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Action: Money bet (put into action) by a gambler during a session of gambling. Also the expression for placing money in a Poker pot.

Active Player: A player still being in the game or the pot.

Add on: The possibility to buy extra chips in a tournament.

Aggregate Limit: The win paid or total pay-out for a tournament or any game.

Aggregate Winnings: Total or accumulated earnings of your bets.

All-in: Short for ”Going All-In” in Poker. To bet all the remaining chips on the table and not having any remaining poker chips available for the rest of the hand.

All or Nothing: A Keno ticket that only pays if all picked numbers are drawn or none of the picked numbers are drawn.

Anchor: The last player in the game from the dealer's right in Black Jack.

Anchor Man: The last player on the Blackjack table is known to be “Anchor of the Game“.

Ante: The bet posted prior to dealing of the cards in some casino card games, for instance in Poker. This bet is mandatory and required to start a hand.

Any Craps (Craps): The bet covering 2, 3, and 12 in one-roll dice.

Any Seven (Craps): One roll bet that can be placed on the dice table if a 7 rolls on the next throw of the dice, also known as “Big Red”.

Any Twelve (Craps): Wagered on a roll of twelve, pay-out is thirty to one.

Arm (Craps): Someone who is very skilled at throwing the dice and seems to be altering the odds of the game.

 

 

B

Baccarat: Italian for Zero, a classic casino game of chance requiring little knowledge or skill. All face cards and tens have a value of zero.

Back Counting: The counting of cards in Blackjack before sitting down at the table, waiting for that count to become favourable. This is usually done standing behind the players participating. Not very popular with managers of land-based casinos, impossible in online-casinos.

Back Line: Another expression for the Don't Pass Line in Craps.

Bad Beat: Expression used in card games when a player with a strong hands still ends up losing.

Bag: English casino term for thousand, i.e. 10 bag equals ten-thousand.

Banker: The dealer in most card games.

Bank Roll: The amount of money a player can use to wager in a poker session. In many online casinos also the term used for the player account-balance.

Bar the 12 (Craps): Makes the 12 a push on the Don't Pass Bar in Craps.

Barred (a.k.a. Banned): A player who is forbidden to enter the casino.

Base (Craps): The area on a Craps table where most wagers are placed by the players.

Base Dealer (Craps): A dealer responsible for one of the Bases in the casino.

Basic Strategy: Strategy to maximize potential winnings and a simple system be used in a game.

Bet: To place an amount of money in a casino game, i.e. on a card hand, slot-run, dice-throw etc.

Betting Limits: The minimum and maximum amounts you can bet or wager in a table game. You cannot bet less than the minimum or more than the maximum amount defined here.

Betting Right (Craps, a.k.a. “Betting with the Shooter”): To place a bet on the player who throws the dice.

Betting Wrong (Craps, a.k.a. “Betting against the Shooter”): To place a bet against the player who throws the dice.

Bingo: A game where bingo cards are marked with numbers that are called out. Numbers are chosen randomly, the first player to complete a particular (previously announced) pattern wins.

Blackjack: A card combination with an ace and any ten-point value card dealt as the initial two cards. This term is also used as the name for this entire game, where the object is to achieve the highest card combination.

Blind Bet (a.k.a. Blinds): Forced bets posted by players to the left of the dealer button in flop-style poker games.

Bonus: A casino-reward to a player, usually granted for certain amount of wagering (betting) money.

Box (Craps): The area of the Craps table controlled by the Boxman.

Boxman: A casino staff member in charge of the dice table in a Craps game. Craps tables can, depending on the amount of players, have several Boxmen in charge.

Break: Busting or going over 21 in Blackjack.

Break-Even Point: The point at which if you, in theory, played forever, the bets you made would approximately equal the payoffs you would get.

Brick: A card not helping (bettering) a player's poker hand, i.e. a blank in 7-Card Stud Poker.

Bug: Alternate word for a Joker.

Bump: Alternate term for Raise.

Burn Cards: Term used for dealing cards when the dealer takes a card out of the deck and puts in the discard tray after having shuffled & cut the deck. This action has been established as an assertion that a deck of cards is not being shuffled in such a way to benefit a certain player.

Bust: Alternate term for Break (going over 21 in Blackjack)

Buy In: Exchange cash for or purchasing casino chips.

 

 

C

Call: Matching the current bet in a Poker game.

Call Bet: A verbally made bet to match the last bet in a poker game.

Card Shark: A skilled gambler.

Caribbean Stud Poker: Players competing against the house in a five-card Poker game.

Carpet Joint: Colloquial term for a luxury casino.

Case Money: Extra cash or emergency money.

Cashier's Cage: The place in a casino where the cashiers exchange cash for chips.

Catch: When a number a player has chosen is drawn in Keno.

Chase: Placing another wager to win back an amount of money lost in a casino.

Check: Poker-term, staying in the game without making an additional bet. Also another term for a chip in a casino.

Chemin De Fer: A skill-game similar (and historical parent) to Baccarat, using 6 or 8 decks of cards.

Chips: Round plastic discs with a small number displaying various amounts of money. Established over centuries as casino currency.

Chip Tray: The tray next to the dealer holding the inventory of chips.

Cold: Term for a period of unsuccessful wagering or a losing streak.

Color Up (a.k.a Color Out): Trading chips with a small denomination into chips with a bigger denomination.

Comps: Gifts casinos give to their loyal players for returning to the casino. Accrued comps can be exchanged for real money (or chips) that can be used for gaming at the casino.

Come Bet (Craps): A bet placed on the Come Line.

Come Line (Craps): The place on the Craps table where a Come Bet is.

Come Out Roll (Craps): The term for the shooter's first roll in any given Craps round which also establishes the Point.

Counting Cards: Card counting is a way to calculate the probability of the next card value in the deck to be dealt. In many, if not all, casinos this is considered to be cheating and usually leads to a ban.

Craps: A classic and action packed dice casino game.

Craps Out (Craps): A roll of 2, 3, or 12 on the Come Out Roll.

Crew (Craps): The dealers assigned to a Craps table or game.

Croupier: Other term for Dealer or Banker is also called, typically in Baccarat & Roulette.

Cut: Dividing the deck of cards into 2 parts before shuffling.

 

 

D

D'Alenbert System: The name for a betting system that has the player increasing his wager by one unit with each loss and reducing his wager by one unit with each win.

Deal: Distributing cards to the players before a casino card game-round begins.

Dealer (a.k.a. Banker): The staff member at the casino dealing the cards.

Deposit: A transaction made by a customer to his casino account, usually using a credit card, bank transfer or an online payment service.

Deuce: Other term for the card displaying the value of 2.

Dice: Small 6-sided cubes displaying the values 1 to 6 in casino dice-games, i.e. Craps.

Die: The singular term for dice.

Discard Tray: The dealer's tray for discarded or played cards.

Don't Come Bet (Craps): Synonym to a Don't Pass Bet. This bet, however, is placed after the initial Come-Out Roll.

Don't Come Line (Craps): The place on a Craps table where you place a Don't Come Bet.

Don't Pass Bet (Craps): A bet placed before the initial Come-Out Roll, betting that a 7 will be rolled before the Point is thrown again.

Don't Pass Line (Craps): The place on the Craps table where you place a Don't Pass Bet.

Double Down: Blackjack term for a betting option allowing you to receive another card. If a player's hand beats the dealer's using this new card, the player wins double his original bet.

Double Up: Alternate term for the Martingale System where a player doubles his bet after a loss in order to try to win back the losses.

Down Card: A card dealt with its face down.

Down to the Felt: Broke or out of cash.

Draw: Originally a Poker term for drawing a card to complete a hand.

Drop: A gambling loss.

Drop Box: The box on a casino table where cash, markers and chips are put.

 

 

E

Edge: Indicates the advantage a casino typically has over the player in a casino game.

Encryption: High-end security measure taken by an online casino through its software protect-shielding transactions from and to players from hackers.

En Prison: An opportunity in Roulette to recover a player's stakes after a spin of zero, provided his bet was even-odds (i.e. high–low, even–odd, red–black). This is a variation of the La Partage rule.

Even Money Bet: Placing a 1:1 wager where the player is paid back the same amount that he or she bets including his or hers original wager.

 

 

F

Face Card: Cards with value/symbol Jack, Queen or King in any suit of cards.

Fifth Street: Expression for the third round of betting in Seven-Card Stud Poker where players hold five cards, hence the name.

Fill: Drawing a card in Poker to make a five-card hand.

Fill Up: Achieving a Full House in Poker.

Firing: Betting a larger sum of money.

First Base: Blackjack term for the place on the table next to the dealer shoe where a player is dealt his or her cards first.

Flat Betting: A betting strategy where stakes are not raised or lowered during the game.

Flop: The first three cards dealt face up and all at once in Poker games like Texas Hold'em and Omaha.

Foul: When a two-card hand is bigger than a five-card hand in Pai-Gow Poker. The other meaning is when hands contain a wrong number of cards.

Fourth Street: The second round of wagering in seven-card stud poker, called the Fourth Street as players will be holding 4 cards.

Front Line (Craps): other term for Pass Line.

Front Money: a player establishing his credit with a deposit in the casino.

Full House: A Poker hand with 3-of-a-kind and plus a Pair.

 

 

G

Gambling: Wagering your own money when you play at the casino to win money or a prize.

Garbage Hand: A player's hand of cards with no or just little value in the particular game.

George: Colloquial term for a good tipping gambler.

Grind: Playing small stakes.

Gross Winnings: As in taxes the opposite to net winnings. The total pay-out including the original bet.

 

 

H

Hand: The cards a player is holding.

Hard Count: Counting real money instead of casino chips

Hard Hand: A hand where all cards that are aces are counted as one or a hand without an ace.

Hard Way Bet (Craps): A bet attempting to predict the total of both dice on doubles.

High Poker: The opposite of Low Poker and the rather standard popular form of Poker where high hands win.

High Roller: A player betting huge amounts of money.

Hit: Taking a new card.

Hold Your Own: When you are neither winning or losing and so breaking even in wins and losses.

Hole Card: Term for the face down card in Blackjack that dealers get.

Hot: If you have a winning streak playing casino games.

House: Professional Banker or Dealer. Also other term for casino.

House Edge: Alternate term for Edge.

 

 

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Inside Bet: A Roulette-bet, placed on the inside of the table on a single number or a combination of numbers.

Inside Straight: Four cards occurring in a sequence in Poker where the straight can only be completed one way.

Insurance: A side bet offered in Blackjack when a dealer's face-up card is an ace. Players bet that the dealer has two cards with a 21 total (a Natural).

 

 

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Jackpot: A huge pot of money that has been amassed by many players contributing (through their wagers) to a jackpot.

Jacks or Better: A Video Poker game variation and in some regular Poker games (mainly in 5 card draw poker) - term for the minimum hand needed to win.

Joker: The 53rd card in a deck of cards, typically a Wild Card in many games.

 

 

K

Keno: In Keno, ten numbers out of eighty are usually chosen while players bet on how many of their selected numbers will be chosen.

Keno board: Display board of winning numbers in Keno.

Keno Lounge: The casino area to sit and play a game of Keno.

Kwik-Pik: A Keno ticket with randomly chosen numbers on it.

Kicker: An odd high card in Poker not contributing to a Flush or a Straight but raising the hand value in case players have the same hand (i.e. both have two pairs of the same value).

 

 

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Ladderman: The casino employee overseeing the Baccarat table. In this case two dealers seated together at the centre of the table: A Caller who stands at the table across from the dealers and the Ladderman, supervising the action from a high chair above the table.

La Partage: A Roulette opportunity for a player to lose only half his even-odds stake if the original spin is a zero, recouping the other half.

Late Surrender: A term in Blackjack when player is allowed to surrender half of his original bet after seeing the dealers up card - unless it is a Blackjack.

Layout: The surface of a gaming table, including the areas where players can place their wagers.

Let It Ride: To press, or to increase a bet by two.

Limit: Fixed limit on player bets in each round of a Poker game.

Line Bet: Betting on six different numbers at the same time in Roulette.

Load Up: Playing the maximum number of coins in Video Poker.

Long Run: The ultimate balancing-out of losses and wins over a longer period of time.

Low Poker: Another term for a type of poker where the lowest hand is the winner.

Low Roller: A small bettor wagering with small amounts.

 

 

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Marker: A check written by a player at the gaming tables provided he has established credit with the casino.

Martingale System: The betting system where a player doubles up his next bet after losing a bet.

Match Play: Points based betting system, usually used in tournaments where players compete against each other until one player reaches a fixed number of points to win.

Mini-Baccarat: Smaller variation of Baccarat with fewer players & dealers.

Multi-Player Casino: A featured game offered by online casinos that lets players play against other players.

Money Put In Action: Term for all money wagered during a playing session (including winnings) after each round or game.

 

 

N

Natural: The Blackjack-term for a two-card hand with a total of twenty-one.

Net Winnings: A players total winning minus his original wager.

Number Pool: Numbers offered in casino game such as Keno.

 

 

O

Odds: The ratio of probabilities, i.e., the odds of winning.

Off: Losing bets.

On Tilt: Adverse reaction when an unlucky situation causes players to begin playing out of control or wildly.

One-Roll Bet (Craps): Bets which only stay up for one roll.

Open: The first opening bet in Poker.

Outside Bet: Roulette wagers on 12 or 18 numbers at a time placed on the outside of the table.

Overlay: A bet where player has the edge over the house.

 

 

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Paint (a.k.a. Picture card or a Face card): Any suit of King, Queen or Jack.

Palette: A long flat wooden baton used in a Baccarat game to move cards on the table.

Pass: To fold or not to make a bet.

Pass Line (Craps): The place on the Craps table where a Pass Line Bet is placed.

Pass Line Bet (Craps): A bet made on the Come Out Roll in which you are betting that the shooter will make the point.

Pat: A hand in Blackjack that is not busted and worth at least 17 points. In Draw Poker, this is the term for a hand that doesn't need any more cards.

Payoff: The payback or return a player receives for a positive bet.

Payoff Odds: Type of odds which are conventionally posted in the casinos, specifying how much a winning bet will be paid for each chip that was wagered. This is typically posted in terms of the number of chips won relative to the number of chips wagered.

Payout Percentage: The percentage each chip accounts for when played in a casino game. This is often also referred to as a Payback Percentage, being paid to the winner of a game.

Pigeon: A player uneducated in the games he is playing.

Pit: Term for the casino where a group of table games are arranged in a special pattern. The area in the centre is called the pit, only casino personnel are allowed as dealers.

Pit Boss: The casino employee overseeing all games and casino personnel associated with a Pit. The Pit Boss gives comps to big bettors, watches out for cheating or settles disputes.

Place Bet (Craps): A bet made after a point is established for play on numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 or any combination of the stated numbers.

Player: A gambler in an online or a land-based casino.

Playing the Rush: Term for a player winning a large sum of money on a short game session.

Plug: A card shuffling technique in Blackjack where inserted cards are referred to as Plugs.

Pocket Cards: Cards dealt face down in Poker.

Poker: A family of card games involving betting and individual play, whereby the winner is determined by the ranks and combinations of his cards, some of which remain hidden until the end of the game.

Point (Craps): The number that must be repeated before a seven is thrown in order for a Pass Line Bet or Come Out Bet to win.

Pot: Term mainly used in card games. It refers to the amount of money accumulated in the middle of the table as each player antes, bets, and raises. The winner of a hand will take the pot.

Probability: The mathematical calculation where a probability range for an event to occur is established. It is expressed as numbers between 0 and 1. An impossible event has a probability of 0, while an event that is certain to occur has a probability of 1.

Progressive: A Slot machine whose potential jackpot increases with each casino chip played. When the progressive jackpot is hit, it is reset to a starting number.

Proposition Bet (Craps): A dice wager placed on various combinations.

Punter: See Gambler.

Punto Banco: Original form and to this day most common form of Baccarat. In Punto Banco the casino banks the game at all times, and commits to playing out both hands according to fixed drawing rules.

Push: A term for a tie between a player and the dealer. In the event of a push, wagers are usually returned.

 

 

Q

Quads: Alternate term for the hand four-of-a-kind in Poker.

Qualifier: Minimum hand needed to win in a Poker game.

 

 

R

Rack: Transport tray used by players and casinos to carry and count larger money value chips, coins, slot tokens and casino plastic chips.

Rake: Alternate term for an online casino's commission, also very common for the commission in online Poker.

Rank: The value of a hand of cards.

Rated: Players with high skill levels.

Riffling: Most common style for shuffling a card deck where a dealer combines two halves of the deck.

Right Bettor (Craps): A player betting on the Pass Line.

River: The final face-up card dealt in a Poker hand. In 7-Card Stud (as well as in Texas Hold'em), staying in until the 5th and final round is called going to the river.

Roulette: Probably the most well-known game in a casino. a casino game named after a French diminutive for “little wheel”. In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colours red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.

Round: Any cycle of a game where all bets are placed. In Roulette the term denominates the moment when the wheel is spun.

Royal Flush: Highest hand in Poker, a Straight Flush with Ace-high.

 

 

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Session: Refers to the amount of time a player spends at an online casino while playing.

Seven-Out (Craps): Rolling a 7 when the Point has been established.

Seventh Street: Term for holding seven cards. In 7-Card Stud Poker it denominates the 5th and final round of wagering.

Shark: Colloquial term for a very skilled player.

Shill: A casino employee starting a game or filling up empty chairs at a table.

Shoe: A box-like device used to store the cards in card games.

Shooter (Craps): Term for the player who rolls the dice.

Showdown: The finale of a Poker game when the remaining players reveal all of their cards to determine the winner.

Shuffle Tracking: Term in Blackjack for an illegal type of observation used by card counters.

Single: A bet on one outcome or a single result.

Singleton: Holding one card of rank or value.

Slot Club Member: A frequent player who holds a (loyalty or casino-cash-) card to use on slot machines.

Snake Eyes: Refers to any roll of two dice that results in two (i.e. one and one).

Soft Hand: Blackjack term for any hand that contains an Ace and is counted as eleven.

Spinner: Expression for a winning streak.

Spot: Keno term, denominating any number from 1 to 80 that a player selects on a Keno ticket. Also referring to the number of numbers marked on a ticket.

Stack: Chips are piled in stacks of twenty, usually done this way in Poker and Roulette. This technique allows a quick count for any player to see how much money his opponent has.

Stand (a.k.a to stay): When a player does not want any more cards, usually used in Poker.

Standing Hand: A hand in Blackjack with a total of 17 or more that will likely bust if the player hits and takes another card.

Stay: See Stand.

Steaming: Other term for going on tilt in Poker, when a player is using poor judgment or playing extremely aggressive in order to win back money quickly.

Stick Man (Craps): The casino employee calling the rolled numbers and controlling the Stick.

Stiff Hand: A hand in Blackjack with a value between 12 and 16 and could easily bust, not Pat nor Standing in Blackjack.

Straight: A hand of five cards in Poker with five straight numbers, i.e. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Straight Keno: Alternate term for traditional Keno, played by marking numbers on a Keno ticket.

Straight Flush: A hand of five cards in Poker consisting of consecutive ranks of the same suit.

Streak Betting: A system of raising or lowering the size of a bet based on what happened on the previous round or rounds, also known as Progressive Betting.

Stripping: A type of shuffling cards putting the first card last and reversing the order of the deck.

Suit: The term for any of the four types of cards in a deck: Spades, Clubs, Diamonds, or Hearts.

Surrender: Blackjack term for a player giving up half the value of a bet for the privilege of not playing out a hand.

System: Generic term for a method of wagering based on mathematics, used in hope of getting an advantage.

 

 

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Table Hold: An eight hour period sum of money won by the casino from all players.

Table Stakes: The betting and raising stakes in Poker are limited to the amount of money on the table in front of a player. An opponent cannot bet higher against another player than the amount of money that this opponent possesses.

Taking the Odds: To make a wager less than the amount of the pay-off if the bet is successful.

Tell Play: A term associated with reading a player's or a dealer's body language or facial expressions to guess Hole Cards.

Third Base: Blackjack term for the seat which is played last, just before the dealer's hand is played.

Third Street: Holding three cards, the 1st round of betting in Poker.

Three of a Kind: Three cards with the same rank in Poker.

Ticket: Another term for a card.

Time Cut: Term used for money charged by a casino for playing time.

Tip (a.k.a Toke): A gratuity to the dealers.

Token: A casino coin used for playing slot machines.

Tournament: Competition with its own rules played among gamblers for a set time.

Trips: Alternate term for three cards of the same rank.

True Odds: Odds posted in a casino are usually not the true odds, which is the range between the number of times one event will occur as compared to the number of times another event will occur.

 

 

U

Underlay: An event that has more money wagered on its happening than can be justified by the probability. An unfavourable or bad wager.

Unit: The real currency amount of a basic wager, i.e. one chip.

Up card (a.k.a. Face up): Terms for the card that the dealer will expose.

 

 

V

Vigorish: Commission received by or the edge of the casino.

VIP: Very Important Person, a casino player held in high esteem for loyalty, regular and intense play, often because he is a High Roller.

 

 

W

Wager: A bet or a stake.

Washing: A dealer spreading the entire deck across the table, mixing them randomly and then proceeding to a more traditional shuffle. The most commonly used shuffling technique in a casino used by dealers.

Whale: Alternate expression for a very high roller, somebody who wagers thousands of dollars on single bet.

White Meat: Colloquial term for profit.

Wild Card: Term for a denominated card to be used in any chosen value to complete a hand in card games, often also referred to as a Joker.

Wired Cards: Poker term for being dealt consecutive cards that constitute a Pair, Trips, or Four-of-a-kind.

Working (Craps): Term for the moment bets are in play.

World Bet (Craps): A one-roll wager on the Horn, including the 7.

Wrong Bettor (Craps): A player betting on the Don't Pass Line.