Glossary of Online Casino Terms

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  • 3-card Monte
    A confidence card game in which the player tries to find the money card among 3 face-down cards
  • 3 of a Kind
    A poker hand with 3 cards of the same value
  • 4th Street
    In poker, the turn card, or the 4th community card.
  • 5th Street
    In seven-card stud, the third round of betting is called fifth street because players have five cards. In Texas Hold‘em poker, fifth street is the fifth card on board and the final round of betting. 
  • Action
    Money wagered, or put into action, by a player during a gambling session.
  • Add-on
    In tournament poker, the option to buy additional chips, usually at the beginning stages.
  • Advantage
    An expected win rate expressed as percentage of total money wagered.
  • Advantage Player
    A player that uses legal methods to increase his odds of winning while gambling.
  • All-in
    In poker, to bet all of your chips in any one hand.
  • All or Nothing
    In Keno, a ticket that only pays if either all picked numbers are drawn or none of the picked numbers are drawn. 
  • Ante
    In card games, an initial compulsory bet you must place before receiving your hand.
  • Automatic Club
    A casino who does not require a dealer or operator and is fully automatic.
  • Autoplay
    In electronic games, an option that allows automatic wagers for a fixed number of turns.
  • Baccarat
    A casino card game played against the house, with 2 hands of 2 or 3 cards each; the player's hand and the banker's hand. The objective is to bet on the hand with the value that sums up closest to 9, or a tie bet.
  • Bankroll
    The amount of money a player has set aside of gaming purposes.
  • Beef
    A dispute or claim involving a player and his bookmaker or a casino dealer. A dispute over the outcome of a bet. A problematic situation involving a bet. 
  • Beginner’s Luck
    The supposed luck a new player experiences when he first begins to gamble.
  • Bet
    A wager.
  • Bet Spread
    The difference between a player’s minimum and maximum bets.
  • Betting Limits
    The minimum and the maximum betting limits for a particular casino game set by the casino.
  • Betting Order
    The order in which players make their bets.
  • Bingo
    A game of chance played with randomly drawn numbers which players match against the numbers printed at random order on 5x5 cards.
  • Bitcoin
    A type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.
  • Black
    A $100 casino chip.
  • Blackjack
    A casino card game in which the player's objective is to form a hand that is the closest to 21 points as possible without busting.
  • Blind Bet
    In poker, a bet made by a player without seeing his hole cards.
  • Blinds
    In poker, a forced bet made at the beginning of every hand before the cards are dealt.
  • Bones
    Slang term for dice.
  • Bonus
    Money that could be given to you for free for various reasons such as when signing up to an online casino. 
  • bonus hunting
    a type of advantage gambling where turning a profit from casinos bonus situations is mathematically possible
  • Bonus Round
    In slots, a side game offering the opportunity to win that is separate from the main game.
  • Brick
    In poker, a community card that does not appear to help a player's hand.
  • Burn
    To discard cards at the beginning of a new deal.
  • Buy in
    The conversion of cash into chips for the purpose of gambling.
  • Call
    In poker, to call is to match the current bet. 
  • Card Counting
    In blackjack, a strategy of keeping track of face cards and low-value cards to determine whether a deck is advantageous for the player or the house.
  • Card Sharp
    An expert at cards. 
  • Caribbean Stud
    A casino table game based on poker, played against the House instead of other players.
  • cashback bonus
    bonus offered as a percentage of all losses in the player’s previous gaming activity
  • Cashcheck
    A feature used by some online casinos software that allows you to review your financial transaction history. 
  • Casino Advantage
    Also known as house edge. The mathematical edge a casino has over its players.
  • Casino Hold'em Poker
    A casino table game based on Texas Hold'em poker, but played against the house instead of other players.
  • Catch
    In keno, to catch a number means that a number you have marked on your keno ticket has been drawn. 
  • Chart
    A written summary of optimum plays for any particular game.
  • Chase
    Another bet to offset the loss of previous bet.
  • Check
    another term for a chip. In poker, a player can 'check' in order to stay in the game but not bet. 
  • Chemin De Fer
    A casino table game using 6 or 8 decks of cards, similar to Baccarat but requires skills.
  • Cold
    A player on a losing streak, or a slot machine that is not paying out. 
  • Combination Way Ticket
    In keno, a ticket in which groups of numbers are bet several different ways, allowing the player to spread money over more combinations. 
  • Comps
    Complimentary gifts given by the casino to entice players to gamble.
  • Copy
    In Pai-Gow, when a player and the banker have the same 2 or 5 card hands.
  • Craps
    A casino game played with two 6-sided dice with the objective of betting on the point totals or more specific outcome of each roll.
  • Credit
    In online casinos, wagers are expressed in credits.
  • CSM
    Continuous Shuffling Machines, introduced by casinos as an anti card counters in Blackjack. 
  • D’Alembert Rule
    A betting system for a player to reduce his bet by one unit if they won and vice verse if they lose.
  • Deal
    To give out the cards during a card game. 
  • Dealer
    A casino employee who manages a table game, most often one who distributes cards; also used to refer to the Croupier at other games.
  • Deck
    The standard 52 playing cards used in most card games.
  • Deposit
    Payment to online casinos, generally using a credit card or an electronic payment system, in order to play casino games for real money.
  • Dime Bet
    A $1,000 wager. 
  • Discard Tray
    A tray on the dealer’s right side that holds all the cards that have been played or discarded in card games like Baccarat, Blackjack and Poker. 
  • Discards
    All of the burned cards removed from play.
  • Dollar Bet
    A $100 wager. 
  • Double or Nothing
    A bet that either doubles or reduces the amount of money won to zero.
  • Doubling Down
    In blackjack, the option to increase your bet by 100%, usually made when a player feels his hand is most likely to win.
  • Down to the Felt
    Out of money.
  • E-wallet
    An electronic service where you store and transfer money, like a virtual bank account.
  • eCOGRA
    e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, provides players assurance that certain online casinos are committed to player protection, fair gaming and responsible conduct. 
  • Edge
    An advantage over an opponent. 
  • Encryption
    A software security measure taken by online casinos to ensure that online transactions are safe from hackers. 
  • Even Money
    In blackjack, taking a 1-to-1 payout on your blackjack when the dealer shows an Ace.
  • Expectation
    The probability-weighted average of all possible values; also known as Expected Value.
  • Expected Win Rate
    In slot machines, the percentage on the total amount of money wagered that you can expect to win back over time. 
  • Eye in the Sky
    Video surveillance cameras used by casinos.
  • Face Cards
    The Jack, Queen, and King of any suit of cards.
  • Fade
    In poker, to fade means to dodge certain unfavorable community cards.
  • Fill up
    In poker, to draw to a full house.
  • Finales
    In roulette, a group of bets on numbers that end with the same number, like 7, 17, and 27.
  • Firing
    Betting a lot.
  • Fish
    A losing gambler.
  • Flash
    Type of online casinos that allows instant play without downloading software.
  • Flat Betting
    Betting the same amount on every bet.
  • Flat Top
    Slot machine with a fixed jackpot amount.
  • Flop
    In poker, the first 3 community cards.
  • Fold
    In poker, to surrender your hand and give up the pot.
  • Foul
    In Pai-Gow, a hand is fouled when the two-card low hand is set higher than the five-card high hand, or when the hands are set with the wrong number of cards.
  • Gamble
    Risk money by making a bet.
  • Gambler
    One who takes risks, such as playing games of chance for money.
  • Green
    A $25 casino chip.
  • Gross Winnings
    The total payout (including your stake).
  • Half Dollar Bet
    A $50 bet.
  • Hand
    The set of cards a player hold during a round.
  • Handicapper
    A bettor.
  • Hard Count
    Counting of coins.
  • Hard Hand
    In blackjack, any 2-card hand that does not contain an Ace.
  • Hard Way Bet (or The Hardway Bet)
    In craps, a hard way is the total sum of 2 dice of the same value.
  • High Roller
    A gambler who makes large bets.
  • Hit
    In blackjack, to take another card.
  • Hole Card
    In blackjack, the dealer's card that's dealt face down.
  • Hot
    A winning streak. 
  • House
    The casino.
  • House Edge
    The mathematical advantage of the casino over players expressed as a percentage.
  • Inside Bets
    In roulette, the bets placed inside the numbers or a combination of numbers.
  • Insurance
    In blackjack, a hedging side bet that the dealer has a blackjack.
  • Jackpot
    A bonus or large payout for winning on a certain bet.
  • Jacks or Better
    Video poker games with payouts that start at a pair of Jacks or a higher ranking hand.
  • Jokers
    The last 2 cards of a standard deck, sometimes used as wild cards.
  • Juice
  • Kalooki
    A card game similar to Rummy, with a number of minor exceptions, and often played with wild cards.
  • Kelly Betting
    A betting system betting a percentage of a bankroll equal to the percentage advantage.
  • Keno
    A lottery style game played with a card of 80 numbers and 20 numbered balls drawn.
  • Kicker
    In poker, an unpaired high card, with Ace being the highest.
  • Laying the Odds
    Offering a bet which one could lose more than the opponent, but is usually the favorite outcome.
  • Let It Ride
    A casino card game based on Poker but played against the House rather than other players.
  • Limits
    In table games, the minimum and maximum amounts that can be wagered on a single bet.
  • Live dealer play
    online casinos that sends a live video feed of a real-life dealer to run the game you’re playing.
  • Load Up
    Increasing bet amounts.
  • Lobby
    A portal within your casino software to access games, news, and promotions.
  • Long Shot
    An bet with a small chance of winning.
  • Loose
    A game that pays out at a higher percentage than average, usually for slots or poker.
  • Low Poker
    In poker, a variation where the winner is the hand with the lowest rank.
  • Martingale
    A betting system based on doubling-up after each loss.
  • Match bonus
    casino matches the amount of cash you deposit and puts it in your account. A full match bonus would be to 100% of the level you paid in, while a 50% match would represent half of what you paid in and so forth.
  • Mechanic
    A dealer who cheats. 
  • Megalats Jackpot
    A Jackpot system similar to the Mystery Jackpot.
  • Middle
    Placing the wager on both the sides of a game.
  • Mini-Baccarat
    The scaled-down version of baccarat with fewer players and dealers.
  • Minilats Jackpot
    A smaller version of Megalats Jackpot. See "Megalats Jackpot" above. 
  • Money Management
    The way a player manages his bet sizes and stake in relation to his bankroll.
  • Multi-Deck
    A card game played with two or more decks shuffled together.
  • Multi-Player Casino
    A feature offered by online casinos that lets you play against other players. 
  • Mystery Jackpot
    See "Megalats Jackpot" above.
  • Natural
    In blackjack, a natural is a two-card hand of 21 points. In baccarat a natural is a two-card total of 8, or 9.
  • Negative Expectation
    The long-run disadvantage or loss of a given situation without reference to any particular outcome; that is, what you figure to lose on average after a considerable time of play, or after a large number of repetitions of the same situation. 
  • Net Winnings
    Total payout less your stake. 
  • Nickel
    A $500 wager.
  • No Deposit Bonus
    Bonus that can be claimed without the need to deposit any of the player's own money
  • No Deposit Bonuses
    Bonuses that can be claimed without the need to deposit any of the player's own money
  • No Deposit Casino
    Casino that offer Bonuses that can be claimed without the need to deposit any of the player's own money
  • non-cashable bonus
    bonus forms a part of the player's balance, but cannot be cashed out
  • Odds
    Probability expressed as ratios.
  • On tilt
    Negative emotions after a gambling loss.
  • Open
    In poker, the player who bets first. 
  • Outside Bets
    In roulette, bets placed outside the numbers layout.
  • Overlay
    A good bet where the player has an edge over the casino.
  • Pai-Gow
    A two-handed version of Poker played against the House rather than other players.
  • Paint
    A face card - the Jack, Queen, or King.
  • Parlay
    A series of bets that need to be won all together for a large payout.
  • Pass
    In card games, to not bet, or to fold. 
  • Payline
    In slots, where sign from each reel must be in a line. Slots can have more than 15 reels but usually they have only one.
  • Payoff
    The return or payback the player receives for his or her wager. 
  • Payoff Odds
    The form of odds that are conventionally posted in the casinos. Payoff odds specify how much a winning wager will be paid for each wager or chip that was bet. The casinos post the 'payoff odds' in terms of the number of chips won relative to the number of chips bet. 
  • Payoff Schedule, Payout Table or Paytable
    A list of the values paid for winning combinations on slots or video poker games.
  • Payout
    The amount of money paid for a win.
  • Payout Percentage
    Also referred to as the payback percentage, the percent of each dollar played in a video or slot machine that the machine is programmed to return to the player. Payback percentage is 100 percent minus the house edge. 
  • Payout Table
    A printed paper on a screen or on tables specify the amount of money on different bets.
  • Pigeon
    An uneducated, or unsophisticated gambler. 
  • Playing the Rush
    In poker, playing your hot streak.
  • Plug
    A shuffling technique that is sometimes employed in card games like blackjack where the game is often dealt from a multi-deck shoe. When freshly shuffled cards are brought back into action a substantial portion of the cards are kept out of play by the insertion of a cut-card at the back of the deck or shoe. The placement of the cut card marks the place where play will be stopped and the cards are again shuffled. During the play, used cards are stacked in a discard tray. When the cut-card is reached, the game is stopped, and the remaining un-dealt cards are inserted somewhere into the middle of the cards that have already been stacked up in the discard tray. The cards so inserted are referred to as a 'plug'. Such action is called 'plugging' the deck. 
  • Point
    The number that is established on the come-out roll. Only place numbers (4,5,6,8,9,10) can become the point. The shooter will attempt to repeat throwing the point before throwing a 7 in order to win that round of betting. 
  • Poker
    A variety of card games with shared betting rules and hand rankings, played against other players rather than against the House.
  • Pokies
    Slot machines (Australia)
  • Pot
    In poker, the total amount of money wagered by all players for any given hand.
  • Press a Bet
    Adding the winnings over the current bet, to 'let it ride'. 
  • Pressing
    A player is pressing the bet when they let winnings ride by wagering them along with the original bet. 
  • Progressive
    A slot game with a jackpot that increases with each coin that is played.
  • Punter
    A gambler (British)
  • Punto Banco
    Baccarat (European)
  • Push
    A tie hand between a dealer and a player.
  • Quads
    In poker, four of a kind. 
  • Qualifier
    In poker, the minimum ranking a hand must have in order for it to be eligible to take part of the pot. 
  • Quarter
    A $25 casino chip.
  • Rack
    A plastic container in which you can transport and count large-denominational coins, slot machine tokens, and casino plastic chips. 
  • Railbirds
  • Rake
    In poker, the money that the casino charges, usually as a percentage of each pot.
  • Referral bonus
    A bonus given to a player that is recruiting other new players to a casino.
  • Reload bonus
    A bonus given to a player that tops up their cash deposits, usually given monthly.
  • Riffling
    A shuffling process in which the deck is divided into two equal halves and rifled together.
  • River
    In poker, the final card dealt in a hand of stud or hold‘em.
  • RNG
    Random Number Generator, a software program used ensure randomness in the outcome of casino games.
  • Roulette
    A casino game using a numbered wheel and layout on which the players bet on the outcome.
  • Royal Flush
    Five cards of same suit that are ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
  • Scared Money
    Any bet a player cannot afford to lose.
  • Session
    A period of play or a table sitting at any gambling game. 
  • Set
    In Pai-Gow poker, players set their seven cards into two separate hands of two and five cards each. 
  • Seventh Street
    In seven-card stud, the fifth and final round of betting is called seventh street because players have seven cards. 
  • Shark
    A crafty gambler.
  • Sharp
    An astute bettor. 
  • Shill
    A person who actively plays in the game for the house, club, or casino. Usually seen at a Baccarat table to fill empty seats, until more real players join in. 
  • Shoe
    A special container that holds up to eight shuffled decks and is used by the dealer to dispense cards in a multi-deck game.
  • Shooter
    In craps, the player who is throwing the dice.
  • Short Run
    A short series of wagers or game events. 
  • Showdown
    In poker, after the last betting round, the players who remain in the pot must show their hands in the showdown to determine the winner. 
  • Shuffle
    Randomly mixing up the order of the cards between deals.
  • Sic Bo
    A casino table game played with three dice.
  • Skin Game
    In poker, a game having two or more collusion cheaters. 
  • Skinning the Hand
    In poker, a cheater's technique to get rid of extra cards. 
  • Slot Hall
    See "Videomat Casino" below 
  • Slots
    A form of electronic gaming based on lining up symbols that appear on spinning reels in order to win payouts at fixed odds.
  • Smart Cashiers
    Automated cashier machines that allow players to cash out their winnings/credits from their Smart cards. 
  • Snake Eyes
    In craps, rolling a pair of Ones.
  • Soft Hand
    In blackjack, any hand that contains an ace counted as eleven is called a soft hand. 
  • Spanish 21
    A blackjack variation that removed all cards with the value of 10.
  • Stack
    Usually a stack of 20 chips.
  • Stake
    The total amount of wagered by a player on a single round, hand, spin or deal.
  • Stand
    In card games, the act of accepting the value of the hand and refusing an additional card.
  • Standing Hand
    In blackjack, any hand with a hard total of 17 or more.
  • Stay
    Same as Stand.
  • Steaming
    Same as tilt.
  • Stiff
    In blackjack, any starting hand with hard totals of 12 to 16.
  • Stripping
    A shuffling technique which reverses the sequential order of the cards in the deck.
  • Stud Poker
    One of the two basic forms of poker game (the other is draw poker) and played with open or exposed cards (up cards) and with one or more concealed cards known as hole cards (down cards). 
  • Suit
    Any one of the four types of cards: clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades. 
  • Super Stud Poker
    A five-card poker game known as Caribbean Stud Poker and Casino Stud Poker, but with a Progressive Jackpot.
  • Surrender
    In blackjack, to give up half your bet for the privilege of not playing out a hand. In roulette, you effectively lose only half on an even-money bet when the ball lands on 0. 
  • Table Game
    A casino game for multiple players seated or standing around a table, which is controlled by a dealer or croupier.
  • Table Limits
    Minimum and maximum wagers allowed at the table.
  • Table Stakes
    In poker, stakes in which the betting and raising is limited to the amount of money a player has on the table in front of him. 
  • Taking the Odds
    Accepting a bet which one could win more than the opponent, but usually is the underdog.
  • Ticket
    In bingo or keno, a card; in sport betting, the receipt for a bet.
  • Tight
    A game that pays out at a lower percentage than average; also see “Loose.”
  • Time Cut
    Money charged according to the time spent by players in a casino game, usually poker.
  • Toke
    Short for token.
  • Token
    The casino own coins used to play slot machines instead of real coins. 
  • Tournament
    A competition between a group of players over a period of time.
  • Trips
    3 cards of same rank.
  • True Odds
    The real odds of something happening. Actual odds taking into account the casino edge. The ratio of the number of times one event will occur to the number of times that it will not. The odds posted in a casino are usually not the true odds.
  • Twenty-One or 21
    Alternative term for “Blackjack.”
  • Under
    It is a bet in which the gambler guess the total points of both teams combined.
  • Underlay
    A bad or unfavorable bet.
  • Unit
    A standard bet.
  • Up Card
    In Blackjack, the face up card of the dealer. card which are dealt face down are hole cards.
  • Video Poker
    A form of electronic gaming based on the card game known as Poker; the object is to obtain hands of high enough rank (such as a pair Jacks or better) in order to win payouts at fixed odds.
  • Videomat Casino
    A casino that offers automatic games only, that do not require a dealer or a croupier, such as slot machines and electronic touch-bet roulette.
  • Vig., Vigorish
    The casino edge, fee or commission taken by the house. 
  • Viking Poker
    The equivalent of Caribbean Stud Poker in European casinos.
  • Welcome bonus
    A sign-up bonus given to new players at an onlien casino, typically paid out on the initial deposit or first group of deposits.
  • Whale
    A high roller.
  • Wild Card
    A joker or other card that can be used as any other card to complete your hand in card games. 
  • Wild Royal Flush
    A Royal Flush with the use of a wild card. 
  • Win Rate
    In poker, the average amount a player wins per hour or per 100 hands.
  • Wired cards
    In poker, a pocket pair.
  • Withdrawal
    Request made by player to draw money from his casino account.