We look in detail at what happens to your wager when a player goes down injured.
If a Player Gets Injured is the Bet Void?
We have all been there, we have placed our bets with our favorite sportsbook and are looking forward to watching the big game, and then disaster strikes. The player you have backed goes down injured and is unable to play on.
When injuries occur, the lines can often become blurred with regards to a bet being voided or not – there are often different rules and stipulations across different sports.
In tennis, if your chosen tennis player retires and can’t complete the match your bet will be voided. By contrast in the NFL, if you bet on a wide receiver to score a touchdown but that receiver is injured on the first play and they can’t complete the game – your bet will be considered a losing one.
With there being different injury rules for different sports, this article will explain some of the most important issues regarding what happens to your bets if a player you back gets injured, with emphasis on prop bet injury rules.
What is a void bet?
A void bet is where the result of your bet can’t be determined and your wagering stake is returned to you. Considered void, usually your entire stake is refunded and the bet is canceled.
Is a bet void if a player gets injured?
Whether your bet is void will depend on the sport, and sometimes on the betting app. We will touch upon both areas in turn.
Injuries are commonplace within the game and what can often determine the status of your bet is the crucial difference between inactive players and an injured player.
- Inactive players – if you have placed a bet on a specific player and the player you have backed is reported as injured on official injury reports, then your bet will be voided and your stake returned to you in full.
- Injured during a game – if the player you have backed isn’t declared on an official injury report but gets knocked out of the game due to injury your bet is unlikely to get voided. For example, if you have backed Patrick Mahomes to throw for over 300 yards, but he gets injured in the first quarter and hasn’t reached that yardage total, your bet will lose. If he gets knocked out of the game but has surpassed the total you backed, your bet will win.
Similarly to the NFL, sportsbooks take a similar view when it comes to the injury status of NBA players.
If you have bet on an NBA player who has been declared inactive on a team’s official injury report, your bet will be voided.
However, if you have backed Nikola Jokic to grab over ten rebounds but he starts a game and has to leave due to injury, your bet will be classed as a loser.
In order to try and provide bettors with some clarity, some of America’s best sportsbooks have determined rules as to what happens to your bet if a player gets injured.
DraftKings, WynnBet, PointsBet & Caesars
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Rule: Must play one snap or is active for an NBA game
Any football bet (which includes the NFL or college football) that is made on a specific player will be valid if a player plays at least one snap. If a player is listed as inactive before the game, any bets on that player will be void.
Regarding the NBA, if your backed NBA player is considered active your bet will be live. If your player is listed as inactive before the game any bets on that player will be void.
FanDuel & BetMGM
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Rule: Must be listed as active
Any bets on a player who is listed as inactive before an NFL or NBA game will be voided. All other bets will stand.
Which bet types are included?
As sports betting continues to evolve, there are many different bet types that you can place on specific players.
Player proposition bets (aka player prop bets) are hugely popular across many of America’s most watched sports. Often not linked to the final outcome of a game, player prop markets are individually focused and can take many different forms.
Wagers can be placed on markets such as the total number of points that a player scores, the total number of catches they make, total of rebounds, total of successful three point shots etc…. there are usually hundreds of options.
A prop bet usually presents bettors with two options – will a player achieve over or under a pre-set target. For example in an NFL match, we can place player props across various different positions. We can bet on a player such as Patrick Mahomes to throw over three touchdowns, or we could bet on Saquon Barkley to rush for over 80 yards. It is up to the bettor to decide whether the target will be achieved or not.
Placing prop bets contains an extra element of risk. If your chosen player gets hurt or injured, your bet could stand little chance of winning. It’s essential that you understand the specific injury rules of your sportsbook and when a bet is void before you lock it.
Individual player bets or parlay bets on sports such as tennis and golf still remain popular with bettors across the US. If you have placed bets on a player to win a golf or tennis tournament and they have to retire hurt before or during the tournament, your bet will be voided.
If you have placed a tennis parlay bet containing many different lines and one of your backed players retires hurt – your parlay won’t lose, instead, the betting odds will decrease and that particular line will be voided and no longer count towards the overall bet.