Glossary contains explanations for some commonly heard, and some
rarer terminology and phrases used within the gambling community.
It also contains short descriptions of the main games.
specific Poker Glossary,
contains phrases particularly related to poker.
The amount of money wagered by a player during an entire playing
with all-in betting there are no refunds given for scratched or
competitors or teams in an event where a bet is placed. Should
an event be cancelled then the amount bet will be refunded.
up: This involves picking the winners of more than one
event. A single wager
amount is placed on more than one outcome, whereby the stake and
winnings of the first selection will be rolled over into the second
selection and so on.
Man: The player betting on the last box on the blackjack
table and making the final decision, therefore anchoring the game.
Usually in poker, a term used for the first money wagered on a
Craps: A one-roll dice bet covering the 2, 3, or 12.
Seven: A one-roll dice bet covering any 7.
A casino test to determine if a dealer will be hired. Can be conducted
on a live game.
A card game where the winning hand totals closest to 9 discounting
all units of 10. Originating from the game, Chemin de Fer.
Line: See Don’t Pass Line.
An English casino term for thousand, e.g., 5 bag = 5 thousand.
The amount of money a player has for one gaming session.
the 12: Makes the 12 a push on the Don’t Pass Bar.
Area on the dice table where the majority of bets are made and
Dealer: Dice dealer in charge of one of the bases.
Strategy: The mathematically correct way to play blackjack.
Limits: The minimum and maximum that can be wagered on
Right: Betting on the Pass Line or with the shooter.
Wrong: Betting on the Don’t Pass or against the shooter.
A card game where players try to beat the dealer by getting closest
to 21 without going over.
A hand whose first two cards total 21.
To accept a bet.
Area of the dice table controlled by the boxman.
The casino employee in charge of the craps table. The boxman sits
between the base dealers.
To exceed 21.
Card: Any card placed in the discard rack without being
entered into play.
Bet: A bet made verbally.
Counting: A system to keep track of the percentage of high
cards to low cards. Used in blackjack to gain an advantage over
Stud: A five-card poker game with all players playing against
Color: Exchange one-color denomination casino chip for
denomination casino chips are different colors.
Name given to the tokens used at the gaming tables.
Up/Out: Exchange smaller denomination chips for larger
Bet: A wager placed on the Come Line. Same as rules as
the Pass Line, but placed after the point has been established.
Line: Area on the craps table where Come Bets are placed.
Roll: The first roll of the dice or the first roll after
a point has been made. This roll establishes the point.
Out: Rolling a Crap (2, 3, or 12) on the come-out roll.
Dice term for 2, 3, and 12.
Dice/Craps dealers assigned to the game.
Term mainly used when referring to roulette and sometimes
To divide the deck into two parts.
Card: A hard plastic card used to cut the deck.
A casino employee who deals the various games.
means the agreed payout or return on any bet.
Rack: Area of the table where the used cards are placed.
Come Bet: A bet placed on the Don’t Come Bar. Same
rules as the Don’t Pass Line, except placed after the come-out
Pass Bet: A wager placed prior to the Come-Out Roll that
a seven will be rolled before a point is repeated.
Pass Line: The area on the layout where Don’t Pass
Bets are placed.
Up: To increase a wager after the first two cards are drawn.
Where competitors in an event finish evenly. Where there
is a draw and this is not offered as a betting option, the return
will be divided by the number of joint winners.
The casino’s advantage.
Money: When the player has a blackjack and the dealer has
an ace showing, a payout offered before the hole card is checked.
Pays 1-1 instead of 3-2.
A payoff of 1-1.
Cards: The king, queen, or jack of each suite.
Base: The first seat nearest the shoe.
The table bank.
A casino employee who is part of the management team.
Line: See Pass Line.
A good tipper.
to Head: Select the team, or player, you believe will win
the game or an event.
To take another card.
Card: The dealer's face-down card.
Bet: A one-roll bet that combines the 2, 3, 11, and 12.
A side bet that the dealer has a blackjack. It’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
it Ride: A poker game.
A break-in dealer. Called this because their dealing is
Chinese term used in casinos for a card valued at ten.
A promotional chip which can’t be exchanged for cash.
Chances of winning expressed in dollar (monetary) terms.
Against: The odds when you will win more than double your
money. E.g. for a $1 stake the dividend would be anything more
Term meaning that bets are not working.
Bets: Wagers that will win or lose depending on the next
roll of the dice.
The flat paddle used on the baccarat tables to scoop the
Bet: A wager made prior to the come-out roll that a point
Line: The area where a Pass-Line Bet is placed.
A casino patron.
Dice term for the number rolled on the come-out roll if
a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. The point has to be repeated before a seven
rolls for the Pass Line bets to win.
Increasing a bet by double.
Bet: Dice bets on number combinations.
A casino player.
When the dealer and the player have hands with the same
total. No one wins or loses.
Bettor: A person betting on the Pass Line.
Rolling a seven after the point has been established.
A person employed by the casino as a game starter.
Name given to the box in which the dealer places the freshly
shuffled cards. Each hand is then dealt from the shoe.
The person rolling the dice.
Hand: Any blackjack hand that contains an ace valued at
A collection of all the bets taken on a fixed odds betting
To not take any more cards.
The amount of money that is bet.
The dice dealer who calls the numbers rolled and controls the
Poker: Poker game with no draw.
To give up half the wager before the hand is complete.
Test: See Audition.
The casino coins used to play slot machines.
The dealer’s exposed card.
A high roller; big spender.
A dice term meaning that the bets are in play.
Bet: A one-roll dice bet on the horn including the seven.
Bettor: A dice player who bets on the Don’t Pass