bet·​tor | \ ˈbe-tər How to pronounce bettor (audio) \
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Definition of bettor

: one that bets

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Synonyms for bettor


gambler, gamester, punter [chiefly British], wagerer

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Examples of bettor in a Sentence

Thousands of bettors were at the race track last weekend. bettors on the horse race have to place their bets at least 20 minutes before the start of the race

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The category is full of top-notch contenders this year, but Vegas bettors have their money on two films — A Star Is Born and If Beale Street Could Talk. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See if Your 2019 Golden Globe Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 5 Jan. 2019 This new future is easily imagined: A bettor will have an eye on the harness race at the track, another on a big race in Saratoga, a phone streaming MLB action (wifi is free) and a TV set to the NFL. Jeremy Fuchs,, "After Winning Its Sports Betting Battle, New Jersey Is Ready to Flip the Switch," 14 May 2018 The Kentucky Derby Future Wager allows bettors to wager on possible Kentucky Derby contenders at odds that could be more attractive than those available on the day of the race. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Odds set for final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool; Bolt d'Oro favored at 5-1," 5 Apr. 2018 But the race is coming back in 2019, Stronach Group President and Chairman Belinda Stronach said after the race — on a day when Gulfstream saw bettors wager nearly $42 million, up 4.4 percent from Pegasus day a year ago. USA TODAY, "Gun Runner passes his final test, wins the Pegasus," 27 Jan. 2018 Action Network provides data and analysis to fantasy sports devotees and other sports bettors, a market that is expected to grow following a May Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for states to legalize gambling on athletic events. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Sports-Betting Analytics Startup Names New CEO," 6 Nov. 2018 Not a single bettor predicted Princess Eugenie's name before her birth in 1990, bookmakers William Hill told the Los Angeles Times at the time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 What many eager bettors ignored, though, is that lotteries like the Mega Millions exist not just to provide a last-ditch chance at becoming a billionaire, but to raise money for state governments. Jonathan D. Cohen, Vox, "How lottery money helped build the United States," 24 Oct. 2018 But the names of the horses and the race are kept secret from the bettor after the wager is placed. Robert Mccoppin,, "Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of bettor

1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bettor

: a person who makes a bet


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Kids Definition of bettor

: someone that bets

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