bet·​tor | \ˈbe-tər \
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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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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 According to Nielson Research, bettors make up just 25% of the NFL audience but watch nearly 50% of all NFL regular season game minutes. Andrew Brandt,, "The Supreme Court Just Made the NFL a Lot Richer. So Why the Fight?," 15 May 2018 According to Gaming Today’s Bill Krackomberger, one bettor made a futures bet on Justify to win the Kentucky Derby back in February simply after hearing a friend talk about the horse’s progress. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "How one bettor's $500 bet on Justify to win the Kentucky Derby turned into $150K," 6 May 2018 One thing that surely will emulate Vegas will start with the bettors who had money on Tuesday’s 7 p.m. baseball games. Ed Barkowitz,, "You bettor believe it: Delaware is open for sports betting," 5 June 2018 The over/under for Game 1 opened at 215 points and dropped to 213 points, Avello said, with bettors thinking Cleveland’s best chance to win is to slow the pace and try to contain the Warriors’ offense. Michael Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors historic favorites to win another NBA title," 30 May 2018 Arkansas and Missouri are not getting much respect from bettors out of the SEC. Oddsshark,, "March Madness Friday Round of 64 Odds: Virginia Heaviest Betting Favorite," 13 Mar. 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


variants: or better \ˈbe-​tər \

Kids Definition of bettor

: someone that bets

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