Casino Glossary

To get the most out of your casino gaming experience, you want to talk the talk. Understanding casino lingo is the first step in playing like pro. We have compiled a list of the most important words in our casino glossary below which will help you gain a complete comprehension of casino words, casino phrases and casino concepts.

You will no longer misunderstand the rules of a game or not quite get the instructions when opening a casino account. Here you will find a detailed casino glossary of everything you need to know and more. Go expand your casino vocabulary now.

Online Blackjack Glossary

  • Bankroll: The bankroll is the total money a player has put together for a game of blackjack. To be an effective player it is very important for a player to be able to manage his bankroll efficiently.
  • Blackjack hand: This is considered to be the definitive winning hand in blackjack. It is a 2-card hand, an Ace and any of the cards that has the value of 10, which adds up to 21.
  • Blackjack strategy: Blackjack is a game that requires skill. Blackjack strategy is the technical know-how a player needs to have in place to be able to plan his moves based on the hand he gets.
  • Bet: This is the amount a player wagers for a specific hand in a game of blackjack.
  • Bet spread: The bet spread is the ratio between the two extremes a player bets at – the minimum and the maximum.
  • Bust: When you have a hand that has a combined value that is more than 21, you go ‘bust’. This means you effectively lose the hand outright.
  • Bust card: The bust card is that one card that takes a player’s hand value over 21.
  • Card counting: Card counting is a system that has been devised to help players win more regularly at blackjack. This system allows a player to track the cards that have been already dealt, which then gives them an idea of what the remaining cards are and how the hands are likely to play out.
  • Chips: These are the tokens you get to play blackjack with once you have deposited funds into your account. Once you finish the game you take the chips to cash out your winnings.
  • Dealer: The dealer is the person who deals the cards to the player during a game of blackjack. In the online version, the dealer is usually not visible, while in the live casino version there is an actual casino dealer dealing the cards.
  • Double down – The double down is one of the options a player gets in blackjack. This move allows a player to take one more card from the dealer and then end his turn. The double down is available only for the first two cards in a hand.
  • Edge – The percentage advantage the casino has over the player.
  • Expose: This is the act of turning a card over so all can view what it is, the value it holds, and what it does to the hand.
  • Face cards: The face cards are all the cards with a face on them – Jack, Queen, and King. Face cards all have a value of 10.
  • Flat bet: When a player bets the same amount of money on each hand, it is called a flat bet.
  • Hard total: The hard total is the term used to describe a hand where the Ace is not counted as an 11.
  • Hit: Hit is another option that a player has in blackjack. When a player hits, he is basically asking the dealer for another card.
  • Hole Card: The hole card is a dealer’s card. This card is dealt face down and remains so till all the hands have been completed.
  • Insurance: Insurance is what a player can ask for if he feels the dealer may be on the verge of a blackjack – a 21. This usually happens if the dealer hand shows an Ace as a face-up card.
  • Martingale system: The Martingale system is one of the most well-known and frequently used betting systems in blackjack. This system encourages a player to double the bet each time he loses, so when he finally wins again his losses are recovered.
  • Natural: This is another term used for a blackjack. It is a 2-card hand with an Ace and a face card.
  • Pair: This is a hand with two cards of the same denomination, including face cards.
  • Push: When the dealer and a player have hands of the same value, it is called a push.
  • Shoe: Usually seen to the left of the dealer, the shoe is a placeholder, often like a box, to keep the cards that have not yet been dealt.
  • Soft hand: A hand where the Ace is counted as 11. This hand is the opposite of a hard hand.
  • Split: The split allows a player to split two cards of equal value. There are conditions associated with the split: the player has to match the original bet while splitting, and then play each hand separately. The split option is available only to the player.
  • Stand: The stand option allows a player to stay put: the player gets no more cards for the remainder of the hand.
  • Surrender: The surrender option allows you to quit the game. When you surrender, you lose half the bet, which means you still get to keep half of it. It is a good option to go for if you are dealt a hand that gives you minimal chances of winning.

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Online Roulette Glossary

  • American wheel: This is a roulette wheel that has 38 numbers instead of 37: a 0, a 00, and the numbers 1 to 36.
  • Backtrack: The ‘backtrack’ is the strip on the outer rim of the roulette table. The ball spins across on it before coming to a stop on a numbered pocket.
  • Biased numbers: This term is used to refer to numbers that the ball stops on more than usual. A biased number is usually seen if the wheel itself is biased.
  • Biased wheel: A defective roulette wheel is commonly referred to as a biased wheel. A biased wheel is the cause of unfair or biased results.
  • Black bet – A bet placed on the ball coming to rest on a black number is called a black bet.
  • Bottom track: The bottom track is a part of the roulette table and is seen between the pockets and the backtrack.
  • Column bet: A roulette table has 3 columns. A column bet is a bet placed on a single column of 12 numbers.
  • Combination bet: A combination bet allows a player to use chips in the same position while he bets on more than one number at a time.
  • Corner bet: A corner bet is a bet that players can place on the four numbers at the four corners of the roulette table. This bet pays out at 8:1.
  • Croupier: The dealer is also called the croupier in roulette. While online roulette games may not use a live croupier, players get to interact with real croupiers in live roulette games.
  • Double Zero: Also referred to commonly as 00, this is the extra pocket that is seen only in American roulette. A bet on this number is also called a double zero bet.
  • Dozen bet: Any bet that is placed on a group of 12 numbers is called a dozen bet. The numbers could be between 1 and 12, 13 and 24, and 25 and 36.
  • En Prison Rule: The En Prison rule is applicable to even-money bets. When the result of a roll of the ball is zero, this rule allows players to do one of two things:
  • Surrender half the bet.
  • Let the bet stay on for another spin and win the entire bet amount back if he wins on the extended spin. If the result of the second spin is also zero, the player loses the entire amount wagered.
  • European wheel: Also known as the French wheel, this roulette wheel has just one zero, i.e the 00 is not seen here.
  • Even bet: An even bet is a bet on the even numbers on the table. This bet pays out at 1:1.
  • First four bet: This bet encourages players to bet on the first 4 numbers: 0, 1, 2, and 3. The chips are placed between 0 and 3 on the table’s outer right boundary.
  • Five-number bet: This bet is also called the Special Line bet and allows players to bet on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 simultaneously. A bet on the 00 means this bet is available only in American roulette. This bet gives the online casino a 7.89% house edge over the player.
  • Green numbers: The numbers 0 and 00 are also called the green numbers.
  • High bet: The high bet is a bet that can be placed on the group of 18 high numbers at the table, from 19 to 36. This bet pays out even money, i.e. 1:1.
  • House edge: This is the advantage that the casino enjoys over the players in terms of wins.
  • Inside bet: An inside bet is a bet that is placed on the inside layout of the roulette table. Inside bets come with decent odds, ranging from 5:1 to 35:1.
  • Line bet: This is a bet that can be placed on 6 adjacent numbers. The line bet pays out at 5:1.
  • Low bet: This is similar to the high bet, only it is placed on the group of 18 low numbers, i.e. 1 to 18. This bet also pays out even money.
  • Martingale system: This is a very popular betting system in roulette that encourages players to double their bets if they lose a round.
  • Neighbor bet: This bet is placed on a single number and also the numbers alongside it, one on each side.
  • Odd bet: This bet is placed on the odd numbers at the table and pays even money.
  • Orphan bet: This is a bet on 3 specific numbers that exist as neighbors on the wheel even though they are far from each other as per the layout: 6, 34, and 17. This bet is seen usually in French roulette.
  • Outside bet: The outside bet is a bet that does not cover the numbers, just the outer parts of the table. It could be betting on red, black, high, low, odd, even, etc.
  • Parlay: Also called ‘press’, a parlay denotes a player leaving the winnings from the current round on the table and then adding another bet for the forthcoming round.
  • Red bet: A bet placed on the red numbers is called a red bet. The red bet pays out at 1:1, i.e. even money.
  • Single number bet: This is a straight up bet that pays out at 35:1.
  • Six-number bet: This is a bet that covers 6 inside numbers simultaneously.
  • Split bet: The split bet covers two numbers simultaneously. The 2 numbers covered are adjacent to each other on the roulette table, which means this is an inside combination bet.
  • Square bet: Also called a ‘quarter bet’, this bet covers 4 numbers in a square and pays out at 8:1.
  • Straight bet: A straight bet is a bet on 1 number and pays out at 35:1.
  • Straight up bet: This is a bet on a single number between 0 and 36.
  • Street Bet: The straight bet allows players to bet on any 3 numbers at a time, as long as they are all in a single row. This bet pays out at 11:1.
  • Tier du Cylindre: Tier du Cylindre is a bet that is available only in French roulette. This bet allows players to bet on the 12 numbers on the opposite side of the 0 on the table.
  • Voisin du Zero: This term translates to ‘neighbors of zero’. On the roulette table, this term refers to the 9 numbers at the left of 0 and the 7 on the right. This bet allows you to bet on 17 numbers together, including the 0 and its 16 neighbors. However, the bets are split bets.
  • Zero row: This term refers to that part of the roulette table that has the 0 and 00 (in case of American roulette).
  • Zero bet: A bet on the 0 is called the zero bet. The zero bet pays out at 35:1.

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Online Pokies Glossary

  • Action: The term action, commonly used as ‘slot action’, represents the total time a player spends playing slots at an online or land-based casino.
  • All ways: This is a term that denotes the different ways a player can win while playing pokies. This term comes into play in games that use the Ways format; e.g. 243 ways.
  • Bankroll: The money a player has as budget to play online pokies.
  • Bet Max: This is the maximum amount or credits a player can wager per spin. It is usually seen as a button at the bottom of the slot screen at an online slot game.
  • Bet One: This term means a player bets just one credit or the lowest amount per spin.
  • Bonus Feature: The bonus feature is a special feature that gives players a chance to win additional credits during a game of slots. This could either be an additional game, or player-friendly features like free spins.
  • Cascading wins: The cascading wins feature is designed such that once a winning combination is paid the symbols in the combination are replaced by other symbols, increasing the possibility of scoring more wins.
  • Certified slots: These are slots that are certified for the payout percentage.
  • Coins per line: This phrase refers to the amount you can bet per line in a multi-line slot.
  • Coins per spin: This phrase refers to the number of coins you choose to bet on per spin.
  • Coin size: The coin size is the money that you pay for a single credit. All slots have a minimum and a maximum coin size.
  • Cold slots: Slots that do not pay all-too-frequently and are not great to play for real money.
  • Double Up: This feature is commonly referred to as the Gamble feature and is not seen in all online pokies. The Gamble option becomes operational once a player hits a winning combination, and gives him a chance to double his earnings.
  • Expanding Wild: An expanding wild literally expands to cover the entire reel, thereby increasing a player’s chances of picking up more wins during a regular spin or a bonus game.
  • Fixed Value Slots: These are slots that come with fixed coin sizes and therefore the amount one can wager for a spin.
  • Fixed Jackpot: A kind of jackpot at land-based and online pokies that gives players a fixed amount when they hit a winning combination that makes them eligible for the prize.
  • Hit frequency: The frequency with which an online pokie pays out winnings on an average. The lower the hit frequency number, the better it is for the player.
  • Hot slots: Online pokies that pay frequently and are therefore considered good options for real money play.
  • Instant winner: This is a kind of jackpot that pays out instantly, instead of over a fixed period of time.
  • Jackpot: The maximum prize that an online pokie offers players.
  • Line bet: The term ‘line bet’ is used to denote the activated paylines on multi-payline online pokies on which players place wagers during a spin.
  • Linked progressive jackpot: Also referred to as a wide area jackpot, a linked progressive jackpot is a kind of jackpot where the jackpots from multiple online pokies are linked. The payout from such a jackpot is obviously higher than what a player can win from a fixed jackpot.
  • Multiplier: A feature that multiplies the credits/amount won by a player in the course of a particular spin. E.g. 2x multiplier, 5 x multiplier, or even a 50x multiplier.
  • Multi-line bonus online pokies: Online pokies that come with multiple paylines and also have a bonus round.
  • Online pokies tournament: A form of online pokies play where players can compete against others for fantastic wins.
  • Progressive Jackpot: A jackpot that grows with a percentage of every bet that is placed. These jackpots can be combined between a number of different machines. Once hit, the jackpot reverts back to its base amount.
  • Payback percentage: This term stands for the amount of money an online pokie generally gives back to the player over a specific timeframe.
  • Payline: The horizontal line of symbols you see on the screen in an online pokie. Online pokies usually come with multiple paylines.
  • Payout: The payout is the amount a player receives from an online pokie once he finishes playing or decides to collect his winnings.
  • Pay Table: The paytable is the chart with data on payouts for different winning combinations.
  • Reels: These are the disks that spin when you hit the Spin button on an online pokie. When matching symbols land on specific positions across the reels, a winning combination is triggered. Most online pokies usually come with 3 or 5 reels.
  • Random Number Generator (RNG): The random number generator is a bit of software that ensures complete randomness in the triggering of combinations across the reels.
  • Scatter: One of the important symbols in online pokies, the scatter usually helps trigger player-friendly features like the bonus round and also helps put together winning combinations. Some online pokies allow the scatter symbols to trigger bonus symbols regardless of which paylines they are on, while in some others they need to be on specific reels to trigger bonus rounds or wins for players.
  • Online pokies type: A term used to refer to the type of online pokies. The common types seen at online casinos include classic slots, video slots, bonus slots, and progressive slots.
  • Spin: The action generated by clicking the Spin button of the online pokies a player is playing at. This is the first step to putting together a winning combination.
  • Sticky Wild: A kind of wild feature where the wild symbol stays/sticks on to a specific position till the end of a spin. A sticky wild has the potential to land big wins for players.
  • Video slot: This is a slot machine that does not have a physical reel and instead uses a virtual screen seen on the monitor to enable players to play.
  • Wild: One of the most important symbols in slots, the wild is symbol replaces all other symbols on the reels except the scatter symbol to help players form winning combinations quickly.

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Online Craps Glossary

Craps is a game where you need to definitely know the terms to play well. And there are a lot of terms: some associated with the numbers, some with the bets, and some with the craps table.

Bet Names

  • 3-Way Craps: This is a craps bet that is made on units of 3, as the name suggests. One unit bet is on 2, another on 3, and the third on 12. This is actually a horn bet that does not have a bet on the number 11.
  • Aces: Aces is a bet on landing two Aces on the next roll.
  • Advantage: Commonly referred to as the house edge, this term literally refers to the advantage that the casino enjoys over the player in terms of winning. The advantage is usually expressed as a percentile value.
  • Any craps: A craps bet on the possibility of landing 2, 3, or 12 on a roll. This is a one unit one roll bet that pays 7:1, with the house edge standing at 11%.
  • Any 7: A craps bet on the possibility of landing a 7 on the next roll. This bet pays 4:1.
  • Behind the Line: Behind the Line bets are free odds bets that are placed once a point has been established on the come-out roll.
  • Betting right: This is a bet on the possibility of the dice passing. This bet is placed with the dice.
  • Betting wrong: This is a bet on the possibility of the dice actually not passing. This bet is placed against the dice.
  • Big 6: This is a bet placed on the possibility of the 6 being rolled before the 7. The Big 6 is an even-money bet, i.e. the payment is 1:1.
  • Big 8: This is a bet on the possibility of the 8 being rolled before the 7. This is also an even-money bet and pays out 1:1.
  • Box car: This is a bet on the next roll landing a 12.
  • Buy bets: This is a bet on the possibility of the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 landing before a 7 after a roll. This bet pays out even money (1:1) and involves payment of a 5% commission to the casino.
  • Big red: This is a bet on the possibility of the 7 landing on the next roll.
  • Center bets: Also known as proposition bets, these are bets placed at the center of the table.
  • Come out roll: The first roll in a game of craps is referred to as the come-out roll.
  • Come bet: This bet is made after the come-out roll and is more like the Pass Line bet.
  • Don’t come bet: This is a bet on the possibility of the dice not passing. The player wins the bet if the dice lands on 2 or 3, loses if the dice lands on 7 or 11, and ties if the dice lands on 12. It is a bet against the dice and is made after the come-out roll.
  • Don’t pass bet: This bet is placed after the come-out roll and the player wins if the dice lands on 2 or 3 and loses if the dice lands on 7 or 11.
  • Double odds: This is another free-odds bet. When you make this wager the amount becomes double the original bet amount.
  • Even money: This term is used to refer to a payout that is even, i.e. 1:1.
  • Field bet: The field bet is placed on the possibility of landing 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 on the next roll.
  • Free odds bet: This bet is placed in conjunction with another bet and pays true odds. It is also referred to as Any Odds and is placed after a point has been set, on any of the following situations:
  • Pass
  • Don’t pass
  • Come
  • Don’t come
  • Hardway bet: This is a bet placed on the possibility of both the dices landing on identical values and adding up to 4, 6, 8, or 10.
  • Hop bet: This bet is placed on the possibility of the dice landing up showing a number that is not part of the center layout.
  • Horn bet: This is a single-roll bet on the possibility of the dice landing on 2, 3, 11, or 12.
  • Lay bet: This is a bet on the possibility of the 7 being rolled before 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. This bet involves payment of a 5% commission to the casino.
  • Line bet: Any bet made on the pass line or don’t pass line is called a line bet.
  • Max bet: The highest amount that a player can bet during a craps game.
  • Minimum bet: The least amount a player can bet during a craps game.
  • Odds bet or Free-Odds bet: Also called Any Odds bet, this is one bet where the house does not have an edge over the player.
  • Pass Line bet: This bet is placed on the possibility of the dice passing and the come-out roll being 7 or 11.
  • Place bet: This is a bet on the 7 being rolled out ahead of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. This bet is placed on the box numbers area of the table.
  • Point: This term refers to the number that is set by the come-out roll. The point number could be one of the following – 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.
  • Proposition bet: This is a bet that is placed on the central area of the table. It is also referred to as the Center bet.
  • Shooter: The shooter is the person who rolls the dice during a game of craps.
  • Single roll bet: This bet relies on just one roll of the dice.

Table Terms

The terms related to the table during a game of craps are listed below:

  • Apron: The apron is the area behind the pass line. This is the area where all free odd bets are placed prior to a roll of the dice.
  • Backline: Another term for pass line.
  • Box Numbers: These are the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 and are located in the Box area of the craps table. These numbers are used for the following:
  • Mark the point.
  • Lay down place, come, and buy bets.
  • Come box: The come box is that part of the craps table where the come bet is placed.
  • Don’t pass line: This is the place where the ‘don’t pass’ bet is placed.
  • Inside numbers: This term refers to the numbers 5, 6, 8, and 9 on the craps table. When a place bet is made on these numbers, they are referred to as inside numbers.
  • Outside numbers: This term refers to the numbers 4, 5, 9, and 10. When a place bet is made on these numbers they are referred to as outside numbers.

Number-related Terms

  • 1 and 1, or Two: This number combination is commonly referred to as Snake Eyes. Another term used to refer to them is Two Aces.
  • 1 and 2, or Three: This number combination is referred to by different names, including:
  • Ace-Deuce
  • Cock Eyes
  • Cross Eyes
  • Phoebe
  • 2 and 2, or Four: This combination is also referred to as Little Joe.
  • 3 and 2, or Five: This combination is commonly referred to as the ’32 Juice-roll’.
  • Six: This term refers to any number combination that adds up to 6. It is also fondly referred to as Sixty Days, or My Sister.
  • 4 and 4, or Eight: Also referred to as a Square Pair, this combination involves the number 4 on both the dices.
  • Eight (general combination): Also called Ada or Ada/Eighter from Decatur, this term represents any number combination other than 4 and 4.
  • Nine: Also referred to as Nine from Pasadena and also ‘My Carolina’, this term is used for any number combination that adds up to 9.
  • Ten: This refers to any number combination except two 5s.
  • 5 and 5, or Ten: This combination involves the number 5 on both dices and has quite a few names for it:
  • Pair-a-Roses
  • Pair of Sunflowers
  • Puppy Paws
  • 6 and 5: This is a combination of the numbers 6 and 5.
  • 6 and 6, or Twelve: This term represents a combination of 6 and 6 on the dice.

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Video Poker Glossary

  • Action: This term is used to refer to the total money bet during a video poker game.
  • Average payout: This is the average amount a player is likely to win after playing a video poker game over time.
  • Bet Max: This is maximum bet that a player can wager during a hand.
  • Cash back: This is an incentive that online casinos offer players for playing their video poker games. The cash back is one of the promotions that a casino offers its players.
  • Cash out: The act of converting your win amount and getting it deposited into your account. Games also have a Cash Out button that players need to click to move their credits into the coin tray.
  • Complete hand: A hand that uses all its cards to form a combination is called a complete hand.
  • Deuce: The Deuce is usually the 2-value card, which acts as a wild card in any of the Deuces video poker games that are available.
  • Discard: This is a button that players have to press to discard a card from their hand. This button usually appears at the base of each card.
  • Draw: The act of drawing new cards to replace the ones discarded during a hand.
  • Face card: Any card that has a face printed on it – Jack, Queen, or King – is a face card.
  • Fish hook: This is another term used to refer to the Jack in some video poker games.
  • Flush: This is one of the hands in video poker. A flush means the player has 5 cards of the same suit.
  • Four of a kind: Also called quads, this is a video poker hand that has 4 cards of the same value, across suits.
  • Full house: This is a video poker hand where the player has 3 cards of a kind and a pair.
  • Garbage hand: A bad hand that is most likely to pay nothing to the player is called a garbage hand.
  • High card: Any of the face cards, and also the Ace is also called a high card.
  • Inside straight: A video poker hand where the player has 4 cards to a straight, with the missing card in the middle.
  • Inside straight flush: This is the same as an inside straight, only the cards are all from the same suit.
  • Multi-hand: This term refers to a scenario where players play more than a single hand per game.
  • Pair: A hand that has 2 cards of the same value.
  • Payout schedule: This is a chart that lists the number of coins a player can expect to be paid for each of the hands in the game as long as it is a winning hand.
  • Progressive Jackpot: This is a jackpot that grows continuously. The growth occurs due to a percentage of the bet made by a player going to the jackpot amount. A progressive jackpot does not have a fixed amount, unlike a fixed jackpot. Once a player wins a progressive jackpot, it is reset to the original base amount it started off with.
  • Rejected cards: These are the cards that a player rejects during play.
  • Royal Flush: A video poker hand that has a 10, J, Q, K, and A of one suit. This is usually the highest card in a regular video poker game, as long as there are no wild cards in the mix. When there is a wild in the mix, it is called a wild royal flush.
  • Straight: This is a video poker hand that contains 5 cards in sequence. The 5 cards are, however, not from the same suit.
  • Straight Flush: This is the same as a straight, the only difference being that the 5 cards are from the same suit.
  • Strategy card: This is a card that displays the right play for every conceivable hand possible during a specific video poker game.
  • Three of a kind: This is a video poker hand with 3 of the cards being of the same numeric value. Another term for this hand is ‘trips’.
  • Wild card: This is a card that substitutes any of the other cards from the deck in a hand. A wild card improves greatly the chances of putting together a winning hand.