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lay a wager

1. To make a bet. A: "There's no doubt in my mind that my team will beat yours in the championship!" B: "Oh yeah? Care to lay a wager on that?"
2. To be completely sure of something. I'd lay a wager that Jeremy tries to skip out on paying me back for dinner.
See also: lay, wager

lay odds

1. To offer a bet with favorable odds to other bettors. Bookmakers are laying odds that the company's new smartphone outsells its competitors 2:1.
2. To assert complete certainty about something. I'll lay odds that Jeremy tries to skip out on paying me back for dinner.
See also: lay, odds

wager on someone or something

to bet on someone or something. I wouldn't want to wager on the outcome. I'll wager on Bill, the fastest runner in town.
See also: on, wager

wager something on someone or something

to bet a certain amount of money on someone or something. I'll wager twenty bucks on you. I would never wager anything on that horse!
See also: on, wager

lay a wager

see under lay odds.
See also: lay, wager

lay odds

Make a bet on terms favorable to the other party, as in I'll lay odds that it will rain before the week is out. [c. 1600] The closely related lay a wager means "make a bet," as in He laid a wager that Don would be late. [c. 1300]
See also: lay, odds

lay (or give) odds

1 offer a bet with odds favourable to the other person betting. 2 be very sure about something.
The opposite of lay odds in sense 1 is take odds which means ‘offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other person betting’.
See also: lay, odds

wager on

1. To place a wager of some amount on some event: I wagered $10 on the first race of the evening.
2. To place a wager of some amount on some participant in an event: I wagered $10 on the Detroit Tigers.
3. To place a wager or bet on some event: I wagered on the last race of the evening but lost.
4. To place a wager or bet on some participant in an event: I wagered on the Chicago Bears and doubled my money.
5. To expect or feel sure that something will happen: You can wager on Chris being late to the meeting.
See also: on, wager
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PXP's simple wagering interface makes it easy for players to select their wagers, choose their bet amount and view their propositions prior to confirming the wager.
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Rapid Bet Live Wireless gives patrons the flexibility of placing wagers on a mobile device from a seat anywhere in the sports book or even at the bar.
said today that the cross promotion agreement it entered into with Harrah's Louisiana Downs Race Track at the start of its 2006 season has resulted in a 53% increase in the year-over-year average daily handle that Youbet has generated for the track over the first 80 days of its 93-day meet, with substantially higher percentage increases on days when Youbet assigns double Youbet Advantage(SM) points to wagers on Harrah's Louisiana Downs races.
PK:CGKY), through its Brazilian subsidiary, has installed satellite antennas and related equipment at its Campos off track betting agency, and on Friday August 18th started accepting wagers on races broadcasted simultaneously from multiple North American tracks.
All wagers are placed into the "host" tracks pools, allowing Brazilian bettors to participate with pari-mutuel bettors in the United States.
The new dashboard eliminates the multiple page approach to wagers and puts virtually everything a customer needs to wager on one easy-to-navigate wager pad.
The new pad gives customers a variety of time-saving options including a copy function for more efficient Trifecta and Superfecta wagers, a wager log, a new Exacta "Key Box" betting option, and a set of user preference settings such as an "off" switch for wager confirmations.
Ladbrokes was first established in 1886 taking wagers in the Gentlemans' clubs of London.
2 million in wagers last Saturday, the day that Bernardini raced to victory in the 131st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
More than 97% of Youbet's wagers on Saturday came from customers who live more than 25 miles from Pimlico.