Casino Slang & Terminology
Demystifying the Universal Language of Casinos
To get the best returns and enjoyment from playing online casinos, or visiting your local venue, you need to understand the 'lingo'. Far from being a 'secret language' designed to exclude the uninitiated, these terms are universally known to make it easier to communicate with other passionate players online anywhere in the world. A lot of the unique terms used are simply slang that resulted from groups of players chatting.
So, let’s demystify some of the jargon so you can feel even more comfortable in a casino.
Let’s look at the word 'casino' itself first, just out of interest. It originated in Italy, where a house is a “casa”. Does “mi casa es su casa” (my house is your house) sound familiar?
Casino meant a small house or social club. Casino started to be used to refer to any size of building providing dancing, gambling, music and sports. So, you could go to a casino to get your groove on without an opportunity to place a bet! Now, of course, it's synonymous with gambling – online or at venues. As for the origins of the word gambling, that’s a lot more complicated and debatable to explain.
The names of the games are covered elsewhere, but here are some of the key terms and phrases online casino players may come across.
This term sums up the services of a casino and the actual process of getting involved. So if you are looking for “action” online, you are looking for a casino that offers the types of games you enjoy.
Casinos may have a limit to how much they are prepared to pay out, over a period of time. This is the aggregate limit.
Are the total amount you walk away with.
Means games with no limits, or when a player bets with their whole pot.
Is a compulsory bet you sometimes need to make to receive your hand in a card game, particularly poker. So upping the ante means raising the stakes, putting more in before you even see your cards. This is a term that’s widely used outside casinos now too, for increasing the risks and potential benefits of an activity.
In card games this is the person who deals. In some games this role is passed around.
The amount of money you use to support your casino involvement.
This one, like some other casino terms, has its roots way back in history. It refers to chips of different colours stacked on a bet, but it gets its nickname from the old fashioned red and white stripped poles that used to tell you where a barber’s shop was located.
These tell you the highest, and lowest amounts of money you can use within that game. These are added with online casinos to make it a smoother process and make sure everyone has a chance to gain from the activity.
This is a card that doesn’t appear to help you in a card game, particularly poker.
This means to raise the level of the bet.
Is when cards are taken off the top of the deck and discarded after shuffling and cutting. This is just a tradition, and part of the game process. It happens in texas hold'em, one of the most popular card games in the world; which incidentally has a lot special terms in its rules.
Means you are matching the current bet.
Refers to someone who is particularly good at card
Not to be taken literally, this is actually a process of shuffling cards to make sure they are not sequential (in order), particularly in a new pack. It usually involves spreading them on a table and shuffling them thoroughly.
Players use this to mean cash they set aside for
A handy system offered by online casinos to help you look at your transaction history and keep to your personal limits.
If you lose money on a bet, some games offer the chance to add more money to try to win it back.
Can mean different things, including being another word for gambling chips, or the role you take when you stay in a hand of poker without making a bet.
Is the card used to cut the deck when it’s being shuffled.
Online casinos ask you to put money in to an account when you are ready to play, to provide a starting point for your chosen games.
Is sometimes used instead of the number two.
The money collected off the table by the dealer that players have lost.
double or nothing
Is an even pay-out bet, you get the same amount in winnings that you put in.
Means the option to double your previous bet when you lose, to have a chance of winning your money back.
Is another one you will find used in different ways, but mainly as taking another card, or a second hand of cards in “draw poker”. If you stay in a game in the hope of being able to discard and improve your hand, you are “on a draw”.
Is important as it stands from e-commerce online gaming regulation and assurance. If you see this then you know the online casino is accredited to provide an honest and professional service, committed to protecting players.
Means the casino software uses security code to keep your online transactions protected from hackers.
Pays out the same amount you wagered.
Varies according to the game but in seven-card stud it’s the round you have five cards in your hand, and in texas hold’em it’s the fifth card on board (which is the final round for betting).
Is when you choose to make bets on a group of numbers ending in the same digit; so, 5, 15, 25 and 35 for example.
Means betting large sums.
Often refers to someone who is new to gambling.
Is casino software you don’t have to download to use.
Can be used to play the same amount on every round of the game.
In poker games this refers to the three face up cards in the community cards. Games using this system are sometimes called flop games.
When a player continues playing the same game for an extended period of time because they believe it will pay out at a certain point.
Means betting large sums.
Someone who places large bets.
Refers to the casino venue you are in, or the makers of your online casino software.
Often refers to someone who is new to gambling.
In poker, it is the card (usually an ace or king) which is not needed for a straight or a flush.
Is to play the maximum coins the video game or slots machine will allow.
Is a tournament of games, rather than a single one.
The added benefit of online casinos is to give you
chance to compete with other players.
Is your total pay-out, minus your original stake.
Indicates the range of numbers you can choose from to play certain games.
The figure by which the casino will multiply your stake if your bet is successful. It shows you the mathematical probability of winning. Pay off odds break down for you how much the casino would pay out measured against your stake.
Is the player who starts the hand of cards.
Refers to a picture card (jack, queen and king).
Is sometimes used to refer to online poker, fruit and slot machine games particularly in Australia and New Zealand.
In poker it is the money that mounts up in the middle of the table and is paid out to the winner.
Press a Bet or Pressing
Means letting your winnings ride on the original bet.
Is a game that is tied, and neither the player or the casino wins.
Four of a kind in poker.
Means the fee a casino charges for each hand of poker.
Is a commonly used method to shuffle cards, which involves interweaving them together.
Are used to refer to getting a two in the game of craps, which is considered to be unlucky.
Covers both changing your wager up or down, depending on how the previous rounds have gone. It’s also sometimes called ‘progressive betting'.
Is another card shuffling technique, which places cards away from each other (one-by-one or in clumps) to make sure they are not sequential.
Not what you wear, but the name given to groups of cards (hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades).
Is when you hold three cards of the same rank.
The bet you are placing.
This is something you can use when playing online to manage your transactions.
Refers to someone making large bets. Whales are usually very rich individuals who can easily afford to lose large sums of money.
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