Betting operator BetWarrior has announced that they
have paid out on all bets that were made on events cancelled or postponed due
to the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases this means that punters will be
paid out even if the event in question was set to resume later in 2020.
The deal, which is available for any customer who made a bet through BetWarrior before March 12, will include events such as the Premier League, the NBA, and the European Championships, although the organisers of all these competitions hope to hold them at a later date.
Speaking about the decision, Morten Tonnesen, the CEO at
BetWarrior, said that fans were missing the cancelled sports events but that
they were able to provide some welcome news:
“With question marks over most of the sporting calendar, BetWarrior is delighted to bring some good news to those who placed outright bets on postponed events: you are a winner.”
BetWarrior have confirmed that in even in the case of events that are eventually completed, customers will still be entitled to keep their winnings. Along with other bookmakers affected by the shutdown of sporting events, BetWarrior say that they are offering a range of markets to bet on. They are also planning to increase their range of promotions, while giving customers the chance to play on a selection of casino slots games and virtual sports.
Online betting companies that already offer non-sports markets are expecting to see a boost to this side of their business, although bookmakers that also offer retail betting opportunities will be hit hard by the cut in walk-in trade. On Friday, the UK government announced that all betting venues, including betting shops and casinos, would be shut down for a period of two weeks as part of the nationwide attempt to combat the spread of the virus, measures that have already been taken in a number of European countries.