A point during play where the player is winning, i.e. the value of his wins exceeds his losses.
Any questionable deception or ruse by a player to unduly influence the outcome and thereby increase his expectations. A player with an angle, even though technically legal, is not often welcome among polite company.
A person or group of persons who provides the bankroll for a particular player but remains behind the scenes.
A tough, unforeseen loss when an underdog hand surprisingly wins the pot against the odds against seemingly better hands. This term is often used to imply that the winner of the pot had no business being in the pot at all, or to suggest dumb luck played a large part in the win. This term may also be applied to a situation where winning points are scored against a wager in the dying seconds of a game, or the favored horse loses by a nose, after leading all the way.
A gaming establishment or player that acts as the banker during a game or series of games and uses their own money to cover bets. The term also refers to a bankroll.
The total available wagering funds held by the player.
A playing system adopted by a player with the idea of optimizing his edge over the house in the longer term.
The amount of money a player voluntarily risks on cards, sports or other games. The bet can be in the form of cash, chips or vouchers. Also see, wager.
A person who places or has a bet (US). A bettor is also called a player in the US and a punter in the UK.
The ratio between the maximum and minimum bet size. A player who uses $50 maximum bets and $5 minimum bets is using a 10:1 bet spread.
The set minimum and/or maximum amount of money that the player can wager on a single bet. The player cannot bet less than the minimum or more than the maximum amount posted.
Slang for odds of two-to-one in the UK.
An abbreviation for bankroll.
The point at which a player’s bets approximately equal the payoffs received.
A bet of $100 in US funds. A buck is also known as a dollar or a one dollar bet.
UK slang for odds of three-to-one. Also known as “tres” or “gimmel”.
Slang term referring to a luxury casino as compared to the less showy, lower minimum gambling houses, i.e., sawdust joints.
Complimentary gifts used by casinos to entice players to wager. Typical comps include free room, food and/or beverage (RFB).
The casino employee responsible for distributing the cards to each player.
The sum of $100.00. Also known as a Dollar Bet.
An advantage over an opponent or the house in any wager. It can also be the advantage the casino has on any given wager.
Being banned by a casino for foul play.
Expected to Win Rate
A percentage of the total amount of money wagered that a player can be expected to win or lose over time.
A slang term referring to the outcome of a race, contest or game that has been illegally pre-determined.
Describes any dishonest gambling establishment or game.
A derogatory term describing players who wager little and expect something for nothing.
When a player can spin the slots reels for real money without having to wager any of his or her own cash.
Casino jargon for “Good Game”.
Casino jargon for “Good Luck All”.
A player who wagers small money. Gross win winnings before expenses.
Total amounts of wagers taken.
To wager the opposite of your original wager in order to reduce your exposure.
A big bettor.
Holding Your Own
The result of breaking even, i.e., neither winning nor losing, during a wager, or series of wagers.
A player who is on a winning streak, or a slot machine that is paying out.
A term for the casino or establishment that runs a game.
The wagering advantage of the casino (house) usually gained by paying out less than real odds would require.
A bet placed on a specific number.
A type of online casino that doesn’t require you to download any software.
A big cash prize.
To raise the bet.
A lottery-style game where players place bets on numbers from 1 – 80.
To lose part or all of one’s winnings due to questionable gambling habits.
The margin equal to the length of one horse. Length is used to describe the position of a horse, relative to his competitors during calls or at the finish of the race.
The maximum wager accepted by the house or bookmaker before the odds, points or price will be changed. Essentially, it is a cap on the amount a player can wager.
Refers to the listed odds, points, money line or point spread for any given event.
The person who establishes the original and subsequent betting lines for an event.
Live Dealers Games
Online casino games that are run by real human dealers. Players can see the dealers and games on their device using a live-streaming video link.
Relatively small odds given that an event will occur.
An extreme underdog.
When you withdraw funds, the make-up figure is the amount you are required to deposit before you are eligible for bonuses again.
Casino jargon for “Nice Hand”.
A $500 wager.
An online version of a traditional, physical casino. The online casino can be web-based (no downloading of software needed to play) or download-based (a software client needs to be downloaded in order to play).
Pat Hand (Blackjack)
A hand of 17 or higher.
To wager a greater amount than usual.
Wagering winnings along with the original bet. A player is pressing a bet when he lets winnings ride.
A branch of mathematics measuring the likelihood an event will occur. Probabilities are expressed as numbers between zero and one. The probability of an impossible event is zero, while an event that is certain to occur has a probability of one.
A polite term for a player who makes the game profitable for other players at the table.
Refers to the number of times you need to wager funds before a withdrawal of funds in order to keep your bonus winnings.
A term for a player on a losing streak.
A term for a player on a winning streak.
To win a great amount of money due to successful wagering.
A wise guy.
The odds for an event that has a good chance of occurring.
A term that refers to people who make small wagers.
An unsophisticated player.
To be playing badly and wildly, often while emotionally upset.
A depressing condition experienced by players who feel behind, buried, losing or down for the week, sometimes as a result of losing a substantial amount of money.
A player who has lots of cash, but lacks the basic skills to win. Also see, mark, live one, fish, and provider.
A wager that overwhelmingly favors the bookmaker or house.
A method of wagering that is usually based on a mathematical formula and is used by a player to get an edge.
A term to describe the state of a player who has gone broke, possibly from a result of pressing. Also known as Tapped Out.
A very strong player who also happens to be a wiseguy.
The ratio of the number of times one event will occur as compared to the number of times another event will occur. The odds posted in a casino are usually not the true odds.
Invalid with no result.
The amount of money a player voluntarily risks on a game. The wager can be in the form of cash, chips or vouchers.
The wheel upon which the game of roulette is played. Also see American or French Wheel.
To raise before, and after, a caller who gets caught in the middle.
A player’s bet in craps that the next roll will be a two, three, seven, eleven or twelve. The whirl bet is made in multiples of five, with one unit on each of the numbers.
A joker, or other card designated as a joker, the player may substitute for any other card to complete his hand.
A pair in hand.
A strong and promising hand.