The amount of money wagered. in poker, the
placing of money into the pot.
One who is still in the pot.
In poker, a small portion of the minimum bet
that each player is required to put into the pot before a new hand
A player’s total available gambling money.
In a card game, dealer or the players who books
the action of the other bettors at the table.
In blackjack, the set of plays that you should
make to maximize your advantage.
In a table game, the minimum and maximum
amounts of money that you can wager on one bet. you cannot wager less
than the minimum or more than the maximum amount posted.
A crayon or ink dauber that is used to cover
the numbers on a bingo game card.
The most common color used for $100 chips.
A bet that certain poker players are required
to make because of their betting positions.
In poker, players bluff when raising with a
weak hand in hopes of driving out players with stronger hands.
In poker, the community cards dealt face-up in
the center of the table are referred to as on the “board.”
Another term for a full house.
The break-even point is the point at which if
you played forever, the bets you made would approximately equal the
payoffs you’d receive.
In seven-card stud, the bring-in is a mandatory
bet made by the player with the lowest upcard in the first round of
A $100 wager.
In card games, the card temporarily removed
from play. After a shuffle and cut, one card is placed on the bottom of
the deck or in the discard tray, which is called burning the card.
In blackjack, to go over twenty-one. If you
bust you lose.
In poker, a small plastic disc used as a marker
that is moved from player to player after each hand to designate the
In poker, when a player matches the current bet
on the table. In keno and bingo, to draw the numbers for each game.
In a bingo game, the person who is responsible
for choosing the game pattern, drawing each bingo ball and reading each
number clearly. In poker, someone who has called a bet.
Keeping track of all cards that have been
played since the shuffle.
A person who is an expert at cards.
A group of slot machines that are positioned in
a ring, enabling a change person to stand in the center.
The place in a casino where players may redeem
their casino chips for cash.
The edge that the house has over the players.
A reduced hotel-room rate that the casinos
offer good customers.
In keno, to catch a number means that a number
you have marked on your keno ticket has been drawn.
In casino gambling, a check is another term for
a chip. In poker, a player can check in order to stay in the game but
Round tokens that are used on casino gaming
tables in lieu of cash.
The tray in front of a dealer that holds that
table’s inventory of chips.
A player on a losing streak, or a slot machine
that isn’t paying out.
When a player leaving a game exchanges smaller
denomination chips for larger denomination chips.
Combination way ticket
In keno, a ticket in which groups of numbers
are bet several different ways, allowing the player to spread money over
Complimentary gifts used by casinos to entice
players to gamble. Typical comps include free room, food and beverage.
In paigow poker, when a player and the banker
have the same two-card hand, or the same five-card hand. The banker wins
In slot machines or video machines, the button
that allows players to bank coins in the form of credits.
The French word for dealer, used in the games
of baccarat and roulette.
When the dealer divides a deck into two parts
and inverts them after they have been well shuffled.
A card of different color that is used to cut a
deck of cards.
To give out the cards during a hand.
In poker games like Texas
Hold'em, the player
to the left of the dealer bets first. In a poker room where each game
has a resident dealer, a different player serves as the designated
dealer for each hand.
Two identical numbered cubes.
Singular for dice, a cube with numbers 1-6 on
a $1000 wager.
A tray on the dealer’s right side that holds
all the cards that have been played or discarded.
A $100 wager.
In blackjack, it is the players option to
double their original bet in exchange for receiving only one more card.
To do this the player turns over their first two cards and places an
equal bet alongside the original bet.
In draw poker, the second round of cards that
In video poker this button allows the player to
draw up to five new cards.
On a gaming table, the box that serves as a
repository for cash, markers, and chips.
An advantage over an opponent.
A bet that pays you back the same amount that
you wagered, plus your original wager. shown as a ratio of 1:1.
Expected win rate
A percentage of the total amount of money
wagered that you can expect to win or lose over time.
The jack, queen, and king of any suit of cards.
In poker, when everyone at the table decides to
enter a pot.
In seven-card stud, the third round of betting
is called fifth street because players have five cards. In Hold'em ,
fifth street is the fifth card on board and the final round of betting.
At the blackjack table, the position on the far
left of the dealer is considered to be first base and is the first
position dealt with.
A player who stays in a poker game longer than
advisable generally is fishing for the card or two that will make the
hand a winner.
A slot machine whose jackpot is always a fixed
amount, as opposed to a progressive.
In a game of hold ‘em, the three cards dealt
face-up in the center of the table.
In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of
Cash or bank checks deposited with the casino
to establish credit for a player who bets against that money.
In poker, when a player declines a bet and
drops out of the hand.
In pai gow poker, 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. A fouled hand is a
Four of a kind
Four cards of the same rank, also known as
In seven-card stud, the second round of betting
is called fourth street because players have four cards. In Hold'em,
fourth street is the fourth card on board and the third round of
In poker, a hand consisting of a three of a
kind and a pair.
The most common color used for $25 chips.
Refers to the cards that you hold, or to
everything that happens in a card game between shuffles of the deck.
In blackjack, any hand that does not contain an
ace valued at eleven.
Standard poker, as compared to low poker or
lowball. In high poker, high hands win.
A big bettor.
In blackjack, to take another card. The card
received is also called a hit.
A class of poker games.
Holding your own
In blackjack, the facedown card that the dealer
gets. In stud and hold ‘em poker, the facedown cards dealt to each
A player who is on a winning streak, or a slot
machine that is paying out.
The percentage of each bet that you make that
the house takes in. Winning bets are paid off at less than the true odds
to generate income for the house.
A roulette bet placed on any number, or small
combination of numbers.
In poker, four cards of a straight where the
straight can only be completed one way.
In blackjack, a side bet that the dealer has a
natural. Insurance is offered only when the dealers up card is an ace.
The insurance bet wins double if the dealer has a natural, but loses if
the dealer does not.
A big win on a slot machine.
The 53rd card in a deck, sometimes used as a
A large electronic board that displays the
winning keno numbers.
The main area within a casino where keno is
A casino employee who shuttles your keno bet
from wherever you are to the keno writer, and also delivers payment for
In a draw poker game, an odd high card held
that doesn’t contribute to a straight or a flush, usually an ace or a
In poker, any game that has a fixed limit on
how much you can bet or raise in each round.
To play the maximum number of coins per spin
that a slot machine or video game will allow.
Slot machines are loose when they are paying
off and giving the house only a small advantage over the player.
Also called lowball, is poker in which the pot
is awarded to the hand with the lowest poker value.
A check that can be written at the gaming
tables by a player who has established credit with the casino.
The scaled-down version of baccarat, played
with fewer players, dealers, and formality but following the same rules
In blackjack, a natural is a two-card hand of
twenty-one points. In baccarat a natural is a two-card total of eight,
The range of numbers from which you select the
ones you want to play. A typical lottery pool ranges from 1 to 60, and
the keno pool is 1 to 80.
Either the overhead costs of running a casino,
or the fixed amount that a gambler decides to win in a day.
Ratio of probabilities.
In poker, the player who bets first.
Roulette bets located on the outside part of
the layout. They involve betting 12 to 18 numbers at one time.
A good bet where you have an edge over the
Any two cards that have the same rank.
To not bet, to fold.
In draw poker, a hand that does not need any
more hands. In blackjack, an un-busted hand worth at least 17 points.
A theoretical expression that reflects the
number of plays required for the machine to cycle through all possible
winning and non-winning combinations.
The line on a slot machine window on which the
symbols from each reel must line up. Slot machines can have as many as
eight pay lines, although most have only one.
Your payback; the return you see on a wager.
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.
A posting somewhere on the front of a slot or
video poker machine, that tells you what each winning hand will pay for
the number of coins or credits played.
An area of a casino in which a group of table
games are arranged, where the center area is restricted to dealers and
other casino personnel.
The person who supervises all the games and
casino personnel associated with a pit during a particular work shift.
Pit bosses are in place to watch for cheating, settle disputes, and give
comps to big bettors.
In a poker game, the amount of money that
accumulates in the middle of the table as each player antes, bets, and
raises. The pot goes to the winner of the hand.
A player is pressing the bet when they let
winnings ride by wagering them along with the original bet.
A branch of mathematics that measures the
likelihood that an event will occur. Probabilities are expressed as
numbers between 0 and 1. The probability of an impossible event is 0,
while an event that is certain to occur has a probability of 1.
A slot machine whose potential jackpot
increases with each coin that is played. When the progressive jackpot
finally hits, the amount resets to the starting number.
A tie hand between a dealer and a player; no
money changes hands. A push at blackjack occurs when both the player and
the dealer have a un-busted hands with the same total points.
Four of a kind.
In poker, the minimum standard a hand must meet
in order for it to be eligible for part of the pot.
A plastic container in which you can transport
and count large-denominational coins, slot machine tokens, and casino
In poker, a player raises by matching the
previous bet and then betting more, to increase the stake for remaining
The money that the casino charges for each hand
of poker. It is usually a percentage (5-10%) or flat fee that is taken
from the pot after each round of betting.
The worth of a set of cards.
The most common color used for $5 chips.
In roulette, an outside wager on whether the
next spin will be a red or a black number. This bet is played off at
A wheel inside a slot machine window on which
the slot machine symbols are printed. The number of reels per slot
machine may very but are usually three.
High rollers are compensated with free room, food,
In poker, the final card dealt in a hand of
stud or hold ‘em. In seven-card stud, staying in until the fifth and
final round of betting is called going to the river.
In poker, an ace-high straight flush; the best
A series of plays at any gambling game.
In pai gow poker, players set their seven cards
into two separate hands of two and five cards each.
In seven-card stud, the fifth and final round
of betting is called seventh street because players have seven cards.
A plastic or wooden box that holds multiple
decks of cards for dealing more than two decks of cards.
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.
Before each hand the dealer mixes up the order
of the cards.
A window covering a number on a reusable bingo
card. The shutter can be pulled down to mark each number as it is
In poker, a card that is the only one of its
In seven-card stud, the fourth round of betting
is called sixth street because players have six cards.
In blackjack, any hand that contains an ace
counted as eleven is called a soft hand.
Any number from 1 to 80 that a player selects
on a keno ticket. It also refers to the number of numbers that are
marked on a ticket.
In blackjack, to stand is to refrain from
taking another card.
In blackjack, a hand that is not pat and that
may bust if hit once. Stiffs include hard twelve through sixteen.
In poker, to win the pot by bluffing.
In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of
In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of
consecutive ranks of the same suit.
The basic keno game, played by marking
individual numbers on a keno ticket.
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.
In blackjack, the spot nearest the dealer’s
right hand, which will be played last before the dealer’s hand is
In seven-card stud, the first round of betting
is called third street because the players have three cards.
Three of a kind
Three cards of the same rank.
A tip given to the dealer in the form of money
A pointing device used on some video keno
machines to select numbers.
In poker, three of a kind.
The ratio of the number of times one event will
occur to the number of times another event will occur. The odds posted
in a casino are usually not the true odds.
In poker, a hand consisting of two sets of
pairs and a singleton.
A bad bet; an event that has more money bet on
its happening than can be justified by the probability of it happening.
In the blackjack dealer’s hand, the card that
is face-up for all the players to see before they play their hands.
The fee, or commission taken by the house.
A big bettor that is worthy of full
In keno, a ticket that groups different numbers
to create more than one way to win.
The most common color used for $1 chips.
A joker or other card that can be used as any
other card to complete your hand.