book·​mak·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of bookmaker

1 : a printer, binder, or designer of books
2 : a person who determines odds and receives and pays off bets

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bookmaking \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun

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British bookmakers had made the team 5,000-to-1 underdogs. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Leicester City Club Owner, Four Others Died in Helicopter Crash," 28 Oct. 2018 In the Arizona State hoops case, Las Vegas bookmakers reported suspicious betting activity when gamblers wagered about $900,000 against Arizona State in an early season contest against Washington. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix," 17 Sep. 2018 After a gambling agency challenged existing laws, a 2008 Australian High Court decision removed restrictions preventing bookmakers licensed in one jurisdiction from advertising in another. Dennis Passa, Fox News, "Gambling expert calls for WADA-style monitoring of athletes," 23 May 2018 Resorts and DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports company and recently minted bookmaker, have partnered for online sports betting since August. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "DraftKings, Resorts fire latest shot in sport book arms race," 14 Nov. 2018 Some bookmakers are now offering odds on whether the 71-year-old will still be fronting the 2018 series of the 'The Apprentice' later this year., "Lord Sugar Accused of Racism After 'Joke Picture' Tweet About the Senegal Team," 20 June 2018 When occasional fixing of games occurs, the bookmakers, noticing unusual trading patterns, notify the authorities. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "Legal Gambling Can Be Good for Sports—and Even for Opera," 3 Aug. 2018 According to The Independent, British bookmakers have already taken more than a quarter of a million pounds of bets on the main event’s outcome. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "KSI vs. Logan Paul: how to watch ‘the biggest event in internet history’ live," 24 Aug. 2018 Richard Palmer, the royal correspondent for the Daily Express, reported that a British bookmaker had reduced the odds of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child being born in 2019 to 1-4. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why People Are Jumping to Conclusions About Meghan Markle and Zika Right Now," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bookmaker

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bookmaker was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of bookmaker

: a person who decides how likely it is that an event will occur (such as the winning of a race by a particular horse) and receives and pays off bets about it


book·​mak·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌmā-kər \

Legal Definition of bookmaker

: a person who determines odds and receives and pays off bets

called also bookie

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