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NFL Betting Rules for Canceled, Delayed & Postponed Games: What Happens to My Bet?

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Credit: Jamie Squire, Getty. Arrowhead Stadium empties due to a rain delay in a game against the Buffalo Bills.

If an NFL game is postponed, will your bet stand? You may have scooped up a good line on the Raiders before the Browns got hit hard by COVID.

As always, it depends on the book. But at many books, if the Browns-Raiders game gets moved from Saturday to Monday, your bet should stand. At others, it will be voided.

Browns-Raiders is a fascinating case because it will reportedly kick off 48 hours and 30 minutes after the originally scheduled time. Some sportsbooks require a game to start within 48 hours from the schedule time, which is just outside the window. Others give it seven days or until Wednesday of the next week for the NFL.

Here are the four likely scenarios and how sportsbooks treat them:

  • If a game has already started: 55 minutes must be completed for all bets to count.
  • If a game is postponed several days: Some books require NFL games to be played by the next Wednesday to count. If not, all bets will be void. Others require the game to be played within 48 hours of the original start time.
  • If a game moves locations: Some books will void all bets if the venue changes; DraftKings allows bets to stand if the home team remains designated as the home team.
  • If a game starts, and must be resumed later: This almost never happens in the NFL but most books require it to be finished in 48 hours.

We detailed the policies for five popular American sportsbooks below, but check your book for specific rules, or contact customer service if they’re not listed.

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FanDuel

  • Canceled pregame: Must be played by Wednesday
  • Canceled in-game: 55 minutes elapsed

“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.”

PointsBet

  • Canceled pregame: Must be played by Wednesday
  • Canceled in-game: 55 minutes elapsed

“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.”

DraftKings

  • Canceled pregame: Must be played by Wednesday
  • Canceled in-game: 55 minutes elapsed

“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).”

BetMGM

  • Canceled pregame: Played within 7 days
  • Canceled in-game: 55 minutes elapsed

“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.”

Caesars Sportsbook

  • Canceled pregame: Played within 7 days
  • Canceled in-game: 55 minutes elapsed

“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.”

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