Casino Glossary

  • Caribbean Stud Poker

    Poker

    A table game based on 5-card stud, but played against the dealer only and with different betting and payouts.

  • Multiplier

    Slots

    A feature that results in two to ten times the normal payout.

  • Impair

    Roulette

    French for a bet on the odd numbers. Pays 1 to 1.

  • Fishhooks

    PokerVideo Poker

    Slang for jacks.

  • Aggregate Winnings

    Casino

    Total amount won.

  • Casino Advantage

    Casino

    The long-term theoretical advantage of the casino or "house" over players.

  • Royal Flush Wild

    Video Poker

    A royal flush made with one or more wild cards.

  • Inside Straight/Gutshot/One-Grapper

    PokerVideo Poker

    Four cards to a straight with a gap inside, e.g. 7543 (vs 7654, an "open ender" that has double the chance of making the straight).

  • Basic Strategy

    BlackjackCasino

    A relatively simple strategy designed to improve a player's chances, particularly in blackjack.

  • Horn High Bet

    Craps

    Same as a horn bet, except an additional bet is placed on one of the numbers. E.g. horn high 12 bets one unit each on the 2, 3 and 11, and 2 units on the 12.

  • Streak Betting

    Casino

    A player strategy to increase or decrease their bet based on the previous outcome or outcomes.

  • Bust Card

    Blackjack

    The card that causes a blackjack hand to go over 21.

  • Grind

    Casino

    Using a small advantage to win slowly, especially in poker.

  • Double Deck

    Casino

    The use of two decks in a card game. In blackjack, more decks increases the casino's advantage.

  • Draw

    Poker

    In poker, discarding cards and receiving replacements in the hope of improving a hand.

  • Bonus Deluxe Video Poker

    Video Poker

    A video poker game that offers a higher-than-normal payout (80 to 1) for 4 of a kind, but lower for a full house and two pair.

  • Case

    Casino

    The last remaining card in the deck of a specific rank.

  • Ball

    Roulette

    A white ball used to determine the winning roulette number; the dealer spins it around the wheel, and it eventually falls into a numbered slot.

  • River

    Poker

    The last card dealt in a hand.

  • Maximum Bet

    CasinoSlotsVideo Poker

    The largest bet allowed at a game. Also known as a table limit. In slots or video poker, a button to play the maximum amount.

  • Hard Hand

    Blackjack

    Any hand where an ace cannot be valued as 11, e.g. A95. The opposite of a soft hand, e.g. A6.

  • Outstanding in your Field

    Craps

    A bet that the next roll will be a 12.

  • Middle Pair

    Poker

    A pair using the middle-ranked card in the community cards in hold'em.

  • Face Up

    Blackjack

    A variation on blackjack where all cards are dealt face up. The rules are somewhat different to compensate for this player advantage.

  • Fruit machines

    Slots


    Fruit machines. KeyToCasino.

     

    UK slang for a slot machine. Some slot machines contain fruit images, such as cherries and lemons, on the spinning reels, hence the name. The original slot machines are also called one-armed bandits because they were operated by the lever on the side of the machine, and people lost money to them. Today almost every online casino provides reel slots that look similar to the slot machines. Some software providers even copied the fruit images used in the original fruit machines to make the online gambling experience as close to the traditional game as possible.

     

    There are pubs in the UK that still offer fruit machines for their customers' entertainment. However, their return is set  around 80% payout, which is lower than 90-95% payout in their online counterparts.

     

    Examples:

     

    I like to play fruit machines for their images.

     

    Yesterday I lost all my money playing fruit machines in the casino.

  • Any Twelve

    Craps

    A craps bet that the next roll will be a 12, paying 30 to 1.

  • Bonus Multiplier or Wild Slots

    Slots

    A slot machine with wild symbols, scatter pays and/or free spins. Betting the maximum results in better payouts.

  • Jackpot

    Slots

    A large win.

  • Sailboats

    Poker

    A starting hand of a pair of 4s, since a 4 looks like a sail.

  • Going Down

    Casino

    Losing money gambling.

  • Call

    Poker

    Staying in the hand by matching the current bet.

  • Slot Types

    Slots

    The different versions of slot machines.

  • Overcard

    Poker

    A card higher that the cards on the board.

  • RNG (Random Number Generator)

    Casino

    A device that chooses pseudo-random numbers. Not truly random, as the sequence can be duplicated, hence "pseudo".

  • Buffalo

    Craps

    A bet on all the hard ways (22, 33, 44, 55) and any 7. The last is a one-roll bet.

  • Hit Frequency

    Slots

    Percentage of wins a machine gives. Assuming the same payout percentage, a machine with a lower hit frequency will give small wins less often and big wins more often than one with a high frequency.

  • Reported Payout Time

    Casino

    The player-reported amount of time it takes for a casino to transfer money withdrawn by the player.

  • Free Odds Bet

    Craps

    An additional bet on pass line or come bets. It pays true odds (i.e. no house advantage) and is therefore the best craps bet. Also called simply odds.

  • Martingale

    Casino


    Martingale system

     

    Also known as Double or Nothing. A betting system in which a player makes the same bet after each win and doubles their bet after each loss.  Say, if you wagered $5 and won, you bet $5 again. In case you lost, you bet $10 next time. If you lose again, your next bet will be $20. If you win, you bet the initial $5. Some players believe that Martingale system works on the short run. However, statistics prove it wrong.

     

    Many casino games have betting limits that do not allow the players to endlessly double their bets. So the player either meets the table limit or the cash limit and loses it all.

     

    Examples:

     

    Have you ever played American Roulette by Martingale system?

     

    I will never use Martingale for Blackjack again.

  • Die

    Craps

    A cube with a unique number of dots (1 to 6) on each side. Singular form of dice.

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