Learning The Basic Casino Jargon (Part 3)

Casinos and the whole gambling world have a lingo of their own, a whole set of terms, such as the “Double Down”, and it can all be somewhat confusing to the inexperienced player. The idea of this series of posts is to have a list accessible to our readers and that can be useful to you when you hear one of these expressions.

To accomplish this, we are making a list all the terminology in alphabetical order so it’s easier to find what you are looking for, here is the third part of the list:

Hand: It is what we call the cards that you are holding, also what happens during a card game in between shuffles.

Hit : A hit is what you call it when you want to take another card during a hand of blackjack.

Texas Hold’Em: This is a type of poker game

Hole Card: In blackjack, the hole card is a facedown card that the dealer gets. In Stud and Hold’em Poker, the facedown cards get dealt to each player.

House EdgeIt is a percentage of every bet that the casino retains. In traditional casinos, the winning bet is usually paid with a less than the true odds so that it generates some income to the casino.

Inside Bet: On a game of Roulette, the inside bet is the one placed on any number or a small combination of numbers

InsuranceOn a game of blackjack, you are offered insurance when the dealer’s first card facing up is an ace. When the insurance bet is played, the wins are double if the dealer has a natural blackjack, but it is a loss if the dealer doesn’t.

Jackpot: This is usually referred as a big win on a slot machine; it is also the name for the cumulative prize.

Joker: A figure that can be used as a wild card, the Joker is the 53rd card in the deck

Keno Board: Is the electronic board where the winning Keno numbers are displayed

Kicker: In a draw poker game, it’s an odd high card held that doesn’t contribute to a straight or a flush, usually an ace or a king.

Limit: It refers to any game where there is a fixed limit on how much can be wagered or raised per round on a poker game.

Marker: A check that can be written at the gaming tables by a player who has established credit with the casino.

Muck: When a player cannot win or did not win the pot, the act of throwing away the cards is called the muck. Once they are mucked they cannot be used to win.

Natural: In blackjack, a natural is a two-card hand of twenty-one points. In baccarat a natural is a two-card total of eight, or nine.

How many of these expressions have you heard before?

Colin Jones

Colin Jones is a born and raised Chicago writer specialized on topics related to the casino and gambling industry. Having years of experience on the field, Colin will keep you in touch with the latest news and advances on the casino industry.