We always prefer to place Match Winner bets with bookies that void bets (returning stakes) in the event of a player retiring injured or failing to complete a match for any reason.
Many other firms don’t void Match Winner bets if one or more sets of the match have been completed. They opt to pay out on the ‘winning’ player (eg. the one that didn’t retire). This is sometimes referred to as the One-Set Rule.
While other bookies choose to pay out on the Match Winner as long as the match has started and ‘one ball’ has been hit. This is sometimes referred to as the One-Ball Rule.
Why it pays to use bookies that use the Bet Void Rule...
Betting with bookies that use the Bet Void Rule provides a good safety net when placing Match Winner bets.
For example, say you backed a player to win their match... they win the 1st set, and are leading in the 2nd set - you're on course for a winner... but then your player slips and twists their ankle, so badly that they can't carry on and complete the match. With the One-Set Rule and One-Ball Rule, your bet would lose. But under the Bet Void Rule, you would get your stake back.
When it comes to tournament Outright Winner bets, the best option is to go with bookies that operate a 'Non-Runner No Bet' policy. Different bookies word their rules in different ways, and you should always check with the bookmaker that you are using. As a rule it's best to go with bookies who void bets if a player pulls out of a tournament before taking any part in it. These bookies include Bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook, Skybet, Boylesports, NetBet and 10Bet.
Other firms may use an 'All In Compete or Not' rule, meaning you would lose your stake even if your player withdrew from the tournament before playing any matches.
Note: while correct to the best of our knowledge, the information on this page is only intended as a guide. Always check with your bookmaker for their full betting rules and exact terms and conditions.