How Sportsbooks Handle Bets on Games Interrupted by Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew is headed for parts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. 1.5 million Floridians or 7.5% of the state's population have been urged to evacuate by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
The last thing on anyone's mind is placing an online sports bet, however, gamblers from all states who enjoy wagering on college and pro football have recently written in and asked how interrupted and/or postponed games are handled by sportsbooks.
Whenever a game's scheduled date or venue changes, all bets are no-actioned, meaning all funds wagered are returned to your account. The action does not carry over to the rescheduled game. A player is free to place the same wager again once the updated date or venue is listed.
In the scenario of an American football game that's called off before 55 minutes of play have elapsed, bets will be cancelled. Let's assume the game is called off after 55 minutes have elapsed and before the full 60 minutes — in this scenario, all wagers stand and are graded as if the game was completed.
Massachusetts vs. Old Dominion has been rescheduled to today.
Charlotte vs. Florida Atlantic has been rescheduled to Sunday.
Georgia vs. South Carolina has been rescheduled to Sunday.
Tulane vs. UCF has been postponed to November 5.
LSU vs. Florida has been postponed to a future week.