Rule Check: What Happens To Your NHL Season-Long Bets?
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As I’m sure you heard by now, news broke today that the NHL has officially approved a 24-team playoff, ending the 2019-20 regular season. The attention of hockey bettors everywhere immediately turned to what happens to their season-long bets.
The first thing I’ll say (as I do on all bet rules-related articles) is always check your specific book(s).
For those of you who dabbled in Stanley Cup (or conference) futures, those should remain live. You might benefit from the expanded playoff field or dislike the potential format for your respective future, but all should remain live regardless.
However, for the most part, you can assume that all regular season win/point total bets, division winner wagers and to make playoff props will get voided. (Caesars appears to be a lone exception with playoff props, as the book will reportedly pay out all YES playoff bets for the 24 teams to make the postseason. The Blackhawks making the playoffs “massacred” the book, per a report from Mitch Moss.)
Even if you had a season win total bet that mathematically couldn’t have lost, it will still get voided. On the contrary, those with a wager that couldn’t have possibly cashed will also get a refund.
It’s just one of those things since the season was cut short and the playoff format completely changed.
The same thing is occurring in the NBA at most books…apologies for the reminder to those who bet the Warriors season win total under.
Season long awards and player props are a bit trickier, so again, check with the book where you still have pending action. All bets that explicitly stated 82 games must be played should get voided (some may have had a 75-game threshold).
And, again, check your book’s rules. Always make sure you are familiar with the terms at a certain shop before laying down any money.