CASINO GLOSSARY





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For the benefit of anyone new to the business of online gaming, we have produced a general Glossary of Terms commonly used by the online gamers and casinos. This does not include game specific terms as these are given in separate sections. The general terms are as follows:

Action: Money wagered by a player

Aggregate Limit: The total payout limit on a game imposed by the casino

Ante: A bet that begins a hand in certain card games

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Baccarat - Also called Punto Banco and Chemin De Fer (similar to Baccarat but requires skill). A table game using 6 or 8 decks of cards which does not require skill. See Baccarat on this site.

Banca Francesa - Literally means French Bank, is a dice game common in Portuguese casinos. The game is played with three dice on a large table. In a way it is similar to the card game Punto Banco or Baccarat. There are only three types of bets you can place: "Big" or "Small" or "Aces". Big is when the total points of the three dice is 14, 15 or 16. Small is when the total points of the three dice is 5, 6 or 7. Aces is when the total points of the three dice is 3 (one dot per dice). The dealer will be re-rolling the dice until one of these results shows up. Big and Small both pay even money while Aces pays 61 to 1.

Banker: The dealer in card games

Bankroll: Total amount of money available for bets by a player or the casino

Beef - A dispute or claim involving a player and his bookmaker or a casino dealer. A dispute over the outcome of a bet. A problematic situation involving a bet.

Bet: Money wagered

Betting Limits: Restriction on maximum and minimum amounts allowed to be wagered on a game

Bingo - Bingo is a prize game played in halls. Basically, players buy cards with numbers on them in a 5 x 5 grid corresponding to the five letters in the word B-I-N-G-O. Numbers such as B-2 or 0-68 are then drawn at random (out of a possible 75 in American Bingo, and 90 in British and Australian Bingo) until one player completes a 'Bingo' line with five numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row on one of their cards and wins the prize. Bingo rules and payouts and play variations vary from place to place.

Black Book - The list of undesirable people who are forbidden to enter any casino in Nevada.

Blind Bet - In poker, a bet posted without the player sees any of his/her cards.

Blinds - A forced bet in Hold'em Poker.

Book: Accept a bet

Bonus - Money that could be given to you for free for various reasons such as when signing up to an online casino.

Boule (La Boule) - Originally referred to as the "little game", Boule is basically a simplified version of Roulette, popular in French casinos. The game features a table and a wheel with only 9 numbers and 3 different colours on which you can bet. The wheel is spun and a small rubber ball bounces around the wheel before settling into one of the coloured holes to determine the outcome. The game is simple and fast.

Boxing - In horse racing, a single ticket comprised of more than one parlay.

Break Even Point: Term used in gambling to denote a theoretical point in time where bets and payouts are equal

Brit Brag - A 3-card poker game, with variations. Has many combinations and options open to the player.

Buck: A wager of $100

Bug - A joker.

Bump - To raise.

Burn Cards: Cards not dealt in a hand. After the dealer has shuffled and cut the deck, these are usually put in the discard tray

Buy In: The amount of cash converted to chips, or to buy chips with cash



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Call Bet: A verbally made bet

Camouflage - Anything a skilled gambler does to conceal their activities from the casino. Camouflage can include mixing in playing and betting behavior that mimics typical gamblers, or using disguises, appearing to be drunk, or any number of other possible ploys intended to throw the casino's scrutiny off.

Capping: Illegally placing additional chips on a bet after the deal has commenced

Card Counting - Used in blackjack game. Recording (in memory) played cards (usually high cards) so as to establish a conditional probability advantage on the remaining cards against the dealer.

Card Shark: Expert card player

Carousel: Slot machines grouped in a circle with a change person situated in the centre

Carpet Joint - US slang for a luxury gambling casino.

Case Money: Money for use in an emergency

Cashcheck - A feature used by some online casinos software that allows you to review your financial transaction history.

Cashier’s Cage - The casino cash desk for cashing in the chips.

Casino - The word "casino" initially meant a public music and dance hall. By the second half of the 19th century casinos developed into a place with gambling halls. The best example of a casino as a gambling location is Monte Carlo in Monaco. Casino Monte Carlo was opened in 1863 and since that time it has been an important source of revenue for the small state of Monaco.

Casino Advantage: Casino or house edge

Chase: Placing a bet to try to recoup losses on a previous bet

Check: Betting chip, or to stay in a poker hand without placing a bet

Chips: Plastic discs in different colours used to represent different money amounts

Coat Tail: Bet on the same numbers as someone who is winning

Cold: On a losing streak

Color Up - When a player exchanges smaller denomination chips for larger denomination chips.

Combination Way Ticket - In keno, a ticket in which groups of numbers are bet several different ways, allowing the player to spread money over more combinations.

Comps: Free gifts given to players to encourage them to gamble

Counting Cards: System of memorising cards that have been played to gain an advantage in Blackjack

Crossroader: A cheat

Croupier: Dealer in Baccarat, or person who manages the getting table in Roulette

Cut - In card games following a shuffle before the start of a new round of play, when the dealer or player divides a deck into two parts and inverts them, using a cut card (see below).

Cut Card - A faceless card of different color, usually red or black, that is used to cut a deck of cards.

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D'Alembert System - A staking plan where one unit is added for a losing bet and one deducted for a winning bet.

Deal - To give out the cards during a card game.

Deposit - A payment you make usually to online casinos using a credit card, a web wallet or one of the online payment systems, in order to play casino games for real.

Deuce - A two in dice.

Dice - Two identical numbered cubes. (see Die below)

Die - Singular for dice, a cube with numbers on each side, 1 to 6.

Dealer: Card dealer, or banker employed by the casino

Dime: Chip with a value of $10

Dime Bet: A bet of $1,000

Discard Tray - A tray on the dealer’s right side that holds all the cards that have been played or discarded in card games like Baccarat, Blackjack and Poker.

Dollar Bet: A bet of $100

Double Up: Flawed gambling system of doubling each bet after a loss in order to win. Also known as the Martingale System. The flaw is that you will usually run out of money or reach the house limit before you can win.

Down Card: Face down card

Draw: Take a card to complete a hand

Drop: Money lost in bets

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Edge: Casino’s advantage over players

Encryption - A software security measure taken by online casinos to ensure that online transactions are safe from hackers.

En Prison - (French word) The stake left on the table in roulette for another spin after backing an 'Even-money' bet and the outcome was zero or double zero. It is like a bonus, offered in some casinos.

Even Money Bet: A bet where the payout equals the wager

Expected Win Rate - In slot machines, the percentage on the total amount of money wagered that you can expect to win back over time.

Eye in the Sky - Slang for video surveillance cameras used by casinos, usually placed on the ceiling above the gaming area.

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Face Cards: Picture cards in any suit being King, Queen or Jack

Ficheur - In the American Roulette each player gets chips with different colours so that they do not mix. The croupiers have at their disposal a sophisticated mechanism, also known as Ficheur, which is able to mechanically separate coloured chips making them always readily available to use.

Fifth Street - In seven-card stud, the third round of betting is called fifth street because players have five cards. In Texas Hold‘em poker, fifth street is the fifth card on board and the final round of betting.

Fill - In poker, to draw a card that makes a five-card hand (straight, flush, full house, straight flush).

Fill up - In poker, to fill a full house.

Finales - A type of group bets on numbers ending with the same digit. Examples: Final 7 means bet on the numbers 7, 17 and 27 (three chips). Final 2 means bet on the numbers 2, 12, 22 and 32 (four chips).

Finale Schnaps - In French roulette, an order given to the croupier to place a bet on numbers 11, 22 and 33.

Firing: Making a large bet

Flat Betting: Betting the same amount each time without deviation

Flat Top - A slot machine whose jackpot is always a fixed amount, as opposed to a progressive.

Flea - An annoying person who wants something for nothing. One who expects to be comped for a small wager.

Flop - In poker games, such as hold'em and omaha, where five community cards are dealt. The first three of these cards are dealt all at once, face up, and are called the flop. Games with a flop can be called flop games.

Foul - In Pai-Gow Poker, a hand is fouled when the two-card low hand is set higher than the five-card high hand, or when the hands are set with the wrong number of cards. A fouled hand is a losing hand.

Fourth Street - In Seven-card Stud poker, the second round of betting is called fourth street because players have four cards. In Texas Hold‘em poker, fourth street is the fourth card on board and the third round of betting.

Front Money: Deposit money establishing a player’s credit

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George - A gambler who is a good tipper.

Grease - To bribe. Slang.

Gross Winnings - Total payout, including the original bet. Opposite to Net Winnings.


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Hand: A player’s cards

Hard Hand - In blackjack, any hand that does not contain an Ace valued at 11. (You can value an Ace 1 or 11 to suit you).

Hard Way Bet (or The Hardway Bet) - In the game of Craps making a hard way bet means going for the total of the two dice on doubles. Say you wanted to go for a hard six, the only way to do it is with two threes. It is called the hard way because it is not easy to hit. There are only four hard way combinations: hard 4 (2x2), hard 6 (3x3), hard 8 (4x4), and hard 10 (5x5). These are not anytime one-roll wagers. Hard ways win if the selected hard way is rolled before a seven appears or before an "easy way" combination of the hard way total is hit. So if you have a bet on a hard 4 and a 3 and 1 (easy 4) comes up before two twos (hard 4), you lose your hard way bet.

High Poker - Standard poker, as compared to low poker or lowball. In high poker, high hands win.

High Roller: Player who wagers large quantities of money

Hit: Ask for another card

Hold Your Own: Break even

Hole Card - In blackjack, the facedown card that the dealer gets. In stud and hold‘em poker, the facedown cards dealt to each player.

Honeymoon Period - In gambling, new players often go through a 'honeymoon period' where they win all the time when they start gambling. Also known as "Beginners Luck", and sometimes referred to as "Winning Phase".

Hot: Be on a winning streak

House: Casino or banker, or dealer

House Edge: Advantage a casino has over a player

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Inside Bets - A roulette bet placed on any number, or small combination of numbers.

Insurance - In blackjack, a side bet that the dealer has a natural. Insurance is offered only when the dealers up card is an ace. The insurance bet wins double if the dealer has a natural, but loses if the dealer does

Irregular Playing Patterns - This generally refers to what is known as "bonus abuse". Online casinos that offer bonuses may require the player to play a certain number of spins/hands, or wager a certain amount of cash to qualify for the bonus. Irregular betting patterns are signs of players who aren't playing regularly (i.e. to win money) but are trying to meet those requirements with minimal risk of losing money in order to claim the bonuses.

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Jackpot: A very big win, usually associated with slot machines

Jacks or Better - In videopoker games the payout starts at a certain level ranking of hands. When playing Jacks or Better, if you get a pair of Jacks or a higher ranking, you win. You don't win anything on a pair of tens or lower.

Joker - The 53rd card in a deck, sometimes used as a wild card.

Juice: Casino’s commission

Junket - Casino Junkets or Casino Complimentary Travel are trips offered to gambling customers, called VIP players, for travel to and play at a particular casino. Depending on the player, the hosting casino will pay some or all of the VIP player's travel and accommodation costs in exchange for undertaking to play at the casino during the players stay. VIP players are usually obliged to agree to minimum deposit in advance, normally in the region of $5000, and commit to a number of hours playing at the paying casino.

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Kalooki (also, Kalookie, Kaluki, kaloochi, Caloochi) - Kalooki is a card game the same as Rummy, with a number of minor exceptions. Kalooki is a game often played with wild cards. There are many variants of Kalooki and the rules may differ depending on where the game is played or which version of Kalooki is being played.

Kicker - In a draw poker game, an odd high card held that doesn’t contribute to a straight or a flush, usually an ace or a king.

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Ladderman – Casino employee who oversees the baccarat game. Personnel working this game are two dealers seated together at the center of the table, a caller standing at the table across from the dealers, and the ladderman, supervising the action from a chair above the table.

Laying the Odds: Betting on a probable winner, even though the payout is lower than the amount wagered.

Layout: The surface of a gaming table

Let It Ride: Increase a bet by two.

Load Up - Play the maximum coins in slots or video poker.

Lobby - The lobby is a portal within your casino software that lets you choose which game you want to play and gives you access to all the latest news and promotions.

Long Run - The number of rounds of play, hands or spins, needed for the ratio of wins to losses to reach a point where they are changed very little by the cumulative effect of outcomes.

Loose - Slot machines with a high payout.

Low Poker - Also called lowball, is poker in which the pot is awarded to the hand with the lowest poker value.

Luminar or LuminAR - Illuminated roulette table made by John Huxley, suppliers of casino equipment. The LuminAR roulette table is eye-catching by illuminating the winning sections through the layout using high intensity LED’s. The effect is very similar to the Touch-bet Roulette flashing winning sections.

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Marker: Cheque written at a table by player with established credit

Martingale - Betting system based on doubling-up after each loss. See the Martingale System on this site.

Match Play - The competition system used in tournaments (usually card games) in which two participants play a series of games which ends when one player accumulates a required number of points. Each game could be worth one, two, or more points.

Maximum Bet - The highest bet you are allowed to make. Also in slot machines, a button that lets you bet the maximum coin size and the maximum number of coins taking into account the total number of paylines.

Mechanic: Dishonest dealer

Megalats Jackpot - A Jackpot system (similar to the Mystery Jackpot) operated in the Bumerangs gaming clubs (www.bumerangs.lv) now owned by Olympic Casino, in Latvia, which unites their gaming machines spread over several Bumerangs gaming clubs (see www.megalats.lv). When playing on any of the gaming machines, in addition to winnings on the particular gaming machine, the player has an opportunity to win the Megalats Jackpot accumulation irrespective of the combination of bets and winnings. Unlike the progressive Jackpot system (where the accumulation is granted when, playing for the highest stakes and the maximum possible combination is hit), Megalats works according to the mystery system: any player can win who has dropped at least one token and played on a machine connected to the system. The more it is played on machines connected to the Megalats system, the greater the Megalats accumulation gets. Additionally you can find the Jackpot system "Minilats", which connects only the gaming machines in the club it is played in.

Mini-Baccarat - The scaled-down version of baccarat, played with fewer players, dealers, and formality but following the same rules as baccarat.

Minilats Jackpot - A smaller version of Megalats Jackpot. See "Megalats Jackpot" above.

Money Put In Action - This is not the actual dollar amount of money you bring to the table to play with. Suppose that you sat down at a roulette table with a $100 and proceeded to play 90 spins over, say, three hours, betting $10 on each spin of the wheel. If you multiply 90 spins by $10 totals $900. This would be the amount of 'money you put into action' even though your actual bankroll was only $100. This is one of the criteria some casinos use to assess your rating and eligibility for comps.

Multi-Player Casino - A feature offered by online casinos that lets you play against other players.

MVG - Most Valued Guest, a title for loyal casino customers. A form of VIP membership club.

Mystery Jackpot - See "Megalats Jackpot" above.

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Net Winnings: Total winnings, not including the original wager.

Nickel: Chip with a value of $5

Non-Negotional Chip: Promotional chip that can’t be exchanged for cash

Non-Value Chip: Chip with its value determined by the amount of the Buy In

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Odds: Rate at which a bet pays offOn tilt - Going 'on tilt' is a bad reaction to an unlucky hand resulting in uncontrolled wild play.

Open - In poker, the player who bets first.

Off; Losing bets.

Overlay: Bet where a player has an advantage over the house

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Paint - A Jack, Queen or King. Picture card. Face card.

Palette - The tool (usually a long flat wooden baton) used in the Baccarat game to move cards on the table.

Paroli - In French roulette, 'Paroli' is an order given to the croupier meaning to press the bet with the win, or to "let it ride". Paroli is also the name of a betting system which increases the bet as you win.

Pass - In card games, to not bet, to fold.

Pat - In draw poker, a hand that does not need any more hands. In blackjack, an unbusted hand worth at least 17 points.

Payline - The line on a slot machine window on which the symbols from each reel must line up. Slot machines can have as many as 20 paylines, although most have only one.

Payoff: The payment made for a winning bet

Payoff Odds: Odds values set for each individual bet in a casino

Payout Percentage: Percent of money wagered that is paid out in slots or video poker games

Payout Table: Information posting telling players what winning hands will pay

Pigeon: Naive gambler

Pit - An area of a casino in which a group of table games are arranged, where the center area is restricted to dealers and other casino personnel.

Pit Boss - A supervisor who oversees a gaming area. Usually supervises more than one table at the same time.

Pit Manager - A pit manager is in charge of all the table games, enforcing casino policy. He deals with any problems that may arise during the shift where a crucial decision must be made that may lead to a customer being dissatisfied or angry. Also, he handles Comps and dodges undeserving customers who are trying to get free Room, Food, Beverage (free RFB).

Playing the Rush - A poker term referring to a player who has just enjoyed a short-run of good luck marked by winning a very large pot of money in one hand or winning several hands in close succession. If the player subsequently begins to play more loosely or more aggressively they are said to be 'playing the rush'.

Plug - A shuffling technique that is sometimes employed in card games like blackjack where the game is often dealt from a multi-deck shoe. When freshly shuffled cards are brought back into action a substantial portion of the cards are kept out of play by the insertion of a cut-card at the back of the deck or shoe. The placement of the cut card marks the place where play will be stopped and the cards are again shuffled. During the play, used cards are stacked in a discard tray. When the cut-card is reached, the game is stopped, and the remaining un-dealt cards are inserted somewhere into the middle of the cards that have already been stacked up in the discard tray. The cards so inserted are referred to as a 'plug'. Such action is called 'plugging' the deck.

Pocket Cards - In poker where some of the player's cards are dealt to them face down. These cards are called pocket cards.

Point (The Point) - The number that is established on the come-out roll. Only place numbers (4,5,6,8,9,10) can become the point. The shooter will attempt to repeat throwing the point before throwing a 7 in order to win that round of betting.

Poker - Basically a card game. But poker isn't just a card game - it is many card games. The majority of poker games do share some common features, especially betting in rounds and the ranking of hands. Poker is commonly played in cardrooms (often within casinos) and in private home games. The games played in cardrooms seem to divide into stud games, draw games, and flop games. In home games, however, anything goes, including games that seem to have no reason to be called poker. The varieties played in home games probably number in the hundreds. Some common cardroom games include Texas Hold'em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha, Razz, Lowball, and Pineapple.

Pot - In a poker game, the amount of money that accumulates in the middle of the table as each player antes, bets, and raises. The pot goes to the winner of the hand.

Press: Increase a bet by two

Probability: Mathematical calculation to establish the likelihood of an occurrence

Progression Betting: Type of betting where the size of the bet changes according to a formula

Progressive: Slot game with an increasing jackpot

Punter: Slang for a player.

Pull Tab, Pulltab - A game similar to the lottery game. Tickets sell for 25 cents or 50 cents or even more and typically offer prizes ranging from free tickets to $500. Each ticket has perforated windows which open revealing symbols similar to those found on slot machines or some lottery games.

Punch Board - Another lottery-type game. The player punches out a slot on a board for a chance to win a merchandise prize. Punch boards offering cash prizes are also common.

Punto Banco - European name for Baccarat; Punto is for Player and Banco is for Bank

Push: Tie or draw between player and dealer

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Queen Theatre - A term used in electronic roulette (touchbet roulette) because of the way the seating is laid out. Altogether 24 players can play the Queen Theatre electronic roulette at the same time. The central part of the roulette with its wheel is designed for 8 players around it, whilst 16 players play from the "theatre", a second line around the first circle of 8 players.

Quads - In poker, four of a kind.

Qualifier - In poker, the minimum ranking a hand must have in order for it to be eligible to take part of the pot.

Quarter: Chip with a value of $25

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Racinos - Racetrack casinos.

Rack - A plastic container in which you can transport and count large-denominational coins, slot machine tokens, and casino plastic chips.

Rake - The money that the casino charges for each hand of poker. It is usually a percentage (5-10%) or flat fee that is taken from the pot after each round of betting.

Rank - In poker, the worth of a set of cards.

Rapid Roulette - American style roulette table layout without the outside bets: red/black, low/high, odd/even, dozens and columns. You can only bet on numbers and neighbours. The purpose for this variation is to speed up the game.

Rated: Player with a high skill level

Round: One cycle of a game including all bets placed during that cycle

Royal Flush (Also, Royal Straight Flush or Royal) - An Ace-high straight flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten, all of the same suit); the best possible poker hand.

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Sawbuck: $10

Scared Money: An amount of money a player cannot afford to lose

Session: Any gambling period

Seventh Street - In seven-card stud, the fifth and final round of betting is called seventh street because players have seven cards.

Shark - A good/crafty player often posing as a fish early in the game. See also "Fish".

Shark: A skilful card player, or slang for a cheat

Sharker, Sharper, or Cardsharp - A cheater.

Sharp - Astute bettor.

Shill - A person who actively plays in the game for the house, club, or casino. Usually seen at a Baccarat table to fill empty seats, until more real players join in.

Shiner - A tiny mirror or any reflecting device used by a cheater to see unexposed cards. A reflecting device used to try and glimpse the dealer's hole card.

Shoe: Wooden box holding decks of cards at a table

Short Run - A short series of wagers or game events.

Showdown - In poker, after the last betting round, the players who remain in the pot must show their hands in the showdown to determine the winner.

Shuffle Tracking - A high level blackjack playing strategy used by card counters.

Shuffle Up - Premature shuffling of playing cards by the dealer.

Shuffling: Mixing up cards

Single: Simple, one event bet

Singleton - In poker, a card that is the only one of its rank.

Sixth Street - In seven-card stud, the fourth round of betting is called sixth street because players have six cards.

Skin - A dollar.

Skin Game - In poker, a game having two or more collusion cheaters.

Skinning the Hand - In poker, a cheater's technique to get rid of extra cards.

Skoon - A dollar.

Slot Club Member - Slot clubs were invented for slot fanatics. By becoming a member you are given a card (like a credit card). Using your card while playing the slots (also table games in some casinos) helps you earn free points / cash. The rules, number of points needed to achieve regular club status, and the benefits given to the player are different at every casino.

Slot Hall - See "Videomat Casino" below

Slot Walking - Also called Silver Mining. The practice of looking for coins left in unattended slot machines.

Smart Cashiers - Automated cashier machines that allow players to cash out their winnings/credits from their Smart cards.

Snake Eyes - When you roll a two in craps, it is called 'Snake Eyes' - eyes because they look like eyes, snake because they are bad news (for the shooter).

Soft Count - (To do with gaming machines). The count of the contents in a drop box, bill validator or video game receipt collection.

Soft Count Room - A room where the soft count is carried out.

Soft Hand - In blackjack, any hand that contains an ace counted as eleven is called a soft hand.

Spinner - A winning streak.

Spooking - Used in blackjack game. The act of standing behind the dealer to peak at the hole card and then secretly convey the information to a partner player sitting at the table. An illegal form of cheating.

Spot - Any number from 1 to 80 that a player selects on a keno ticket. It also refers to the number of numbers that are marked on a ticket.

Stack - A stack of chips, usually 20 chips in a column commonly used in Roulette.

Standing Hand - In blackjack, meaning a hand which hard-totals to 17 or more, which is very likely to bust if one more card is called and therefore the player is expected to stand.

Steaming - A blackjack term where a player has become frustrated with how badly the events of a session of play have turned out. 'Steaming' in blackjack has practically the same meaning as 'going on tilt' in poker. In either case the player has lost emotional control and is betting more aggressively and often recklessly in an attempt to turn things around.

Stiff (A Stiff Hand) - In blackjack, a hand that is not pat and that may bust if hit once. Stiffs include hard twelve through sixteen.

Straight Keno - The basic keno game, played by marking individual numbers on a keno ticket.

Streak Betting - Also known as 'Progressive Betting'. A system of raising or lowering the size of one's wager based on what happened on the previous round or rounds. There are basically two kinds of streak betting systems; negative and positive. In a positive streak betting or positive progression betting system the size of the player's wager is raised on the next round after a winning round. In a negative streak betting or negative progression betting system you do exactly the opposite by increasing the wager size on each subsequent loss. There is an almost endless number of variations of both negative and positive streak betting progressions, each one distinguished by when the progression is invoked, how much the wagers are raised or lowered, and when the progression is terminated.

Stripping (Card Stripping) - Is a shuffling technique which reverses the sequential order of the cards in the deck. For instance, imagine if a dealer took the first card off the top of a deck and placed it on the table and then took the second card off the top and placed it on top of the first card. If this process were continued until the 52nd card was placed on top, then the sequential ordering among the cards would have been completely reversed. This characterizes the basic process of striping. The process described above would be a very fine strip. Often the dealers will speed up the process by rapidly pulling small clumps of cards off the top of the deck rather than a single card at a time. The number of cards in the clumps determine how fine or coarse the striping process is.

Stud Poker - One of the two basic forms of poker game (the other is draw poker) and played with open or exposed cards (up cards) and with one or more concealed cards known as hole cards (down cards).

Suit - Any one of the four types of cards: clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades.

Sulky - (The Sulky) The modern harness racing vehicle (a driving rig) developed from a single-seat. Earlier racing had used carts. In its final form the sulky is little more than a U-shaped shaft mounted on two wheels with a seat at the end of the U.

Super Stud Poker - A five-card poker game known as Caribbean Stud Poker and Casino Stud Poker, but with a Progressive Jackpot. The "Super" (used in UK casinos) is to say that the game runs a Progressive Jackpot. Tables of the same game are interconnected with other participating casinos, and any player that makes a Royal Flush wins the Jackpot. There are smaller prizes for the top hands such as "four of a kind" and "full house".

Surrender - In blackjack, to give up half your bet for the privilege of not playing out a hand. In roulette, you effectively lose only half on an even-money bet when the ball lands on 0.

System - A method of betting, usually mathematically based, used by a punter or bettor to try to get an advantage. A prominent factor in most systems, is the criteria used to determine when the player's wagers should be raised or lowered. See Systems on this site.

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TAB - Totalisator Agency Board. The body appointed to regulate off-course betting (bets made by people who are not present at the race track).

Table Hold - The amount of money won by the casino table game from the players during an eight-hour work shift.

Table Stakes - In poker, stakes in which the betting and raising is limited to the amount of money a player has on the table in front of him.

Taking the Odds: Making a wager less in value than the value of the winning payoff

Tapping Out: Losing everything

Tell Play: Reading the body language or facial expressions of a player or dealer to guess the contents of their concealed card hands

Third Base - In blackjack, the spot nearest the dealer’s right hand, which will be played last before the dealer’s hand is played.

Third Street - In seven-card stud, the first round of betting is called third street because the players have three cards.

Three-Card Monte - A three-card game similar to Bragg.

Three of a Kind - In poker, three cards of the same rank.

Ticket: A card

Time Cut (Also, Axe or Collection) - Money charged each player on a time basis by the casino or by the poker room owner. Charge is usually on a 3 minute or an hourly basis.

Tip: A gratuity

Toke: Gratuity of either money or chips given to a dealer

Token: Casino coin for playing slot machines

Touch Wand - A pointing device used on some video keno machines to select numbers.

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

Trente et Quarante (Thirty and Forty) - Also called Rouge et Noir or Red and Black, is a game of French origin found in French and other European casinos played with cards and a special table. The game has many similarities to Baccarat. The name Trente et Quarante is derived from the fact that the winning point lies between thirty and forty. There are five possible outcomes: Rouge or Noir, known as the "Grand Tableau", and Couleur or Inverse, known as the "Petit Tableau", and a Refait (a tie). The house derives its edge (1.1%) in the event of a tie, when the house takes one half of all the stakes. There is also an insurance bet option against the 'tie' outcome.

Trips - Three cards of the same rank.

Tronc - A designated box for collecting the tips for the dealers given by players when they win.

True Odds: Actual odds of an event occurring, including the house edge

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Underlay: An unwise or ill-conceived bet

Unit: Smallest amount of money used for a bet.

Upcard: Dealer's face up, or exposed card

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Videomat Casino - Is a casino that offers automatic games only, that do not require a dealer or a croupier, such as slot machines and electronic touch-bet roulette. They are normally open 24 hours or from 10am daily, and there is usually an in-house bar or snack bar.

Vigorish: Commission taken by the casino

Viking Poker - A poker name commonly used in some European casinos, is the equivalent of Caribbean Stud Poker.

VIP - A Very Important Person. Usually a big bettor or a high roller.

VLT - Video Lottery Terminal

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Wager: A bet

Whale: Extremely high roller, someone who gambles huge amounts of money on single bets

White Meat: Profit

Wager - Any Bet.

Washing - To show that they are not taking any chips with them, croupiers always rub their hands over, known as 'washing', before leaving the table. See also 'Card Washing'

Web Wallet - A secure and convenient software tool for managing your online transactions, such as depositing money with online casinos or making a withdrawal from your balance.

Whale - A player who makes extremely large wagers. Unlike high rollers who consistently wager $100 or more per round, whales are typically those who make wagers amounting to thousands if not tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars per round.

White meat - Profit.

Wild Card - A joker or other card that can be used as any other card to complete your hand in card games.

Wild Royal Flush - A Royal Flush that makes use of a wild card.

Wired cards (also, Back-to-Back) - In poker, a pair, trips, or four of a kind dealt consecutively or back-to-back in a hand, usually in a stud hand starting with the first card.

Withdrawal - A request you make to receive money from your account.

Wong, Wonging, Wonger - (named after Stanford Wong) In Blackjack, to count the cards dealt at a particular table and to then join play only when the count indicates the game has swung to the player's advantage. The term has been expanded to include playing in favorable situations in a number of other games.

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Zone: Gambler who is “In the Zone” is winning consistently





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