What Does OTB Mean?

OTB means "Off The Board" and "Off-Track Betting."

OTB is an abbreviation most commonly used in the US in a gambling context. It typically means "Off The Board" and "Off-Track Betting." Here is more information about each definition:

Off The Board

When an event on which betting is allowed is said to be "Off The Board," it means that the sports book is not currently accepting bets on that event. In most cases, an event is OTB for one of two reasons:
  • The OL (Opening Line) has not yet been released.
  • Something has happened that has dramatically altered the potential outcome of the event and the sports book needs to put out a fresh line.

Off-Track Betting

OTB is also used to refer to "Off-Track Betting." This is legal betting on horse racing, at an establishment outside a racetrack.

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When I write OTB, I mean this:

meaning of OTB

OTB also means "Off-Track Betting."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for OTB

"Off The Board" is a common definition for OTB in gambling, including on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Off The Board
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user


Second Definition for OTB

"Off-Track Betting" is another common definition for OTB.
Definition:Off-Track Betting
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user


Examples of OTB in Sentences

Here are examples of OTB being used in conversations:
  • Lee: How come I can't see the odds for the Yankees?
  • Nancy: It's OTB. Something must have happened.
  • (Here OTB means "Off The Board.")
  • Leah: Is OTB legal in Nevada?
  • Neil: Yes, unfortunately.
  • (Here OTB means "Off-Track Betting.")

An Academic Look at OTB

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Oh Tee Bee"), OTB is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Off The Board" or "Off-Track Betting" instead of using the abbreviation OTB.

Example of OTB Used in a Text


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