Gambling & Poker Terminology

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A

Act

- An act in poker means that players can choose one of five actions including call, raise, open bet, fold or check. However, in 3 card poker, players can only fold or continue playing.

American Roulette Wheel

- This is a reference to a roulette wheel with a 0 and a 00, as well as a number sequence.

B

Baccarat

- known as Punto Banco and Chemin De Fer and it is a table card game using 6 or 8 decks of cards.

Bank

- The financial host of the game, generally the house or the casino.

Blackjack

- The currently-accepted name of the game formerly known as "21". The name for a winning hand of two cards - an ace plus a ten-value card.

C

Card Counting

- A mental record of all the cards dealt since the shuffle.

Casino Scratch Cards

- These scratch card games have casino themes like card games, table games or slots games.

Chase

- Placing another wager to try and recover a loss.

D

Dealer

- An employee of the casino that manages the game and deals the cards.

F

Free Play or Practice Play

- These types of scratch card games allow players to enjoy the games without risking any money.  The prizes won from these games are not real money.  Practice play games can help players learn more about the game without using any of their own money.

Freerolls

- Poker Dice players have come to accept – as standard lingo – that freerolls imply rolling the Poker Dice for free. This is achieved in a practice play mode in an instant-play flash game

French Roulette Wheel

- This is for the most part identical to the European roulette wheel.

Full House

- This is a hand consisting of three of a kind and a pair.

G

Gambling

- Wagering sure money against an uncertain outcome.

H

Hand

- The cards a player is holding.

High Roller

- A player who bets big and either wins big, or loses big.
 

Hit

- In Blackjack a Hit is when a player receives another card from the Dealer.

House Edge

- The mathematical advantage that the house or the casino has over players – this is usually shown as a percentage. 

House Rules

- The unique rules that a casino has for a particularly game including payout amounts, betting limits, etc. 

I

Insurance

- This player safety measure is a side bet resulting in the player being even if the dealer has Blackjack.

J

Jackpot

- In Slot machine gaming, this is a mega prize awarded for winning on a special game/combination of symbols.

Joker

- The additional card in a 52-card deck. The wild card in a casino game.

L

Line Price

- The area on the scratch card game which shows how much you will spend on each line on the scratch card.

M

Mini-Baccarat

- A smaller version of the game Baccarat.

O

On the Finger

- A vernacular term for money received on credit.

P

Payback

- The payout of a slot machine relative to the money that has been put in the slot machine; defined as a percentage.

Payout

- The amount of money distributed to a player after a win.

Poker Dice Game

- A chance-based game which features elements of poker. The game is played with 5 x Dice

Q

Qualify

- The dealer must have a minimum hand ranking in order to be eligible to go to the showdown against the player.  In 3 card poker, the dealer needs to have at least a Queen or better. 

R

Real Money

- This type of scratch card game enables players to play games with cash for the chance to win real money prizes.

Roulette

- A highly popular casino game named after a French word which means little wheel. In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors black or red, or whether the number is odd or even.

Royal Flush

- This is the best hand and is made up of an ace-high straight flush.

S

Scratch Cards

- These scratch card games are just like traditional paper scratch card games and are of the most popular casino games. 

Shuffle

- Changing the order of the cards between deals. 

Slots

- The world's most popular and widespread casino game is a machine with three or more reels which spin when a lever is pulled or, in modern versions, a button is pushed. Slots has many local nicknames: "Slot Machine" in the US; "Fruit Machine" in the UK; "Slots" in Canada; "Poker Machine" and "Pokies" in Australia and New Zealand. See our complete slots glossary

Stud Poker

- One of the two forms of poker games. This style of poker is played with open (exposed) cards and with one or more concealed cards (hole/down cards).

T

The Poker Dice

- These dice comprise 6-sided markings with actual pictures of playing cards ranked from Ace through 9

Tilt

- The tilt light indicates to the casino employees that there is a malfunction with a slot machine. If you did not receive your winnings from a malfunctioning slot machine, the casino employee will check the memory of the machine and give you your winnings.

V

Video Machines

- A slot machine that uses a video to represent the reels.

VIP

- Very Important Person (High Roller)