To be successful in gambling, particularly in gambling, getting into a casino or playing in an online casino, one of the many essential factors is knowledge of the concepts and meanings of words and phrases of the subject. So whether you’re playing roulette, poker, blackjack or craps, and whether you’re playing slots, it would be helpful for you to know and even memorize the list of expressions and symbols that are always heard from the dealer and casino players, so that you don’t get confused and get lost. Below is a complete gambling glossary of casino words and phrases.
Table of Contents
Terms for the letter “A”
Account – Player’s account at a slot machine, bookmaker’s office or electronic casino.
Ace – The merit of one of the cards, usually the highest ranked card.
Action – The amount of money a player wagers in the casino, or the total amount of money spent in the casino over a period of time.
Advantage – The mathematical expectation of the game, usually expressed as a percentage. For example, in European roulette the Casino Advantage is 2.7%.
Advantage player – An individual who plays games that give him or her an advantage over the gambling house.
Aggregate Winnings – the total winnings for one session of the game or for another period of time. For example, “During a month his aggregate winnings were 10.000 dollars”.
American Roulette – A type of roulette game, which distinguishes itself by the presence of double zero. There are 38 numbers in total on the American roulette reel. In Russian casinos, European roulette is mistakenly called American roulette.
Anchor – In Blackjack, the last player to make a decision and “anchor the game”. Anchor – The last player to make a decision, or “anchor” the game, in blackjack, often determines who wins or loses the entire table.
Ante – The initial bet in some card games, a necessary condition for the game.
Apron – The labor portion of the Game Table.
Assistant Pit Boss – The same as Assistant Pit Boss.
Attendant – An employee of the arcade who works with customers. Responsible for accrual and withdrawal of credits, explaining to guests the rules of the game.
Automatic shuffle machine – A mechanism used by some casinos in card games to shuffle cards.
Average bet – The arithmetic average of all bets made by a player in a certain amount of time.
Terms for the letter “B”
Baccarat – A casino game where the winner (banco or punto) wins on the closest nine-point combination.
Back – The back side of a card.
Back Betting – A way of playing when a player himself does not participate in it, but only puts his chips to another player.
Back Lining – A way of playing, when a player bets only when he waits for the best event for himself in the game. For example, on Roulette, a player bets on Black only when the game turns Red 5 times in a row.
Badge – A nameplate in front of a casino employee with his name and title.
Ball – A special attribute used in roulette games, with the help of which the winning number is selected at random. Typically, balls are made of Teflon or ivory.
Bank (Bank) – The financial assets of a gambling house, corresponding to the player’s bets.
Basic Float – The initial number of game tokens in the fleet before the start of the game table.
Basic Strategy – A set of rules for a player to minimize expected losses and maximize expected winnings, given the rules of the game.
Bell – Special attribute on the gaming table casino, with which to attract the attention of either the waitress or pitboss.
Bet – The total amount of money or its equivalent (chips), placed by an individual in a game.
Bet according to game – The dependence between the amount of winnings and the increase in the player’s bet.
Bet scheme – Same as a betting spread, only in monetary terms. For example, a player has a betting spread of 1-10 and a betting scheme of 5 to 50 units.
Betting Limits – A limit on the minimum and maximum bets accepted for a particular game or for a particular player.
Biased wheel – The roulette wheel, which has physical defects that can affect unequal numbers falling out.
Big Game – A high-stakes or celebrity event.
Black action – A term often used to describe the game of an individual who bets a minimum of 100 conventional units.
Blackjack – A casino game where the winner (dealer or player) wins on the closest twenty-one-point combination.
Blacklist – A list of players who, for one reason or another, do not have the right to play in the casino.
Blow Back – Losing previously won money.
Bones – Special dice for the game of craps.
Bonus – Special bonus awarded to the player by the results of his game in the casino.
Box – A limited space on the surface of the table, on which a bet is made.
Box host – A player, whose decision determines the further continuation of the game, regardless of the bets of other players on the same box.
Break – A break by an employee of the casino between work in the gaming room, time to rest. Typically, the break alternates at intervals of 20 minutes.
Break a Deck – Part of the shuffle procedure where all the decks used in the game are stacked in one pile and “split” further into several equal parts.
Break list – A record of a casino employee’s break time.
Break-in – Calculation on the ineptitude of the staff, usually just opened the casino, where not yet balanced the actions of all services. Used to capitalize on this.
Break-in Dealer – A casino dealer whose inexperience can be used to the player’s advantage.
Bridging – Chips stacked on top of the two stacks.
Bright box – A box on which a player can view his/her cards when playing poker.
Burn cards – Removing a card or cards from a deck before the game, deal, or after a dealer change. Cards may be dealt either face up or face down depending on the rules of the game house.
Busy Game – A situation in the gambling hall, when the number of players exceeds the ability of the gambling house to work in normal mode, the emergency.
Buy game to the dealer (Buy game) – The opportunity in some varieties of poker casino for a fee to replace one card dealer to make the last poker combination.
Terms for the letter “C”
Cage – A financial center and an important component of a casino. Cage is responsible for cash and chips that are used to consolidate casino operations, provides funds for transactions with casino customers.
Cage credit – Credit to the player in money or chips in the casino’s cage. Cage credit is recorded with a marker or the same number of chips. Usually a player is expected to pay the cash register credit before leaving the casino.
Camera man – An employee of the casino who monitors the gambling process through the video surveillance camera. The duties of the camera man is to record and report suspicious or inappropriate activities within the casino. The main focus is on gaming tables, internal control and asset protection.
Cancelled bet – Payment by the gambling establishment back to the player of the amount of his bet. Applied, as a rule, when the game is canceled.
Card Counter – A professional player who uses card counting to increase the probability of winning in a game of blackjack.
Card Counting – A game strategy that allows you to increase the probability of winning in Blackjack by keeping track of your cards.
Card Washing – Card shuffling, the distinctive feature of which is the scattering of cards around the table and the chaotic shuffling of cards in succession.
Card Washing – Same as Shamey.
Case event – In probability theory, an event that may or may not happen under given conditions and for which there is a certain probability of occurrence. For example, the probability of a zero on a roulette wheel is a random event. The probability of its falling out on the European roulette is 1/37.
Cash (Value chips) – Gaming tokens, the equivalent of money that are used in gambling houses for games.
Cashier – A casino employee who directly handles cash transactions through the cashier’s desk.
Casino – The same as a gambling house.
Casino Employee – An individual who is in an employment relationship with the casino and performs, depending on his position, one or another function.
Casino Manager – A generalized definition of an individual who is responsible for a particular division within a casino.
Casino operator – A company or person officially representing a gambling establishment.
Casual size – In probability theory, a value that, depending on the random outcome of a test, takes on certain values with certain probabilities. For example, the number of points falling on the top side of a dice is a random value, taking the values 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 with a probability of 1/6 each.
Catala (Crossroader) – A card cheat. Colloquial.
Cell – An area on the roulette wheel with a marked number into which the ball falls.
Chamber house casino – European style gambling house, focused on a small number of players.
Chance – An event whose occurrence is uncertain.
Change – An exchange of Chips for Money, Chips for Chips and Money for Chips during a game session either before or after it.
Change block – Special coaster used when exchanging game counters on the roulette wheel. On this stand put all the incoming cache for the exchange. In Russia chinchblok practically not widespread.
Change Cards – An exchange of cards in some games, such as Poker.
Check – Confirmation of the correctness of the actions of the croupier.
Chip – A chip, plastic token, usually rounded. Used for making calculations in the game.
Chip – The game token for bets and payouts of winnings on them.
Chiper – The position of the croupier, in which he sorts and collects chips on the roulette wheel.
Chipping machine – A special mechanical device on the roulette wheel for automatically sorting chips by color and value.
Clear hands – Compulsory procedure, which is a movement of the dealer’s hands, indicating that he has no chips or money in his hands. It is used to prevent cheating on the part of the dealer.
Closing table – Special procedure, carried out daily in the casino at each gaming table. Closing the table consists of counting game chips in the fleet, adding missing and removing unnecessary chips. Performed by the dealer, controlled by the pit boss.
Club Member – An individual, who is supported by a marketing program, holds a membership card and, depending on the intensity of his game, can count on additional benefits and bonuses from the casino.
Clubs (Clubs) – The card suit. Is depicted as a cross.
Color (Wheel checks) – Chips that do not have a constant denomination, used in the game of roulette. Each player plays a different color.
Color up – An exchange of chips by a player for a larger denomination. Most often, when a player is about to leave the casino.
Color up/out exchange – Exchange of the colored roulette chips on the price tokens or vice versa.
Community Cards – The same as the flop.
Complementary – Any advantage or bonus given by the gambling establishment to its customers. Freebie can be both individual, selective and general for all players.
Complete – A bet on the roulette table in which all parts of the room are filled to the maximum or (less frequently) in proportion to the payout.
Control Camera – Special equipment installed in gambling establishments for CCTV surveillance of the situation in strategic locations. For example, in the casino cash register. CCTV cameras are used for security purposes, to prevent cheating and to clarify issues of dispute.
Count – Counting chips in order to determine their number and further planning of the game. Count is an indispensable procedure for opening and closing the gaming table.
Courage – The state of an individual when, after winning, he bets big and does not count money.
Craps – Gambling game from the category of bank, the purpose of which is to predict and bet on the combination, which will be thrown on the two dice shooter.
Credit – The amount of money or chips that the casino allocates to the player as a debt. Credit is recorded in special credit documents of the gambling house.
Credit line – The ability of a player who has credit to take a marker and use it to get chips at the gaming tables.
Croupier – The French name for the casino dealer.
Cultural entertaining center – Establishment, which in addition to gambling offers its guests a variety of entertainment. May include restaurant, bar, bowling, billiards and so on.
Cut – Dividing the deck into two parts and then moving the bottom part to the top. Used prior to the start of a game to prevent cheating.
Cut Card – A plastic card used to trim a deck.
Cutting – A special technique that allows croupiers to quickly and accurately count the number of chips needed in the situation.
Terms for the letter “C”
Deal – The distribution of cards among all players in the game.
Dealer – An employee of the casino, whose job is to lead and control the game.
Dealers bet – A special side bet of the player, which is paid the same way as the main bet in case of winning, but the winnings from which will go in favor of the dealer (for tips).
Dealers card – An open card from the dealer in some card games.
Dealers mistake – A situation in the game, when the course of the game is broken through the unintentional fault of a casino employee. Typically, in this case, not made any payments, and the game is considered invalid.
Decal – A label or inset on the chip, which shows the face value and the casino logo.
Deck – A certain number of playing cards stacked together to start a game of chance. In a standard deck used in casinos, 52 cards from deuce to Ace, 4 suits, each of the four suits of 13 cards.
Deuce – The value of a card representing two points. In most games the deuce is the youngest card.
Device – Any mechanism used to influence the outcome of a game. For example, a computer.
Diamond – One of the four card suits. Shaped like a diamond.
Dice bowl – A special attribute for keeping dice in craps.
Dirty stack – A stack of chips of the same value, which for one reason or another got a chip of a different value.
Discard – Cards which are discarded before the start of the game and do not participate in the game. Used primarily in multi-card games (baccarat, blackjack) and club games (poker).
Discard Rack – A special area on the game table, where cards which are played or not involved in the game are stacked.
Dispersion – In mathematical statistics and probability theory, a measure of dispersion (deviation from the average). In probability theory, the variance of a random variable is the mathematical expectation of the square of the deviation of a random variable from its mathematical expectation. In gambling, the term is used in calculating winnings. For example, with one bet of 100, the variance is higher than with a hundred bets of 1.
Dolly – A special marker used to indicate the winning number on the roulette wheel.
Dome camera (Cupola camera) – Variety of surveillance cameras used in gambling establishments. A distinctive feature of the dome cameras is the ability to change the view point according to need.
Down Cards – Cards which are dealt face up and which only player can see until the end of the game.
Drawn game – A result of a game, when no one lost, but also no one won.
Drop – The total amount of money turned in the casino during a certain period of time.
Drop Box – A special container at the gaming table where cash and/or drop chips are placed.
Drop Cut – A way to remove chips from the stack, used by casino staff to count their number.
Terms for the letter “E”
Easy money – Any money obtained by its owner without much difficulty. It is considered that the money obtained during the game is easy money.
Eight (Eight) – The value of the card, which corresponds to eight points. In most games an eight is lower than a nine but higher than a seven.
Element of ruin – The percentage chance that a player loses his/her bet.
Elephants dispensation – A slang expression that refers to the permanent loss of one to many over a period of time.
Expected value – Similar to expectation and winnings. Often, when mentioning Expected value, the casino or player may also take into account extraneous factors, such as freebies received during the game.
Expected win – Similar to the mathematical expectation and the expected value. Most commonly used to describe what a player or casino expects to win over a certain period of the game. For example, if a casino has a roulette advantage of 2.7% over a player with an average bet of $100, the expected winnings of the casino for 100 spins is $270.
External hand – The dealer’s hand, which is located further away from the inspector. Some actions the dealer performs only with the outside hand. For example, paying the columns on the roulette wheel.
Extra shift (Extra shift) – Same as overtime.
Eye in the sky – An informal definition of a surveillance system and personnel who monitor, through security cameras, activities within the casino.
Face card (Paint) – A card with a face (King, Queen, or Jack).
Face control – Checking at the entrance to the casino for compliance with the rules of the casino. For example, checking for age, drug or alcohol intoxication, appearance. An individual who does not pass through face control is not allowed in the casino.
False cut – Cheating in which the hand is trimmed but the hand is not lifted.
False cutting – A type of fraud when the dealer makes a rolling on one number of chips, but spreads another. For example, when a dealer has 17 chips, he makes three stacks of 4 and then deals out 5 chips, which gives the illusion that there are 20 chips in the stack.
False shuffle – A method of fake card shuffling that allows the dealer to keep the previous or pre-charged order of cards in the deck.
Fan – Special activities of the casino staff before the game to check the existence of all the cards in a particular deck.
Fill – Adding additional chips to the fleet during the game.
Five – The value of a card corresponding to five points. In most games, a five is less than a six but higher than a four.
Flat bet – Actions of the player, in which he always plays the same fixed rate, without increasing and not decreasing.
Flea – A player who does not stay long at one gaming table or machine, constantly hopping from place to place. Colloquial.
Float – A special container on the game board, which stores the house chips.
Flop – Cards which, according to the rules of the game, are dealt to make a combination of all players at once.
Four (For) – The worthiness of the card, corresponding to four points. In most games, a four is higher than a deuce or three but lower than the rest of the cards.
Terms for the letter “G”
Gambler – An individual taking part in a game of chance.
Gamblers rating – Evaluation by a gambling house of a player’s professionalism, loyalty and financial capabilities.
Gamblers tracking – Tracking and accounting gambling house of all the most important indicators of the game a particular individual.
Gambling – A type of games in which winning and losing depends mainly on chance, luck and to a much lesser extent on the skill of the player.
Gambling business – Any activity, which, one way or another, is associated with the profits from gambling. Gambling business, apart from the gambling establishments themselves, also includes companies manufacturing and supplying equipment, professional magazines and Internet sites, professional players.
Gambling house – Cultural and entertainment complex, the main income of which is associated with holding gambling games.
Game – Type of unproductive human activity, which motive lies not in its results, but in the process.
Game Field – A specially marked area on the table to provide all possible bets for this game, its conduct and payment of bets.
Games rules – set of instructions, established by the organizer of the game for compulsory execution by all its participants.
Gaming house – A company, the main income of which is associated with the conduct of gambling. The concept of gambling establishment includes casinos, betting shops, bookmaker’s offices, online casinos and slot machine halls.
Gaming table – Specially equipped place in a gambling establishment, designed for gambling games.
General Manager – The highest-ranking official in casino management. The General Manager is responsible for all casino operations, including restaurants, bars and all other related services. The General Manager’s duties are strategic and daily in nature. All personnel report to the general manager and the general manager reports to the casino owners.
Grind joint – A casino whose service does not meet players’ expectations of a gambling house. Colloquial, with a disapproving connotation.
Guest – The most loyal definition of the attitude of casino staff toward the player. All players are considered guests of the casino, not customers.
Terms for the letter “H”
Hand – Cards in one player’s hand. For example, “Best Hand” – About a player’s winning hand. Or “Last Hand” – the last player at the table.
Hand signal – Giving the player a signal to the dealer in the casino, about taking a particular decision. According to the rules of the casino hand signal is identical to the player’s word.
Hard counting room – A special room in a casino where chips and money are counted.
Heart – The card suit. Is depicted in the form of a heart.
High roller – A customer who makes very large bets in the casino. The size of the bet depends on the casino.
Holding Your Own – The same as a draw.
Host – An employee of the casino, which provides personal communication with players on behalf of the casino and is responsible for bonuses on table games and slot machines.
Hostess – An adapted version of hostess, where typically a casino employee provides personal communication with players on behalf of the casino and is responsible for greeting and escorting guests.
Hotel and casino – An establishment, whose main income comes from casinos, but which attracts customers through junkets, placing them directly in their hotel.
Hustling – A hint of a tip given to a player by an employee of the casino.
Terms for the letter “I”
In The Dark – To play without looking at your cards, relying solely on luck.
Incomplete deck – A deck of cards in which some cards are missing for one reason or another.
Incomplete Stack (Piece) – A stack of chips with less than 20 chips in it.
Incorrect bet – A bet that does not meet the requirements of the gambling house. For example, if the game only accepts bets in multiples of $5, a bet of $7 is incorrect and can not be accepted. Generally, incorrect bets include bets with money and foreign objects. Also, they include bets that violate the markup of the playing field. For example, betting with one chip on the number 36 and the third dozen on roulette.
Information interchange – When players exchange information on their cards in a Poker game. Used to increase the probability of making the correct decision in a game.
Information table – Any plate on the gaming table, which gives notice of the existing rules, payments, carrying other necessary information.
Initial deal – A situation when players make their decisions and the dealer has not yet begun to draw his cards.
Inspector – Casino employee, providing control, usually at one particular gaming table. Also Inspector is responsible for compliance with the rules of games and evaluation of player’s actions.
Insurance Sum – A certain amount of money assets, which must be always in the casino, to be able to pay out winnings to the players.
Internal hand – The dealer’s hand that is closer to the inspector. Some actions the dealer performs only the inner hand. For example, starts a spin on the roulette wheel.
Terms for the letter “J”
Jack – The value of a card. Usually with the image of a knight or a young man. In most games, Jack is younger than a Queen but higher than a 10.
Jackpot – A constantly growing bonus, the amount of which is replenished by bets placed.
Joint Bank – A joint pot of two or more players, sharing both wins and losses.
Joker – A versatile card which allows the owner of the card to give the card the value needed to make the best possible combination. For example, four Aces and a Joker counts as five Aces.
Junket – Game Tourism. A special promotion by casinos to attract customers, when players are offered a number of free services (hotel accommodation, meals in a restaurant, etc.) in exchange for compulsory participation in the game by predetermined rules.
Terms for the letter “K”
Kick back – Kickback – A percentage of a player’s losses as a marketing tool to guarantee his future play in the casino.
Killer – Slang expression, as a rule, referring to a casino dealer who constantly wins from a particular player or group of players.
King – The value of the card. Usually featuring a king or an elderly person. In most games, the King is older than the Queen but smaller than the Ace.
Kiss-up – Special signal from the dealer’s lips to attract the attention of the pit boss on a particular issue.
Terms for the letter “L”
Last bet – Warning of the employee of the casino about the approaching end of betting and the beginning of the draw.
Law of the large numbers – One of the main provisions of probability theory, by virtue of which the combined action of a large number of random factors leads, under some very general conditions to a result, almost independent of chance. For example, no matter how often numbers fall out on a roulette wheel, according to the law of large numbers, during a long game each number will fall out the same number of times.
Law of two thirds – The theory that in any sequence of 36 spins on the roulette wheel only two-thirds of the numbers will fall.
Layout – A special cloth which covers the game table. The space for the players’ bets and other necessary information for the game is marked on the cloth.
Lead – A turn to make and implement a decision in a game.
Leak – Partial or complete loss by a player of a previously won amount of money in other, less familiar to him games.
Left chip – Game token, which for one reason or another was taken away from the casino.
Less Minimum – A situation in the game, when a player is betting less than the minimum possible at this table. In this case, the dealer must ask the player to either add or remove a bet.
Load deck – A deck in which the cards have been stacked a certain way prior to dealing to guarantee the outcome expected by the dealer.
Low roller – A customer who plays with low stakes. The opposite of a High Roller.
Luck – A series of positive processes, bringing profit to a particular individual.
Lucky (Lucky) – The fairy definition of luck.
Lucky chip – A special game token issued under certain conditions (usually free of charge or for the money paid to enter the gambling house). Can be used for betting on gaming tables, but can not be exchanged for money.
Ludomania – A gambling addiction. Ludomania manifests itself in an individual’s pathological passion for gambling to the detriment of his or her social and family values. Has an international code of diseases.
Terms for the letter “M”
Maniac – A player who by his actions (long game, playing for all the money and the like) calls into question his mental stability. Colloquial.
Marker button – An indication of the denomination of colored chips or credits.
Marker puck – a special marker on craps, which indicates whether the game is open or not. When the puck is up labeled “Off” the game is not open, when the label “On”, the game is open.
Marker tree – A special device on the roulette table, which with the help of markers indicates the denomination of chips involved in the game.
Martingale – A progressive betting system based on doubling the bet each time you lose.
Mathematical Probability – A mathematical calculation that establishes the probability that an event will occur. Probabilities are expressed as numbers (numbers) between 0 and 1. The probability of an impossible case is 0, while a case that is some to happen has a probability of 1.
Maximum bet (Maximum bet) – Limit, defining the maximum possible bet on a particular outcome of the event. Some casinos may increase the maximum bet on request.
Maximum payout (Maximum payout) – the limit determining the maximum possible winnings on a particular card game table for a single deal. Some casinos may increase the maximum payout on request of the player in special cases.
Minimum Bet – The minimum amount of money, which is needed to start or continue a game.
Minimum game – The minimum poker combination, which is stipulated in the rules of the game, and which can be paid.
Miss deal – Repeated dealing of cards after a failed attempt the previous time.
Money management – Voluntary commitment of the player to manage his gaming bank – to stop playing on the occurrence of certain circumstances, to start playing, etc.
Money Put In Action – The total amount of money bet per game session. For example, if a player has $100 and bets $10 on Blackjack, in 100 hands $1.000 is passed. Elapsed money is one of the criteria used by casinos to evaluate the game.
More (Hit) – The player’s decision to take a card (blackjack, baccarat and other similar games).
Terms for the letter “N”
Neighbors marker – A special token indicating which neighbors are betting on the roulette wheel.
Net Winnings – The total payout, excluding player bets.
Nine – The value of a card representing nine points. In most games a nine is less than a ten, but more senior than an eight.
No game – Absence of a combination that would qualify to win.
No more bets – The standard expression of the casino staff, prohibiting players to continue betting in this round.
Terms for the letter “O”
Onanism – A figurative definition of gambling when it proceeds slowly, at small stakes, with no meaningful result. Colloquial, with a disapproving connotation.
One-armed bandit – Slot machine to activate the mechanism which requires pulling a special lever. Colloquial.
One-on-one (Head to head) – The process when the player is at the table alone, without partners and neighbors – plays against a croupier one-on-one.
Open table – A special procedure conducted daily at the beginning of the opening of the non-stop casinos. Opening of a table consists of the counting of game chips in the fleet, preparing the table for work. Controlled by the pitboss.
Oral Bets (Call bets) – Bets taken on a particular sector of the reel or the neighboring numbers by placing them not on the main roulette table, but on a special field for oral bets. Used for the convenience and speed of the game.
Out – Cards which are expected to improve the player’s hand.
Outsider – Participant of the contest who according to bookmaker’s opinion has less chances to win. For a bet on the Outsider the highest payout ratio is credited.
Outsiders (Outside bets) – Bets on red and black, even and odd, big and small on roulette. Fields for these bets are located outside the main field.
Over Maximum – When a player places a Bet that exceeds the maximum bet allowed on the Table. In this case, the Dealer must either give it to the player or ask the player to do it himself.
Overtime – Overtime – Additional time worked by a casino employee. Overtime is assigned when the next shift is not fully staffed. Then the casino employee who goes to overtime is usually paid for the extra time at double the rate. Sometimes overtime is paid immediately after it ends.
Terms for the letter “P”
Pack – A complete set of playing cards. Unlike a deck, which is always standard, a pack can contain any number of cards. For example, one pack contains 2 decks or a pack of a deck and 3 jokers.
Palette – Special paddle used in games such as roulette and baccarat to settle with the players, to take and give the winning chips.
Park House – A gambling house designed for large gatherings.
Pass – Refusal to continue the game with the loss of bets.
Passenger – An individual, who places his/her bet against the Host, and whose decision to continue the game is not considered. Colloquial.
Passion – Strong excitement, fervor, and excitement. All games where commercial interest is present are considered to be gambling.
Past Post – A roulette bet placed by a player after the dealer has announced the end of the bets.
Past posting – A method of play consisting of illegally attempting to place a bet on a winning combination, after the outcome is known. For example, betting on the number 9 on the roulette wheel, after the ball on the wheel has already fallen to that number.
Pattern – A pattern on the back of a card (shirt).
Pattern Deck – A card deck which has been marked by a cheat to cheat in the game.
Payout area – Area on the game table, where the dealer counts the game tokens before further payment to the player.
Payout schedule – A list of combinations and their payouts, which lets players know how many chips they will be paid for a particular combination. Payout tables are present as on the casino table games, as well as in the menu of slot machines.
Penetration – A term for the number of cards cut per game in multi-card games such as Blackjack and Baccarat. For example, in a 6-deck game with only 4 decks in play and 2 left out of the game, the trim is approximately 65%.
Pick up – A method of sequentially gathering chips into stacks, used by a casino employee, usually a dealer.
Pincher – An individual who spends the minimum possible time in the casino to win. After winning a small amount of money, he leaves the casino. Conversation.
Pinching – Unlawful taking by the player of his losing bet or part of it, after the game is already played.
Pit – A confined space in the casino gaming room, which includes the gaming tables and other necessary equipment, such as pits. The pit is controlled by the pit boss, who is responsible for all activities within the pit.
Pit book – A special magazine on the pit, which is used to enter certain reports, report changes in the game process and record the work of the staff.
Pit boss – A casino employee responsible for supervising other employees working on a given pit. The pit boss is also responsible for keeping track of game tokens and solving problems with players.
Pit desk – A special desk on the pit, which contains all the necessary attributes for the work of the pitbosses.
Place Bet – To place a bet, thereby agreeing with the rules of the game and starting to participate in it.
Place your bet – When a casino employee tells the players to place their bets, the signifying that the game has begun.
Plaque – Special game token, which usually has the largest denomination compared to conventional casino chips and differs from all other tokens its non-standard rectangular shape.
Player’s Bankroll – Monetary assets allocated by a person to a game.
Ploppy – A player whose strategy does not give him or her an advantage in the game. Colloquial.
Point – The value of a card corresponding to its value in a particular game. For example, Jack, Queen and King in Blackjack have a value of 10 points.
Poker – A game of cards from the category of bank cards. Based on getting combinations of 5 cards by the participants of the game. Poker has many variations, both for club games and for games in casinos.
Poker Club – A stand-alone organization or department within a gambling house, which plays exclusively club games (mostly poker).
Poker Combination – Any combination of cards in a Poker game which may qualify as a winning combination.
Poker face – A term used to describe a person who, like a professional club poker player, has a cold face and shows no emotion.
Pontoon – Gambling game of bankroll, the purpose of which is to accumulate the number of points as close to 21, but no more. Related to Blackjack game.
PR Manager – Employee of a gambling house, whose duties are to meet and see off guests, recommend games and the like. Similar to a hostess in the American version.
Private – A gambling hall for selected customers. Characterized by the quality of service and more flexible rules.
Prize – The total amount of money won to date.
Progression – The various ways of increasing or decreasing the stakes according to some predetermined formula.
Punto banco (Punto banco) – Gambling game of bankroll, based on the rules of baccarat.
Push – A situation where the result of the game between the casino and the player is a draw. Typically, Push is used in relation to two equal stakes player, one of which won, and the other lost.
Terms for the letter “Q”
Queen – A dignity card, usually showing a girl or woman. In most games the Queen is younger than the King but higher than the Jack.
Terms for the letter “R”
Rack – A plastic container for transporting game tokens. Used when working with a large number of tokens, as well as given to players who want to transfer their tokens to another table or cash register. Typically holds 100 chips in 5 stacks.
Rainbow bet – A bet consisting of a large number of chips of different denominations and colors.
Random bet (Case bet) – A player’s bet that he did not want to make. For example, on roulette, a player bets the number 10, but the chip happens to fall on a split of 10 and 13.
Readers Cards – The cards, which are either marked or deleted and do not have a face value.
Reception – The department of the casino for registering players.
Return – Removal of excess chips from the fleet when it is full.
Reverse – Turning the roulette wheel in the opposite direction from the previous time.
Riffle – A card shuffle in which two halves of the deck are mixed together in a specific fashion to achieve unpredictable outcomes in play.
Risk of ruin – A number which shows the odds of a player losing his or her entire bankroll.
Roll – In craps, the moment the shooter rolls the dice to draw bets; in roulette, the moment the ball is launched.
Roulette – A game of chance, under the terms of which the ball is started on a rotating circle with numbered cells, in one of which it must fall. Players bet on various parameters of the winning number, for example, whether it will be red or black.
Round – The final draw of all the hands of all the players on the table.
Runner – Employee of the casino, which carries chips, money and papers from the pita or gaming table to the cash desk and back.
Rup – Lubricating chips from the bottom of the stack. Applied by employees of the casino when paying winnings on the roulette wheel.
Rush – A quick, assertive game. Onslaught.
Terms for the letter “S”
Score Card Holder – A fixture on the game table that holds the game rules booklets.
Sequencing – A card holding technique in which the player determines the location of certain cards in the deck and, by controlling the cards dealt, ensures that these cards come to him.
Series – Any sequence in a game. For example, on roulette, if you get 5 consecutive red numbers, it is considered to be a series of 5 reds. A series can also be a lucky or unlucky set of circumstances, such as a “losing series” – about several consecutive failures.
Session – A period of play over a specified period of time.
Session – A relatively short time of play, sufficient to fix the result. A session can be time played at the same table, time played in the same casino, or time played between breaks.
Seven – The value of the card corresponding to seven points. In most games seven is lower than eight but higher than six.
Sharker – An individual who by his illegal actions tries to beat his opponents in gambling.
Sharping – Any illegal action aimed at profiting from gambling.
Shift – A casino employee’s work shift.
Shift manager – A casino employee responsible for running the table games for a certain amount of time. Supervises pitbosses and all other table game personnel.
Shift shuffle (Shift shuffle) – Redistribution of work and weekend days of casino employees depending on the tasks to improve casino performance.
Shill – An individual who works for the casino, but plays like a player and provokes with his actions to play.
Shoe – A special device for dealing cards in multi-card casino games (blackjack, baccarat and the like).
Shooter – A player who rolls the dice in a game of craps. The turn to be a shooter is alternately given to all participants in the game.
Short spin – A roulette wheel situation in which the ball passes over the wheel track fewer times than usual.
Showdown – The final point of the game, when all active cards are revealed to compare combinations.
Shuffle – Any possible movement of cards in order to create their output during the game uncertainty and unpredictability. All casinos use several types of shuffle, the main ones: riffle, shame, stripe.
Shuffle time – The time between games set aside for shuffling cards.
Shuffle tracking – Tracking cards while shuffling. The main purpose of shuffle tracking is to track positive (and other) cards during a shuffle and increase or decrease at the right moment.
Shuffling up – Same as false shuffle.
Side bet – A bet on an additional event, which does not affect the main course of the game. For example, insurance on Blackjack.
Six – The merit of a card corresponding to six points. In most games, six is lower than seven but higher than five.
Skimming – Secret withdrawal of funds from casino income in order to avoid taxes.
Slot – Special technical equipment installed in the gambling establishment which is used for playing games.
Slot hall – A separate room which is intended for playing slot machines.
Spacer – A special spacer between the chips that are in the fleet.
Spades – One of the four card suits. Shaped like a spade.
Spiel – To play. Colloquial.
Spin – The rotation of the ball in the roulette wheel.
Spray – Laying out the chips by the dealer of the casino, so it is visible how many of them are in front of him.
Spread (Bet spread) – A special term indicating the size of the minimum and maximum bet. For example, if the minimum possible bet 10 units, and the maximum possible – 100, the spread would be 1-10.
Stack – Twenty counters stacked on top of each other to form a stack.
Staff – The working staff of a gambling house.
Staff room – A room where casino employees rest between exits to the gaming room.
Standard Deck – A deck of cards, which contains only cards that are commonly used in this type of games. For example, a Standart Deck of Poker consists of 52 cards.
Standart rules – Rules of the game, which are the most common in a particular locality or which are the norm in a particular gambling establishment.
Static camera – A variety of CCTV cameras used in gambling establishments. A distinctive feature of static cameras is a fixed view of a particular space.
Stay – Same as draw.
Steaming – Significant increase in the bet, after a number of losing games.
Stepping – A way of separating a number of chips without breaking their integrity to make them count. Stepping reveals all incomplete stacks as well as stacks at a count.
Stick – a special device in the game of craps to work the stickman with stakes and dice.
Stickman – a casino employee who works at craps. The stickman’s duties include serving the shooter the dice as well as running the game itself.
Stop (Stop) – Stopping the game by casino employee, to correct actions or to solve other disputable situations.
Strip – A type of shuffle where the dealer removes a number of cards from the top and bottom of the deck, one at a time, until the deck runs out.
Suit – One of the divisions of the cards. There are 4 suits in total (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades). There are 13 cards of each suit in a standard deck.
Supervisor – A casino employee whose job is to supervise the work of other employees in a particular department. For example, a hostess supervisor or video surveillance supervisor.
Swing – Additional change of an employee of the casino at the most frequented time of the gamblers in the casino, for example, the drawing of valuable prizes.
Swing – Same as a safety net.
System – A method of betting, usually mathematically sound, used by players to gain an advantage. A prominent factor in most systems is the criterion of when to lower the bet and when to raise.
System movement – Following a particular game strategy.
Terms for the letter “T”
Table sign minimum and maximum (Table sign) – Indicator of the minimum and maximum bets on a particular gaming table.
Table Test (Table Test, Audition) – Listening, the test by the casino job applicant to determine his professional level, which would serve whether he would be hired. Usually held directly at the casino gaming tables.
Ten – The value of a card that represents ten points. In most games, a Ten is lower than a Jack but higher than a Nine.
Three (Trey) – A card suit corresponding to three points. In most games, the Trey is higher than the deuce, but lower than the other cards.
Time Cut – The amount of time allocated to the player to make decisions in the game. Set by the management of the casino and is used for a more dynamic game. Usually 3 minutes.
Toke – The amount of chips or money given by the player to the dealer as a gift.
Token – A special coin that serves as the equivalent of money in a gambling establishment. Typically used in relation to slot machines.
Tournament – A special competitive event in a particular game. Tournament rules vary from casino to casino. For example, players are given a fixed number of chips, which can bet. The player, who has the largest number of chips at the time of the chip count, wins. Or vice versa, the winner is the player who was the first to lose all of his chips for the tournament.
Track (Racetrack) – Specially mapped roulette playing field, on which the verbal bets players.
Training – Special training courses for casino employees, as well as newly hired applicants to the profession of croupier, and improve their skills (eg, training croupiers before promotion to pit boss).
Training man – A trainee in a casino course, as well as a casino employee who has only recently been hired and has not had enough practice in his or her profession.
Training manager – The casino employee responsible for training.
Tronk – A slot on the table for tips.
Terms for the letter “U”
Underlay – Unprofitable bet, the payout for which is less than the probability of the event.
Units – On Roulette, the winning portion of the composite.
Up card – A card which, according to the rules of the game, is dealt face up.
Terms for the letter “V”
VIP (Very important person, VIP) – A very important person; a person whose presence in the casino is very important and prestigious. A VIP may be a famous actor or other well-known person, or a high stakes guest.
Terms for the letter “W”
Wager – Any agreement to win that gives rise to a game of chance.
Win – The player’s win in one session of the game.
Wrap – A folded card in the deck. Wraps are created when a player looks at cards from the table and lifts only a corner of the card.