Casino Glossary Term & Conditions

One of the more daunting challenges one faces when entering the world of gambling is the seemingly endless list of terms and jargon that specifically apply to gambling and gambling-related activities. We have compiled a handy list to help you navigate the various terms that are commonly used around casinos and sports betting.

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243 ways to win: When a video slot uses 243 ways to win, you will be asked to make a bet prior to a spin and to choose what denomination or how many coins you wish to bet. You won’t be asked to pick how many lines you want to play. Instead, each and every possible winning combination from left to right can result in a win.

3Bet (Poker): A betting action whereby a player makes a raise after another player has bet.

4Bet (Poker): A betting action whereby a player makes a raise after another player makes a 3bet.


ABC Poker: A basic and predictable style of poker.

Aces (craps): Betting that the next roll will be a 2

Across the board (horse betting): Wagering on a horse to win, place and show

Action (casino): The total amount of money put into play or a dealer expression advising the player it is their turn to act.

Action (Sports betting): A baseball wager where no pitcher is specified, may also refer to the number of bets being placed on a certain event.

Active Payline: A payline consists of symbols that need to line up in order for you to be rewarded with a prize. If you are betting on a specific payline, that is known as an active payline. It will only become active when you place a bet on it before you spin.

Ada from Decatur (craps):A hard 8

Add-on (poker):An additional amount of chips that players can purchase at a specified point during a tournament.

Admission packet (Bingo): The minimum number of cards to purchase.

Advantage Player: A player that has some kind of advantage over the casino. This was traditionally used for card counters in blackjack, but can also apply to online players who use bonuses to gain an advantage.

Affiliate: A specific type of marketing which is regularly utilised by online casinos. See “what is affiliate marketing?” for more information

Against the spread (sports betting): A method of referring to the result of an event that takes the point spread into account. Also, the act of taking points rather than betting with the spread, or "laying" points.

Aggregate limit: The total amount a casino is liable to payout in a single round. If the aggregate limit is reached, players may have to accept reduced winnings.

Aggressive: A poker player who raises frequently.

All or nothing (Bingo): A ticket that pays out if either all selected numbers are drawn in a round, or if none of the picked numbers are drawn.

All-in: A betting action whereby a player wagers all their remaining chips into the pot.

American Roulette: A roulette variant with a wheel that has 38 pockets, one of which is the double zero (‘00’)

Annuity: A lottery jackpot payout that is paid in instalments over a long period of time.

Ante: In card games, before you begin a hand, you will be asked to place a bet. This is a compulsory bet before you receive your cards.

Any craps (Craps): Betting that the next roll will be a 2, 3, or 12.

Any double (Craps): A bet that all two of the three of the dice will have the same number without needing to specify the specific number.

Any seven (Craps): Betting that the next roll will be a 7.

Any triple (Craps): A bet that all three of the dice will have the same number without needing to specify the specific number.


Baccarat: Also known as Punto Bando, Baccarat is a table game that uses 6 or 8 decks of cards.

Back door (Poker): A hand made using the final two cards dealt.

Back hand (Poker): The first hand, consisting of five cards, that is required to be the strongest of the player's three hands.

Backed (Sports betting): A team on which many bets have been placed.

Bad beat (Poker): Losing a hand that was favoured to win.

Banco (Baccarat):The “Bank” or the “House.” Also, the bet that is placed on the bank or the house winning.

Banco (Roulette): When a player places all of their money on one bet.

Balance: The amount you have left after making deposits and placing bets. Simply, it is the amount you have readily available for bets.

Banker: Just another term for the dealer when it comes to table games.

Bankroll: The total amount of money that the player or casino has available for wagering activities.

Barrell (Poker):To bet into a pot on multiple streets.

Beard: A friend or acquaintance used to place bets in order to conceal the true identity of the real bettor.

Beginner’s Luck: It’s a term used when a gambler starts winning when he gambles for the first time.

Behind (Poker): When a player holds a hand that isn't likely to beat their opponent's hand.

Bet: A wager made during a game.

Bet Max: Bet Max is the maximum amount you wish to stake on a spin.

Bet Min: Bet Min is the minimum amount you wish to place on a spin.

Betting Limits: The minimum and maximum betting limits on a casino video slot.

Betting right (craps): Betting against the shooter.

Betting table(craps):Where wagers are placed.

Betting wrong(craps): Betting against the shooter.

Big 6(craps): Betting that a 6 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.

Big 8(craps): Betting that an 8 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.

Big bet (Sic Bo): A bet that predicts that the sum of the three dice will be between 11 and 17. The payout is 1:1.

Big blind (Poker): The forced bet from the player sitting two to the left of the dealer. The Big Blind sits one seat to the left of the Small Blind. The Big Blind's bet is often double that of the Small Blind's bet.

Big blind special (Poker): When the Big Blind wins the hand because no other player entered the pot.

Big red (Craps): Betting on the number 7.

Bingo: The game is won by the first player to match a row, column, or other designated pattern on the bingo card. Columns are assigned the letters B, I, N, G, and O.

Bingo board: The display that shows each number as it is called out.

Bingo book: A set of bingo cards bound together and played one for each game at a bingo session.

Bingo card: A form with a 5x5 grid with 24 randomly numbered spaces and one blank space (free), on which you play the bingo game.

Blackjack:Also known as 21, Blackjack is a card game where you to play against the dealer by reaching number 21 without exceeding it.

Blackout (Bingo): A pattern where the whole card must be matched to win. Also known as a coverall.

Blank (Poker): A board card that doesn't seem to change the value of the hands.

Blind (Poker): A forced bet before a player sees the dealt hand.

Blind Bet (Poker): Often heard throughout poker circles. A blind bet is a bet that's placed without knowing which card is coming next.

Blocker (Poker): A card a player holds in their hand that another player needs.

Bluff (Poker): To make a play that represents having a strong hand. When, in actuality, the hand is weak and offers no chance of winning.

Bluff Catcher (Poker): A hand that can only beat a bluff.

Board (Poker): In community card games, the shared cards dealt face up on the table.

Bones:Classic term for a dice.

Bonus:Special offers that online casinos provide to new and existing players. To encourage loyalty, inspire new players to sign-up and act as an incentive for casino referrals. Bonuses come in a variety of offers and each with their own special terms and conditions attached.

Bonus Ball (Lottery): An additional lottery number that wins prizes when combined with a winning set of the regular numbers.

Bonus Hunting/Bonus Whoring: Taking advantage of the bonus an online casino offers. In order to build a big bankroll as quickly, and with as minimal play, as possible before cashing out.

Bonus Round (Slots): A special mode of play that triggers when specific combinations of symbols align on a video slot machine. Bonus rounds in slots provide perks such as free spins or a side game. This allows players to earn extra coins, without having to place an additional bet. In some instances bonus rounds may even lead to the activation of a mini-game.

Book: An establishment that accepts bets on the outcome of sporting events.

Bookmaker/Bookie: A person who accepts bets on sporting events.

Bottom Pair (Poker): A pair made using the lowest card on the flop.

Boxcars (Craps): Rolling two 6 on the dice.

Brick (Poker): A card that doesn't seem to help anyone's hand.

Bring In (Poker): To make the first bet on the first round of a hand.

Broadway (Poker):A hand comprised of an ace-high straight.

Buffalo (Craps): Betting on each hard way and on Any Seven.

Bug (Poker): The joker card, which in Pai Gow is semi-wild.

Bump (Poker): To raise.

Buried Pair (Poker): A pair made from the first two down cards dealt in stud.

Burn Card (Poker): A card that is discarded instead of being dealt.

Bust (Blackjack): A hand that is worth more than 21 and automatically results in a loss of the bet.

Button (Blackjack): Denotes which player position is the dealer and is the last to be dealt a card in the hand. This position acts last.

Buy-In (Poker): The amount of money (usually in chips) needed to enter a table game or tournament.


Cage (Craps): What is traditionally used to shake the dice prior to rolling.

Call (Poker): Action taken to match the current bet.

Calling Station (Poker): A player who consistently calls.

Canadian Line (Sports betting): A combination point spread and money line in hockey.

Cap: The limit on the number of raises in a round of betting.

Capping a Bet (Blackjack): Secretly adding extra chips to your wager. After the deal has begun.

Card Shark: An expert at card games.

Caribbean Stud: A table game based on online poker but played at a blackjack-type table against the House.

Carte (Blackjack): The request, in French, for a card to be dealt.

Cascading/Collapsing Reels: Cascading reels is a casino slot feature whereby symbols which land on a winning payline will be replaced straightaway by new ones. Replacement symbols can go on to create new winning combinations which in turn will be replaced by new symbols. This will go on until there are no more winning combinations.

Cashback: A casino cashback is a refund in bonus money or real cash that you will receive after losing money whilst playing. The casino tends to offer a percentage of your losses back.

Cash Bonus: Free' money offered to new players depositing at an online casino for the first time. For example, a 100% deposit match, will double the value of a player's first deposit. All cash bonus offers are subject to the casino’s T&Cs.

Cashier: In a land-based casino, it’s where you exchange chips for money. In an online casino, it’s where you can deposit and withdraw funds from your account.

Cash-Out: The act of withdrawing money from an online casino.

Casino: Originally a public music or dance hall venue. Now the name given to a place that offers gambling services.

Casino Advantage: The house edge an online casino has over its players.

Casino Rewards: Many online casinos will offer rewards of some kind, typically cash, to players based on how much they play.

Casino Tournament: A casino tournament is a tournament where you play a range of slots or table games with the aim of coming at the top of the leaderboard to win a prize. The player with the highest score at the end of the tournament will either win a bonus, real money or a tournament prize.

Catch (Keno): When a number that’s drawn matches a number on a player's keno card.

Chalk (Sports betting): The favoured team, athlete or horse.

Chalk Player (Sports betting): Someone who usually only plays the favored teams.

Chase: When a losing player continues to gamble in the hope of recouping their losses.

Chat Room (Online Casino): A private 'room' on the screen where players can send messages to other players in real time.

Check (Poker): Action taken to stay in the hand without betting but with the option to call or raise latter in the current betting round.

Check in the Dark (Poker): When a player checks before looking at their hole cards.

Check Raise (Poker): When a player checks and then makes a raise after an opponent bets.

Checked Around (Poker): When multiple players are in a hand and all players check on a given street.

Chemin De Fer: A game similar to baccarat, played mainly in France. Bets are against other players and players take turns being the Bank.

Chinese Poker: A poker variant played with a single deck of cards and two to four players. Players are dealt 13 cards and must form three hands (of five, five, and three cards respectively), going from the strongest to weakest hands. Points are assigned based on the strength of each hand compared to the opponent's.

Chips: Casino tokens used in place of a real money for gambling. Read more about casino chips.

Chip and a Chair (Poker): An expression meaning that even a player with one remaining chip could still win a tournament.

Chip Tray: The tray used by a dealer or croupier to hold house chips.

Chop (Poker): To share out a pot amongst all players remaining in the hand or tournament.

Chop the Blinds (Poker): When only the small and big blind are left in the hand pre-flop and those players agree to take back their blinds and end the hand.

Choppy Game (Poker):A game where the players and the house are going back and forth, taking turns winning and losing.

Chuck-a-Luck (Sic Bo): A popular variant of Sic Bo introduced in England. Also known as Birdcage or Grand Hazard.

Circled Game (Sports betting):A game where the maximum bet is limited, usually due to injuries or bad weather.

Classic Slots: Classic slots are retro-style video slots consisting mainly of just 3 reels. Also known as ‘fruit machines’ or ‘classic vegas slots’, these were the first games to go online.

Clear (Poker): An action that cancels all bets previously placed on the table and returns all chips to the players.

Closed (Keno):The time right before keno balls are drawn and no additional bets can be placed.

Closing Line (Sports betting): The final list of point spreads offered before game time. Coins: The amount you would be betting on each pay line, which in turn would give you the total you would be betting on each spin.

Cold (Slots): A machine that isn't perceived to be paying out at a high rate.

Cold Call (Poker): Action taken to call after there has been a bet and a raise.

Cold Table: When the players who are betting right are losing frequently.

Cold Streak: An extended losing run.

Color Up: The act of exchanging smaller-denomination chips for larger ones.

Column Bet (Roulette): A bet on one of the three twelve-number columns on the roulette layout.

Combination Bet (Horse betting): Betting on any number of teams/horses to finish first and second, in either order.

Combination Bet (Sic Bo): A bet that two of the three dice will match two specified numbers. Also, Pair Match.

Combination Ticket (Keno): A keno card on which a player selects at least two groups containing any number of spots and also selects how the groups shall be combined.

Combo Draw (Poker): A hand that has draws to multiple hands.

Come Bet (Craps):Betting for the shooter to win.

Come-Out (Craps): The first roll of the game.

Commission (Baccarat): An added fee that is paid when making a Banco bet.

Commission: A fee that the casino takes out of all winnings paid by the bank. This is how the casino can profit from a game that does not have a built-in house edge.

Community Cards (Poker):Cards that are dealt face up and can be used by any player in the hand.

Comp Points: At most casinos, online and land-based, you’ll earn comp points whenever you’re playing. These can then be exchanged for chips. In land-based casinos, comp points may also be used for food, drink, or reduced rate accommodation.

Comp Points: Also known as reward points. Are points added to a player's account as a part of a casino's loyalty or VIP program. These points can be exchanged for prizes or cash.

Complete (Poker): The action in stud games where a bet is made after the bring in, that is equal to the amount of the lowest betting limit.

Connectors (Poker): Cards of consecutive rank.

Continuation Bet (Poker): An action where the player who was the raiser pre-flop bets out on the flop.

Coordinated (Poker): Used to describe a board that has connected or suited cards. Also, known as ‘wet’.

Copy (Poker): When the player and the banker have the same hand. The banker always wins the copy.

Corner Bet (Roulette): A wager on four bets made by placing chips on the corner of adjacent numbers. Also known as Carré in French roulette.

Counterfeit (Poker): When a hand becomes less valuable after community cards form a better hand.

Coup (Poker): The round of play.

Crack (Poker): To beat a big hand.

Craps: Craps is a dice game where players make bets on the outcome of the roll. This game is considered a table game.

Credit: In some online casinos, bets are expressed in credits. One credit is usually equal to one monetary unit in the player's native currency.

Credit Button (Online):The button used to bank money in the form of credits.

Croupier:A term most commonly used in European casinos in games such as Baccarat or Craps. It’s another term for a dealer.

Cut (Blackjack): After a shuffle, to divide the deck of cards into two parts, and place the bottom part on top.

Cut Card:A plastic card used to cut the deck in some card games.

Cut Off (Poker): The position sitting to the right of the button.

Cycle (Video poker): The average number of hands that pass between top payout wins on video poker machines, typically through the use of the royal flush.


d'Alembert (Roulette): Named after French mathematician Jean de Rond d'Alembert. The D'Alembert strategy is based on the idea that you double your bet after each loss in order to "make up" your losses.

Dead Heat (Horse betting): When two or more horses finish in a tie.

Deal: A card that is dealt to a player during a game.

Dealer:A dealer is a casino representative who manages a table game.

Deck: the standard 52 cards used in a game of online blackjack.

Degenerate Gambler: Someone who gambles frequently and excessively.

Deposit: The act of adding funds to your online casino account.

Deuce: Number 2 in dice.

Dime (Sports betting): A bet of $1,000.

Dime Line (Sports betting): A line where the juice is 10 per cent.

Dog (Sports betting): Short for "underdog”.

Dog Player (Sports betting): A bettor who mostly plays the underdog.

Dollar (Sports betting): A bet of $100.

Dolly (Roulette): The doll-shaped marker placed on the table in the square of the winning number. It helps players identify the winning number and remains in place until all winning wagers are paid.

Dominate (Poker): A hand that beats another player's hand because it contains a stronger combination of cards.

Don't Come (Craps): Betting for the shooter to lose.

Don't Pass Line (Craps): Betting for the shooter to lose.

Door Card (Poker): The first card visible in a stud hand or the first card revealed when the dealer spreads out the flop. Also known as Window Card.

Double (Craps):A bet on a number from 1 to 6. Two of the three available dice will have to display the designated number in order for the player to win their bet.

Double Down (Blackjack): To double the original bet and receive one more card.

Double for Less (Blackjack): Doubling down with a bet less than twice the original bet.

Double or Nothing: A stake that pays the same amount as wagered or nothing.

Down Card (Blackjack): A card that is dealt facing down.

Down to the Felt: A player who is out of money.

Download Casino: A type of online casino that requires you to download software to play the games.

Dozen Bet (Roulette): A bet on one of the three consecutive dozens on the table.

Dragon Hand (Poke): When a hand is dealt to an empty seat.

Draw: When a player takes additional cards in card games such as Blackjack and Baccarat.

Draw Poker: A poker variant where players are allowed to discard cards and replace them with others from the deck.

Drawing Dead (Poker): When no remaining cards in the deck can give a player the winning hand.

Drawing Thin (Poker):When a player is drawing to very few outs.

Drop (Blackjack): Fold

Drop Percentage:The portion of a player's cash that the casino wins because of the house edge.

Dry (Poker): Used to describe a board that has no connected or suited cards. Also, known as ‘ragged’.

Duo (Craps): A bet that two specific numbers will show on two of the three dice.

Duo (Sic Bo):There are fifteen possible types of duo in Sic Bo.


Easy (Craps): A number combination achieved by rolling dice with different values (for example, an “easy 6” is made by rolling a 2 and a 4 or by rolling a 5and a 1).

Easy Way (Craps): A dice roll of 4, 6, 8, or 10.

eCOGRA: Stands for e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance. An independent agency that audits online casinos to determine that the operating standards and games are fair to players.

Edge:The odds favouring the casino, also known as House Edge or Advantage.

Eighty-Sixed (86'd): Being banned by a casino for foul play.

En Prison (Roulette):A rule that gives players a second chance after making an even-money bet that lost to a 0 or a 00. The bet is left on the table for the next spin.

Encryption: A way to secure casino software and online transactions. Using complex codes that are extremely difficult to decipher.

Equity (Poker): The pot amount that a player is expected to win, based on the odds that they are in possession of the winning hand.

European Roulette: A roulette variant with a wheel that has 37 pockets and no double zero pocket.

Even (Craps): A bet that the total of the three dice combined will equal an even number.

Even-Money Bet: A bet that pays back the same amount that a player wagers.

Exotic (Horse betting): Any wager other than a straight bet or parlay. Also called a prop or proposition.

Expanding Wilds:Expanding Wilds are symbols that fall onto a reel and expand to cover the reel entirely. This in turn creates a number of winning combinations, especially since they tend to touch on multiple pay lines.

Expectation: The amount a player can expect to win on average, based on the probability that a given hand usually wins. Can be positive or negative.

Exposure (Sports betting):The maximum amount of money a sportsbook stands to lose on a game.

Eye in the Sky: Term for the overhead cameras used in casinos to monitor the gaming tables.


Face (Bingo): A single bingo card.

Face Cards: The Jack, Queen and King of any suit.

Favourite (Sports betting): The team expected to win an event.

Ficheur (Roulette): A device used in American Roulette to group chips by color and more easily give players different colored chips.

Fifth Street (Poker): The third round of betting when players have all the cards for a five-card hand.

Fifty Cents: A bet of $50.

Figure: The amount owed to or by a bookmaker.

Fill Up (Poker): To get a card that completes a full house.

Final (Roulette): A bet placed on numbers on the roulette wheel that end in the same digit.

For example, ‘final 7’ with three chips means betting on 7, 17 and 27.

Final Four (Sports betting): The remaining four teams in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Final Schnaps (Roulette): A bet placed on 11, 22, and 33.

Fire (Crap): To bet a very large wager.

First Base (Blackjack): The position to the far left of the dealer and the first to be dealt cards.

First Half Bet (Sports betting): A bet placed only on the first half of the game.

Fish (Poker): A card player who loses frequently and tends to bet on each hand. No matter the strength of his or her cards.

Five Card Charlie (Blackjack): A blackjack variation where a five-card hand that doesn't bust is a winner.

Five Card Stud (Poker): A poker variant with multiple betting rounds using a single deck of cards and played against other opponents.

Fixed Odds (Gambling): When the odds are predetermined, often used in sports results betting.

Flash (Gambling): A change of the odds information.

Flash Casino: A type of online casino that allows you to play games directly from your browser using Flash technology.

Flashboard (Keno): The display showing the numbers that make up the keno draw.

Flat Betting: Betting the same for each hand with no variation in denomination.

Flat Call (Poker):When a player calls a bet instead of raising.

Flat Top (Slots): A slot that pays a fixed jackpot amount as opposed to a progressive jackpot amount.

Flop (Poker):The first three community cards dealt, face up.

Flush (Poke): A hand comprised of all cards from the same suit.

Fold: Abandoning a hand and losing a bet in a table card game.

Forecast (Sports betting): A bet that predicts the 1st and 2nd places for a given event.

Foul (Poker): A losing hand where the two-card low hand is set higher than the five-card high hand. Or when the cards are set with the wrong number of cards.

Fouling a Hand (Poker): Setting a hand incorrectly.

Four Corners (Bingo): A pattern where the corner numbers of the card must be matched to win.

Fourth Street (Poker):The second round of betting when players are in possession of four of the total five cards dealt during a game.

Free Card (Poker):A round where all players in the hand check, so the next card is dealt without any player having to put money into the pot.

Free Space (Bingo): The center square of the bingo card that does not have a number assigned to it. It can be used towards a winning pattern like a wild card.

Free spins: Free Spins are spins that cost you nothing. Free spins are either awarded by a casino as part of a promotion or else triggered by playing a slot game.

Freeroll (Poker):A type of tournament that has no entry fee. Also, a hand that will win or at least split the pot.

Freeze-Out (Poker): A type of tournament that doesn't allow a re-buy.

Front Hand (Poker):The last hand consisting of three cards that is required to be the weakest of the player's three hands.

FTW (Casino jargon): For the win.

Full House (Poke): A hand comprised of two cards of one rank and three cards of a second rank.

Full Ring: (Poker):A poker game with a maximum number of nine or ten players at the table.

Futures (Sports betting): Bets placed predicting the outcome of a future event.


Garbage Hand (Poker): A low-value hand that generally should not be played because it is unlikely to win.

Getting Down: Making a bet.

GG (Casino jargon): Good game.

GLS (Casino jargon): Good luck all.

Goose (Keno): The device used to mix up and draw the keno balls.

Grand Salami (Sports betting): The combined score of goals in all the hockey games scheduled for the day.

Grid (Sports betting): A matrix that shows the different bets that are possible. Online, players click on the grid in order to place, withdraw or confirm a bet.

Grind (Poker): To play a large volume of smaller staked poker games, over a large number of hours, on a regular basis in order to make a steady profit. A person who does this is called a grinder.


Half Time Bet (Sports betting): A bet placed only on the second half of the game.

Half-a-Dollar: A bet of $50.

Hand: The set of cards a player has in his possession during a round. This term is mostly used in table games.

Hand Behind (Poker): A five-card hand that is traditionally placed behind the two-card hand on the table.

Hand in Front (Poker): A two-card hand that is traditionally placed in front of the five-card hand on the table.

Handicapper (Sports betting): The person who determines the point spread.

Handicapping (Sports betting): The attempt to predict the outcome of sporting events. Usually involves research.

Handle (Sports betting): The total amount of money bet on an event or group of events.

Hard (Craps): A number combination achieved by rolling two dice with the same value (for example, a “hard 8” is made by rolling a 4 and a 4).

Hard Hand (Poker): A hand that can only have one value; either a hand without any aces or a hand with a high enough value that aces can only be worth one point.

Hard Way (Craps): A dice roll of 4, 6, 8, or 10 rolled hard before an easy way or a 7.

Hardway (Bingo): A pattern in a straight line without the use of the free space.

HE (Casino jargon): Refers to the poker game Texas Hold'em.

Heads Up (Blackjack): When there is only one player playing at the blackjack table.

Hedging (Sports betting): Placing wagers on the opposite side in order to cut losses or guarantee a minimum amount of winnings.

High Bet (Roulette): A bet placed on all of the numbers from 19 to 36.

High Card (Poker): The highest card in a player's hand when the player's hand is worth less than a pair.

High Hand (Poker): A five-card hand.

High Poker: A poker game where the highest hand wins.

High Roller: A person who makes large bets.

Hijack (Poker): The position sitting to the right of the cut-off.

Hi-Lo (Craps): Betting that the next roll will be a 2 or a 12.

Hit: Used in online blackjack, a hit is a request for another card.

Hit (Slots): To spin a winning payline combination.

Hole Card: A Hole Card is the face down card a dealer receives during a game of blackjack. In other table games, a hole card is the card the player receives.

Home Field Advantage (Sports betting): The edge the home team is expected to have.

Hook (Sports betting): A half-point.

Hop Bet (Craps): A bet that the next roll will be a particular combination of the dice.

Horn Bet (Craps): A bet that the next roll will be a 2, 3, 11, or 12, made in multiples of four.

Hot Game (Sports betting): A game that is drawing a lot of action on one side from knowledgeable handicappers.

Hot Streak: An extended winning run

Hot Table (Casino): When the players who are betting right are winning frequently.

House: Another term for casino.

House Edge: The chances and percentage ratio a casino has of winning over players.

House Rules: The regulations of a particular video slot or table game including buy-ins.

HU (Blackjack): Heads up.


Idiot End (Poker): The low end of a straight. Also, known as dumb end or sucker end.

Implied Odds (Poker): Odds that do not exist currently but are calculated based on expected earnings when a given hand hits.

In and Out Teaser (Sports betting): When the player picks the favorite, underdog, over and under of the same game.

Inside Bets: An Inside Bet is a bet placed on inside the numbers in a game of Roulette.

Inside Straight Draw (Poker): A straight that can be made with a single card that fills a gap in the middle of the straight. For example, a hand of 2, 3, 5 has an inside straight draw to a 4 being dealt.

Instant Win (Lottery ): A type of lottery ticket that immediately indicates on the card if a prize has been won.

Instant Casino: A type of online casino that doesn’t require you to download any software.

Insurance Bet: Two or more bets that cover each other.

Insurance: It is a bet which is offered to the player in online blackjack when his face up card is an ace.

Isolate (Poker): When a player raises with the intention of making all other players except one fold.


Jackpot: A jackpot is a cumulative prize whose value keeps increasing a small amount every time someone plays that particular video slot. The jackpot will keep on growing until someone hits the jackpot. The same process would restart after the jackpot has dropped.

Jacks or Better (Poker): A variation of video poker where only hands that have a pair of Jack or higher win.

Joker (Poker): The 53rd and sometimes 54th card in a deck. Used as a wildcard. While it may sometimes be completely wild, more often than not it can only be wild to complete a straight, flush, or a straight flush. If it does not have an opportunity to create one of these hands, then it is treated as an ace instead.

Juice (Sports betting): The commission the bookie earns.

Junket (Casino): A group of high rolling players that have been specially flown in by a casino.


Keno: Keno is a lottery-style game where players place bets on numbers from 1 – 80. Very popular in Canada.

Kicker (Poker): A card that does not itself take part in determining the rank of the hand but that may be used to break ties between hands of the same rank.

King Ticket (Keno): A keno ticket on which a player selects a single spot (referred to as the ‘king’) and then combines the king with other groups of spots to form multiple tickets within one ticket. A king ticket may contain more than one king.


La Grande (Poker): A two-card hand that is worth nine points.

La Petite (Poker): A two-card hand that is worth eight points.

Lady (Poker): A Queen.

Lay Bet (Craps): Betting that a 7 will be rolled before the point.

Lay Down (Poker): To fold a poker hand.

Lay Odds (Sports betting): To make a bet on terms favorable to the other party (they would win more than they bet.)

Laying the Points (Sports betting): Betting the favorite by giving up points.

Laying the Price (Sports betting): Betting the favorite by laying money odds.

Layoff (Sports betting): Money bet by a house with another bookmaker to reduce its liability.

Layout:  The surface of a gaming table where players can place their wagers. It’s virtually reproduced at online casinos.

Limits: The minimum and maximum amounts that can be staked on a single bet.

Limp (Poker): To flat call the amount of the big blind.

Linemaker (Sports betting): The person who sets the original and subsequent betting lines. Also known as an "oddsmaker.”

Lines (Sports betting): Odds offered to the bettor.

Line Bet: The price a player pays for a bet per active payline.

Little Joe (Craps): A hard 4. Sometimes referred to as "Little Joe from Kokomo".

Live Dealer Games: A type of online casino game played against real dealers over a live video stream.

Lobby: The lobby in online casinos is where you can find all the available games.

Lock: An easy winner.

Long Odds (Sports betting): Odds generally greater than 10:1.

Longshot: An unlikely winner.

Loose (Poker): A player who plays many hands, including lower quality hands.

Low Bet (Roulette): A bet on all of the first eight numbers.

Low Hand (Poker): A two-card hand.

Low Poker: A poker game where the lowest hand wins.

Low Triple (Craps): A roll of triples with the numbers 1, 2 or 3.

Loyalty Scheme: A scheme offered by online casinos to reward players for their wagering activities.

Lump Sum (Lottery): A lottery payout that is paid in a single payment.


Maniac (Poker): A player who plays extremely aggressively and loosely.

Margin (Sports betting): The amount a competitor in an event finishes in front of another competitor.

Mark (Keno): The indicator on a player's keno ticket to show which numbers have been picked.

Marker: An IOU from a player getting credit at a casino.

Martingale (Roulette): A negative progression strategy which says you should increase your bet after each loss by doubling and adding one unit. For example: (Original bet) 2 + (Martingale bet) 2 + 1 = (New bet) 3.

Matchplay (Sports betting): A Cash Bonus

Maximum Bet: The highest stake that can be placed at a casino game.

Middle (Sports betting): To win both sides of the same contest in a sports betting event. Wagering on the underdog at one point spread and the favorite at adifferent point spread and winning both sides.

Middle Hand (Poker): The second hand consisting of five cards, that is required to be the weaker than the player's back hand and stronger than the player's front hand.

Middle Pair (Poker): A hand comprised of a pair using the middle valued card on the flop.

Minimum Bet: The lowest stake that can be placed at a casino game.

Miss (Poker): To not make a hand.

Mobile slots/games: Mobile games are slots that can be played specifically on your smartphone or tablet. These can usually be accessed via an internet browser or by downloading the casino’s mobile app.

Money Line (Sports betting): A bet on the winner of an event with no point spread odds.

Monkey (Poker): A 10 or a face card.

Monster (Poker): An extremely strong hand.

Move the Line (Sports betting): A player pays an additional price to receive half a point or more in his favor on a point spread game.

Muck (Poker): To fold a hand facedown into the discard pile.

Multi-Race Ticket (Keno): A keno ticket wagered for more than one game. All of the games covered by the ticket must be consecutive and must be wagered at the same rate.

Multi-Table Tournament (Poker): An online tournament with more than one table of players.

Multi-Tabling (Poker): To play more than one table of online poker at once.

MultiPlayer Casino: Players playing against other players online in money games.

Multiplier: These are symbols that carry specific values that will multiply your winnings.


Network Jackpot: This type of jackpot is made up of bets from players across all online casinos that host it. An example of this would be NetEnt’s Mega Fortune.

NL (Casino jargon): No limit.

No Action (Sports betting): A wager in which no money is lost or won.

No Limit (Gambling): A game with no limit on the bet size per round.

No-Deposit Bonus: Free money that doesn't require an initial cash deposit from the player and can usually be used without restriction at the online casino in question.

Nosebleed: Stakes that are extremely high.

Non-Sticky Bonus: A type of bonus offered by online casinos that can be withdrawn once the necessary requirements have been met.

NP(Casino jargon): Nice play. Also, no problem.

Nut Low (Poker): The best possible low hand.

Nut Nut (Poker): Having the best possible low hand and the best possible high hand in a split pot game.

Nuts (Poker): The best hand.


Odds: The chances of winning and possible outcome. Off the Board (Sports betting): A game that the bookmaker is not offering action on at that moment.

Off-Suit (Poker): Cards of different suits.

Omaha (Poker): A poker variant similar to Hold'em with multiple betting rounds using one deck of cards and played against other opponents. Players are dealt four hole cards and share community cards. The aim is to make the best hand using five cards (which must include two, and only two, of the hole cards).

On (Bingo): When a player's card needs only one more number for a bingo.

On Tilt (Poker): A player who reacts poorly to a loss and begins to play recklessly and aggressively.

One-Roll Bet (Craps): Betting on the results of the very next roll.

Online casino games: Also known as slot machines or video slots, these are games that can either be instantly played or downloaded.

Open (Keno): Any point in time when the casino is accepting more keno wagers for the coming draw.

Open (Poker): To make the first bet in a round.

Open-Ended Straight Draw (Poker): A straight that can be made with one of two cards that completes either end of a straight. For example, a hand of 2, 3, 4, 5 has an open-ended straight draw to a 6 or an ace being dealt.

Out (Poker): An undealt card that has the potential to form a winning hand.

Outdraw (Poker): To make a better hand (than the opponent's) by drawing better cards.

Outlaw Line (Sports betting): The earliest line in sports betting. This is an overnight line that only a handful of players are allowed to bet into.

Outside Bets: Bets whereby chips are placed outside the number layout in online roulette.

Over Card (Poker): A hole card that is higher than any card on the board.

Over Pair (Poker): A pocket pair that is a higher rank than the cards on the board.

Over/Under (Sports betting): A bet on whether the combined total of the points/goals scored by the two teams will exceed or be less than a specified number.

Overbet (Poker): A bet that is larger than the size of the pot.

Overdrawn (Bingo): A number that appears to be drawn more frequently than would seem random. Also known as hot.

Overdue (Bingo): A number that appears to be drawn less frequently than would seem random.

Overlay (Poker): When a poker room adds money to the prize pool beyond the total of the buy-ins.

Overlay (Sports betting): Odds which are higher than they should be and favor the player.


Paint (Poker): A face card.

Pair (Poker): A hand comprised of two cards of the same rank.

Parlay: Adding winnings from the previous roll to the current bet. To bet on two or more games with the intent of reinvesting the winnings from the first win on the next wager. All selections must be correct for the parlay to win.

Pass (Poker): To not bet or to fold.

Pass Line (Craps): Betting for the shooter to win.

Passive (Poker): A poker player who bets/raises infrequently and tends to call instead.

Pat (Blackjack): An unbusted hand worth at least 17 points and the player takes no more cards.

Pat (Poker): To keep a hand without taking any more cards.

Pay Table (Poker): A chart that lists the payout structure for winning hand combinations.

Payline: A payline is a sequence of positions on the reels that read from left to right. When you’re playing an online slot, you’re usually betting on a number of paylines. If symbols form a winning combination on a payline you’re betting on, then you will receive a payout.

Payoff: The money received by the player from a win.

Payout Percentage: The approximate return that’s paid out by a casino over time is expressed as a percentage of overall bets placed. It can be applied to individual games or the casino overall.

Payout Table: A table that shows you the relevant pay-out for each bet on table games, or each winning combination on slot machines and video poker games.

Paytable: Each and every video slot comes with a pay table that provides players with essential information such as winning payline combinations and how the slot works. It ultimately encompasses winning amounts for each payline combination.

Penetration: The percentage of a deck that’s dealt before the deck is shuffled.

Phantom Bonus: A type of bonus offered by online casinos that is removed from a player’s account at the point of cash-out.

Picks (Sports betting): Bets.

Pineapple (Poker): A poker variant similar to Hold'em with multiple betting rounds using one deck of cards and played against other opponents. Players are dealt three hole cards and share community cards. Players must discard one of their hole cards after the flop is dealt.

Pit Boss: The casino employee responsible for supervising all the staff and tables associated with a specific pit.

Pit: The area of a casino between tables where only casino staff are allowed.

Place (Poker): To finish in the top three, four or sometimes top five in a competition or event.

Place Bet (Craps): A bet that wins if a specific number is rolled before the round ends and similarly loses if the shooter hits the point, or a 7, before hitting the specific number.

Playthrough Requirement: The terms that an online casino places on its bonuses. Generally playthrough requirements require players to place a specified number of bets, or spend a specified amount of money at the casino, before they can release any winnings generated by the bonus cash. Typically only select casino games qualify towards the

playthrough requirement. Not all games contribute equally either.

Pocket Cards (Poker): The facedown cards that a player or dealer gets.

Pocket Pair (Poker): Paired hole cards.

Point (Craps): The number established by the come-out roll. It can be any number other than a natural or craps.

Point Spread (Sports betting): The points given to the team less likely to win to even its odds against the team favored to win.

Poker (Poker): The generic name given to a wide variety of table card games, usually those that have set rounds of betting and where winning is determined by a hierarchy of card combinations.

Pokies (Slots): Australian and New Zealand term for slot games.

Position: The order in which a player acts during a round. Early position players are first to act, late position players act after other players have acted.

Post (Poker): To place chips into the pot, usually an ante or blind.

Postage Stamp (Bingo): A pattern where a 2x2 grid is formed in any of the four corners.

Pot (Poker): The amount of chips/money from blinds, antes, and bets that accumulates during each round and is eventually paid out to the overall winner of that hand.

Pot Limit: A game with a fixed bet size per round which is equivalent to the size of the current pot.

Pot Odds (Poker): The ratio of the amount of money in the pot compared to the amount of money needed to call a bet.

Powerball (Lottery): A lottery variant where the jackpot prize is won by matching five numbers and the bonus ball. Smaller prizes can be won by matching a lesser combination of numbers.

Press: To wager a larger amount than usual.

Press a Bet: To add winnings from the previous bet to the current bet.

Price (Sports betting): The odds or point spread.

Progressive Jackpot: A progressive jackpot is a jackpot that keeps on growing based on the number of players playing the slot that hosts it and placing bets.

Progressive Slot: A progressive slot is a game that has a jackpot that increases incrementally as players play the game.

Prop (Proposition) Bet (Sports betting): A special wager offered by the sportsbook on unique and various topics. These wagers can be on sporting events, politics, and even trial outcomes. The wagers use the money line format of payoff odds.

Puckline (Sports betting): Giving odds of a goal spread in hockey instead of using a Canadian Line, where both a goal spread and money line are played.

Pull Tab (Lottery): A type of lottery ticket where the number or symbol is covered by something that must be pulled away to reveal the symbol.

Punto (Baccarat): The player. Also, the bet that is placed on the player winning and also the hand that sits opposite the Banco hand.

Punto Banco: Another term for Baccarat.

Puppy (Sports betting): The underdog.

Push: A tied outcome at casino games where neither the house or the player wins.


Quads (Poker): A hand comprised of four cards of the same rank.

Quarter Bet (Roulette): A bet on four numbers with a single wager. Similar to a corner bet.

Quick Pick (Lottery): A lottery ticket with numbers automatically selected by the computer instead of the player. Also known as a Lucky Dip.


Rabbit Hunt (Poker): Dealing out what would have been the remaining cards after a hand has ended, before all cards have been dealt.

Rag (Poker): A card that is of little value and doesn't improve the quality of the hand.

Rail: To observe, not play, a casino game.

Rainbow (Poker): Three or four cards that are of different suits.

Raise (Poker): Action taken to bet at least double the blind or ante.

Rake (Poke): A percentage or flat fee that is collected by the house for each hand of poker played.

Rank (Poker): The numerical value of a card.

Re-Bet: A bet involving the same amount that was wagered in the previous game.

Re-Buy (Poker): An additional amount of chips or money that a player can buy, either when knocked out of the hand or when running low on chips/money.

Redraw (Poker): A made hand that has a draw to an even better hand.[

Reel (Slots): A reel is a wheel/column that is spun alongside other reels in an attempt to create winning combinations.

Reload Bonus: Bonus money players get for subsequent deposits.

Represent (Poker): To act in a way that indicates having a specific hand.

Return: A player's total winnings on a bet.

Reverse Tells (Poker): Body language, expressions, and repeated actions in similar situations, that intentionally give false information about a hand that a player has.

Right Bettor (Craps): The person betting with the shooter.

Ring Game (Poker): A regular poker game that is not a tournament.

River (Poker): The final community card dealt.

RNG (Slots): Abbreviation of Random Number Generator.

Roll: A bankroll

Rolled Up (Poker): In seven card stud, a starting hand of three of a kind.

RNG (Random Number Generator): A RNG is a normal video slot that determines the winning and losing combinations and ultimately produces the outcome of each spin.

Roulette: A casino game where a numbered wheel with a ball within will be spun. The player has to predict where a ball will land. See the full history of roulette.

Roulette Wheel: The rotating mechanism that determines which bets win and which bets lose. The roulette wheel typically contains either 37 or 38 distinct pockets.

Rounder (Poker): Someone who plays well and makes a living from playing poker.

Royal Flush (Poker): The top ranked hand comprised of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and ten of the same suit.

Royalties (Poker): Special bonuses that can be won for playing pre-determined strong hands. For example, having quads or better on the back hand or using all 13 cards to make a single straight or a flush.

Run down (Sports betting): All the lines for a specific date, sport, time, etc.

Runline (Sports betting): In baseball, a spread used instead of the money line.

Runner (Sports betting): One who places bets for another.


Scalper (Sports betting): Someone who attempts to profit from the differences in odds from book to book by betting both sides of the same game at different prices.

Scare Card (Poker): A community card that likely gives an opponent a better hand.

Scared Money (Gambling): A bankroll that a player cannot afford to lose or a stake limit that is too high for a player's bankroll.

Scatters: Scatters are symbols that when they fall within a payline will trigger either free spins. Even if they don’t fall within a payline, wherever they land on the reels, they tend to pay out.

Scoop (Poker): To win the entire pot, usually in high-low split games.

Scouts (Sports betting): Person(s) who waits for what he thinks is an unusually strong wager. Also known as a "sports player".

Scratch Card (Lottery): A type of lottery ticket where the number or symbol is covered by something that must be scratched off to reveal the symbol.

Second Pair (Poker): Middle Pair

See (Poker): To call a bet.

Semi-Bluff (Poker): To make a play that represents having a strong hand when, in actuality, the hand is weak, although it has some potential to make a winning hand.

Set (Poker): A hand comprised of three cards of the same rank. In games with community cards, a set is comprised of two hole cards and one community card.

Seven Card Stud (Poker): A poker variant with multiple betting rounds using one deck of cards and played against other opponents. There are no community cards. Players are dealt one card face down in each of the first two rounds, one card face up in each of the next four rounds and one card face down in the final round.

Seven Out (Craps): When the shooter rolls a 7 before making the point and loses the pass line bet.

Seventh Street (Poker): The fifth and final round of betting when players have all the cards for a seven-card hand.

SH (Casino jargon): Short-handed.

Shark (Poker): An expert card player.

Shill: A player paid by the casino to make up numbers in underrepresented table games and tournaments.

Shifting Wilds: Shifting Wilds shift around the reels with each spin every time there is a winning combination. During a winning combination, the winning symbols will be removed and the Shifting Wilds will shift positions.

Shoe: The box from which cards are dealt in casinos.

Shooter (Craps): The person rolling the dice.

Short Stack (Poker): Having a smaller number of chips compared to the other players in the game or compared to the maximum allowed buy-in amount. Usually less than 100 times the big blind.

Short-Handed (Poker): A card game that is being played with fewer than the typical number of players.

Showdown (Poker): When the remaining players at the end of a hand show their cards to determine who the winner is.

Shut Out (Sports betting): What happens to a bettor who tries to place a bet after the action closes. Also, when the losing team do not score at all.

Sic Bo: A three-dice game where the player predicts the outcome of the roll of the dice.

Side Pot (Poker): A secondary pot that is formed when one or more players go all-in and there is still additional betting from other players remaining in the hand.

Sides (Sports betting): The two teams or athletes playing - the underdog and the favorite.

Sign-Up Bonus: A type of bonus at online casinos that’s offered to new customers when they join. Also known as a welcome bonus.

Simple Bet (Craps): The player bets on one single number and the payout varies depending on the number of dice bearing the single number selected. The payout can range from 1:1 in the case of a single die to 10:1 for all three dice.

Single (Sports betting): A bet on one selection to win. Also known as a straight up bet.

Single-Table Tournament (Poker): An online tournament with only one table of players.

Sixth Street (Poker): The fourth round of betting when players have six cards for a seven-card hand.

Slots: A digital form of the classic slot machines. Reels have to be spun and symbols have to line up in order to achieve a payout.

Slow Play (Poker): To play a strong hand as if it was very weak. Thereby misleading other players as to the true strength of the hand.

Small Bet (Craps): A bet that the sum of all three dice will be between 4 and 10.

Small Blind (Poker): The forced bet from the player in the seat directly to the left of the dealer.

Smooth Call (Poker): A Flat Call

Snake Eyes (Craps): Two 1s on the dice.

Soft Hand (Blackjack): A hand that contains one or more aces that can be worth either 1 or 11.

Special (Poker): Games that are usually played with a different set of card other than the pack purchased at admission.

Speed Bingo (Bingo): A bingo variant where numbers are called very quickly and bingos can be made in as few as three numbers.

Split Hand (Blackjack): To split the initial two cards into two separate hands. This is allowed only when the initial two cards are of equal rank.

Split Pair (Poker): In seven card stud, when a down card matches the up card making a pair.

Split Pot (Poker): A pot that is shared by two or more players.

Split Ticket (Keno): A keno ticket on which the equivalent of two or more straight or basic tickets are written. Each group of spots on a split ticket is evaluated separately.

Sports Lottery: A type of lottery where winners are selected based on outcomes of sports events.

Sportsbook (Sports betting): The person, shop or website accepting bets.

Spot(Keno): Numbers that have been marked on a keno ticket.

Spread (Sports betting): a point spread

Square (Sports betting): A novice when it comes to sports betting.

SS (Casino jargon): Short Stacked.

Stacked Wilds: These Wilds act as substitutes replacing other symbols in the process to help create winning paylines and bringing you wins.

Staggered Payout (Slots): A pay table that pays more to slots players that have wagered more.

Stake: The amount wagered on the outcome of a casino game.

Standoff (Poker): When both hands are of equal value. Also, a bet that the hands will tie.

Steam (Slots): When a line starts to move rapidly.

Sticky Bonus: A type of bonus offered by online casinos that cannot be withdrawn and “sticks” to a player’s account until it’s lost.

Sticky Wilds: Similar to a standard wild, a Sticky Wild will substitute for other symbols to create a winning line with the sole difference that these will stay put for subsequent spins.

Straddle(Poker): An optional extra blind bet, typically made by the player one to the left of the big blind and equal to twice the big blind. The straddle acts last before the flop and may re-raise.

Straight (Poker): A hand comprised of five cards of consecutive rank.

Straight Bet (Roulette): A bet placed on a single number.

Straight Bet (Sports betting): A wager on just one team, athlete or horse.

Straight Flush (Poker): The second ranked hand comprised of five consecutive cards of the same suit (that isn't a royal flush).

Straight Ticket (Keno): A keno ticket on which a player selects spots without any groupings.

Street Bet (Roulette): A bet placed on three numbers at once.

Strong Bet (Craps): A bet on all three dice at once. For example, betting that the same number will appear on all three dice.

Stud Poker (Poker): A poker variant played with both up cards and down cards.

Suit (Poker): The colored category into which cards are grouped. Traditionally red hearts and red diamonds and black spades and black clubs. Some online decks offer four colors: red hearts, blue diamonds, green clubs and black spades.

Suited Connectors (Poker): Cards of consecutive rank and of the same suit.

Super Stud (Poker): A poker variant played similarly to Caribbean Stud but with a progressive jackpot.

Surrender (Blackjack): An option to pay a penalty and throw away a hand. To forfeit a blackjack hand and have half of the bet returned. This action can be taken only before any other action is made.

Symbols (Slots): The pictures, numbers, or letters on a slot machine's reels that are used to determine winning combinations. Typically slots symbols include imagery that reinforces a game's theme. Such as fruit, dollar signs, or cartoon characters. Symbols in video slots games online are often animated (sometimes in 3D) and may talk or trigger music when hit.


Table (Poker): To turn cards face up at showdown.

Tai Sai (Sic Bo): Another term for Sic Bo.

Take Odds (Sports betting): To accept a bet, or to make a bet, on terms not favorable to the other party (they would win less than they bet).

Taking the Points (Sports betting): Betting the underdog and its advantage in the point spread.

Taking the Price (Sports betting): Betting the underdog and accepting money odds.

Tank: To take time to think through a decision before making an action.

Tapped Out: A player who is totally out of money.

Teaser (Sports betting): A bet on two or more teams where the line on each team is adjusted in the favor of the bettor. Like a parlay, all selections must be correct for the teaser to win.

Tells (Poker): Body language, expressions, and repeated actions in similar situations that can give away information about a hand that a player has.

Texas Blackout (Bingo): A bingo variant where the first number is called and depending upon whether that number is even or odd, all the even (or odd) numbers are considered wild and are matched. The game then proceeds to a blackout.

Texas Hold'em (Poker): A poker variant with multiple betting rounds, using one deck of cards and played against other opponents. Players are dealt two hole cards and share community cards. The objective is to make the best hand using five cards (including one, two, or no hole cards).

(The) Cage: The name given to the place where the casino keeps its money.

Third Base (Blackjack): The position nearest to the dealer's right and the last to be played before the dealer's hand is played.

Third Street (Poker): The first round of betting in seven-card stud, when players have three of the seven cards.

Three of a Kind (Poker): A hand comprised of three cards of the same rank.

Ticket (Keno): The gridded form, numbered 1 to 80, that players use to place keno bets.

Ticket (Sports betting): A sports betting wager.

Tie (Sports betting): A wager in which no money is lost or won because the teams' scores were equal to the number of points in the given line.

Tight (Poker): A player who doesn't play many hands and tends to play higher quality hands.

Tilt: When a player has hit a losing streak.

Toke: Meaning to tip the dealer.

Top Pair (Poker): A hand comprised of a pair using the highest card on the flop.

Total (Craps): A bet that indicates the total combined value of all three dice.

Total (Sports betting): The combined amount of runs, points or goals scored by both teams during the game, including the overtime.

Totals Bet (Sports betting): A proposition bet in which the bettor speculates that the total score by both teams in a game will be more or less than the line posted by the sportsbook.

Tournament (Keno): A consecutive series of keno games, where winning depends upon overall performance across all contributing the games.

Trey: three.

Triple (Craps): A strong bet that all three dice will show the same number.

Trips (Poker): A hand comprised of three cards of the same rank. In games with community cards, trips are comprised of one hole card and two community cards.

True Odds (Sports betting): The real odds of something happening.

Turkey (Poker): A player who acts disrespectfully to the dealer.

Turn (Poker): The fourth of the five community cards dealt.

Twenty-One: Another term for blackjack.


Under (Sports betting): A wager that the total points scored by two teams will be under a certain figure.

Under the Gun (Poker): The position sitting to the left of the blinds where players act firstbefore the flop and immediately after the blinds on all other streets.

Underdog (Sports betting): The team perceived to be most likely to lose. Also known as the "dog" for short.

Up Card (Poker): A card that is dealt face up.

UTG (Casino jargon): Under the gun.


Value (Sports betting): Getting the best odds on a wagering proposition and the highest possible edge.

Value Bet (Poker): A bet made with the intention of getting called by a worse hand.

Variance (Poker): A measure of the swings in winning and losing in poker.

Video Poker: Five-card draw poker in the style of a slot machine <#slot-machine>.

Vigorish (Sports betting): The bookmaker's commission on a losing bet. Also known as "juice" or "vig" for short.

VIP: Also known as a high roller, a VIP refers to a player that places large bets.

Virgin (Bingo): A number combination that has never been drawn before.

Virtual Casino Games: Online casino games that are computer-operated and determined by Random Number Generators.

Volatility: Volatilityor variance describes the player's risk of losing a bet and suggests how often players can expect to win, and how big or small their prizes are likely to be.


Wager: A bet

Wagering Requirements: The amount of money that must be wagered at an online casino in order to either earn a bonus or release a bonus to be withdrawn.

Way Ticket (Keno): A keno ticket on which a player selects at least two groups containing an equal number of spots, which are then combined to form several straight or basic ticket combinations within one ticket. Each group played must be wagered at the same rate.

Weak Bet (Craps): A bet on a single number to appear on a single die.

Welcome Bonus: A bonus offered to new customers at online casinos. Also known as a sign-up bonus.

Whale: A high-value player that plays for big stakes.

Wheel (Poker): A five-card straight from ace to five.

Whiff (Poker): To miss a draw.

Wild Card (Poker): The card in the deck (including the joker) that is designated to represent any other card to make the best possible hand.

Wild Number (Bingo): A bingo variant where the first number called determines the wild number and then all numbers on the bingo card that end in that wild number are matched. For example, if 42 is called, all numbers ending in 2 are matched.

Wild Symbols: A symbol that can be substituted for other symbols on the reel. When a wild symbol appears it can be combined with the symbols around it to make a winning combination. In some games Wilds will pay out even if they aren't on a payline. They sometimes also serve as a special multiplier that can double, triple, or more the payout of a winning combination of symbols. Typically in video slots games online Wild symbols usually cannot be substituted for Scatter symbols.

Wired Cards (Poker): A pair, trips, or four of a kind dealt consecutively or back-to-back in a hand. Also, when the two hole cards are paired.

Wiseguy: (Sports betting): A knowledgeable handicapper or bettor.

Withdrawal: When a player requests to draw money from his account.

Writer (Keno): The casino employee conducting the keno action.

Wrong Bettor (Craps): The person betting against the shooter.


YHS (Casino jargon): Your hand sucks.

Yo (Casino jargon): The number 11

YW (Casino jargon): You're welcome.