Learn the Basic Casino Jargon (Part 1)

Casinos and the whole gambling world have a lingo of their own, a whole set of terms, such as the Dead Man´s Hand, and others which can be confusing to the inexperienced player. The idea of these series of posts is to have a list that is accessible to our readers and that can be useful to you when you hear one of these expressions.

To accomplish this, we are going to list all the terminology in alphabetical order so it’s easier to find what you are looking for:

All In: This one is used for other skill games and sports to refer to the way in which one can approach a situation. In poker “all in” refers to when a player bets all of his remaining chips.

Banker: This is the name given to the dealer or to a player who books the action of the rest of the players on the table on a card game.

Bankroll: It refers to the available balance a casino player has to play with

Basic Strategy: Commonly used in blackjack when speaking about the recommended set of plays you should perform to maximize your game.

Bet: What you wager

Betting Limits: This term refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of money that you can wager on one bet in a table game. You cannot go over or below the established limits.

Bluff : A bluff is when a poker player raises the stakes when holding a weak hand, hoping that this action deceives and drives out the other players with stronger hands.

Bust: A bust is when you go over twenty one during a hand of blackjack, If you bust you lose.

Button: There is a small plastic disc known as the button, used to designate the dealer position on a poker table. It will move from one player to the next after each hand.

Call: This one has different meanings depending on the game; in poker when you call it means that you are matching the current bet on the table. In the games of Keno and Bingo, you call when you draw the numbers for each game.

Casino Advantage: Also known as “The edge”, is the advantage that the casino or “the house” has over the players.

Check: Another term that has more than one meaning; in poker when you check you are deciding to stay in the game without a bet. As for casino in general, it is another way to call for a chip.

Chips: These are the tokens that are used to play casino games instead of cash.

Credit Button: commonly seen in slot and video machines, it allows players to bank coins in the form of credits.

Croupier: this term is mostly used in the games of Roulette and Baccarat; it is the French translation of the word dealer.

Cut: It makes reference to when a dealer on a card game divides a deck into two parts and inverts them after they have been shuffled.

How many of these did you know?

Jeff D. Wilhoite

Jeff Wilhoite is a California based writer, but most of all, he is a dedicated casino player. With years of experience, he is the man to go when looking for spot on advice when it comes to casino games.