Gambling Glossary from A to Z

Gambling Terms through Tables

casino gambling glossary


The total amount bet during the time on table on wager.

Active Player

A player who is still in play.

Adding On

Freedom to buy more chips.

Aggregate Limit

The overall payout liability during a game by casino.

All or Nothing

A player will win if he has all the cards. Like in Keno, winner is proclaimed if player has all the numbers or would go empty handed.


The minimum amount of bet placed on wager by every player to commence the game. Especially, in poker.


It is a technique to throw dice in such a way to get desired number towards the far end of wall. The player who posses this technique is said to have Golden Arm. It is mostly used in game of craps.

Automatic Club

A casino who does not require a dealer or operator and is fully automatic.


It is a game played with 6-8 decks with multiple players. It is a game of chance rather than chance of skill.


It is just another name of dealer when it comes to card games. A player or dealer becomes a banker turn by turn.


Some gamblers or person are not permit to enter in casinos.


It is a situation in which there is a dispute between a player and a dealer.

Beginner’s Luck

A gambler starts winning when he commence to gamble for first time.

Betting Limits

The minimum and the maximum betting limits proclaimed on the table by the casino.


A player who bet for another player to hide its identity.


It is a game played in printed cards. Dealer announces numbers and shout BINGO as soon as they get BINGO.

Blind Bet

A player who makes a bet without having a look at his or her cards especially in Poker.


Texas Hold’Em – A forced bet each player has to take.


A person who permit bets.


Person who accept wager.

Brit Brag

Three Card game in Poker


It is usually a wager of hundred dollars.


A Joker

Buy In, Buy In

A player has to convert chips into cash. Like Roulette chips do not have value away from table. So, it is mandatory to at least convert the game chips into casino chips or convert chips into cash.


Gamblers hide their true behavior or appearance by using disguises, appeared to be drunk, or hide any devie to cheat, etc.


Put more chips than the original. Mainly done in roulette. It is a direct cheating and if caught player have to face the consequences.

Card Counting

It is done in the game of Blackjack by the gamblers so they win every time they play. They know the outcome in advance.


It is placed where there are slot machines for players to exchange notes with coins to play slots.

Case Money

Urgent Money

Casino Advantage

The house edge casino have over players.


A number has been bubbled in the ticket which is proclaimed.


Another bet to offset the loss of previous bet.

Chip Tray

A tray that hold the chips in front of dealer.


A dealer.This term is usually used in European casinos and especially in game of Baccarat and Craps.

D’Alembert Rule

A rule followed by players. They will reduce the bet by one unit if they won and do the vice verse if they lose.


Card are drawn to each player during a time.


Two in Dice.


A dice numbered 1 to 6 cubic in shape.

Dime Bet

One thousand dollar wager.

Discard Tray

A tray that hold the discarded cards and cards that have been played in the game usually at dealer’s right.

Double or Nothing

A bet that pays the same amount as wagered or nothing.


A player considered to be weak and likely to lose.

Dog Player

A gambler who usually bets on the underdogs.


Bet lost in an hand or round.


Upper hand than the competitor.

En Prison

A bet especially in Roulette where the bet would be poisoned if the player lose the current bet while the wager would be released if the next spin results in a win.

Eyes in the Sky

Authorities are watching you from everywhere though the cameras. There is nothing you can hide.

Face Cards

Cards having picture printed on it. Ace, King, Jack and Queen are the face cards.


Each player has given different colored chip allotted to him by the dealer.

5th Street

The 3rd round of seven card stud because it has five cards.

1st Base

The chair at the dealer’s left from where the game commence is First Base.


Gambler who lose the money out of others the most.

Flat Betting

A player who bet consistently the same amount on a hand. For example, a player bet $5 on a hand will always bet the same amount, neither he will raise nor he will deduce the amount.

Flat Top

Thee amount of jackpot is fixed. It ain’t progressive if the amount of wager is increased.


The table games where five cards are dealt like in poker games. The first 3 cards are dealt once.

Fourth Street

The 2nd round of the seven card stud poker is called 4th street as it players have 4 cards for this round.


A gambler who tip the dealer.


Bribe offered to someone. This could be either dealer or anyone else.


Risk money by making a bet.


Game of the Year

Gross Winning

The total amount won by a player.

Half Dollar Bet

A single bet of $50.


The set of cards a player hold during a round. This word is used especially in table games.


A gambler who guess the outcome of a bet.

Hard Count

Counting of coins referred to hard count. It is done by authorities under high security.

High Poker

It has high degree than the low poker tables. In this poker high hands win.


Used in Blackjack, means receiving another card.

Hold your own

Breaking even by neither losing nor winning.

Hole Card

It is the face down card dealer receive in game of blackjack while in other games it is the card each player receives.


A gambler who is winning too much either on slots or tables.


Gambling center often referred as synonym of casino.

House Edge

The built-in chances of winning of casino over the players.

Home advantage

The advantage to the player as he is familiar with the game, security and personnel.

If Bet

It is much like two bets. Like in the case of En Prison, a player would lose the wager if the second spin result in a loss.

Inside Bets

In Roulette, wager placed on inside the numbers. That include numbers or combination of numbers. Chips are placed inside the block completely.


It is a bet which is offered by the dealer to the player in Blackjack when his face up card is an ace. It is up to the player whether the player ants to take insurance or not.


It means irregular playing patterns. The bonus offered by the casinos demand players to play some hand or spins to qualify for bonus. Players who are not playing regularly to qualify for bonus to risk minimum amount of money.


Amount of money won by the player after winning a game.

Jacks or Better

Having a card of rank better than jacks. In video poker games the payoff commence if the player has Jacks or Better.


The last two card of a single deck. They are used in certain variants of a game as a wild card. In most games they are not even included.


Commission taken by the casinos also known as Vigorish in USA.


A high ranking card that does not support Flush or Straight.


It is a person in the game of Baccarat who controls the game. There are 2 dealers at the center of the table, a caller away from dealer and Ladderman who controls the game.

Lay the Odds

To wager on your favorite. In Roulette, betting on you favorite number.


The structure. It gives information where to place the wager, how much and where to start. Layout means the structure if the game.

Load Up

The maximum wager can be placed. Like in slot machines, the maximum coins it will permit.


It is a place withing the casino which helps people decide which game to opt and gives all the latest feeds.

Low Poker

A variation in poker where winner is proclaimed who has the lowest rank.


Last Night

Long Shot

Team who has the least chances of winning.


It is a eye catching Roulette table with its layout perfectly illuminated by LED’s.


Placing the wager on both the sides of the game. Betting on both the sides in such a way it will result in a win.


Player who write cheque to play games whom have credit with casinos.


Betting strategy in which the wager is doubled after every loss to offset the loss of previous spins or hands. See Roulette martingtale.

Match Play

Tournament system in which there are many competitors, play in a pair and the game terminates when one of them acquires the required points.


A dealer who deceive.(Slang)

Moving the Line

To pay additional amount to move the situation in your favor.

Mini Baccarat

Same rules as Baccarat with less players, less size on table with less decks.

Money in Action

This is not the actual money you take on the table. Suppose you came on the poker table with $50 and play some hand that result in more win than loss. The amount soar up to $200. Now you have $200 to place wager. This money is known as Money put in Action.

Multi Player Casino

Players playing against other real players online.


The VIP casino membership for loyal players. It stands for Most Valued Guest.


It is used in Blackjack and Baccarat. Total of 8 or 9 in Baccarat and 21 in Blackjack.

Net Winning

Net payout


$500 wager.

Non Negotiable Chips

Chips that can not be exchanged for cash.

Number Pool

Range of numbers in a game. In keno it is 1 to 80, Bingo pool has two variations of American(1-75) and Australian(1-90).


Fix amount a player decides to win. The overhead costs of


Probability of winning. It is the possible outcome.


Gambler who place wager first in Poker.


Illegal Bookmaker.

Outside Bets

Bets in which chips are placed outside the number layout in game of Roulette.


A state in which gambler has edge over house.


Face Card(Ace, jack, Queen and King).


A long wooden board in Baccarat to keep track of score.


A betting system which soar up the amount of wager after win.

Past Post

Place a wager after commencement of play.


Do not bet but to fold.


A hand that value at least 17 points in Blackjack.


In slots where sign from each reel must be in a line. Slots can have more than 15 reels but usually they have only one.


The money received by player on his bet.

Payoff Odds

Chances a player will win on a specific wager. Scoring a single number in Roulette, has 2.63% chances while payout is 3500%.

Payout Table

A printed paper on a screen or on tables specify the amount of money on different bets.


An ignorant gambler.


The arrangement done in casino where tables, slots are arranged and some area are confine to croupiers.

Pit Boss

Authorities who keep the track of tables to avoid any possible scam.

Pit Manager

He is the supervisor of all the table games. He deals with the problems that arise on the table.

Play the Rush

When a player win a big amount in a single hand or multiple hands in Poker. If the player make a decision to play loosely then he play with rush.


it is a card shuffling technique widely used in game of Blackjack to draw cards from more than one deck shoe. When shuffled cards are brought back into play some part of the deck is kept out and inserted at the end.

Pocket Cards

When cards are dealt face down in Poker it is known as Pocket Cards.


It is a card game played with multiple players. Poker has many variants like three card poker, four card poker, video poker, stud poker, Missisippi stud poker, carabieen stud poker and seven card poker.


The pot in the middle of the table where all the wagers, antes are kept. The winner of the game wins the pot.

Press a Bet

Add the winning of previous bets to the current wager.


The chances of occurring of an event. It is measured on scale of 0 to 1. Probability 1 means the event will surely happen while Probability 0 means an event is impossible to occur.


The amount of jackpot is increased after every hand depending on the amount of wagers.

Pull Tab

Game similar to the lottery where tickets are cell in much lower prize than the winning.

Punch Board

Similar to Lottery.

Punto Banco

Baccarat game terminology. Player is Punto and banker is Banco.


Tie. Both gambler and casino do not win and loose.

Queen Theatre

Electronic Roulette. The name is called because of the seating arrangement. 24 players can play Queen Theater at a time. The system is designed that 8 players can sit around the wheel while the rest place wager from the theater.


Four of a Kind in Poker.


The eligibility criterion for player to qualify for pot with minimum ranking hands.


A container which is used to keep and count coins, slot tokens and casino chips.


Amount charged by the house for each round in Poker. They usually keep 5-10% of the pot value.

Rapid Roulette

Speed up the Roulette by betting on numbers. Place wager only on inside bets (odd, even, high, low, columns and dozens).


The skill level of gamblers. The database of skilled players is stored in database which is seen by Pit Bosses.


Another shuffling process in which the deck is divided into two equal halves and rifled together. It is also known as riffling cards.


The last card dealt in Poker is known as going to the River. In seven card poker surviving till the fifth or sixth round is known as going to the river.


Stands for Random Number Generator. It is a software that generates random number in game of slots, roulette and keno.


Synonym of roulette in Ireland.

Round of Play

Series of hands or single hand which take single or multiple wagers in very short time. In poker, game commence when the cards are dealt and ends when the winner hits the jackpot.

Royal Flush

Five cards of same suit that are ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.


Player who place wager for someone else.


Not a lavish casino.



Scared Money

Money player is scared to lose.


Total time spent by the player on table.


Player set their card into two different hands of two and five in Pai Gow Poker.

Seventh Street

The last and the fifth round of seven card stud poker as gambler has 7 cards.


Skilled player who sets his image as a Fish(naive player).


Shrewd gambler




Player who are usually the first few ones until others join the game.


A minute mirror which is used by player to see the hole card of dealer and other unexposed cards.


Place where cards are kept for dealing. It usually consists of six to eight decks and is made of wood.

Short Run

Less amount of money is put into action.


Player have to show their cards

Shuffle Tracking

Card Counting strategy practiced by high level blackjack players.

Shuffle Up

Shuffling of cards by the dealer.


It is a window where Bingo numbers are marked as they are called.

Silver Minings

Players looking for coins that are left in slot machines.


A card of its own rank in Poker.

Skinning the Hand

Grifter’s technique in Poker to get rid of hands.

Slot Walking

Same as the Silver Mining’s.

Snake Eyes

When player play two in craps.


A winning streak.


A single number selected from 1 to 80 in a keno ticket.


Pile of chips usually more than 20.

Standing Hand

A hand in which the player would be busted if one more card is called as the total already reaches to 17.


A player is frustrated as the things has not turned out into his favor. This term is usually used for Blackjack.


A player lose half of it’s bet if the ball comes to zero in Roulette.


It is a method based on math used by gambler to gain advantage over house by predicting the future outcomes.

Table Hold

The money earned by a single table during 8 hour shift from the players.

Table Stakes

The amount of money player has with him and he cannot bet more than that.

Tap Out

Lose all the money player bought while entering in the casino and have to quit.

Third Street

The 1st round of 7 card stud as the player have only 3 cards to play.

Three of a Kind

In Poker, 3 cards of equivalent rank.

Time Cut

Money charged from the players on a 3 minute or an hourly basis by the casino. Money charged according to the time spent by players in Poker Room.


Also known as “Toke”. Tip offered to the dealer. Gamblers who “Toke” too much to the dealer in chips is known as “George”.

Touch Wand

A device used to select numbers on video keno machines.


Means “30” in french. Noir means black and Rouge means red is a french game that is played on special table with special cards. Another synonym is “Trente et Quarante”.


3 cards of same rank.

true Odds

Not the mathematical odds bit the odds calculated keeping in mind the real time. It is the probability of actually happening something. Some factors which has every rare chances to occur are neglected while calculating true odds.


It is a bet in which the gambler guess the total points of both teams combined.


Team or player likely to lose the bet.


An unfavorable event in which if place a wager player would likely to lose but has attractive payout. In roulette, betting on a zero has very less chances of happening.


It is used to denote the smallest amount of wager without mentioning the currency or Dollar.

Up Card

In Blackjack, the face up card of the dealer. card which are dealt face down are hole cards.


The money or commission taken by the casino.

Viking Power

Synonym of Caribbean Stud Poker used in European casinos.


A player which is likely to make huge bets. Very Important Person.


Dealer rub their hands to avoid any possibility of chips carried with them.

Web Wallet

 A software for managing online transactions used by casinos.


Players who bet in thousands of dollars.


Request made by player to draw money from his account.

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