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Casino Glossary A - C

  • Action - The total amount of a player’s wagers in a betting session.
  • Active Player – Those players who are still actively involved in the game.
  • Add-on - The buying of additional chips during a Poker game.
  • Aggregate Limit – The total amount a casino will payout on any one game.
  • Aggregate Winnings – The total winnings of a player.     
  • All or Nothing Bet – A Keno bet that pays when all marked numbers are drawn or no marked numbers are drawn.
  • Ante - The minimum bet a player must put up to start a hand (receive cards from the dealer) in a card game.
  • Arm – The term used to describe a shooter in craps who seemingly has the ability to throw the dice in a particular way to change the odds. In any case, the dice must be thrown against the wall of the dice table for it to be considered a legitimate throw. If the dice do not bounce off the wall "no dice" can be called by the craps dealer.
  • Baccarat – A famously high-roller card game where two players (the "banker" and the "dealer) attempt to get as close to the number 9 as possible. The Baccarat game known as Punto Banco is purely a game of chance and cards are dealt according to fixed rules. Chemin De Fer allows players to make strategic decisions to effect the outcome.
  • Banker – In card games the dealer is sometimes also referred to as the banker. The banker/dealer designation generally rotates from player to player in most card games.
  • Bankroll - The total amount of money a player or the casino has to put up. Also known as someone's Roll or Wad, managing one's bankroll is an important part of gambling success. To bet the Bankroll means putting up all one's money on a wager.
  • Barred or Banned – This is a person who cannot enter a casino for whatever reason a casino decides. Casinos typically keep a book or database of barred/banned players to ensure compliance.
  • Bet - The amount of money put up during a gambling game also known as the wager.
  • Betting Limit - The pre-established minimum and maximum wager a player can place in a single bet during a table game. The maximum bet can sometimes be raised by a player during the game if allowed by the casino.
  • Bingo – A game of chance where players purchase a card or cards with a grid of 5 squares corresponding to the letters B-I-N-G-O and five columns of randomly assigned numbers. Numbered balls are chosen (B3, N34, etc.) and the player marks them off on their card(s). When five numbers in a row are completed (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) the players has a "Bingo" and wins the prize, which can be cash or in some cases merchandise. Many modern bingo games are played with electronic tablets that automatically register the numbers so players do not miss out on a winning card.
  • Black Book – The list casinos keep of people barred or banned from entering to gamble.
  • Blind Bet - In any type of card game, a bet placed before looking at any of the cards.
  • Blinds - In Hold'em Poker these are the bets that must be made by the first two players to ensure there is action in the pot. The Small Blind is the player immediately to the left of the dealer button and the Big Blind is the next player to the left. The Small Blind must add to their wager to stay, while the Big Blind is automatically included. Both the Small and Big Blind have the option of raising the pot.
  • Boxing - A type of horse racing bet in which the player covers all the potential finishing orders of the horses wagered on. A trifecta box for example would pay off no matter what order (win, place or show) the three horses the player chose finished.
  • Break-Even Point – The point in time a player's bet will approximately equal the total payout received.
  • Buck - A $100 wager or bet.
  • Bug – The Joker in a card deck.
  • Bump - A raise of the current bet in a game of cards.
  • Burn Cards – These are the cards the dealer discards from the top of the deck after the shuffle. In Hold'em a card is burned after the shuffle and before each of the community cards are revealed.
  • Buy in - The initial purchase of chips a player makes before playing a table game such as blackjack, craps, poker or roulette.
  • Call - In Poker to put up the minimum amount needed to stay in the hand.
  • Camouflage – Any type of action by a player to conceal their gambling abilities from the casino. This includes things like pretending to be drunk, wearing a disguise or changing betting strategy temporarily. 
  • Capping – An illegal means of increasing one's bet after a game has started. The player discreetly adds chips to the top of their existing pile.
  • Card Counting - By watching the cards that are revealed during a card game, a player can better judge the probability of the cards remaining in the deck. Mostly used in Blackjack as a means to adjust betting strategy.
  • Card Sharp - Someone who is an expert at playing card games.
  • Carousel - A group of slot machines arranged in a circle or oval. Often there is an attendant standing in the center to assist players and give change.
  • Carpet Joint - A gambling insider term for a high-end casino.
  • Case money – The stash of money a gambler keeps as back-up.
  • Cashier’s Cage – The area where players cash in or exchange house chips.
  • Casino Advantage – This is the percentage edge the casino has over the player in each game or on a particular bet. Games with a lower Casino Advantage are better for players.
  • Casino Rate – A more favorable hotel room rate casinos provide to their most loyal players.
  • Catch – To hit a number in Keno.
  • Chase – To place another bet right after losing to try and get back the loss
  • Check – There are two meanings: a check is another term used for a casino chip. In card games it is used to indicate that a player is choosing not to bet (can be done if a previous bet has not already been made, then the player must fold).
  • Chemin De Fer – A version of Baccarat in which players can make choices to affect the outcome of the game.
  • Chip, Chips – The round discs used in place of coins or bills in a casino. Chips come in various denominations and have no value outside of the casino, so must be cashed in at the conclusion of play.
  • Chip Tray –The tray in front of the dealer used to keep track of and hold table chips.
  • Coat-tail – To mirror the bets of someone who is winning to take advantage of their betting strategy (or luck).
  • Cold – Not getting advantageous cards or numbers when gambling. Also a slot machine that is not paying out.
  • Coloring Up – Exchanging smaller value chips for larger so it is easier to manage one's chip stack.
  • Combination Way Ticket – An advanced Keno bet where the player can combine different bets, such as straight bets or way bets on a single ticket.
  • Comps – Free items and discounts such as drinks, meals, room and show tickets casinos provide to players to encourage them to gamble at their casino.
  • Copy – A Pai-Gow Poker term used when the player and banker have identical two- or five-card hands. The banker wins a Copy.
  • Cracking The Nut – When a gambler wins enough money to cover all their expenses, plus at least some profit.
  • Craps – The dice game where players can wager on each roll or series of rolls of a pair of dice.
  • Credit Button – The button on a slot or video machine that lets the player receive their winnings as credits to be used on another machine or be cashed in with the cashier.
  • Crossroader – A term originating from the Old West for someone who cheats. The term comes from the fact that casinos located at crossroads had a lot of gamblers who were just passing through.
  • Croupier – The French term for Dealer and still used for roulette and baccarat.
  • Cut – The dividing of the deck of cards following a shuffle. This helps ensure the dealer has not manipulated the cards in any way during the shuffle.
  • Cut Card – When using a dealing shoe, a blank red or black card is inserted into the deck after the shuffle to indicate where the deck should be cut.