Betting Terminology

Check our betting glossary to get explanations around the main betting terms in the industry.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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Banker -

This would be your strongest selection; a 'sure thing'. For example, 'Manchester United beating Bradford is a banker'. Bankers will usually form the base of combinations and accumulators and they must win for the bet to be successful.

Bar price -

This refers to the odds of selections at the last quoted price and bigger. For example, in a large field. The Premiership outright markets may read Manchester United 2/1, Arsenal 7/2, Liverpool 4/1, Leeds 5/1, 8/1 Bar - meaning every other side is quoted at 8/1 or bigger.

Blanket finish -

This is a close finish involving several horses; when horses finish so close together that 'a blanket could cover them.'

Board/Show price -

This is the price, relayed by S.I.S from the racecourse. You can, if required, usually 'Take' this price and it will remain the price your selection finishes at, regardless of the final Starting Price. (Can be subject to a Tattersalls Rule 4.)

Book -

This is a Bookmaker's tally of amounts bet on each competitor, and odds necessary to ensure profit.