Casino Terminology

Have you ever wondered what these strange words used inside online casinos are and what they mean? Although we cannot provide you the entire list, here are a few of the words most commonly used.

Add-On
In poker tournaments which are classified as re-buy tournaments, players will add-on more money to their bankroll.
All-In
In poker, moving all your chips in on the wager is going all-in with all of your money on the call or raise.
Ante
In poker and other table games, the amount of money wagered at the start of the game.
Arm
The casino player who plays craps and can control the outcome of the dice is said to be the arm.
Baccarat
This game is called Punto Banco by some players. The game is a card game where players bet on the player, the banker or a tie hand.
Banker
The dealer in table games.
Bankroll
Amount of money a player has budgeted for their gambling fun.
Bet
How much the player is wagering is called a bet.
Betting Limits
Table limits are called betting limits. Betting limits are minimum and maximum bets allowed at the table.
Blinds
The forced bet in poker's game of Texas Hold'em.
Bump
To Raise
Burn Cards
Cards the dealer burns before starting the deal.
Buy-In
The pre-determined amount of money required to buy-in at any table.
Call
In order to stay in the game of poker, you have to match the current bet played with a call.
Card Counting
Ken Uston made this little trick famous. There's a way to count cards which can determine the probable outcome in blackjack. Card counting is varied and players can count an entire shoe or they can simply count fives and aces.
Casino Advantage
House Edge the casino has over the players of the game which is usually calculated by a certain percentage.
Chips
Casino's answer to money so players don't view their money in cash, but instead only see chips on the table.
Cold
A player on a losing streak or a cold table means everyone (for the most part) appears to be losing.
Color Up
Exchanging smaller chips for larger denomination chips is called coloring up and is usually done at the end of a gaming session.
Comps
Casino freebies
Craps
A casino table game which involves shooting two dice and players winning big money or going for broke unless they have some money management control; craps is a fast-paced game.
Croupier
The dealer of a roulette or baccarat game is called a croupier.
Cut Card
The plastic card used to cut the cards fairly.
Deal
When the cards are dealt to the player, it is called the deal.
Deuce
The "2" card.
Dice
The two little box-like cubes used in sic-bo and craps
Doubling Down
A blackjack betting option usually only offered on 9, 10, and 11 in standard variation games of blackjack.
Down Card
The card dealt face down which you can not see the value of at the time.
Draw
Many different meanings for poker is said to be the draw. The most common use of the word is when you "draw" cards in the game and you can be "drawing" on a straight which means you need to draw a card to complete your straight.
Edge
An advantage over an opponent or the house's advantage over you.
Encryption
The software used to keep money transfers safe online.
Even Money Bet
A wager which pays players even money means the bet pays 1 to 1
Eye in the Sky
Surveillance cameras in the casino
Face Card
Jacks, Queens, Kings, Aces
Fifth Street
In seven card stud, the third round of betting.
Fish
In cards, an easy player to beat.
Flop
The first three community cards dealt in Texas Hold'em.
Fourth Street
In seven card stud, the second round of betting.
Hand
The cards you are dealt become your hand.
Hard way Bet
Betting on the hard ways in craps means you place a bet for the dice to be thrown with matching faces. There are 4 ways this can happen. Fives, fours, threes and twos.
High Roller
Someone who spends a lot of money in the casinos.
Hole Card
The facedown card of the dealer in blackjack.
Hot
A player who is untouchable by the casino because of their winning streak or a "hot" table is a table which is paying off for the players.
House Edge
This is the casino's advantage over players.
Inside Bets
In roulette, bets on the numbers inside on the board. The inside bets can be any inside bet combination.
Insurance
A bet for dummies in blackjack.
Jackpot
Large or the largest payout on a slot machine
Juice
Commission added for the house. Often used in sportsbetting more than anything else.
Kicker
Usually a high card in poker which makes the hand a winning hand.
Loose
Slots which are paying out.
Martingale
A betting strategy which encourages players to double up after a loss.
Maximum Bet
The most you can bet on any one hand.
Natural
A dealer's blackjack.
Negative Expectation Game
A game which is expected to give the player a loss each and every hour they play because the house's edge is so high.
Net Winnings
Total winnings after you take out the amount of money you risked.
Odds
What the chance is you will win.
Payline
The line which indicates where the reels must stop for a player to win on a slot machine.
Payout
The amount a player is paid out.
Pigeon
A player who doesn't know how to play the games they play.
Pit
Where the employees of the casino gather to talk and rate players!
Pit Boss
The boss of the employees who are standing in the pit rating the players!
Point
In craps, the point is the number rolled first which is what the player must roll again before the number 7 appears.
Poker
A card game with great history.
Pot
The money wagered on each hand in poker which the winning player of each hand will win.
Pressing
To add to your wager.
Progressive
A progressive machine is a slot machine with a large jackpot. The jackpot increases as the machine is played.
Push
A tie hand.
Quads
Four of a kind in poker.
Rake
The house commission.
Rated
A player who turns in a player's card is rated and this is a system which is used to help the casino decide how much RFB they receive.
RFB
In casino comps, this means room, food, board
Session
Time spent at the table or playing.
Seventh Street
In Seven card stud, the fifth and final round of betting.
Shark
A skilled player.
Shill
A player who plays in the game for the house.
Shoe
The shoe is what holds the cards for the dealer. It is usually a plastic or wooden box which sets on the table.
Showdown
In poker, the last hand, if any players are left to the end, they all must show their hands in a showdown.
Sixth Street
In seven card stud, the fourth round of betting.
Skin
A dollar.
Snake Eyes
On the dice, when one shows up on each dice for a total of two is called snake eyes in craps.
Soft Hand
A hand in blackjack where an ace is calculated as one or an eleven.
Stiff
A hand in blackjack which could be a bust hand if dealt one more card.
Surrender
To forfeit half your bet to protect your bankroll from further loss.
Tapped Out
Busted, broke, out of money.
Tilt
Poker players who are dealt a bad beat hand are said to go on tilt after the bad beat trying to make up for lost hands won and salvage their playing position.
Third Street
In seven card stud, the first round of betting.
Trips
Three cards ranked the same, three of a kind.
VIP
Same as a whale, very important person to the casino.
Wager
The money you bet.
Whale
High rollers bet £100 hands, whales bet thousands per hand.
White Meat
When you are in the profit.
Wild Royal Flush
A royal flush which is only accomplished by the wild cards.