NFL Betting Rules for Canceled, Delayed & Postponed Games: What Happens to My Bet?
Credit: Jamie Squire, Getty. Arrowhead Stadium empties due to a rain delay in a game against the Buffalo Bills.
The Buffalo Bills returned to the field after a lengthy weather delay in Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season to finish off a win against the Kansas City Chiefs, much to the delight of Bills bettors.
But what would have happened if the game wasn’t completed? It’s an important question to understand, even if it comes into play very rarely in the NFL.
Two general rules of thumb, though you should check your book’s rules:
- If a game has already started, 55 minutes must be completed for all bets to count, even if some bets (like an over) have already hit.
- Games that are postponed or delayed before they start must be played within a week of their scheduled start date, or else all bets will be refunded. Some books use a 48-hour rule instead of a week.
At every sportsbook, a game must be played in the same location as scheduled to have action, but there are stipulations on certain circumstances that vary from book to book.
Here are where a few major sportsbooks stand on canceled and postponed NFL games.
“Abandoned or postponed games are void unless played within the same scheduling week. In the event of a change of venue, all bets will be void.”
“At least ten minutes of official time must elapse in the fourth quarter for bets to have action.”
“All markets on a postponed match will be treated as void if the event has been moved to more than 48 hours in the future. Wagers will stand if postponed for less than 48 hours. Affected MultiBets will be recalculated excluding that event or leg.”
“Games must start in the same scheduling week of the league (scheduling week is Thursday-Wednesday, local stadium time, for NFL) for bets to have action.”
“There must be 5 minutes or less of scheduled game time left for bets to have action unless the specific market outcome is already unconditionally determined.”
“If a game is halted before the minimum time has been played, and not completed within 48 hours of the scheduled start date, bets will be cancelled, unless the specific market outcome is already determined (unless otherwise stated, i.e., playoff game rule).”
“Football games and any games/events not specifically listed must be held within one week of the originally scheduled date and location to be considered action.”
“Pro and College Football results are official after 55 minutes of play.”
“All events must be held within seven (7) days of the scheduled date to be considered ‘action.’ For example, if a game is postponed on a Saturday, it must be completed by the following Friday. Games are official after 55 minutes of play.”