 hours of the day on which it was scheduled to be completed, all Bets on that event, shall be void.”


“Where a game is postponed or incomplete, and subsequently resumed or played within 24 hours (inclusive) of the original scheduled start time, all bets will stand. All bets placed on games played which commence more than 24 hours past the originally scheduled start time will be void. Once the 24 hours have expired, all bets are void and stakes will be refunded.”

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