odds·​maker | \ ˈädz-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce oddsmaker (audio) \

Definition of oddsmaker

: one who figures betting odds

Examples of oddsmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep riding with Fitzpatrick and Co. here as the oddsmakers have been slow to adjust to the new-and-improved Dolphins. Ken Pomponio, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Best Bets: Three underdog locks for Week 11," 15 Nov. 2019 One of the reasons oddsmakers were not bullish on the Texans before the season started was due to their schedule strength. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Ravens Q&A with Nestor Aparicio," 15 Nov. 2019 Both of those teams found the right formula of underdog moxie and overdog confidence to ride a wave of wins, to silence the oddsmakers and doubters. BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots getting a taste of how the other half lives - The Boston Globe," 1 Jan. 2020 Other oddsmakers and handicappers say it’s between six and eight points. Christopher Smith, al, "Auburn could be the Iron Bowl betting favorite," 19 Nov. 2019 Even the oddsmakers in Vegas were impressed, setting the team’s win total at nine wins back in April, despite last season’s poor mark. Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "Analysis: The undefeated 49ers are winning with their outrageous defense," 16 Oct. 2019 And with Cilic out, Djokovic is now second with the oddsmakers, behind Federer and ahead of Nadal. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Day Four at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 Ruiz was a substitute opponent, given the fight after another boxer failed drug tests, and oddsmakers made him as a big underdog: a two-thousand-dollar bet on Joshua would have paid out only twenty-one hundred dollars. The New Yorker, "Andy Ruiz Shocked the Boxing World—Now He’s Trying to Do It Again," 6 Dec. 2019 Despite the regular season being in its infancy, oddsmakers seem to have an idea of who their favorites are. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "After up-and-down start, what are the Rockets' odds to win the NBA title?," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of oddsmaker

1931, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jan 2020

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“Oddsmaker.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddsmaker. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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