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What happens to a bet if the football game is suspended?

Know your gambling rights. Do you keep or lose your stake after a suspended match? Does it make a difference if the match is postponed or suspended?



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Sometimes it can be confusing to know what happens to a bet if the football game is suspended. It can also be confusing to know your betting rights and what you should expect from your bookmaker following a postponed or suspended match.


First, we should cover some terminology?

What is the difference between a suspended football match and a postponed football match?


Suspended football match


A football match is considered suspended when the match has started/kicked-off and the referee decided the match should not continue. This could be due to any number of reasons, such as poor weather, violent crowd behaviour, violent behaviour on the pitch or any other circumstance, which brings a question about player, official and supported safety.

Postponed football match


A football match is considered postponed when the match kick-off is cancelled, and the match kick-off is rescheduled before a ball is kicked. In modern football this is a classic requirement for worldwide television coverage, where match kick-offs are changed to accommodate the requirements of the global soccer audience.

What happens to your stake when a match is suspended or postponed?


You may have to check out the terms and conditions of different bookmakers, but your bet is either:

1.    Placed against the rescheduled match

2.    Voided and your stake returned to you in full


Let’s go through the different scenarios point by point, so you get the right information:

Bet is placed against the rescheduled match

This occurs in certain circumstances, such as the original match is postponed due to television or similar requirement. The standard cut-off period is 48 hours from the start of the original football match.


There is also rule concerning the original kick-off time. The authorities must state the rescheduled match within 3 hours of the original start time.


Therefore, if you placed a bet on a football match that was postponed due to bad weather before the match and the game was rescheduled 48 hours later, this means that your original bet would stand, assuming the announcement of the rescheduled game was within 3 hours.


For example, if you placed a bet on a match that was rescheduled for the next day (i.e. within 48 hours of the original start time), but the public announcement was not made until 4 hours after the original kick-off time, your stake would be refunded, as the scheduled details were not made within the 3 hour window.

Voided and your stake returned to you in full

Your match must either take place before the end of the day, so before midnight on the day of the original kick-off time. If the match does not take place within the period, your bet will be void and returned to you in full.


If your bet is part of an accas (accumulators) and multiple bets, the bet will be void and your multiple/acca will now only consist of the remaining bets.


For example, if you have three single Away Win bets, as part of an acca, if one of the bets is void due to a postponement, the acca will reduce to only two Away Win bets.


Finally, a match cannot be classed as void, if the outcome of your bet has already occurred. If you placed a bet on a specific first goals scorer, or a team to be leading at half-time or a specific number of corners. This means that any bet that has already occurred within a match that is postponed mid-match will stand and your bet will not be returned.


Note: Manually cancelling an acca bet is also possible, but you may have to contact the bookmaker directly BEFORE the start of the next match. This means that you should be aware of the kigk-off times of the different matches, so you can request a refund following the match suspension and changing circumstances.


Remember that much of this information is specific to UK football and soccer matches that are broadcast on local TV, Radio and Internet. So, please double check your local geography, so you understand the terms for your region.

Good luck!

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