Gambling Glossary

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you play a new casino game for the first time. When the game comes with its own jargon-filled language, it can be even harder to understand.

Our ultimate gambling glossary is designed to help. Here you can familiarize yourself with the phrases, terms, slang, and online chat abbreviations of the gambling world.

Our gambling glossary is updated regularly too, so remember to check back whenever you come across a new term you haven't encountered before.

If you spot something that we haven't included in our gambling glossary, you can also let us know here.

A

ABC Poker

To play a basic and predictable style of poker.

Accumulator

See Parlay.

Aces

Betting that the next roll with be a 2.

Across the Board

A method of wagering on a horse to win, place and show.

Action

The play at the casino or the total amount of money put into play. Also, a dealer expression telling a player it is his/her turn to act.

Action

A baseball wager where no pitcher is specified.

Also refers to the number of bets being placed on a certain event.

Action

Denotes a player's turn to act. Also refers to a round with a lot of bets and raises.

Ada from Decatur

A hard 8. Sometimes “Eighter from Decatur.” Sometimes “Square Pair.”

Add-On

An additional amount of chips that players can purchase at a specified point during a tournament.

Admission Packet

The minimum number of cards to purchase.

After Game

The game played after the end of a regular session of play.

Against the Spread (ATS)

A method of referring to the result of an event that takes the point spread into account.

Also, the act of taking points rather than betting with the spread, or "laying" points.

Aggregate Limit

The maximum amount of money paid out by a casino during any one game.

Aggregate Limit

The total amount a casino is liable to payout in a single round. If the aggregate limit is reached, players may have to accept reduced winnings.

Aggressive

A poker player who raises frequently.

All or Nothing

A ticket that pays out if either all selected numbers are drawn in a round, or if none of the picked numbers are drawn.

All-In

A betting action whereby a player wagers all his/her remaining chips into the pot.

American Roulette

A roulette variant with a wheel that has 38 pockets, one of which is the double zero (‘00’).

Anchor

Annuity

A lottery jackpot payout that is paid in instalments over a long period of time.

Ante Post

See Futures.

Ante

A mandatory stake required from each player in order to be dealt cards in a hand.

Any Craps

Betting that the next roll will be a 2, 3, or 12.

Any Double

A bet that all two of the three of the dice will have the same number without needing to specify the specific number.

Any Seven

Betting that the next roll will be a 7.

Any Triple

A bet that all three of the dice will have the same number without needing to specify the specific number.

Arbitrage

Where a variation in odds available allows a bettor to back both sides and guarantee a win.

Baccarat

Also called Punto Banco. A card game with several variants in which players bet on whether the player, or the dealer, has the winning hand from a two-card or three-card hand.

Winning hands are determined by achieving a cumulative points total closest to nine. Face cards and 10s don't have any point value.

Back Door

A hand made using the final two cards dealt.

Back Hand

The first hand, consisting of five cards, that is required to be the strongest of the player's three hands.

Back Line

Backed

A team on which many bets have been placed.

Bad Beat

Losing a hand that was favored to win.

Balls

Keno balls are numbered 1 to 80 and drawn at random. The balls determine the winners of any given keno round.

Banco

The “Bank” or the “House.”

Also, the bet that is placed on the bank or the house winning.

Banker

The person betting against all of the players at the table. The banker typically has to rotate every turn or every other turn.

Bankroll

The money available for participating in casino activities.

Barrel

To bet into a pot on multiple streets.

bb

Big blind. Also, bad beat.

Beard

A friend or acquaintance used to place bets in order to conceal the true identity of the real bettor.

Beginners' Luck

When a new player experiences a 'winning streak'.

Behind

When a player holds a hand that isn't likely to beat their opponent's hand.

Bet

A wager made during a game.

Betting Limit

The minimum and maximum amounts a player can bet.

Betting Right

Betting with the shooter.

Betting Table

Where wagers are placed.

Betting Wrong

Betting against the shooter.

Big 6

Betting that a 6 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.

Big 8

Betting that an 8 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.

Big Bet

A bet that predicts that the sum of the three dice will be between 11 and 17. The payout is 1:1.

Big Bet

Relevant in fixed-limit games and meaning to double the betting limit of the initial round.

Big Blind Special

When the Big Blind wins the hand because no other player entered the pot.

Big Blind

The forced bet from the player sitting two to the left of the dealer.

The Big Blind sits one seat to the left of the Small Blind. The Big Blind's bet is often double that of the Small Blind's bet.

Big Red

Betting on the number 7.

Bingo Board

The display that shows each number as it is called out.

Bingo Book

A set of bingo cards bound together and played one for each game at a bingo session.

Bingo Card

A form with a 5x5 grid with 24 randomly numbered spaces and one blank space (free), on which you play the bingo game.

Bingo

A game played by matching numbered balls (from 1 to 75 or sometimes 1 to 90) against numbers randomly chosen.

The game is won by the first player to match a row, column, or other designated pattern on the bingo card. Columns are assigned the letters B, I, N, G, and O.

In a 1 to 75 game the numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15. In the I column between 16 and 30. In the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45. In the G column between 46 and 60 and in the O column between 61 and 75.

Blackjack

When the original two-card hand dealt totals 21 points.

Blackout

A pattern where the whole card must be matched to win. Also known as a coverall.

Blank

A board card that doesn't seem to change the value of the hands.

Blind Bet

Often heard throughout poker circles. A blind bet is a bet that's placed without knowing which card is coming next.

Blind

A forced bet before a player sees the dealt hand.

Blocker

A card a player holds in their hand that another player needs.

Bluff Catcher

A hand that can only beat a bluff.

Bluff

To make a play that represents having a strong hand. When, in actuality, the hand is weak and offers no chance of winning.

Board

In community card games, the shared cards dealt face up on the table.

Boat

Bones

The dice.

Bonus Ball

An additional lottery number that wins prizes when combined with a winning set of the regular numbers.

Bonus Hunting/Bonus Whoring

Taking advantage of the bonus an online casino offers. In order to build a big bankroll as quickly, and with as minimal play, as possible - before cashing out.

Bonus Round

A special mode of play that triggers when specific combinations of symbols align on a video slot machine. Bonus rounds in slots provide perks such as free spins or a side game. This allows players to earn extra coins, without having to place an additional bet. In some instances bonus rounds may even lead to the activation of a mini-game.

Bonus

Special offers that online casinos provide to new and existing players. To encourage loyalty, inspire new players to sign-up and act as an incentive for casino referrals. Bonuses come in a variety of offers and each with their own special terms and conditions attached.

Book

An establishment that accepts bets on the outcome of sporting events.

Bookmaker/Bookie

A person who accepts bets on sporting events.

Bottom Pair

A pair made using the lowest card on the flop.

Boxcars

Rolling two 6 on the dice.

Break

See Bust.

Brick

A card that doesn't seem to help anyone's hand.

Bring In

To make the first bet on the first round of a hand.

Broadway

A hand comprised of an ace-high straight.

Buck

A bet of $100.

Buffalo

Betting on each hard way and on Any Seven.

Bug

The joker card, which in Pai Gow is semi-wild.

Bump

To raise.

Buried Pair

A pair made from the first two down cards dealt in stud.

Burn Card

A card that is discarded instead of being dealt.

Bust

A hand that is worth more than 21 and automatically results in a loss of the bet.

Button

Denotes which player position is the dealer and is the last to be dealt a card in the hand. This position acts last.

Buy (points)

When a player pays an additional price to receive half a point or more in his favor on a point spread game.

Buy the Rack

To buy every possible daily-double or other combination ticket.

Buy-In

The amount of money (usually in chips) needed to enter a table game or tournament.

3Bet

A betting action whereby a player makes a raise after another player has bet.

4Bet

A betting action whereby a player makes a raise after another player makes a 3bet.

Cage

What is traditionally used to shake the dice prior to rolling.

Call

Action taken to match the current bet.

Calling Station

A player who consistently calls.

Canadian Line

A combination point spread and money line in hockey.

Cap

The limit on the number of raises in a round of betting.

Capping a Bet

Secretly adding extra chips to your wager. After the deal has begun.

Card Shark

See Shark.

Caribbean Stud

A poker variant played similar to five-card stud using one deck of cards. It's played against the house rather than other players.

Carte

The request, in French, for a card to be dealt.

Case

The last card of a certain rank remaining undealt in the deck of cards.

Cash Bonus

'Free' money offered to new players depositing at an online casino for the first time. For example, a 100% deposit match, will double the value of a player's first deposit. All cash bonus offers are subject to the casino’s T&Cs.

Cashback

A refund that is periodically credited to a player's account. Based on a percentage of his/her gaming loses.

Casino Advantage

Casino

Originally a public music or dance hall venue. Now the name given to a place that offers gambling services.

Catch

When a number that’s drawn matches a number on a player's keno card.

Chalk Player

Someone who usually only plays the favored teams.

Chalk

The favored team, athlete or horse.

Chase

When a losing player continues to gamble in the hope of recouping his/her losses.

Chat Room

A private 'room' on the screen where players can send messages to other players in real time.

Check in the Dark

When a player checks before looking at their hole cards.

Check Raise

When a player checks and then makes a raise after an opponent bets.

Check

Action taken to stay in the hand without betting but with the option to call or raise latter in the current betting round.

Checked Around

When multiple players are in a hand and all players check on a given street.

Chemin De Fer

A game similar to baccarat, played mainly in France. Bets are against other players and players take turns being the Bank.

Chinese Poker

A poker variant played with a single deck of cards and two to four players.

Players are dealt 13 cards and must form three hands (of five, five, and three cards respectively), going from the strongest to weakest hands.

Points are assigned based on the strength of each hand compared to the opponent's.

Chip and a Chair

An expression meaning that even a player with one remaining chip could still win a tournament.

Chips

In a real casino on land, these are the round, colored discs, equivalent to money. They can be purchased in various denominations and used as currency to bet at the casino tables. Online casinos may also refer to chips when asking players to wager their stake.

Chop the Blinds

When only the small and big blind are left in the hand pre-flop and those players agree to take back their blinds and end the hand.

Chop

To share out a pot amongst all players remaining in the hand or tournament.

Choppy Game

A game where the players and the house are going back and forth, taking turns winning and losing.

Chuck-a-Luck

A popular variant of Sic Bo introduced in England.

Also known as Birdcage or Grand Hazard.

Circled Game

A game where the maximum bet is limited, usually due to injuries or bad weather.

Clear

An action that cancels all bets previously placed on the table and returns all chips to the players.

Closed

The time right before keno balls are drawn and no additional bets can be placed.

Closing Line

The final list of point spreads offered before game time.

Cold Call

Action taken to call after there has been a bet and a raise.

Cold Table

When the players who are betting right are losing frequently.

Cold

A machine that isn't perceived to be paying out at a high rate.

Color Up

When you request that smaller value chips be exchanged for larger value ones.

Column Bet

A bet on one of the three twelve-number columns on the roulette layout.

Combination Bet

A bet that two of the three dice will match two specified numbers. Also, Pair Match.

Combination Bet

Betting on any number of teams/horses to finish first and second, in either order.

Combination Ticket

A keno card on which a player selects at least two groups containing any number of spots and also selects how the groups shall be combined.

Combo Draw

A hand that has draws to multiple hands.

Come Bet

Betting for the shooter to win.

Come-Out

The first roll of the game.

Commission

A fee that the casino takes out of all winnings paid by the bank. This is how the casino can profit from a game that does not have a built-in house edge.

Commission

An added fee that is paid when making a Banco bet.

Community Cards

Cards that are dealt face up and can be used by any player in the hand.

Comp Points

Also known as reward points. Are points added to a player's account as a part of a casino's loyalty or VIP program. These points can be exchanged for prizes or cash.

Complete

The action in stud games where a bet is made after the bring in, that is equal to the amount of the lowest betting limit.

Connectors

Cards of consecutive rank.

Continuation Bet

An action where the player who was the raiser pre-flop bets out on the flop.

Coordinated

Used to describe a board that has connected or suited cards. Also, known as ‘wet’.

Copy

When the player and the banker have the same hand. The banker always wins the copy.

Corner Bet

A wager on four bets made by placing chips on the corner of adjacent numbers.

Also known as Carré in French roulette.

Counterfeit

When a hand becomes less valuable after community cards form a better hand.

Coup

The round of play.

Cover

To beat the point spread by the required number of points.

Crack

To beat a big hand.

Cracking the Nut

Ending up with a profit after an online gambling session.

Craps

The numbers 2, 3, or 12 and also the name of the casino game itself.

In the game of craps, two dice are rolled and certain number combinations win or lose.

Players bet on correctly predicting the outcome of the dice rolls.

Credit Button

The button used to bank money in the form of credits.

Credit

In some online casinos, bets are expressed in credits. One credit is usually equal to one monetary unit in the player's native currency.

Croupier

A French word for dealer, used to describe the person who operates the roulette wheel and collects and pays bets.

Cut Off

The position sitting to the right of the button.

Cut

After a shuffle, to divide the deck of cards into two parts, and place the bottom part on top.

Cycle

The average number of hands that pass between top payout wins on video poker machines, typically through the use of the royal flush.

Dead Heat

When two or more horses finish in a tie.

Deal

To distribute the cards.

Dealer

The casino employee responsible for distributing the cards to each player.

Deposit

A payment a player makes to his/her online casino account in order to play games for real money.

Deposit Bonus

Deuce

A two.

Dice

A numbered cube with each face showing a unique denomination between 1 to 6.

Die

The singular for dice.

Dime Line

A line where the juice is 10 per cent.

Dime

A bet of $1,000.

Dog Player

A bettor who mostly plays the underdog.

Dog

Short for "underdog”.

Dollar

A bet of $100.

Dolly

The doll-shaped marker placed on the table in the square of the winning number.

It helps players identify the winning number and remains in place until all winning wagers are paid.

Dominate

A hand that beats another player's hand because it contains a stronger combination of cards.

Don't Come

Betting for the shooter to lose.

Don't Pass Line

Betting for the shooter to lose.

Door Card

The first card visible in a stud hand or the first card revealed when the dealer spreads out the flop. Also, known as Window Card.

Double Down

To double the original bet and receive one more card.

Double for Less

Doubling down with a bet less than twice the original bet.

Double or Nothing

A bet that pays out the amount of the original wager.

Double

A bet on a number from 1 to 6. Two of the three available dice will have tdo display the designated number in order for the player to win their bet.

Down Card

A card that is dealt facing down.

Down to the Felt

A player who is out of money.

Dozen Bet

A bet on one of the three consecutive dozens on the table.

Dragon Hand

When a hand is dealt to an empty seat.

Draw Poker

A poker variant where players are allowed to discard cards and replace them with others from the deck.

Draw

See Hit.

Draw

The 20 keno balls in a round that display the winning numbers.

Draw

The lottery results.

Draw

When a player needs to receive a certain card, or cards, in order to make a given hand. For example, a player needing another heart to make a heart flush is on a “flush draw.”

Drawing Dead

When no remaining cards in the deck can give a player the winning hand.

Drawing Thin

When a player is drawing to very few outs.

Drop Percentage

The portion of a player's cash that the casino wins because of the house edge.

Drop

See Fold.

Dry

Used to describe a board that has no connected or suited cards. Also, known as ‘ragged’.

Duo

A bet that two specific numbers will show on two of the three dice.

There are fifteen possible types of duo in Sic Bo.

Easy Way

A dice roll of 4, 6, 8, or 10.

Easy

A number combination achieved by rolling dice with different values (for example, an “easy 6” is made by rolling a 2 and a 4 or by rolling a 5 and a 1).

eCOGRA

Stands for e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance. An independent agency that audits online casinos to determine that the operating standards and games are fair to players.

Edge

Having the advantage over an opponent.

Edge

A person's advantage when it comes to sports betting.

Eighty-Sixed (86'd)

Being banned by a casino for foul play.

En Prison

A rule that gives players a second chance after making an even-money bet that lost to a 0 or a 00.

The bet is left on the table for the next spin.

Encryption

A way to secure casino software and online transactions. Using complex codes that are extremely difficult to decipher.

Equity

The pot amount that a player is expected to win, based on the odds that they are in possession of the winning hand.

European Roulette

A roulette variant with a wheel that has 37 pockets and no double zero pocket.

Even

A bet that the total of the three dice combined will equal an even number.

Even-Money Bet

A bet that pays back the same amount that a player wagers.

Exotic

Any wager other than a straight bet or parlay.

Also, called a prop or proposition.

Expectation

The amount a player can expect to win on average, based on the probability that a given hand usually wins. Can be positive or negative.

Exposure

The maximum amount of money a sportsbook stands to lose on a game.

Eye-in-the-Sky

The name given to the cameras in a land-based casino that keep a watchful eye on the action.

Face Card

Card with a face (Jack, Queen, or King) of any suit.

Face

A single bingo card.

Favorite

The team expected to win an event.

Ficheur

A device used in American Roulette to group chips by color and more easily give players different colored chips.

Field

A collection of unmarked, circled spots.

Field

All the individual competitors in the event.

Fifth Street

The third round of betting when players have all the cards for a five-card hand.

Fifty Cents

A bet of $50.

Figure

The amount owed to or by a bookmaker.

Fill Up

To get a card that completes a full house.

Final Four

The remaining four teams in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Final Schnaps

A bet placed on 11, 22, and 33.

Final

A bet placed on numbers on the roulette wheel that end in the same digit. For example, ‘final 7’ with three chips means betting on 7, 17, and 27.

Fire

To bet a very large wager.

First Base

The position to the far left of the dealer and the first to be dealt cards.

First Half Bet

A bet placed only on the first half of the game.

Fish

A card player who loses frequently and tends to bet on each hand. No matter the strength of his or her cards.

Five Card Charlie

A blackjack variation where a five-card hand that doesn't bust is a winner.

Five Card Stud

A poker variant with multiple betting rounds using a single deck of cards and played against other opponents.

There are no community cards. Players are dealt one card face down in the first round and one card face up in each of the next four rounds.

Flash

An online software technology (Macromedia Flash) that doesn't require download.

Flash

A change of the odds information.

Flashboard

The display showing the numbers that make up the keno draw.

Flat Betting

Betting the same for each hand with no variation in denomination.

Flat Call

When a player calls a bet instead of raising.

Flat Top

A slot that pays a fixed jackpot amount as opposed to a progressive jackpot amount.

Flop

The first three community cards dealt, face up.

Flush

A hand comprised of all cards from the same suit.

Fold

When a player gives up and retires from the round, normally because they have a poor combination of cards or they suspect an opponent has a very strong hand.

Forecast

A bet that predicts the 1st and 2nd places for a given event.

Foul

A losing hand where the two-card low hand is set higher than the five-card high hand. Or when the cards are set with the wrong number of cards.

Fouling a Hand

Setting a hand incorrectly.

Four Corners

A pattern where the corner numbers of the card must be matched to win.

Fourth Street

The second round of betting when players are in possession of four of the total five cards dealt during a game.

Free Card

A round where all players in the hand check, so the next card is dealt without any player having to put money into the pot.

Free Space

The center square of the bingo card that does not have a number assigned to it. It can be used towards a winning pattern like a wild card.

Free Spin

When a player can spin the slots reels for real money without having to wager any of his or her own cash. While the payout for a free slots spin can vary, it's often based on the wager (number of coins) and number of paylines from the previous bet.

Freeroll

A type of tournament that has no entry fee. Also, a hand that will win or at least split the pot.

Freeze-Out

A type of tournament that doesn't allow a re-buy.

Front Hand

The last hand consisting of three cards that is required to be the weakest of the player's three hands.

Front Line

See Pass Line.

ftw

For the win.

Full House

A hand comprised of two cards of one rank and three cards of a second rank.

Full Ring

A poker game with a maximum number of nine or ten players at the table.

Futures

Bets placed predicting the outcome of a future event.

Garbage Hand

A low-value hand that generally should not be played because it is unlikely to win.

Getting Down

Making a bet.

gg

Good game.

gla

Good luck all.

Goose

The device used to mix up and draw the keno balls.

Grand Salami

The combined score of goals in all the hockey games scheduled for the day.

Grid

A matrix that shows the different bets that are possible.

Online, players click on the grid in order to place, withdraw or confirm a bet.

Grind

To play a large volume of smaller staked poker games, over a large number of hours, on a regular basis in order to make a steady profit.

A person who does this is called a grinder.

Gutshot

Half Time Bet

A bet placed only on the second half of the game.

Half-a-Dollar

A bet of $50.

Hand Behind

A five-card hand that is traditionally placed behind the two-card hand on the table.

Hand in Front

A two-card hand that is traditionally placed in front of the five-card hand on the table.

Hand

The cards a player holds, or is using, to make the best combination of cards.

Also, the play between each shuffle of the cards.

Handicap

Handicapper

The person who determines the point spread.

Handicapping

The attempt to predict the outcome of sporting events. Usually involves research.

Handle

The total amount of money bet on an event or group of events.

Hard Hand

A hand that can only have one value; either a hand without any aces or a hand with a high enough value that aces can only be worth one point.

Hard Way

A dice roll of 4, 6, 8, or 10 rolled hard before an easy way or a 7.

Hard

A number combination achieved by rolling two dice with the same value (for example, a “hard 8” is made by rolling a 4 and a 4).

Hardway

A pattern in a straight line without the use of the free space.

he

Hold'em.

Heads Up

When only two players are playing against each other in the hand.

Heads Up

When there is only one player playing at the blackjack table.

Hedging

Placing wagers on the opposite side in order to cut losses or guarantee a minimum amount of winnings.

Hi

See High Poker.

High Bet

A bet placed on all of the numbers from 19 to 36.

High Card

The highest card in a player's hand when the player's hand is worth less than a pair.

High Hand

A five-card hand.

High Poker

A poker game where the highest hand wins.

High Roller

A player who plays at high stakes and places large bets.

Hijack

The position sitting to the right of the cut-off.

Hi-Lo

Betting that the next roll will be a 2 or a 12.

Hit

A request for an additional card.

Hit

To make a hand.

Hit

To spin a winning payline combination.

Hit

When a player's number matches a number in the round's draw.

Hole Cards

The facedown cards that a player or dealer is dealt from the pack.

Home Field Advantage

The edge the home team is expected to have.

Hook

A half-point.

Hop Bet

A bet that the next roll will be a particular combination of the dice.

Horn Bet

A bet that the next roll will be a 2, 3, 11, or 12, made in multiples of four.

Hot

A player who is on a winning streak or a table where players are winning frequently.

Hot

A machine that is perceived to be paying out at a high rate.

Hot Game

A game that is drawing a lot of action on one side from knowledgeable handicappers.

Hot Table

When the players who are betting right are winning frequently.

House Edge

The likelihood that the casino will win money, calculated as the ratio of the expected player loss to the initial bet amount.

For example, a five percent house edge means that for every $10 bet a player can expect to lose 50 cents. The lower the house edge, the lower a player's chances of losing.

House

The casino.

House Way

The set of rules that all dealers must follow when constructing their two hands.

hu

Heads up.

Idiot End

The low end of a straight. Also, known as dumb end or sucker end.

Implied Odds

Odds that do not exist currently but are calculated based on expected earnings when a given hand hits.

In and Out Teaser

When the player picks the favorite, underdog, over and under of the same game.

Inside Bet

A bet placed on a specific number.

Inside Straight Draw

A straight that can be made with a single card that fills a gap in the middle of the straight.

For example, a hand of 2, 3, 5 has an inside straight draw to a 4 being dealt.

Instant Win

A type of lottery ticket that immediately indicates on the card if a prize has been won.

Insurance

A side bet that the dealer will have a natural. It is available when the dealer's up card is an ace.

Isolate

When a player raises with the intention of making all other players except one fold.

Jackpot

A big cash prize.

Jacks or Better

A variation of video poker where only hands that have a pair of Jack or higher win.

Joker

The 53rd and sometimes 54th card in a deck. Used as a wildcard.

Joker

The card that is almost always used as the wild card.

While it may sometimes be completely wild, more often than not it can only be wild to complete a straight, flush, or a straight flush.

If it does not have an opportunity to create one of these hands, then it is treated as an ace instead.

Juice

The commission the bookie earns.

Junket

A group of high rolling players that have been specially flown in by a casino.

Kicker

A card that does not itself take part in determining the rank of the hand but that may be used to break ties between hands of the same rank.

King Ticket

A keno ticket on which a player selects a single spot (referred to as the ‘king’) and then combines the king with other groups of spots to form multiple tickets within one ticket.

A king ticket may contain more than one king.

La Grande

A two-card hand that is worth nine points.

La Petite

A two-card hand that is worth eight points.

Lady

A Queen.

Lay Bet

Betting that a 7 will be rolled before the point.

Lay Down

To fold a poker hand.

Lay Odds

To make a bet on terms favorable to the other party (they would win more than they bet).

Laying the Points

Betting the favorite by giving up points.

Laying the Price

Betting the favorite by laying money odds.

Layoff

Money bet by a house with another bookmaker to reduce its liability.

Let it Ride

To add winnings from the previous bet to the current bet.

Limit

A game with a fixed limit on the bet size per round.

Limit

The maximum amount a bookmaker will allow you to bet before he changes the odds and/or the points.

Limp

To flat call the amount of the big blind.

Linemaker

The person who sets the original and subsequent betting lines. Also known as an "oddsmaker."

Lines

Odds offered to the bettor.

Little Joe

A hard 4. Sometimes referred to as “Little Joe from Kokomo.”

Live Dealer Games

Online casino games that are run by real human dealers. Players can see the dealers and games on their device using a live-streaming video link. Players can also communicate with the dealer using live chat.

Lo

See Low Poker.

Lock

An easy winner.

Long Odds

Odds generally greater than 10:1.

Longshot

An unlikely winner.

Loose

A player who plays many hands, including lower quality hands.

Low Bet

A bet on all of the first eight numbers.

Low Hand

A two-card hand.

Low Poker

A poker game where the lowest hand wins.

Low Triple

A roll of triples with the numbers 1, 2 or 3.

Lump Sum

A lottery payout that is paid in a single payment.

Maniac

A player who plays extremely aggressively and loosely.

Margin

The amount a competitor in an event finishes in front of another competitor.

Mark

The indicator on a player's keno ticket to show which numbers have been picked.

Matchplay

See Cash Bonus.

Middle Hand

The second hand consisting of five cards, that is required to be the weaker than the player's back hand and stronger than the player's front hand.

Middle Pair

A hand comprised of a pair using the middle valued card on the flop.

Middle

To win both sides of the same contest in a sports betting event. Wagering on the underdog at one point spread and the favorite at a different point spread and winning both sides.

Miss

To not make a hand.

Money Line

A bet on the winner of an event with no point spread odds.

Monkey

A 10 or a face card.

Monster

An extremely strong hand.

Move the Line

A player pays an additional price to receive half a point or more in his favor on a point spread game.

Muck

To fold a hand facedown into the discard pile.

Multiplier

A type of wild card that, when used to make a winning combination, doubles or triples (or more) the payout.

Multi-Race Ticket

A keno ticket wagered for more than one game.

All of the games covered by the ticket must be consecutive and must be wagered at the same rate.

Multi-Table Tournament (MTT)

An online tournament with more than one table of players.

Multi-Tabling

To play more than one table of online poker at once.

Natural

A come-out roll of 7 or 11.

Natural

A two-card hand that is worth 21 points and is automatically a winning hand.

Natural

A two-card hand that is worth either eight or nine points.

nh

Nice hand.

Nickel Line

A sports wagering line where the juice is five per cent.

Nickel

A bet of $500.

Nina from Pasadena

Betting that the next roll will result in a combination of 9.

nl

No limit.

No Action

A wager in which no money is lost or won.

No Limit

A game with no limit on the bet size per round.

No-Deposit Bonus

Free money that doesn't require an initial cash deposit from the player. And can usually be used without restriction at the online casino in question.

Nosebleed

Stakes that are extremely high.

np

Nice play. Also, no problem.

Nut Low

The best possible low hand.

Nut Nut

Having the best possible low hand and the best possible high hand in a split pot game.

Nuts

The best hand.

n1

Nice one.

Odds

The sportsbook's set chance of a competitor winning (adjusted to include a profit).

Off the Board

A game that the bookmaker is not offering action on at that moment.

Off-Suit

Cards of different suits.

Omaha

A poker variant similar to Hold'em with multiple betting rounds using one deck of cards and played against other opponents.

Players are dealt four hole cards and share community cards. The aim is to make the best hand using five cards (which must include two, and only two, of the hole cards).

On

When a player's card needs only one more number for a bingo.

On Tilt

A player who reacts poorly to a loss and begins to play recklessly and aggressively.

One-Roll Bet

Betting on the results of the very next roll.

Online Casino

An online version of a traditional, physical casino. The online casino can be web-based (no downloading of software needed to play) or download-based (a software client needs to be downloaded in order to play).

Open

Any point in time when the casino is accepting more keno wagers for the coming draw.

Open

To make the first bet in a round.

Open-Ended Straight Draw

A straight that can be made with one of two cards that completes either end of a straight.

For example, a hand of 2, 3, 4, 5 has an open-ended straight draw to a 6 or an ace being dealt.

Out

An undealt card that has the potential to form a winning hand.

Outdraw

To make a better hand (than the opponent's) by drawing better cards.

Outlaw Line

The earliest line in sports betting. This is an overnight line that only a handful of players are allowed to bet into.

Outside Bet

Even-money bets like black/red, even/odd, and high/low.

Over Card

A hole card that is higher than any card on the board.

Over Pair

A pocket pair that is a higher rank than the cards on the board.

Over/Under

A bet on whether the combined total of the points/goals scored by the two teams will exceed or be less than a specified number.

Overbet

A bet that is larger than the size of the pot.

Overdrawn

A number that appears to be drawn more frequently than would seem random. Also known as hot.

Overdue

A number that appears to be drawn less frequently than would seem random.

Overlay

When the action is in favor of the gambler.

Overlay

Odds which are higher than they should be and favor the player.

Overlay

When a poker room adds money to the prize pool beyond the total of the buyins.

Paint

A face card.

Pair

A hand comprised of two cards of the same rank.

Parlay

Adding winnings from the previous roll to the current bet.

Parlay

To bet on two or more games with the intent of reinvesting the winnings from the first win on the next wager. All selections must be correct for the parlay to win.

Pass Line

Betting for the shooter to win.

Pass

To not bet or to fold.

Passive

A poker player who bets/raises infrequently and tends to call instead.

Pat

An unbusted hand worth at least 17 points and the player takes no more cards.

Pat

To keep a hand without taking any more cards.

Pay Table

A chart that lists the payout structure for winning hand combinations.

Payline

The line of symbols on a reel that pays out when a winning combination of symbols is hit. There can be as little as three paylines on an online slot or as many as 100.

A payline can be a straight line across all the reels or it can take the form of a variety of predetermined shapes. For example, vertical along a single reel or zigzag across multiple reels.

Payoff

The money received by the player from a win.

Payout Percentage

The statistical percentage of every bet wagered that will be returned to the player. This is always less than 100%, and the lower the percentage, the more profitable the machine for the casino.

For example, a game with a 96% payout percentage is expected to pay out $0.96 for every dollar wagered. The other $0.04 is retained by the casino, and represents the house's statistical edge.

Picks

Bets.

Pineapple

A poker variant similar to Hold'em with multiple betting rounds using one deck of cards and played against other opponents.

Players are dealt three hole cards and share community cards. Players must discard one of their hole cards after the flop is dealt.

Pips

The dots on the dice.

Place Bet

A bet that wins if a specific number is rolled before the round ends and similarly loses if the shooter hits the point, or a 7, before hitting the specific number.

Place

To finish in the top three, four or sometimes top five in a competition or event.

Playthrough Requirement

The terms that an online casino places on its bonuses. Generally playthrough requirements require players to place a specified number of bets, or spend a specified amount of money at the casino, before they can release any winnings generated by the bonus cash.

Typically only select casino games qualify towards the playthrough requirement. Not all games contribute equally either.Pocket Cards The facedown cards that a player or dealer gets.

Pocket Pair

Paired hole cards.

Point Spread

The points given to the team less likely to win to even its odds against the team favored to win.

Point

The number established by the come-out roll. It can be any number other than a natural or craps.

Poker

The generic name given to a wide variety of table card games, usually those that have set rounds of betting and where winning is determined by a hierarchy of card combinations.

Pokies

Australian and New Zealand term for slot games.

Position

The order in which a player acts during a round.

Early position players are first to act, late position players act after other players have acted.

Post

To place chips into the pot, usually an ante or blind.

Postage Stamp

A pattern where a 2x2 grid is formed in any of the four corners.

Pot Limit

A game with a fixed bet size per round which is equivalent to the size of the current pot.

Pot Odds

The ratio of the amount of money in the pot. Compared to the amount of money needed to call a bet.

Pot

The amount of chips/money from blinds, antes, and bets that accumulates during each round and is eventually paid out to the overall winner of that hand.

Powerball

A lottery variant where the jackpot prize is won by matching five numbers and the bonus ball.

Smaller prizes can be won by matching a lesser combination of numbers.

Press a Bet

To add winnings from the previous bet to the current bet.

Press

To wager a larger amount than usual.

Price

The odds or point spread.

Progressive Jackpot

A jackpot game that grows larger over time and is often linked to a network of machines. The jackpot continues to grow until it’s won, at which point the machine resets back to a predetermined starting amount.

Progressive Slot

A slot game that is linked to other progressive jackpots that pool the prize across thousands of online players.

Prop (Proposition) Bet

A special wager offered by the sportsbook on unique and various topics.

These wagers can be on sporting events, politics, and even trial outcomes. The wagers use the money line format of payoff odds.

Puckline

Giving odds of a goal spread in hockey instead of using a Canadian Line, where both a goal spread and money line are played.

Pull Tab

A type of lottery ticket where the number or symbol is covered by something that must be pulled away to reveal the symbol.

Punto

The player. Also, the bet that is placed on the player winning and also the hand that sits opposite the Banco hand.

Puppy

The underdog.

Push

A tie situation where neither the house nor the player wins or loses.

Push

A tie with the dealer with a non-busted hand. This results in neither a win nor a loss.

Push

A tie. This occurs when one of the players hands beats the banker's corresponding hand, and the other player's hands lose or tie.

In this case the player's bet is returned and nothing further happens.

Push

When a contest ends with no winner or loser for wagering purposes.

Quads

A hand comprised of four cards of the same rank.

Quarter Bet

A bet on four numbers with a single wager. Similar to a corner bet.

Quick Pick

A lottery ticket with numbers automatically selected by the computer instead of the player. Also known as a Lucky Dip.

Quick Pick

A straight keno ticket with numbers automatically selected by the computer instead of the player.

Rabbit Hunt

Dealing out what would have been the remaining cards after a hand has ended, before all cards have been dealt.

Rag

A card that is of little value and doesn't improve the quality of the hand.

Rail

To observe, not play, a casino game.

Rainbow

Three or four cards that are of different suits.

Raise

Action taken to bet at least double the blind or ante.

Rake

A percentage or flat fee that is collected by the house for each hand of poker played.

Random Number Generator

A special set of mathematical instructions, known as algorithms, that ensure a fair and unbiased outcome in a casino's games.

Rank

The numerical value of a card.

Re-Bet

A bet involving the same amount that was wagered in the previous game.

Re-Buy

An additional amount of chips or money that a player can buy, either when knocked out of the hand or when running low on chips/money.

Redraw

A made hand that has a draw to an even better hand.

Reels

The rotating element of a slot machine that's covered in symbols. Players spin the reels after placing their bet and where the reels come to rest determines if the bet is successful. Many online slots have five reels, but some games have three, seven, or even nine.

Reload Bonus

Bonus money players get for subsequent deposits.

Represent

To act in a way that indicates having a specific hand.

Return

A player's total winnings on a bet.

Reverse Tells

Body language, expressions, and repeated actions in similar situations, that intentionally give false information about a hand that a player has.

Right Bettor

The person betting with the shooter.

Ring Game

A regular poker game that is not a tournament.

River

The final community card dealt.

RNG

Roll

See Bankroll.

Rolled Up

In seven card stud, a starting hand of three of a kind.

Roulette Wheel

The rotating mechanism that determines which bets win and which bets lose.

The roulette wheel typically contains either 37 or 38 distinct pockets.

Rounder

Someone who plays well and makes a living from playing poker.

Royal Flush

The top ranked hand comprised of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and ten of the same suit.

Royalties

Special bonuses that can be won for playing pre-determined strong hands.

For example, having quads or better on the back hand or using all 13 cards to make a single straight or a flush.

Run down

All the lines for a specific date, sport, time, etc.

Runline

In baseball, a spread used instead of the money line.

Runner

One who places bets for another.

Scalper

Someone who attempts to profit from the differences in odds from book to book by betting both sides of the same game at different prices.

Scare Card

A community card that likely gives an opponent a better hand.

Scared Money

A bankroll that a player cannot afford to lose or a stake limit that is too high for a player's bankroll.

Scatter Symbol

Special symbols that pay out when two or more appear anywhere on the screen during a slots game. Even outside of a winning payline. Scatter symbols, or scatters as they're also referred to, can serve as a special multiplier. To raise a player's bet by double, triple, or higher, And may also trigger free spins or bonus rounds when they randomly appear.

Scoop

To win all three hands against an opponent.

Scoop

To win the entire pot, usually in high-low split games.

Scouts

Person(s) who waits for what he thinks is an unusually strong wager. Also known as a "sports player."

Scratch Card

A type of lottery ticket where the number or symbol is covered by something that must be scratched off to reveal the symbol.

Second Pair

See

To call a bet.

Semi-Bluf

To make a play that represents having a strong hand when, in actuality, the hand is weak, although it has some potential to make a winning hand.

Set

A hand comprised of three cards of the same rank.

In games with community cards, a set is comprised of two hole cards and one community card.

Set

To place the dealt cards into the three separate hands of the game.

Set

To place the dealt cards into the two separate hands of the game.

Seven Card Stud

A poker variant with multiple betting rounds using one deck of cards and played against other opponents.

There are no community cards. Players are dealt one card face down in each of the first two rounds, one card face up in each of the next four rounds and one card face down in the final round.

Seven Out

When the shooter rolls a 7 before making the point and loses the pass line bet.

Seventh Street

The fifth and final round of betting when players have all the cards for a seven-card hand.

sh

Short handed.

Shark

An expert card player.

Shill

A player paid by the casino to make up numbers in underrepresented table games and tournaments.

Shooter

The person rolling the dice.

Short Stack

Having a smaller number of chips compared to the other players in the game or compared to the maximum allowed buy-in amount. Usually less than 100 times the big blind.

Short-Handed

A card game that is being played with fewer than the typical number of players.

Showdown

When the remaining players at the end of a hand show their cards to determine who the winner is.

Shut Out

What happens to a bettor who tries to place a bet after the action closes. Also, when the losing team do not score at all.

Sic Bo

A three-dice game where the player predicts the outcome of the roll of the dice.

Side Pot

A secondary pot that is formed when one or more players go all-in and there is still additional betting from other players remaining in the hand.

Sides

The two teams or athletes playing - the underdog and the favorite.

Simple Bet

The player bets on one single number and the payout varies depending on the number of dice bearing the single number selected.

The payout can range from 1:1 in the case of a single die to 10:1 for all three dice.

Single

A bet on one selection to win. Also known as a straight up bet.

Single-Table Tournament (STT)

An online tournament with only one table of players.

Sixth Street

The fourth round of betting when players have six cards for a seven-card hand.

Slow Play

To play a strong hand as if it was very weak. Thereby misleading other players as to the true strength of the hand.

Small Bet

A bet that the sum of all three dice will be between 4 and 10.

Small Blind

The forced bet from the player in the seat directly to the left of the dealer.

Smooth Call

Snake Eyes

Two 1s on the dice.

Soft Hand

A hand that contains one or more aces that can be worth either 1 or 11.

Special

Games that are usually played with a different set of card other than the pack purchased at admission.

Speed Bingo

A bingo variant where numbers are called very quickly and bingos can be made in as few as three numbers.

Split Hand

To split the initial two cards into two separate hands. This is allowed only when the initial two cards are of equal rank.

Split Pair

In seven card stud, when a down card matches the up card making a pair.

Split Pot

A pot that is shared by two or more players.

Split Ticket

A keno ticket on which the equivalent of two or more straight or basic tickets are written.

Each group of spots on a split ticket is evaluated separately.

Sports Lottery

A type of lottery where winners are selected based on outcomes of sports events.

Sportsbook

The person, shop or website accepting bets.

Spot

Numbers that have been marked on a keno ticket.

Spread

Square Pair

Square

A novice when it comes to sports betting.

ss

Short Stacked.

Staggered Payout

A pay table that pays more to slots players that have wagered more.

Stakes

The limit a given table has for betting and raising.

Also, the maximum value of the blinds in blind games.

Standoff

When both hands are of equal value. Also, a bet that the hands will tie.

Steam

When a line starts to move rapidly.

Steaming

See On Tilt.

Sticky Bonus

A special type of cash bonus that cannot be cashed out. It's used by casinos online to pad players' bankrolls. So that they can play more or at higher stakes.

Store

Straddle

An optional extra blind bet, typically made by the player one to the left of the big blind and equal to twice the big blind.

The straddler acts last before the flop and may re-raise.

Straight Bet

A bet placed on a single number.

Straight Bet

A wager on just one team, athlete or horse.

Straight Flush

The second ranked hand comprised of five consecutive cards of the same suit (that isn't a royal flush).

Straight Ticket

A keno ticket on which a player selects spots without any groupings.

Straight

A hand comprised of five cards of consecutive rank.

Street Bet

A bet placed on three numbers at once.

Street

A round of action.

Strong Bet

A bet on all three dice at once. For example, betting that the same number will appear on all three dice.

Stud Poker

A poker variant played with both up cards and down cards.

Suit

The colored category into which cards are grouped. Traditionally red hearts and red diamonds and black spades and black clubs.

Some online decks offer four colors: red hearts, blue diamonds, green clubs and black spades.

Suited Connectors

Cards of consecutive rank and of the same suit.

Super Stud

A poker variant played similarly to Caribbean Stud but with a progressive jackpot.

Surrender

An option to pay a penalty and throw away a hand.

Surrender

To forfeit a blackjack hand and have half of the bet returned. This action can be taken only before any other action is made.

Symbols

The pictures, numbers, or letters on a slot machine's reels that are used to determine winning combinations. Typically slots symbols include imagery that reinforces a game's theme. Such as fruit, dollar signs, or cartoon characters. Symbols in video slots games online are often animated (sometimes in 3D) and may talk or trigger music when hit.

Table

To turn cards face up at showdown.

Tai Sai

Another term for Sic Bo.

Take Odds

To accept a bet, or to make a bet, on terms not favorable to the other party (they would win less than they bet).

Taking the Points

Betting the underdog and its advantage in the point spread.

Taking the Price

Betting the underdog and accepting money odds.

Tank

To take time to think through a decision before making an action.

Tapped Out

A player who is totally out of money.

Teaser

A bet on two or more teams where the line on each team is adjusted in the favor of the bettor.

Like a parlay, all selections must be correct for the teaser to win.

Tells

Body language, expressions, and repeated actions in similar situations that can give away information about a hand that a player has.

Texas Blackout

A bingo variant where the first number is called and depending upon whether that number is even or odd, all the even (or odd) numbers are considered wild and are matched. The game then proceeds to a blackout.

Texas Hold'em

A poker variant with multiple betting rounds, using one deck of cards and played against other opponents.

Players are dealt two hole cards and share community cards. The objective is to make the best hand using five cards (including one, two, or no hole cards).

Third Base

The position nearest to the dealer's right and the last to be played before the dealer's hand is played.

Third Street

The first round of betting in seven-card stud, when players have three of the seven cards.

Three of a Kind

A hand comprised of three cards of the same rank.

Ticket

A sports betting wager.

Ticket

The gridded form, numbered 1 to 80, that players use to place keno bets.

Tie

A wager in which no money is lost or won because the teams' scores were equal to the number of points in the given line.

Tight

A player who doesn't play many hands and tends to play higher quality hands.

Tilt

When a player has hit a losing streak.

Toke

Meaning to tip the dealer.

Top Pair

A hand comprised of a pair using the highest card on the flop.

Total

A bet that indicates the total combined value of all three dice.

Total

The combined amount of runs, points or goals scored by both teams during the game, including the overtime (see Over/Under).

Totals Bet

A proposition bet in which the bettor speculates that the total score by both teams in a game will be more or less than the line posted by the sportsbook.

Tournament

A consecutive series of keno games, where winning depends upon overall performance across all contributing the games.

Trey

A three.

Triple

A strong bet that all three dice will show the same number.

Trips

A hand comprised of three cards of the same rank.

In games with community cards, trips are comprised of one hole card and two community cards.

True Odds

The real odds of something happening.

Turkey

A player who acts disrespectfully to the dealer.

Turn

The fourth of the five community cards dealt.

ty

Thank you.

(The) Cage

The name given to the place where the casino keeps its money.

Under the Gun

The position sitting to the left of the blinds where players act first before the flop and immediately after the blinds on all other streets.

Under

A wager that the total points scored by two teams will be under a certain figure.

Underdog

The team perceived to be most likely to lose. Also known as the "dog" for short.

Up Card

A card that is dealt face up.

utg

Under the gun.

Value Bet

A bet made with the intention of getting called by a worse hand.

Value

Getting the best odds on a wagering proposition and the highest possible edge.

Variance

The amount of difference or change.

Variance

A measure of the swings in winning and losing in poker.

Vigorish

The bookmaker's commission on a losing bet. Also known as "juice" or "vig" for short.

Virgin

A number combination that has never been drawn before.

Virtual Casino Games

Online casino games that are computer-operated and determined by Random Number Generators.

Wad

See Bankroll.

Wager

See Bet.

Wagering Requirement

Way Ticket

A keno ticket on which a player selects at least two groups containing an equal number of spots, which are then combined to form several straight or basic ticket combinations within one ticket.

Each group played must be wagered at the same rate.

Weak Bet

A bet on a single number to appear on a single die.

Wet

Whale

A bad player with a very large bankroll.

Whales

Mega rich players who bet big and can afford to lose.

Wheel

A five-card straight from ace to five.

Whiff

To miss a draw.

Wild Card

The card in the deck (including the joker). That is designated to represent any other card to make the best possible hand.

Wild Number

A bingo variant where the first number called determines the wild number and then all numbers on the bingo card that end in that wild number are matched. For example, if 42 is called, all numbers ending in 2 are matched.

Wild Symbol

A symbol that can be substituted for other symbols on the reel. When a wild symbol appears it can be combined with the symbols around it to make a winning combination. In some games Wilds will pay out even if they aren't on a payline. They sometimes also serve as a special multiplier that can double, triple, or more the payout of a winning combination of symbols. Typically in video slots games online Wild symbols usually cannot be substituted for Scatter symbols.

Wired Cards

A pair, trips, or four of a kind dealt consecutively or back-to-back in a hand.

Also, when the two hole cards are paired.

Wiseguy

A knowledgeable handicapper or bettor.

Writer

The casino employee conducting the keno action.

Wrong Bettor

The person betting against the shooter.

YW

You're welcome.

yhs

Your hand sucks.

Yo

The number 11

Top 10 Gambling Terms and their origin