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Will fans get refunds for bets made on Bengals-Bills game?

Sportsbooks have different policies for refunding money
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Posted at 11:19 AM, Jan 03, 2023

CINCINNATI — In the aftermath of the suspended Cincinnati Bengals-Buffalo Bills game, all thoughts were immediately for Damar Hamlin, his family, and fellow Bills players. You can get the latest updates on his condition by clicking here.

The game was the first chance thousands of Ohioans had to legally bet on NFL games, and many had put down $10, $100 or more on the significant Monday Night Football matchup.

Many are now wondering about the status of their bets.

UPDATE 1/5/2023:

Now that the NFL says the game will NOT be resumed, it appears refunds should be on the way from most betting sites.

FanDuel, currently the largest online betting forum in Ohio, says refunds depends on if a game is restarted within two days. Since that will not happen, FanDuel betters should soon see their bets returned to their account.

FanDuel said in a statement:

We’re closely following the situation and our thoughts are with Damar and his family. Per FanDuel rules, active bets will stand if the game resumes within 48 hours. If this does not occur, the bets will be voided and funds returned to your account. 

BetMGM, another large online player, said they would void bets if the game did not resume within seven days. Here is their full statement:

We will void all unsettled wagers from the game, and refunds will be returned to your account. We continue to keep Damar Hamlin and his family in our prayers.

Hard Rock Sportsbook, where many Hard Rock Casino guests made their bets in person, now says "in the postponed CIN-BUF game, we will be voiding all losing and unsettled markets. Funds will be returned to accounts ASAP."

Bally Bet now says "all real-money and free bets placed on the Bills-Bengals games have been canceled and are in the process of being refunded."

Caesars Sportsbook says "with the NFL stating the game will not be resumed this week, all remaining open wagers will be voided."

Bottom line: Bet holders should check their sportsbook's website and Twitter feed for the latest information, but most should be getting refunds within days.

We will update this report as we learn more.


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