Gambling lingo: Know the lingo for doing the deeds! Here’s the lingo of popular board games

Don’t be left out when playing at the casino! Learn gambling vocabulary as you learn the games. This is important to understand so you don’t feel like a novice when playing table games. To start with, here is the meaning of some of the terms used in popular gambling games:


Basic strategy – Plays you must make to maximize your advantage

burn cards – Cards removed after shuffling.

Bust/Break – Beat a hand total of 21

Card counting – Memorize played cards with an assigned value

color up – Cash in your chips

Bend – To double your initial bet after the initial deal of 2 cards

even the money Cashing out your bet for a 1/1 payout when you have a blackjack against the dealer’s ace

face cards – Jacks, Queens, Kings (also known as picture cards)

First base – First seat to the left of the dealer

Hit/Draw – Draw another card to add to your hand

hole card – The dealer’s down card

Sure – An additional bet for the player when the dealer has an ace in sight.

Pat Hand- A had a value of at least 17 points

Push/Tie – Player and dealer with the same hand total

Shoe- A device used to hold and dispense cards.

soft hand- A hand with an ace counted as 11 or 1

firm hand – A hand with little chance of winning if it comes out

Give up – Give you your hand to lose half your bet

Third base – Last seat to the right of the dealer

Up Card – The first card dealt by the dealer face up


any shit- A dice total of 2, 3 or 12

big red- a bet on the any seven cash register

Vans – When the dice add up to 12

covered dice – crooked dice

Cold Table- When most shooters ain’t winning

Come Bet – A bet made after the point is established

Exit roll – First roll of the dice in a round

Don’t come to bet A bet made after the point is established (result is opposite of come bet)

Don’t Pass Bet – Bet against the shooter before the output roll

Free Odds – An additional bet behind the pass line bet taken at true odds

Jorge- a good tipper

Highway- A 4,6,8,10 thrown in pairs

place bet- Bet that a place number (4-6, 8-10) will come up before a 7

Article number – One of the numbers 4-6, 8-10 made on the start list

Press a bet – To double your bet amount

Betting Proposal – (AKA Prop Bets) one roll and Highway bets

correct bettor – Bet on the shooter to win

Seven Out- When a 7 is rolled before the point number

shooter- Player currently rolling the dice

Snake Eyes- When the dice add up to 2

Rigid- a poor tipper

Toke- A tip given to the dealer

Invigorate – ( AKA Vig) commission taken by the house

Wrong bettor- Betting that the shooter will lose

I- Number 11 (also known as Yo-Leven)


aces up – A pair of Aces with another pair

all inside- Betting all your remaining chips

Initial bet- The opening bet before the deal begins

Belly Buster- An interior staircase project

big stain – an ace and a king

Shutters – 2 forced bets before the cards are dealt (small blind and big blind)

Boat- slang for a Full house

Broadway- The highest straight possible with mixed suits, 10, J, Q, K, A

Button- A puck placed in front of a player acting as a dealer.

Bullets- a pair of aces

Call- To match the current bet

Check- Defeat by placing a bet until another player does

Cowboys- Slang for a pair of kings

dead hand- A hand with no chance of winning

Donkey/Fish – a bad player

Dead Drawing – A hand that will lose even if it improves

Failure- The first 3 community cards

Rinse- 5 cards of the same suit

Full house – (also know as Boat ) 3 of one type and 2 of another

Kicker- Highest unpaired card in a hand

ladies- Slang for a pair of queens

Manure- Discarded hands upside down

Walnuts – The highest possible hand

Overcard- A card that is higher than another

quads- 4 of a kind

Rag(s) – Cards that add no value to your hand

Rainbow- Cards with different suits

River- The fifth and final community card

rounder- The one who makes a living playing cards

Royal flush – Highest possible hand, a 10, J, Q, K, A suited

Sets/Trips – 3 of a kind

Little bunch – Have the fewest chips at the table

straight flush – 5 cards of the same suit in sequential order

He says- Behavior that gives information to other players about how you might play your hand

Tight – Someone who only plays premium hands

Inclination- Desperate to recover losses causing bad decisions

Bend- The fourth community card

under the gun- First player to bet after the big blind

Wheel- Lowest possible straight with mixed suits A, 2, 3, 4.5

cabling- A pair dealt on the first 2 cards

So there you have it. Learning this lingo will help you on your way to becoming an experienced responsible gamer. Good luck!

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