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Appendix A – Gambling Glossary



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Gambling glossary

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The list of terms is in alphabetical order. If you’re looking for a specific word, you can save time by using your browser’s ‘Find’ function (usually CTRL+F on PC or Command+F on Mac).

affiliate: a third-party promoter of one or more online casinos.

AGCC: Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

aggregate payout limit: a win limit sometimes used on certain table games, like Let It Ride. 

ante: 1. in poker and many table games, an initial bet required to play; 2. a commission charged per hand on blackjack in certain regions.

bonus: 1. extra money or other type of gambling credit given to players. Usually comes with special rules; 2. a special feature in a game.

bonus abuse: a term used by online casinos for any kind of undesirable bonus play.

bonus ban: when a casino prevents a player from partaking in any future bonus offers, usually as a result of bonus abuse.

bonus bet: see ‘side bet’.

box cars: in craps, double sixes.

bust: 1. in blackjack and other 21 games, to exceed 21; 2. to run out of money, as in ‘bust out’.

cashable: a type of bonus wherein the bonus amount itself may be withdrawn.

cashback: generally, a type of bonus that rebates players a percentage of their net losses.

chargeback: in online gambling, when a player disputes a deposit made into an online casino made on their credit card or other account. Usually fraudulent in nature.

comp points: a common loyalty scheme that gives players cash or bonus money based on how much they play.

contribution: the percentage of wagers that will go towards a bonus playthrough requirement on a particular game.

dice: slang for craps.

double up: 1. an option given in many slots and video poker games to risk winnings for double in fair odds, even money game; 2. a common option in 21 games to double an initial wager.

even money: 1:1 odds on a bet.

e-wallet: a general term for any online payment service in which players can store funds.

field: in craps, a bet that pays when 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled.

full house: in poker games, a set of 3 cards of the same rank with an additional pair. Ranks above flush and below four-of-a-kind in most games.

flush: 1. in poker games, a set of (usually 5) cards of one suit. Ranks above straight and below full house in most games; 2. to manually turn off the pending period for a withdrawal.

free chip: see ‘no deposit bonus’.

freeroll: a type of tournament where no fee is required to play.

fruity: 1. a general term for slot machine in the UK; 2. a specific kind of arcade-style slot machine with a fixed payout percentage in the short-term.

hard: in blackjack, any hand that is not ‘soft’.

hard ways: in craps, double 2s, double 3s, double 4s, and double 5s.

hit: in 21 games, to take another card.

hole card: in most variants of blackjack, the initial dealer card not exposed. Not used in European Blackjack, Australian Pontoon, and some others.

house edge: the percentage of a bet the casino can mathematically expect to win in the long term.

insurance: in blackjack, a bet offered to players when the dealer has an ace showing that the dealer will have blackjack.

jackpot: the highest possible payout on a game.

live chat: customer support via instant messaging integrated on the casino website or within the casino client.

Martingale: a betting system used on even money bets where the player doubles his bet after each loss until he wins.

match bonus: a type of bonus that is based on a fixed percentage of a person’s deposit.

max cashout: maximum cashout limit. Usually applies to no deposit bonus and some very large match bonuses.

MG: Microgaming.

muck: in video poker and draw poker games, to discard.

NDB: see ‘no deposit bonus’.

network progressive: see ‘wide area progressive’.

nickel: in the US, can be slang for a $5 chip.

no deposit bonus: a type of bonus that is given to players without requiring them to add any money to their account. Often has a maximum cashout limit.

odds: 1. the payout of a particular bet; 2. the probability of an outcome; 3. in craps, a zero-edge bet that may be placed on a Pass Line, Don’t Pass, Come, or Don’t Come bet, up to a certain limit.

paint: slang for face cards.

parlay: to add winnings to an existing bet.

playthrough: see ‘wagering requirement’.

pokies: in Australia, the general term for slot machines.

PT: Playtech.

progressive: a type of jackpot that increases by a percentage of wagers made on the game.

quarter: in the US, can be slang for a $25 chip.

rake: in poker, the percentage of the pot taken by the poker room.

reload bonus: typically, a match bonus given to existing players (in contrast with ‘welcome bonus’).

RNG: the Random Number Generator that determines outcomes in slots or other casino games that are not dealt by hand.

RTG: Real Time Gaming.

rollover: see ‘wagering requirement’.

royal flush: in poker games, Ace-Ki­ng-­Que­en-­Jac­k-Ten of one suit. Highest ranking hand in most games.

RTP: Return to Player, or the percentage of wagers the player can expect to get back in the long-term. Same as 100% minus the house edge.

scatter: in slots, a symbol that pays in any position.

self-exclusion: a process whereby casino patrons may request not to be allowed to play at the casino.

side bet: a bet placed on a game in addition to the standard wager.

snake eyes: in craps, double ones.

soft: in blackjack, a hand composed of an ace that is counted as an eleven.

split: 1. in 21 games, to separate two cards of the same rank into two separate hands; 2. in roulette, a bet that covers 2 numbers next to each other on the betting grid.

sticky: a type of bonus where the bonus amount itself cannot be withdrawn. 

straight flush: in poker games, a set of (usually 5) consecutive cards of one suit. Ranks above four-of-a-kind and below royal flush in most games.

straight-up: in roulette, a bet on a single number.

street: in roulette, a bet that covers a column of 3 numbers on the betting grid.

sucker bet: a wager that gives the house a significantly larger house edge than most other bets, especially when on the same game.

suit: in card games: hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds.

stand/stick: in 21 games, to stop taking cards and turn play to the next player or dealer.

T&C/Terms and Conditions: rules that dictate who may play at a casino, player rights and warranties, banking and bonus policies, and all other aspects of using the casino’s services.

theoretical hold: related to ‘house edge’.

third base: in multi-player table games (especially blackjack), the last player to act.

tip/toke: to bet for or give a gratuity to a dealer or other service worker.

tourney: short for ‘to­urn­ame­nt’.

trigger: to activate a special feature, most commonly in video slots.

trips: in poker and poker-based casino games, slang for three-of-a-kind.

twist: see ‘hit’.

wagering requirement: the amount a person must play beforethey may withdraw funds. Usually applies to bonuses and is typically expressed as a multiple of the bonus amount (e.g. 20x).

wide-area progressive/WAP: a progressive jackpot for a single game shared at all casinos that offer the game.

welcome bonus: a bonus given to new players at a casino.

WR: see ‘wagering requirement’.

yo: in craps, eleven.

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