What is ‘Void’?
In casino, void refers to any wager, transaction or other process which is deemed invalid. The term is often associated with lottery and bingo tickets – a ticket which is damaged, tampered with or amended in any way can be deemed as ‘void’, which means it cannot win any prize. Casino games can also be declared ‘void’ in the event of a problem such as cheating or misdealing. In sports betting and in some casino games, stakes are returned to the player when a wager is declared as void.
If a casino game or other wager is described as ‘void’, this means that the bet or the game is invalid and has been canceled. Unless the player is the cause of the voided game, stakes wagered are usually returned to the player. The reasons a game or bet is declared void can vary greatly. Suspicions of cheating by players or dishonesty by the operator are usual causes of a void game, though errors in play or changes in circumstance can also result in a voided bet.
In sports betting, bets are sometimes declared void when the bettor has no chance of winning – for example, if a competitor pulls out of the race early. Handicap bets are one of the most common kinds of wager which are declared void, because the absence of a particular player or team can make the whole bet invalid. In some situations, bookmakers will also declare a bet void if they have miscalculated the odds and are set to make a loss. Void bets are returned to the player.
‘Void’ also appears as a phrase in Bridge and Whist games, and the term is sometimes borrowed by poker players. In this sense, a ‘void’ is a suit which is entirely absent from the player’s hand, and also a hand which does not contain any cards from one of the suits.