The following is a basic gambling glossary which will help you to learn the most popular casino terms. If you don’t see a new word here, please let us know so we can add it to the site.
Action- The total sum of all wagers; or gambling activities as a whole.
Aggregate Limit - Total payout liability of a casino during any one game.
Aggregate Winnings - Cumulative or total winnings in your account.
Ante-A bet that a player can make before other players.
Banker - In card games, it refers to the dealer. Sometimes, each player becomes a banker/dealer in turn.
Bankroll- All amounts of money to be used for placing bets; or the amount of money stocked at a game before the start.
Barber Pole – A wager made with a stack of various bets.
Betting Limit- The specific limit a player can bet with.
Black Chip - $100 chip.
Blind Bet- Used in poker when a player bets without knowing what card will show next.
Bonus - Money given to players as an incentive to keep playing at the online casino.
Break-Even Point - The point at which if you played forever, the bets you made would equate to payoffs you would receive.
Brick - A card that is unable to help a player's poker hand. Also known as a blank.
Buck - A $100 wager.
Bug - A joker.
Call – Used in poker, it refers to the act of matching a bet made by the previous player. In bingo or keno, a call is the drawing of numbers.
Camouflage - Anything a well seasoned gambler does to conceal any and all activities from a casino.
Cap - The maximum wager a player can make on any single game.
Card Sharp - A person who is an expert at cards and card games.
Check – With several casino games, a check is another name for chip. In poker, to check means to stay in the game without betting.
Chips – Also known as tokens they are round, plastic or digital and used on casino tables in lieu of cash.
Cold - Referring to a table, machine, or person that is no longer lucky.
Colour Up- Refers to chips you receive from various games. If you are colour up, you want to change the smaller valued chips for larger ones.
Cowboys- Two King cards.
Credit – Bets may be expressed through credits. 1 credit equals 1 unit.
Dime Bet - A $1,000 wager.
Down to the Felt – Completely out of money, broke.
Drop - Money lost.
eCOGRA - e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, better known as eCOGRA. It provides trust to players through independently regulating online casinos. An eCOGRA seal will be shown on the homepage of approved sites. It says the operator is committed to player protection, fair gaming and overall responsible conduct.
Edge – Having an upper advantage over an opponent or player.
Encryption – Security measure to ensure all transactions are completely safe.
Face Cards - The Jack, Queen, and King of any suit of cards.
Firing- A person who is wagering large sums.
Fish- If you are new to online gambling, you may be called a ‘fish’. It’s not to be taken as an insult, but just another way to describe a new bettor.
Grind Player – A gambler who bets very conservatively in small amounts; thereby slowly working through the bankroll.
Hand- Cards a player holds in a game.
Hard Hand – Used in blackjack and refers to a hand which contains an ace valued at 1 instead of 11.
Hit Me- Used in blackjack to tell the dealer you want another card.
Holding Your Own - Winning a sufficient amount to break even.
Hole Card – Card that is dealt face down.
Honeymoon Period – New players who are winning all the time; also known as Beginners Luck.
Hot – A player on a winning streak or casino game which pays out a lot or regularly.
House Edge – Built in advantage at the casino, typically gained by paying less than the odds.
Inside Bet – A roulette bet placed on a number or combination of numbers.
Juice – Knowing the right people in the casino industry. If you are well connected, you have “juice”.
Ladies – Two Queens.
Live Hand – Used in poker, it refers to a hand that has the potential to win the pot.
Load Up- Playing a slot machine with the maximum number of coins per spin.
Loose- A slot machine which has a higher average payout.
Multi-Player Casino - A feature offered by online casinos that lets you play against other players.
Number Pool- The range of numbers available to choose from in a lottery game.
Odds- The statistical chance of winning at any casino game.
On tilt - A bad reaction to an unlucky hand or string of plays which results in uncontrolled wild play.
One Eyed – Three cards: the Jack of Hearts, the Jack of Spades, or the King of Diamonds
Overlay – A situation which favours the gambler. With an overlay, you can win more money than you bet when and if you do win.
Paint - A face card which is a Jack, a Queen or a King
Pay Cycle – An estimated statistical guess of the number of plays a machine must cycle through to configure wins and non-wins.
Payline- Line(s) on a slot machine which symbols and reels must align on to win.
Payback – Return received on any bet or wager.
Payout Percentage – Takings that a game or casino returns to players as winnings; the higher the better.
Pay Table – Displayed in games, it details the combinations players need to make to win.
Pot – The total amount accumulated in every hand of poker and the money which the winner will receive.
Progressive Slots – A certain amount of money taken from select games which is put towards one collective jackpot. The more players, machines, or casinos involved, the larger the jackpot. Some lucky person will eventually hit it and win – usually a six, seven, or eight digit number.
Punter - A gambler.
Rake – Money charged by the casino for every hand of poker. In general it is a flat fee or 5-10% of every round.
RNG – Random Number Generator or RNG generates complete randomness by assigning the outcome of every result. It’s used at online casinos and independently monitored for fairness on the top sites.
Rollover – A rollover is another way to refer to ‘playthrough’ or ‘wagering requirements’ often found in bonuses and promotions.
Scared Money - Money that a player cannot afford to lose.
Shark - A crafty, skilled player who poses as a fish to mislead other players and win.
Sharker- A cheater.
Sharp – A clever bettor.
Shill – A shill acts as a filler player. They are paid by the house to sit at games and make numbers. You’ll most often find shills at poker games.
Short Run – Short series of bets or game events.
Showdown – Used in poker after the last round, all players who are in the game must show their hands to determine the winner.
Skin – A dollar.
Snake Eyes – Rolling a two in the dice game of craps.
Soft Hand – Used in blackjack and the opposite of Hard Hand. It is any hand which contains an ace counted as eleven.
Spinner - A winning streak.
Tapping Out – Losing the entire bankroll causing you to discontinue gambling.
Ticket - A card.
Underlay – A bad bet. Particularly, with sports betting, it refers to an event which has more money bets on it actually being true than can be justified through reasonable logic and probability.
Unit- Also known as betting units, this is a term used to express the smallest amount of money used in betting without specifying any currency. A players actual bet may be $1 CAD, but the betting unit may be one chip.
Whales – A term used to describe players who can gamble as much as they want and lose millions without shedding a tear. Whales are rare at casinos, but can be found on some of the larger sites.
Wager - Any Bet.
Turkey – A turkey refers to a person who is behaving badly or unpleasantly to a dealer. This is often because they are losing or think they know everything including all the rules. You will only come across turkeys on the live casino games.
86’d – A less common term which you don’t want to be called. To be 86’d means to get thrown out of a casino for undesirable behaviour.