At Crazy Vegas Casino, we’ve taken the liberty of providing players with a complete and comprehensive casino glossary. Players can make use of the casino glossary to help them understand complicated rules that will also provide them with a better understanding of the casino game.
Having access to a good casino glossary can be extremely helpful to both new and veteran players. Knowing and understanding casino lingo will not only make you look and feel like a pro, but it will also give you an edge over the other players by eliminating any confusion you may have had about the casino game in question.
Bankroll: This is the amount of money a player has set aside for a game of blackjack. How large or small a player’s bankroll is will also determine the style and aggression of the game. Being able to manage one’s bankroll is extremely important for online blackjack players.
Blackjack Hand: The best possible winning hand in a game of blackjack is known as a blackjack hand. It consists of two cards, an Ace and a card that has the value of 10. A natural blackjack hand is only achievable from the initial first two cards dealt.
Blackjack Strategy: A basic blackjack strategy will help players with the technical knowledge and skills needed for the game.
Bet: The amount of money that a player wagers on a hand in a game of blackjack.
Bet Spread: Also known as Betting Limits. This term refers to the minimum and maximum amounts a player can wager at a blackjack table.
Bust: Refers to a hand that has a value over 21 and results in an automatic loss.
Bust Card: This is the card that takes the player’s hand’s value over 21 which results in a bust.
Card Counting: Refers to a system that is designed to help players win at blackjack. This system usually involves memorizing the cards that have been played in order to have a more accurate idea what the odds of the game are.
Card Sharp: Refers to a professional blackjack player or professional card game player.
Cut: This refers to the deck of cards being split once it has been shuffled.
Cut Card: A coloured plastic card that is used as a tool to cut the deck once it has been shuffled.
Chips: Also known as casino tokens. These are plastic discs that are used as a currency, usually used for wagering on table games at casinos.
Dealer: Refers to the person who deals the cards during a game of blackjack. When playing blackjack online, the dealer will normally be invisible.
Double Down: Refers to a move available to the player in blackjack. When a player chooses to double down, they place an additional bet that is equivalent to their original bet and will then be dealt one additional card. This move is only available after the first two cards have been dealt.
Edge: Refers to the percentage advantage that the house or casino has over the player.
Exposed: Refers to a card that is face up and whose value is made visible to all players.
Face Cards: This term refers to Jacks, Queens, and Kings in a deck of cards. There are 12 face cards in a standard 52 deck of cards.
Hard Hand: Also known as Hard Total. Refers to a hand that includes an Ace card. However, that value of the Ace is not counted as 11, but is rather counted as 1.
Hit: The act or action available to a player whereby the player requests another card from the dealer.
Hole Card: Refers to the dealer’s card that is face down and whose value remains unknown until all the other hands have been completed.
Insurance: A player can ask for insurance when he/she feels that the dealer may be close to achieving a blackjack. This is a side bet that the player can make and is half the value of the original wager made by the player. If the dealer does have a blackjack, then the player will receive both the original bet and the side bet. A player will usually take insurance when the dealer’s face up card is an Ace.
Martingale System: This is a popular betting system originating from 18th Century France. It encourages players to double their bets after each loss so that the player ultimately recovers all their losses.
Natural: This is another term used for a blackjack hand. The hand consists of an Ace and a face card from the original two cards dealt.
Pair: Refers to a hand that is made up of two cards that are of equal value.
Push: This is a tie between the player and the dealer where both their hands have the same total value.
Shoe: A device used to store the cards that have not yet been dealt in a game of blackjack.
Soft Hand: The opposite of a Hard Hand and refers to a hand that includes an Ace whose value is counted as 1 and not 11.
Split: This is an option available to a player when they have two cards of equal value. The player is allowed to split this hand and place the same bet on each hand while playing them separately.
Standing: This option means that the player takes no more cards until the last hand has been played out.
Surrender: This option allows the player to cut his/her losses with a bad hand. It gives the player the option to quit a game and receive only half of their original bet.
All-In: When a player wagers his/her entire bankroll on a single bet.
American Wheel: A variant of roulette where the wheel contains 2 zero slots, a “0” and a "00”. This means that the house edge in American Roulette is higher than that of European Roulette.
Backtrack: Also known as Ball Track. This is the area around the wheel where the ball travels before it stops inside a numbered slot.
Biased Number: Refers to a slot number that the ball frequently stops in and is usually due to a biased wheel.
Biased Wheel: Refers to a wheel that doesn’t work as it should and will often result in unfair outcomes.
Black Bet: Refers to a specific wager where a bet is made on the ball resting in a slot that is a black number on the roulette wheel.
Cold Numbers: Term used to refer to the numbers in roulette that have not come up for at least 37 spins.
Column Bet: Refers to 3 columns that are on the roulette table. A column bet is one where the player wagers on the 12 numbers in one of the columns.
Combination Bet: This allows a player to wager on multiple numbers at the same time. The player can demarcate the numbers he/she is betting on by placing chips on corresponding numbers on the roulette table.
Corner Bet: Refers to a bet that is made on one of the four numbers that are located in the four corners of the roulette table. The corner bet has a payout ratio of 8:1.
Croupier: This is a term used to refer to the dealer at a roulette table who is in a land-based casino. Online roulette games will not usually have a live croupier.
Double Zero: Refers to the extra “00” slot that is solely found in American roulette. Double zero also refers to a bet that is made on the “00” slot.
Dozen Bet: Refers to a bet that is made on a specific set of 12 numbers. These numbers can be between 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36.
En Prison: This is a rule that applies to French Roulette. Once a zero has been spun the dealer will place the player ‘in prison’, effectively the player gets an extra spin. If the player loses the second spin they will lose their bet. If they win they will get their bet back but not the winnings.
European Wheel: The European roulette wheel only has the single zero slot, “0” which means there is a total of 37 numbered slots. The American roulette wheel has 38 numbered slots.
Even Bet: This is wager that is made on one of the even numbers on the roulette wheel and it has a payout ratio of 1:1.
First Four Bet: This is a wager that is made on the first four numbers: 0, 1, 2 and 3. This bet is made by placing chips on the numbers 0-3 which are located on the right of the roulette table.
Five-Number Bet: Also known as a Special Line bet. This bet is only available in the American Roulette version and allows players to only bet on 00, 0, 1, 2 and 3.
Green Numbers: Green numbers are known as the “0” and “00”.
High Bet: Refers to bet that is placed on the high numbers (19-36).
House Edge: This is the advantage that the house enjoys over a player and is expressed as a percentage of the player’s original wager.
Inside Bet: Refers to bets that are made by placing chips on the inner layout of the roulette table. The odds of each of these bets vary.
Line Bet: This is a wager made on 2 lines of 3 numbers. Line bets have a payout ratio of 5:1.
Low Bet: A bet made on the lower numbers on the roulette wheel (1-18). This bet pays out even money.
Martingale System: A popular betting system used in the game of roulette. Players are encouraged to double their bets after each loss so that they ultimately make back all their losses.
Neighbour Bet: Refers to a wager that is made on a single number as well as the numbers that are on either side of it.
Odd Bet: A bet that is made on the odd numbers that are on the roulette wheel. This bet pays out even money.
Orphan Bet: A wager that is made on the three numbers that are located next to each other on the roulette wheel but not on the roulette table. This type of bet is usually made in the French roulette version.
Outside Bets: Refers to the different types of bets that are located on the outer layout of the roulette table.
Parlay: Also known as press. A parlay means to leave one’s bet where it is after a win and add it to your winnings on the next spin.
Red Bet: Refers to a bet that is made on the red numbers. This bet has a payout ratio of 1:1.
Six Line Bet: A wager that is made on six numbers and is also an inside bet.
Split Bet: A bet that is made on two numbers that are next to each other on the roulette table.
Square Bet: Refers to a bet that is made on 4 numbers that are in a square on the roulette table.
Straight Bet: Refers to a bet that is made on one number and has a payout ratio of 35:1.
Street Bet: Is a bet that allows players to bet on three numbers that are in a line. It has a payout ratio of 11:1.
Zero Row: Refers to the part of the roulette table where the “0” and “00” (in the case of American roulette) are located.
Zero Bet: A bet made on the “0” that has a payout ratio of 35:1.
Action: Refers to the amount of time a player has spent playing slots at an online or land-based casino.
All Ways: Refers to the number of ways a player can win when playing slot. This term is used when playing 243 or 1024 ways slot games.
Bankroll: Refers to the amount of money a player has set aside to play online slot.
Bet Max: Refers to the maximum amount a player can wager with per spin.
Bonus Feature: This is an additional special feature that allows players to win additional credits, free spins or prizes.
Cascading Wins: This is a feature that once a winning combination has been paid the symbols are replaced by other symbols which means there is an increased chance of more wins.
Coins per Line: Refers to the amount of coins a player is able to wager on per line in a slot that has multiple lines.
Coins per Spin: Refers to the number of coins a player chooses to wager on for each spin.
Coins Size: Refers to the value you will use to wager. Each slot game with have a minimum and maximum coin size with which to wager.
Cold Slot: A slot machine or online slot game that doesn’t payout frequently.
Double Up: Also known as the gamble feature. This is a feature that isn’t available on all slot games. After a win, the player has the option to double their winnings.
Expanding Wild: This means that the Wild Symbol in the game has the ability to expand and cover an entire reel. Expanding wilds give players an increased chance of winning.
Fixed Value Slots: These slot games come with a standard coin sizes which means there is only a limited option that the player can wager.
Hit Frequency: Refers to how often a slot machine or online slot game pays out. The lower the hit frequency number is the better it is for the player.
Hot Slots: Slot machines or online slot games that pay out frequently and are thus considered good options for real money play.
Instant Play: Refers to online slot games. It is the opposite of the download version and would usually use Flash, Java, HTML or HTML 5.
Instant Win: The kind of jackpot that will pay out instantly and not over a period of time.
Jackpot: This is the maximum amount or prize that a player is able to win in an online slot.
Line Bet: refers to the paylines that are activated on a slot machine or online slot with multiple paylines.
Linked Progressive Jackpot: Also known as a wide area jackpot. Refers to two or more slot machines that share progressive jackpots.
Multiplier: This is a feature that has the ability to multiply a player’s winnings. Not every slot game will offer multipliers and if they do, the multipliers vary.
Multi-Line Bonus Slot Machine: Refers to slot games that offer players more than one payline.
Online Slot Tournament: An option to play online slot while competing against other players.
Payline: Refers to the horizontal line of symbols found in online slot. Online slot will generally have multiple paylines.
Payout: Refers to the amount of winnings a player will receive from an online slot once they have finished playing.
Pay Table: The pay table will provide players with information about the different types of payouts available for the different winning combinations.
Reels: These are the vertical strips that spin. Most online slot will have 3 or 5 spinning reels.
Random Number Generator (RNG): A program used to ensure that the numbers that determine where symbols will land are completely random.
Scatter: This is one of the most important symbols in an online slot game. The scatter symbol will help players form winning combinations. In most online slot the scatter symbols is also used to trigger prizes, bonus rounds and free spins for players.
Spin: Refers to the action of clicking the “Spin” button to initiate play.
Sticky Wild: A feature that enables the wild symbol to stay in its position until the end of a spin. Sticky Wilds increase the player’s chances of hitting winning combinations.
Video Slot: Refers to a slot game that doesn’t have physical reels. Rather, these are virtually displayed on a monitor or screen.
Wild: The Wild symbol is an important symbol in slot games. It replaces all other symbols on the reels, except the scatter symbol, to help players form winning combinations.
Aces: A bet made that the next roll will be the total sum of 2 (the next roll will be two Aces).
Any Craps: A bet that the next roll will either be a 2, 3 or 12. This bet has a payout ratio of 7:1.
Any Seven: A bet made on the probability that the next roll will be 7.
Betting Right: This is a bet that is placed with the dice and is made on the outcome of the dice passing.
Betting Wrong: A bet that is placed against the dice and is made on the possibility that the dice doesn’t pass the “Don’t Pass Line”.
Big Eight: A bet that is made on the outcome of an eight being rolled before a seven. This bet has a payout ratio of 1:1 and is, therefore, an even money bet.
Bet Six: A bet that is made on the outcome of a six being rolled before a seven. This bet has a payout ratio of 1:1.
Box Car: A bet that is made on the probability of the next roll being a 12.
Buy Bets: A bet that is made on the possibility of a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 being rolled before a 7 after a roll.
Big Red: A bet that is made on the outcome of a 7 landing before the next roll.
Centre Bets: These are bets that are placed in the centre of the table and are also referred to as proposition bets.
Come Out Roll: This is the first roll in a game of craps and is often referred to as the “Come Out Roll”.
Come Bet: A bet that is made after the “Come Out Roll” and is similar to the “Pass Line” bet.
Don’t Come Bet: A bet that is made after the “Come out Roll”. It is a bet made on the possibility of the dice not passing. The player will win with this bet if the dice lands on 2 or 3, will lose this bet if dice lands on 7 or 11 and will tie if the dice lands on 12.
Don’t Pass Bet: A bet that is made after the “Come Out Roll”. It’s a bet made on the probability of the dice not passing. The player will win if the dice lands on 2 or 3, and will lose if the dice lands on 7 or 11.
Double Odds: When a player makes this bet, it is double the amount of the original bet.
Even Money: A term used to refer to a bet that has a payout ratio of 1:1.
Field Bet: A bet on the probability of the next roll landing a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.
Free Odds Bet: A bet that is made on true odds.
Hardway Bet: This is a bet based on the probability that the dice will land on the same values. These values must add up to 4, 6, 8, or 10.
Hop Bet: This is a wager on the probability that the dice will displace a number that is not included in the centre layout of the table.
Horn Bet: This is a wager made on the possibility of the dice landing on either a 2, 3, 11, or 12 and is a single-roll bet.
Lay Bet: This is a bet made on the probability of the dice landing on a 7 before 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.
Line Bet: Refers to any wager that is made on either the “Pass Line” or “Don’t Pass Line”.
Max Bet: Refers to the maximum amount a player is able to wager during a game of craps.
Minimum Bet: Refers to the minimum amount a player is able to wager during a game of craps.
Pass Line Bet: This is a wager that is based on the dice passing and the outcome of roll being 7 or 11.
Place Bet: This is a wager that is placed in the box numbers area of the craps table. It is made on the probability of a 7 being rolled before a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.
Point: Refers the number that is fixed by the “Come Out Roll”. This number can be 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.
Proposition Bet: Also known as a Centre bet. It is placed on the middle area of the table.
Shooter: Term used to refer to the person who is rolling the dice during a game of craps.
Single Roll Bet: A bet that depends on just a single roll of the dice.
Action: Refers to the total amount of money wagered in video poker.
Average Amount: Refers to the average total amount that a player could win in a video poker game over a certain period of time.
Bet Max: Refers to the maximum amount a player is able to wager during a hand.
Cash Back: This is an incentive offered by online casinos when you choose to play video poker at their casino.
Cash Out: Once a player has finished playing video poker they can choose to cash out and have their winnings deposited into their account.
Complete Hand: A hand that has a complete combination of all the cards.
Deuce: Refers to a two-value card that often acts as a wild card in some variations of video poker.
Discard: Refers to the act of discarding an unwanted card. In online video poker this is a button that is usually located below each card in a player’s hand.
Double Up: Some variations of video poker allow players to double a bet on a winning hand.
Draw: Refers to the act of drawing a new card to replace the ones the player has discarded during a hand.
Edge: Can refer to either the player’s advantage or the house advantage in a game of video poker.
Face Card: Refers to the Jack, Queen, or King playing cards.
Fish Hook: A term that is used to refer to the Jack card in some variations of video poker.
Flush: Refers to one of the hands in video poker. This hand consists of 5 cards that are all of the same suite.
Four of a Kind: Is also referred to as quads. This is one of the winning hands in video poker and consists of four cards that are of the same value across the suits.
Full House: This hand consists of five cards. Three cards of the same kind as well as a pair make up a full house.
Garbage Hand: This is known as a bad hand that will probably not pay anything to the player.
High Card: This could be a Jack, Queen, King or Ace card.
Inside Straight: This is a hand where the player has four cards that are part of a straight but the missing card is located in the middle.
Inside Straight Flush: This is a hand where the player has four cards that are part of a straight flush but the missing card is in the middle.
Multi-Hand: This term refers to a situation where a player plays more than one hand at a single time for one game of video poker.
Pair: A hand in video poker that includes two cards that are of the same value.
Payout Schedule: This is a table that informs the player of what payout they can expect for the different types of winning hands in a video poker game.
Progressive Jackpot: This is similar to the concept of progressive jackpots in online slot. The progressive jackpot will continuously grow over time until it is won. A percentage of the bet each player makes in a specific variation of video poker will contribute to the amount in the progressive jackpot. Once the progressive jackpot is won, this amount will reset and the process will begin again.
Rejected Cards: These are the cards that a player has rejected during a game of video poker.
Royal Flush: Refers to a winning hand in video poker that typically consists of a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. If the video poker variant includes wild cards then this hand is known as a Wild Royal Flush.
Straight: A hand in video poker that consists of five cards that are in a sequence but are not all of the same suit.
Straight Flush: A hand that consists of five cards that are both in numerical sequence and of the same suit.
Three of a Kind: A hand that includes three cards that are all of the same value. For Example: Three Queens.
Wild Card: Only some variations of video poker will include a wild card. This is a card that can substitute for other cards in a hand. The wild card will generally increase a player’s chances of achieving a winning hand combination.