Sports Betting Update 17.3.2020

How is Coronavirus affecting sports betting

The Coronavirus has spread to over 120 countries across the world.

Across the globe, governments have implemented strict bans on the amount of people allowed to gather at one time and sporting events have been some of the most notable casualties.

Can you get refunds on your bets?

Despite no blanket ruling from bookmakers, refunds on bets should be automatically credited to users’ accounts.

Most sporting events have been cancelled so the bets are classified as void and the stakes are returned.

The only grey area centres round future bets (e.g. a team to win the Champions League) and with no clarity on when the sporting calendar will go back to ‘normal’ those bets could be open for a while.

Each bookmaker will have individual stipulations and punters should check out the bookies’ terms and conditions page and contact their customer service team with any specific queries.

Will the Horse racing be cancelled?

The Coronavirus pandemic reached fever pitch during the Cheltenham Festival, but all 4 days were completed with spectators in attendance.

However, the British Horse Racing Authority has announced that all meetings will now go ahead behind closed doors.

This means that whilst paying punters can’t turn up at the racecourse to bet, the action is still available to watch and bet upon, online.

On Monday night it was announced that the Grand National – the next big race in the calendar (April 4th) will be cancelled.

What’s left to bet on?

In an unprecedented time, people are seemingly unsure of what to bet on – with so many events being cancelled.

Horse Racing is currently one of the only sports going ahead as planned in the UK and with daily meetings.

Football fans need not despair either as professional leagues in Australia, Turkey and Russia are still going ahead as are many South American football fixtures.

In addition, the NRL season in Australia has just begun, with games being played