What is a ‘Flutter’?
A flutter is a gambling or casino term that refers to a small bet, an unlikely bet with little financial risk, or an isolated bet of a typical non-gambler. A flutter may refer to a bet in any context but is most commonly used in reference to fixed-odds betting on horse racing. The term may also be used for other fixed-odds betting such a sports betting in terms of the outcome of football, cricket, baseball, rugby or basketball matches. It is rarely used in connection with casino table games.
A ‘Flutter’ Explained
People generally refer to a ‘flutter’ when they are making a small bet, i.e one that isn’t for very much money. A flutter is not a serious bet in terms of how it impacts on the person gambling, who is quite happy to wager that amount and lose it. In that respect a flutter may well be taken on an outside, fun bet with little financial risk as the bet is so low. As well as being used to describe a low bet, a flutter is also a way to describe a bet by someone who bets infrequently but occasionally indulges. For example, “I’m not normally a betting man, but I may well have a little flutter on the Grand National this year”. A flutter may also refer to the making of a bet for personal allegiance rather than for the good odds. For example, a football fan may bet on his or her team winning the league, even at odds of 200/1, just for a fun little ‘flutter’. The exact etymological derivation of the word flutter in gambling is not known for certain, but many agree that it refers to the excited ‘flutter’ one feels just before the outcome of a potentially exciting bet.