Gambling Glossary of Terms

Action - the amount of money wagered by a player.

Anchor - the player sitting in the last position on a blackjack table before the dealer.

Ante - a term usually used in poker to refer to the first money wagered on a hand.

Baccarat - a card game where the winning hand totals closest to 9 discounting all units of 10.

Bankroll - the amount of money a player has for a gaming session.

Bar the 12 - makes the 12 a push on the Don't Pass Bar.

Base - Area on the table where most of the bets are made and paid.

Base Dealer - Dice dealer in charge of one of the bases.

Basic Strategy - a mathematically correct way to play blackjack without resorting to card counting.

Betting Limits - minimums and maximums that can be wagered on one bet.

Betting Right - betting on the Pass Line or with the shooter.

Betting Wrong - betting on the Don't Pass Line or against the shooter.

Blackjack - a card game where the players try to beat the dealer by getting closest to 21 without going over. Also know as 21.

Blackjack Hand - a hand whose total from the first two cards total 21.

Box - Area of the dice table controlled by the boxman.

Boxman - the casino dealer in charge of the craps table.

Burn Card - any card placed in the discard rack without being entered into play.

Bust - to go over 21 in blackjack.

Call Bet - a bet made verbally.

Card Counting - a system to keep track of the percentage of high to low cards used in blackjack to reduce the house advantage.

Caribbean Stud Poker - a five card poker game where all players play against the house.

Change Color - to exchange one-color denomination casino chip for another.

Chips - the currency used in casinos to avoid dealing with cash. Also has the advantage of keeping people within a casino as the chips are specific to each casino.

Color Up/Out - exchange smaller denomination chips for larger ones.

Come Bet - a wager placed on the Come Line in craps. Same as the wager on the Pass Line except it is placed after the point has been established.

Come Line - the area on a craps table where the Come Bets are placed.

Come Out Roll - the first roll of the dice or the first roll after a point has been made. This roll establishes the point.

Complete Hand - a poker hand that is defined by all five cards. That is a straight, flush, straight flush, or a full house.

Craps Out - rolling a crap on the Com Out Line (2, 3, or 12).

Carps - dice term for 2, 3, or 12.

Crew - Dice/craps dealers.

Croupier - European term for casino dealers.

Cycle - in video poker it's the statistically predicted average number of hands dealt per top jackpot, usually a royal flush.

Cut - to divide the deck of cards into two parts.

Cut Card - a hard plastic card used to cut the deck.

Dealer - a casino employee who deals the various games.

Discard Rack - area of the table where the used cards are placed.

Don't Come Bet - a bet placed on the Don't Come Bar. Same as the Don't Pass Line except it is placed after the Come-Out Roll.

Don't Pass Bet - a bet placed prior to the Come-Out Roll that a 7 will be rolled before a point is repeated.

Don't Pass Line - area of the table where the Don't Pass bets are placed.

Dozen Bet - a bet on twelve numbers in roulette. ie 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.

Edge - or house edge, is the casino's advantage.

Even Money - a pay-off of 1-1.

Expected Return - in video poker it's the average amount payed back on a particular play for a particular bet.

Face Cards - the king, queen or jack of each suite.

First Base - the first seat nearest the shoe in blackjack.

Five Number Bet - a bet only possible on the double zero roulette games which includes 00,0,1,2,3 and has the highest house edge of 7.89%.

Float - the table bank.

Floorman - a casino employee who is part of the management team.

Full Pay - in video poker it's usually the best payoff schedule offered for a particular game.

George - a good tipper.

Hit - to take another card.

Hole Card - the dealer's face-down card.

Horn Bet - a one roll bet that combines the 2, 3, 11 and 12.

Inside Bet - a bet in roulette on a single number including 0 or 00, or any combination of numbers.

Insurance - a side bet in blackjack that's offered when the dealer's upcard is an ace.

Let It Ride - a poker game.

Loose/Tight Slots - a loose slot indicates a machine with a higher payout over a period of time. Conversely, tight slots have a lower payout over a period of time.

Non-negotiable - a promotional chip that can't be exchanged for cash.

Odds - the amount a bet pays. For example 2-1, 5-2.

Off - bets that are not working.

One-Roll Bets - bets that win or lose depnding on the next roll of the dice.

Pallette - the flat paddle used on the baccarat table to gather the cards.

Pass Line Bet - a wager made prior to the Come-Out roll that a point will be repeated.

Payoff Schedule - in video poker it's the details of the payoffs on the front of the machine. Usually expressed in coins paid for each final hand for each number of coins bet.

Player - a person gambling at a casino.

Point - Dice term for the number rolled on the Come-Out Roll if a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.

Press - increasing a bet by double.

Proposition Bet - dice bets on a number combination.

Punter - another term for a player.

Push - a stand off when the dealer and the player have the same total. No-one wins and bets are returned.

Reels - display wheels showing the symbols and usually three or five per machine.

Right Bettor - a person betting on the Pass Line.

Ring Game - a regular poker game rather than a tournament. Can be referred to as a live game because actual money is used rather than chips.

RNG - the random number generator which is a computer chip inside a slot machine. It is constantly generating thousands of numbers every second.

Rock - one who plays very tight in poker. Only raising with the best hands etc.

Seven-Out - rolling a seven after the point has been established.

Shoe - the box in which the dealer places the shuffled cards. Cards are then dealt from the shoe.

Shooter - the person rolling the dice.

Slot Schedule - the details usually at the top of a slot machine detailing the type of machine, denomination and payout details.

Soft Hand - a hand in blackjack that contains an ace valued at 11.

Split Bet - a combination bet across two numbers on the inside of the roulette table .

Stand - to not take anymore cards.

Stickman - the dice dealer who calls the numbers rolled and controls the stick.

String Bet - a bet in which the player doesn't get all the chips required for the raise in the pot in one motion. Unless they verbally declare a raise, they can be forced to withdraw it, and just call. Why do this? To see the effect on the other players and then possibly raising.

Stud Poker - a poker game with no draw.

Surrender - to give up half the wager before the hand is complete, thus saving half the wager.

Tip - gratuity given to the casino employees.

Toke - also known as a tip.

Token - the casino coins used to play slot machines.

Trips - three of a kind.

Upcard - the exposed card held by the dealer.

Whale - a high roller.

Working - dice term meaning that the bets are in place.

World Bet - a one-roll dice bet on the horn including the seven.

Wrong Bettor - a dice player who bets on the Don't Pass Line.