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Definition of bettor

: one that bets

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But with the widespread cancellation of sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), sports bettors are forced to turn to niche sports to fulfill their gambling fix. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "From Australian rules football to weather: sportsbooks getting creative during sporting shortage," 24 Mar. 2020 With virtually all sports shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, sports bettors have run out of things to bet on. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Sports gambling website turns to weather forecasts for bettors to get some action," 17 Mar. 2020 Unfortunately for some bettors who had taken the over on Mahomes’ rushing yards total, the outcome of three relatively meaningless downs in the final minute of the game led to a terrible beat. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Patrick Mahomes' kneel downs to end the Super Bowl caused a brutal beat for bettors," 2 Feb. 2020 Sports bettors continue to watch the lines like hawks, waiting for an advantage to surface between what is anticipated a razor-thin margin between the 49ers and Chiefs. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Latest Super Bowl Sunday 2020 odds, spread, point total," 31 Jan. 2020 In short, the public bets NFL playoffs probably more than any other sport at any other time, allowing Vegas to leverage the lack of knowledge that most sports bettors have. Tj Hernandez,, "Divisonal Round DFS Values," 12 Jan. 2018 There will be a maximum bet allowed of £10 ($12.40) per horse, or each way, meaning the horse typically needs to finish in the top four places for the bettor to get a partial payout. Glen Levy, CNN, "What are the odds? Legendary Grand National horse race to take place virtually," 3 Apr. 2020 An over-under is a bet in which a bookmaker predicts a number for a score or statistic and the bettor wagers on whether the actual number will be higher or lower than predicted. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "No baseball on Opening Day, yet the Mariners are somehow 0-1," 27 Mar. 2020 In New York, restaurants and schools were ordered closed, yet Aqueduct was open for horse racing without fan attendance this weekend, financed by bettors at home and at simulcast locations. New York Times, "Looking for a Sport to Watch? It Won’t Be Easy," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bettor

1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bettor was in 1616

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4 May 2020

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“Bettor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bettor

: a person who makes a bet


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: someone that bets

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