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Gambling Dictionary

Gambling Dictionary


A Bite: A request by a gambler for a loan.

Action: The amount of money wagered. In poker, the placing of money into the pot.

Action Jackson – A gambler who wagers every day – day and night.

Active – One who is still in the pot.

Active Player – One who is still in the pot.

Add on – The place where a palyer may purchase additional chips in a Poker tournament.

Agent: Definition 1: Player cheat who frequents casinos and works with casino dealers and employees. Definition 2: Person who, for a fee or commission, lures people to a crooked game to be fleeced.

Aggregate Limit – Total payout of a casino during a single game.

Aggregate Winnings – Total winnings.

All In – When a player bets all his/her chips.

All or Nothing – In Keno, a ticket that only pays if either all of the picked numbers are drawn or if none of the picked numbers are drawn.

Anchor – The player sitting in the last position on a blackjack table before the dealer. This is the person who makes the final decision, thereby anchoring the game.

Ante – In poker, a small portion of the minimum bet that each player is required to put into the pot before a new hand starts.

Any Craps – A one roll dice bet covering the 2, 3, or 12.

Any Seven – A one roll bet that the next roll of the dice will be a seven.

Apple: An unexperienced player who does not know how to win.

Apron – The outer edge of the felt table layout.

At Risk – Usually, when a player’s bet is active or “in action”


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

Back Line – Same as the Don’t Pass Line.

Backer A person who will stake a gambler with a good reputation during a difficult period.

Banker – In a card game, dealer or the player who books the action of the other bettors at the table.

Bankroll – A player’s total available gambling money.

Bar the 12 – In craps, makes the 12 a push on the Don’t Pass Bar.

Barred – A person who is not allowed to enter inside the casino.

Base – Area on the dice table where the majority of bets are made and paid.

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

Basic Strategy – In blackjack, the set of plays that a player should make to maximize his/her advantage.

Beard – A person who places bets on behalf of a bettor, so the bookmakers will not know the identity of the actual bettor.

Beef – Any situation that is or may cause a problem.

Bet – Gamble or wager.

Betting Limits – The minimum and maximum 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.

Big 6 – A bet that pays even money that a six will be rolled before a seven in Craps.

Big 8 – A bet that pays even money that an eight will be rolled before a seven in Craps.

Big Dime – A $10,000 bet.

Big Order – A large sports bet of five or six figures.

Big Red – Placing a bet on Any Seven.

Big Slick – A hand that contains an A-K.

Bingo – A wagering game.

Bingo Marker – A crayon or ink dauber that is used to cover the numbers on a bingo game card.

Black – The most common color used for $100 chips.

Black Book – A list of persons not allowed to enter any casino in Nevada, USA.

Blackjack – A card game where the players try to beat the dealer by getting closest to 21 without going over. Also known as 21.

Blackjack Hand – A hand whose first two cards total 21.

Blind Bet – A bet that certain poker players are required to make as a result of their betting positions.

Bluff – In poker, players bluff when raising a weak hand in the hope of driving out players with a stronger hand.

Board – In poker, the community cards dealt face-up in the center of the table are referred to as on the board.

Boat – Another term for a full house.

Boat Race – A crooked horse race.

Bones – Dice.

Bookie – A person who takes racing and sporting bets.

Box – In craps, the area of the dice table controlled by the boxman, where the center bets are placed.

Boxcars – In craps, when you roll two sixes.

Boxman – The casino dealer in charge of the craps table.

Break Even Point – The point at which the bets made by a player would approximately equal the payoffs made to that player.

Bring It In – To start the betting on the first round.

Bring-in – In 7 card stud poker, this is the mandatory bet made by the player with the lowest upcard in the first round of betting.

Broke Money – Money the casino gives a broke player for transportation home.

Buck – A $100 wager.

Buffalo – Placing a bet on each of the Hardways and Any 7.

Buffalo Yo – Placing a bet on each of the Hardways and 11.

Bug – A joker.

Bum Steer – Erroneous information.

Bump – To raise.

Burn Card – Any card placed in the discard rack without being entered into play. After the deck is shuffled and cut, one card is burned.

Bust – To exceed 21 in Blackjack, making it a losing hand. Also known as break.

Busted – A player who has run out of funds and credit.

Buster – Odds of 15 to 1 on a winning horse.

Button – In poker, a small plastic disc used as a marker that is moved from player to player after each hand to designate the dealer position.

Buy – Paying the house a 5% commission to get true odds on a Place bet.


C and E Bet – A proposition bet on the 11 (E) or any Craps (C).

C Note – A $100 note.

C.O.D – No assets, no credit. All bets must be for cash only.

Call – In poker, when a player matches the current bet on the table. In keno and bingo, to draw the numbers for each game.

Came Up Lame – A person who left town owing money leaving no forwarding address.

Camouflage– What a gambler does to hide his/her activity from the casino.

Cap – Definition 1: Maximum amount a player may wager on a specific bet or event. Definition 2: Maximum amount a player may increase a previous bet (at poker, etc). Definition 3: Maximum amount bet before the casino/bookie changes odds and/or the points.

Capped Dice – Crooked dice.

Card Counting – A system to keep track of the percentage of high to low cards since the last time the deck was shuffled. The system can be used in Blackjack to reduce the house advantage.

Card Sharp – A person who is an expert at cards.

Caribbean Stud Poker – A 5 card poker game where all players play against the house.

Carousel – A group of slot machines that are positioned in a  ring.

Carpet Joint – A plush class operation.

Cashier – The person (casino employee) who assists players in redeeming their casino chips for cash.

Cashier’s Cage – The place in a casino where players may redeem their casino chips for cash.

Casino Advantage – The edge that the house has over the players.

Casino Rate – A reduced hotel room rate that the casinos offer good customers.

Catch – In keno, to catch a number means that a number you have marked on your keno ticket has been drawn.

Chalk – Any favorite team, horse, greyhound etc.

Chalk Player – Player who only bets on favorites.

Change Color – To exchange one color denomination casino chip for another. All denomination casino chips are different colors.

Chase – Trying to win back lost money through a second bet.

Check – A check is another term for a chip.  In poker, a player can check in order to stay in the game but not bet.

Chip Tray – The tray in front of a dealer that holds that table’s inventory of chips.

Chips – Round tokens that are used on casino gaming tables in lieu of cash.

Coat Tail – Betting on the same numbers on a table that someone else (who is winning) is betting on.

Cold – A player on a losing streak or a slot machine that does not pay out.

Cold Deck – A pre-arranged deck or shoe of cards.

Cold Table – When shooters are not making their points.

Color Up – Exchange smaller denomination chips for larger denomination ones.

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.

Come Bet – A wager placed on the Come Line in craps. Same rules 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 in craps. 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.

Comps – Complimentary gifts used by casinos to reward players for Gambling.

Cooler – A pre-arranged deck or shoe of cards.

Copper – When a gambler takes the opposing side of another gambler’s bet, position or opinion.

Copy – In pai gow poker,  when a player and the banker have the same 2 card hand, or the same 5 card hand.

Correct Odds – The ratio of favorable vs. unfavorable possibilities.

Cover – As in “covering the spread”. This occurs when a favorite you have bet on wins by more points than you have had to give up.

Cowboys – Two Kings.

Cracking The Nut – Winning enough money to cover one’s expenses and make a little profit.

Craps – Dice term for 2, 3, or 12.

Craps Out – Rolling a Crap (2, 3, or 12) on the come-out roll.

Credit Button – A button in video poker that allows the player to bank coins won as credits and to use the credits to play without depositing more money.

Crew – Craps dealers assigned to the game.

Crossroader A gambler who does not bet without cheating.

Croupier – The French word for casino dealers, mainly referring to Roulette and Baccarat dealers.

Cycle – In video poker it’s the statistically predicted average number of hands dealt per top jackpot, usually a royal flush.

Cut – The dealer divides the deck of cards into two parts and then inverts them after they have been shuffled.

Cut Card – A hard plastic card used to cut the deck or a card of a different color.


Daub – A paste or liquid used to mark cards.

Dry – A player who has run out of funds and credit.

Deal – To give out the cards during a hand.

Dealer – A casino employee who deals the various games.

Dean – A smart gambler who can calculate odds and percentages.

Deep Pockets – A person with a large bankroll.

Designated Dealer – In poker games like Texas hold em,the player to the left of the dealer bets first.In a poker room where each game has a resident dealer, a different player serves as the designated dealer for each hand.

Desperado – A gambler who bets on credit with absolutely no way to pay if he loses.

Deuce – A two.

Deuce Dealers – A dealer who can peek at the top card and deal the next card if the top card is not to his advantage. (also-second dealer,mechanic or number two man.)

Dice – Two or more identical numbered cubes.

Die – Singular term for dice.

Dime Bet – $1,000 bet.

Discard Rack – Area of the table where the used cards are placed.

Dog – The underdog in any betting proposition.

Dog It – To be afraid to increase your bet during an extended winning streak.

Don’t Come Bet – A bet placed on the Don’t Come Bar.

Don’t Pass Bet – A bet placed prior to the Come-Out Roll that a seven will be rolled before a point is repeated.

Don’t Pass Line – Area of the table where the Don’t Pass bets are placed. Also known as the Back Line.

Door Card – This is the first exposed card, or up card, in a player’s hand in stud games.

Double Bet – A wager twice the size of a person’s usual wager.

Double Down – To increase a wager after the first two cards are drawn, in exchange for receiving only one more card, by placing an amount equal to the original bet on the layout. Also known as Double Up.

Double Odds – An odds bet that is twice as large as the original Pass/Come bet.

Down Behind – What the dealer tells a Don’t bettor when his bet has lost.

Down With Odds – Usually stated and executed by a dealer when paying off a Place Bet and moving the same player’s Come bet onto a specific number, ensuring that the player is covered on the specific number.

Doubling Up – A wager twice the size of a person’s usual wager.

Dozen Bet – A bet on twelve numbers in roulette, i.e. 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.

Draw – In draw poker, the second round of cards that are dealt.

Draw Button – Allows video poker player to draw up to five new cards.

Drop Box – On a gaming table, the box that serves as a repository for cash, markers, and chips.

Dry – A player who has run out of funds and credit.

Ducks – A pair of Twos.

Dutch Book – A pricemakers odds line totaling more than 100%


Ear – A bent corner put on a playing card to identify or locate it.

Easy Way – To make a point number (4,6,8 or 10) any way but the hard way in Craps.

Edge – Definition 1: The casino’s advantage over the player in any game. Definition 2: Any advantage.

Eighter from Decatur – The number eight in Craps.

End – A share.

Even Money – A bet that pays you back the same amount you wagered, plus your original wager.

Exacta: A wager picking the two horses finishing first and second in the correct order.

Expected Return – In video poker it’s the average amount paid back on a particular play for a particular bet.

Expected Win Rate – A percentage of the total amount of money wagered that you can expect to win or lose over time.

Eye in the Sky – Surveillance video or live monitoring of the game from above.

Eyeballs – In craps, when a player rolls a two.


Face Cards – A King, Queen or Jack in a deck of cards.

Fade – To cover a bet.

False Cut – A cut leaving the deck in its original position.

Family Pot – In poker, when everyone at the table decides to enter a pot.

Fast Company – Seasoned or smart gamblers.

Fat – A person with a large bankroll. “He’s fat”. also- loaded, deep pockets and on fat street

Fever – A gambling habit.

Field – Several horses in a race or contestants in a sports tournament grouped as one contestant for betting purposes.

Field Bet – A one-roll wager that the next number thrown will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 in Craps.

Fifth Street – In seven card stud, the third round of betting is called fifth street because players have five cards. In hold em , fifth street is the fifth card on board and the final round of betting.

Fifty Yard Line – The middle of the table.

Fill – In poker, to draw a card that makes a 5 card hand.

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

Fink – A stool pigeon or informer.

Firing – A player who is wagering large amounts of money.

First Base – The first seat nearest the shoe in Blackjack. This position is dealt with first.

Fish: An unexperienced player who does not know how to win.

Fishing – A player who stays in a poker game longer than advisable generally is fishing for the card or two that will make the hand a winner.

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%.

Fix – To bribe.

Flat Betting – betting the same amount on each wager.

Flat Store – Any gaming operation that is dishonest.

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

Flats – Crooked dice which have been shaved to favor certain numbers.

Float – The table bank.

Flop – In a game of hold em, the three cards dealt face up in the center of the table.

Flush – In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of one suit.

Fold – In poker, when a player declines a bet and drops out of the hand.

Foul – In Pai Gow Poker, a hand is fouled when the 2 card low hand is set higher than the 5 card high hand, or when the hands are set with the wrong number of cards. A fouled hand is a losing hand.

Four Of A Kind – Four cards of the same rank. Also known as quads.

Fourth Street – In 7 card stud, the second round of betting is called fourth street because players have four cards. In hold em, fourth street is the fourth card on board and the third round of betting.

Free Odds Bet – A bet made in addition to the Pass Line, Don’t Pass Line, come and Don’t Come wagers which is paid at true odds in Craps.

Front Line – A casino term for Pass Line in Craps.

Front Money – Cash or bank checks deposited with the casino to establish credit for a player who bets against that money.

Full House – In poker, a hand consisting of a three of a kind and a pair.

Full Pay – In video poker it’s usually the best payoff schedule offered for a particular game.

Fuzzy – Odds of 15 to 1 on a winning horse.


G Note – $1,000 note.

Gaff – Any method or device that aids in cheating.

Garden – The field.

Get Out – To regain one’s losses.

George – Generous tipper.

Get Down – Place a wager.

Graveyard Shift – The early morning shift of a gaming establishment.

Grease – Bribe.

Green – The most common color used for $25 chips.

Grind – Small play.

Grind joint – An establishment that caters to small play.

Gross Winnings– Total payout including the player’s stake.


Hand – Refers to the cards that you hold, or to everything that happens in a card game between shuffles of the deck.

Handicapper – A person who studies and evaluates all sporting events.

Hard Four: A pair of 2s.

Hard Hand – In blackjack, any hand that does not contain an ace valued at eleven.

Hardway Bet – To bet the number 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be made with two duplicate numbers. 2-2,3-3 etc. in Craps.

Hi Lo – A one roll bet on 2 and 12.

Hi Lo Yo – A one roll bet on 2, 12 and 11.

High Hurdler – A person who left town owing money leaving no forwarding address.

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

High Roller – A big bettor.

Hit – To take another card. The card received is also called a hit.

Hit a Brick – When a die hits a stack of chips and does not roll all the way to the end of the table.

Hold ‘em – A class of poker games.

Holding Your Own – Breaking even.

Hole Card – The dealer’s facedown card. This card is unseen.

Hook – Player positions 4 and 5, near the corner of each end of the table; often referred to as “inside hook” and “outside hook”

Hooked – Losing a wager by exactly half a point.

Hop Bet – A single roll bet on one particular combination of the dice, such as 2-2 or 4-5.

Horn Bet – A one roll bet that combines the 2, 3, 11 and 12.

Horn High Bet – A bet on three of the horn numbers, with two units on the “high” number.

Hot – Said of dice that are passing or a player on an extended winning streak.

Hot Game – Any game attracting a lot of action on one side by many players.

House – The operators of the casino.

House Advantage – The casino’s advantage over the player in any game.

House Edge – The percentage of each bet that you make that the house takes in.  Winning bets are paid off at less than the true odds to generate income for the house.


In The Bag – A sporting event with a pre-determined outcome.

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

Inside Straight – In poker, four cards of a straight where the straight can only be completed one way.

Insurance – A side bet in Blackjack that’s offered when the dealer’s upcard is an ace. If the dealer has a Blackjack, the bet is paid 2-1. If the dealer does not, the insurance bet loses.

Insurance Bet – Making two (or more) bets at a craps table, one or the other of which is sure to win.


Jackpot – A large win on a slot machine.

Jacks or Better – Draw poker in which a pair of Jacks is the minimum hand permitted to start the action.

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

Juice – The bookmakers commission for taking a bet.


Keno Board – A large electronic board that displays the winning keno numbers.

Keno Lounge – The main area within a casino where keno is played.

Keno Runner – A casino employee who shuttles a keno bet from wherever the player is to the keno writer, and also delivers payment for winning tickets.

Kibitzer – A spectator at any game who usually dispenses unwanted advice.

Kick – One’s own pocket.

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.

Kicker Trouble – Not having as high a kicker as an opponent.

Knock – To cast disparaging remarks about someone. Usually done behind his or her back.

Kojak – A hand that contains a K-J.


Ladies – Two Queens.

Lady – A Queen.

Lay Bet – A bet that a particular number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) will not be rolled before a 7 comes up.

Lay The Odds – Odds bet against the number that pays off at less than even money.

Lay Wager – Betting against a point number that has been thrown by paying a 5% commission.

Laydown – A wager.

Laying The Points – Betting on the favorite.

Layout – The graphic table cover that indicates all places where wagers can be placed.

Let It Ride – A poker game.

Limit – Definition 1: Maximum amount a player may wager on a specific bet or event. Definition 2: Maximum amount a player may increase a previous bet (at poker, etc). Definition 3: Maximum amount bet before the casino/bookie changes odds and/or the points.

Limp In – In Poker, To enter the pot by calling rather than raising.

Line – The listed odds or points offered on a game.

Line Maker – A person who establishes the original and subsequent betting lines.

Little Joe – A pair of 2s.

Live Hand – A hand that could still win the pot.

Live Horse – A horse considered to be in shape to run his best.

Live One – A player with money looking for action.

Load Up – To play the maximum number of coins per spin that a slot machine or video game will allow.

Loaded – A person with a large bankroll.

Lock – Best bet ,an easy winner, a no brainer.

Loose Slots – A loose slot indicates a machine with a higher payout over a period of time.

Low Ball – A Poker game in which the pot is awarded to the hand with the lowest poker value.

Low Poker – A Poker game in which the pot is awarded to the hand with the lowest poker value.


Maiden – A horse that has never won a race.

Make – To shuffle the deck of cards.

Marker – An advance extended to a player on credit.

Marker Puck – Plastic disks that the dealers use to mark the point on the craps table.

Mechanic – A dealer who can peek at the top card and deal the next card if the top card is not to his advantage.

Michigan Bankroll – A large bankroll consisting mostly of dollar bills with a large denomination bill on the outside.

Middles – Winning both sides of a betting proposition.

Midnight – Betting that the number 12 will appear on the next roll.

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

Monkey – Colloquial term for a card with the face value of ten.

Monster Roll – A hot roll lasting more than 20 minutes or that generates a lot of winnings for the players.

Mop – The stick used by the stickperson to move the dice.

Morning Line – A linemaker’s morning guess as to the probable odds on horses that are to run in afternoon races.

Muck – In Poker, To discard or throw away your hand.

Mudder – A horse known to favor a muddy track.


Nailed – Caught in the act of cheating or stealing.

Namble – Online Gambling.

Natural – Definition 1: In Blackjack, it refers to an Ace and 10 count card. Definition 2: In Craps, it refers to a 7 or 11 on the first roll.

Net Winnings – Total payout minus the player’s stake.

Nickel – A $500 wager.

Non Negotiable – A promotional chip that can’t be exchanged for cash.

Non Value Chip – A gaming chip which the dollar value is determined by the amount of the buy in and the amount of chips taken.

Nose Open – To lose control, usually when losing and attempt to steam one’s way out of the trap.

Number Pool – The range of numbers from which the player chooses the numbers to play. A typical lottery pool ranges from 1 to 60, and the keno pool is 1 to 80.

Number Two Man – A dealer who can peek at the top card and deal the next card if the top card is not to his advantage.

Nut – Definition 1: The overhead costs of running a casino. Definition 2: The fixed amount that a gambler decides to win in a day.


Odds – The ratio of probabilities or the amount a bet pays. For example 2-1, 3-2.

Odds Maker – A person who establishes the original and subsequent betting lines.

Odds on Favorite – A horse or competitor that is so favored that the odds are quoted as less than even money.

Off – Bets that are not working.

Off The Board – Sporting events, casinos or bookmakers will not accept action on.

Office – A secret signal passed from a gambler to his confederate.

One Eyed – The Jack of hearts, Jack of spades or King of diamonds. So named because the characters are drawn in profile, thus showing only one eye.

One Roll Bets – Wagers that win or lose depending on the next roll of the dice.

On The Hop – A one roll wager.

Open – In poker, the player who bets first.

Outside Bets – Roulette bets located on the outside part of the layout. They involve betting 12 to 18 numbers at one time and result in a lower payout.

Outside Numbers – In Craps, 4, 10, 5, and 9

Overlay – A good bet where you have an edge over the casino.

Ozzie and Harriet A hard 8.


Paint – A Jack, Queen or King.

Pair – Any two cards that have the same rank. Generally, pairs can be split and played as two hands.

Palette – The flat paddle used on the Baccarat table to scoop the cards.

Paper – Marked cards.

Paralay – A bet on two or more propositions.

Parley – Keeping one’s winnings in action

Pass – Definition 1: To not bet, to fold. Definition 2: A winning situation for the right bettors in Craps.

Pass Line – The area where a Pass Line Bet is placed.

Pass Line Bet – A wager made prior to the Come Out roll that a point will repeat.

Past Performance – Prior events are studied in order to help determine the outcome of a future contest.

Past Post – A devious attempt to bet during or after an event has taken place.

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

Pay Cycle – A theoretical expression that reflects the number of plays required for the machine to cycle through all possible winning and non-winning combinations.

Pay Line – The line on a slot machine window on which the symbols from each reel must line up.

Pay Off – Calling a bet with little expectation of winning.

Payback Percentage – The percent of each dollar played in a video or slot machine that the machine is programmed to return to the player. Payback percentage is 100 percent minus the house edge.

Payoff Schedule – A posting somewhere on the front of a slot or video poker machine, that tells the player what each winning hand will pay for the number of coins or credits played.

Payout Percentage – The percent of each dollar played in a video or slot machine that the machine is programmed to return to the player. Payout percentage is 100 percent minus the house edge.

Payout Table – A posting somewhere on the front of a slot or video poker machine, that tells the player what each winning hand will pay for the number of coins or credits played.

Pick`em Game – A dead even game giving both sides an equal chance.

Pigeon – An uneducated, naive, or unsophisticated gambler.

Pit – The area inside a cluster of gaming tables, where the center is restricted to dealers and other casino staff.

Pit Boss – A casino employee who is in charge of all the tables in a particular area.

Place Bet – The place numbers are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. The place bet is a wager that either one or more of the place numbers will come up before a seven in Craps.

Player – A person gambling at a casino.

Player Position – Eight player positions on each side of the standard craps table, numbered 1 through eight moving from the stickperson to the dealer.

Plug – A card shuffling technique.

Pocket Cards – Playing cards that are dealt face down during a Poker game.

Point – In craps, dice term for the number rolled on the Come Out Roll if a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 are rolled. The point has to be repeated before a seven rolls for the Pass Line bets to win.

Point Numbers – The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 established on the Come Out roll in Craps.

Point Spread – The listed odds or points offered on a game.

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 – Increasing a bet by double.

Press Bet – A wager twice the size of a person’s usual wager.

Pressing – A player is pressing the bet when he/she lets winnings ride by wagering them along with the original bet.

Price Line – The listed odds or points offered on a game.

Probability – A branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood that an event will occur. Probabilities are expressed as numbers between 0 and 1. The probability of an impossible event is 0, while an event that is certain to occur has a probability of 1.

Progressive Slots – Slots that allow the player to increase the potential jackpot each time a new coin is inserted for play. When the progressive jackpot finally hits, the amount resets to the starting number.

Proposition Bet – Dice bets on number combinations.

Punter – A casino player.

Push – A tie or standoff when the dealer and the player have the same total. No one wins and no money changes hands.


Quads – Four of a kind.

Qualifier – In Poker, the minimum standard a hand must meet in order for it to be eligible for part of the pot.

Quarters – A term used by players meaning chips with a $25 denomination.

Quinella – A wager picking the first or second place finish in either order (1,2 or 2,1).


Rack – A box to hold chips or checks.

Raise – In poker, a player raises by matching the previous bet and then betting more, in order to increase the stake for remaining players.

Rake – The money that the casino charges for each hand of poker. It is usually a percentage or flat fee that is taken from the pot after each round of betting.

Rank – The value of a set of cards.

Rap – To cast disparaging remarks about someone. Usually done behind his or her back.

Red – The most common color used for $5 chips.

Red-Black Bet – In Roulette, an outside wager on whether the next spin will be a red or a black number. This bet is played off at even money.

Reel – The spinning area on the slot machines displaying the various symbols.

Renege – Definition 1: To refuse to honor a lost wager or debt. Definition 2: To misplay a card illegally.

RFB – High rollers are comped with free room, food, and beverage.

Riffling – Card shuffling technique.

Right Bettor – A person betting on the Pass Line.

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

River – In poker, the final card dealt in a hand of stud or hold ’em. In 7 card stud, staying in until the fifth and final round of betting is called going to the river.

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

Round Robin – A bet of 3 teams or more.

Royal Flush – In Poker, an ace-high straight flush which is the best possible hand.

Rush – A streak of winning many consecutive hands in Poker.


Sawbuck – Ten dollars.

Sawdust Joint – Unpretentious casino.

Scared Money – Money that a gambler can’t afford to lose.

Score – A large win.

Scout – Person who studies a team during play or practice and reports findings.

Second Dealer – A dealer who can peek at the top card and deal the next card if the top card is not to his advantage.

Send It In – A player who takes advantage of a winning streak by increasing his/her bets substantially.

Session – A series of plays at a gambling game.

Set – In Pai Gow Poker, players set their seven cards into two separate hands of two and five cards each.

Seven Out – The rolling of a seven after the point has been established.

Seventh Street – In 7 card stud, the fifth and final round of betting is called seventh street because players have seven cards.

Shark – A clever player often posing as a fish early in the game.

Shiner – A small mirror or reflecting object which is used by a cheater to see unexposed cards.

Shoe – The box in which the dealer places the shuffled cards from two or more decks. Cards are then dealt from the shoe.

Shooter – The person rolling the dice.

Short Ender – The underdog in a bet.

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 – Before each hand the dealer mixes up the order of the cards.

Shutter – A window covering a number on a re-usable bingo card. The shutter can be pulled down to mark each number as it is called.

Silks – A jockey’s uniform.

Silver Mining – Searching for unguarded coins left in the slot machines area.

Single – A Straight bet on one selection.

Single Odds – An additional wager equal to one’s original bet.

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

Sixth Street – In 7 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 cheaters.

Skinning The Hand – A cheater’s way of getting rid of excess cards in Poker.

Skinny – A bet on any Seven.

Skipped – A person who left town owing money leaving no forwarding address.

Skoon – A dollar.

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

Smart Money – When a professional gambler places a bet.

Snake Eyes – In craps, when a player rolls a two.

Snapper – In Blackjack, it refers to an Ace and 10 count card.

Soft Count – The counting the takings inside a gambling machine.

Soft Count Room – The room where the soft count takes places.

Soft Hand – A hand in blackjack that contains an ace counted as eleven.

Soft Player – A player who bets less following a win and doubles up following a loss.

Spinner – Winning streak.

Spit – A very small amount of money.

Split Bet – A combination bet across two numbers on the inside of the roulette table.

Spooking – Standing behind the dealer in a Blackjack game in order to relay the dealer’s card values to a player.

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.

Square Pair – A hard 8, meaning two 4s.

Squares – Perfect dice to within a tolerance of 1/5,000 of an inch.

Stack – The amount of money (stack of chips) a player has on the table.

Stake – The amount of money a player is willing to play with in a given session.

Stand – In Blackjack, to stand is to refrain from taking another card.

Standing Hand – A Blackjack hand with 17 or more.

Steal – In poker, to win the pot by bluffing.

Steamer – A player who will only bet big when losing.

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

Stiff – In Blackjack, a hand that is not pat and that may bust if hit once. Stiffs include hard twelve through sixteen.

Still Up – What the dealer says to remind players that a wager is still in play.

Store – An establishment that caters to small play.

Straight – In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks, but not of the same suit.

Straight Flush – In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks of the same suit.

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

Straight Up Bet – A Straight bet on one selection.

Stripping – Card shuffling technique.

Stuck – Losing.

Stud Poker – A poker game with no draw.

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

Surrender – In Blackjack, to give up half one’s wager before the hand is complete, for the privilege of not playing out a hand, thus saving half the wager. In roulette, one effectively loses only half the wager on an even money bet when the ball lands on 0.

System – A method of betting.


Table Odds – The multiple a player may bet behind the original flat bet to get true odds of the dice.

Table Stakes– When the amount of money wagered is limited to the amount of money on the Poker table.

Tap Out – To bet and lose one’s last dollar.

Taking Odds – Adding a bet to an original Pass Line or Come Bet that pays on the true odds of the dice.

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 7 card stud, the first round of betting is called third street because the players have three cards.

Three Of A Kind – Three cards of the same rank.

Ticket – A card.

Tidy the Bowl – When the stickperson keeps the extra dice in the bowl in a neat row.

Tight Slots – Tight slots have a lower payout over a period of time and thus have a higher advantage over the player.

Toke – A tip given to the dealer in the form of money or chips.

Token – the casino coins used to play slot machines.

Tom – A player who does not tip.

Took a Hike – A person who left town owing money leaving no forwarding address.

Took a Powder – A person who left town owing money leaving no forwarding address.

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

Tout – A professional tipster who offers to sell his opinion on the outcome of a sporting event without benefit of knowledge.

Trey – A Three.

Trips – In poker, 3 of a kind.

True Odds – The ratio of the number of times one event will occur to the number of times another event will occur. The odds posted in a casino are usually not the true odds.

Trump – Cash.

Turning the Dice – When the stickperson flips the dice around with his stick in order to make sure a 7, 11, 2, 3, or 12 isn’t showing when they go to the shooter.

Two Pair – In Poker, a hand consisting of two sets of pairs and a singleton.


Underlay – A bad bet. An event that has more money bet on its happening than can be justified by the probability of it happening.

Upcard – The dealer’s exposed card that is face up for all the players to see before they play their hands in Blackjack.

Used To Be Somebody – A player who has run out of funds and credit.


Value – A professional’s opinion regarding a proposition that appears to be an overlay or an underlay.

Vigorish – The fee or commission taken by the house.

VIP – A big bettor that is worthy of full complimentary treatment.

Virgin Line – A line sent out to Sports Books before any wagers have been made.


Walking Sticks – A pair of sevens.

Wall – The end of the table the shooter throws the dice against in order to complete a fair roll.

Washing – Card shuffling technique.

Wave – Bending the edge of a card during play for identification purposes.

Way Ticket – In keno, a ticket that groups different numbers to create more than one way to win.

Whale – A high roller.

Whip – The stick used by the stickperson to move the dice.

White – The most common color used for $1 chips.

White meat – Profit.

Wild Card – A joker or other card that can be used as any other card to complete the hand.

Wise Guy – An educated professional gambler with an extensive track record of being a winning player.

Working – Dice term meaning that the bets are in place.

World Bet – A one roll dice bet on the horn including the seven.

Worst Hand – A losing hand.

Wrong Bettor – A dice player who bets on the Don’t Pass Line.


Yo or Yo leven – The number 11.


Zombie – A gambler who never shows emotion regardless of the outcome.

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