I'm looking for a term/phrase that means: a bet on low odds, someone who bets on low odds, or someone who bets against the odds and wins. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


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    Do you mean something like long shot? An attempt or guess that has only the slightest chance of succeeding or being accurate.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:44
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    Note that betting on low odds and betting against the odds mean opposite things.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 23, 2019 at 20:54

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X bets against the odds means that X makes bets on low odds.

When you bet for the underdog, it is called betting "against the odds." For example, if odds are 3/1 for the Cowboys this Sunday, then it is three times more likely that they will lose than win. (Wikihow)

To win by betting against the odds, it helps to (a) know the material well, or (b) hedge your bets by betting on multiple propositions, or both.


gambling: "take risky action in the hope of a desired result" (Oxford)

risk-taker: "a person who is willing to do things that involve danger or risk in order to achieve a goal" (Merriam-Webster)

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