Keen to understand the language and lingo often used in gambling? Then have a look at our massive gambling glossary right here.
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Affiliate: an independent publisher or advertiser for multiple or just one online casino.
AGCC: Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
Aggregate payout limit: this is a payout limit available on specific table games.
Ante: 1. the first bet that is required to play in certain table games and in poker; 2. a commission charged for each hand that is bet on blackjack in certain countries.
Bonus: 1. a bonus is issued by a casino as additional money or credits which normally comes with a set of rules; 2. A special casino game feature.
Bonus abuse: this is a common term used by gambling operators to refer to any unusual and foul bonus play.
Bonus ban: this happens when a player has been banned by the casino by practicing bonus abuse
Bonus bet: when an extra bet has been played by a player over and above from the standard bet.
Box cars: this is when two sets of sixes has been rolled in craps.
Bust: 1. When you get over 21 in blackjack or any other game where 21 is used; 2. To exceed your money limit.
Cashable: a type of casino bonus that can be withdrawn.
Cashback: this is a bonus that gives players a certain percentage back on their net losses.
Chargeback: in online casino gambling, when a credit card or other payment method transaction is disputed by a player which is usually fraudulent.
Comp points: this usually forms part of a rewards or loyalty system whereby players are issued with bonus money based on their wagers and bets.
Contribution: this is a percentage of wagers that go towards a playthrough requirement on a certain game that you play.
Dice: this is a slang term for the game of craps.
Double up: 1. When a certain amount of money can be doubled for a fair chance usually on an even money game; 2. a unique option in blackjack games where wagers can be doubled on the first bet.
Even money: when the odds for the game are at a ratio of 1:1
E-wallet: this is a transaction method to store money and use online.
Field: when you roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the game of craps.
Full house: when you have 3 cards in a set with 2 other cards in poker.
Flush: 1. when you have five cards of the same suit in poker; 2. To turn off the waiting period for a withdrawal.
Free chip: this is a free casino bonus or reward received by players without having to make a deposit.
Freeroll: when you can play in a tournament without paying.
Fruity: 1. a slot machine term used within the UK.
Hard: the opposite of "soft" in blackjack.
Hard ways: This is double 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the game of craps.
Hit: in blackjack games, this is requesting for another card.
Hole card: the first card of the dealer may is not seen or exposed.
House edge: this is the expected winnings that a casino makes, expressed as a percentage.
Insurance: when the dealer has an ace in a game of blackjack, players are offered this option.
Jackpot: the biggest win in a gambling game.
Live chat: a communication method that connects live support staff with players.
Martingale: a betting system which is used on even money wagers whereby a player doubles his bet from each loss until eventually winning.
Match bonus: this is a bonus based on a fixed-rate percentage of a player's deposit.
Max cashout: this is a maximum cashout limit
Muck: this is to discard cards in video and draw poker games.
NDB: please refer to the definition of no deposit bonus.
Network progressive: please refer to the definition of wide area progressive.
Nickel: this is slang for a $5 chip in US terms.
No deposit bonus: this is when players can sign up at an online gambling site and play without having to make a deposit.
Odds: 1. The total winnings of a bet; 2. Probability in terms of the outcome. 3. A 0 edge bet in craps.
Paint: this is a slang term for face cards.
Parlay: when you add winnings to an active bet.
Playthrough: please refer to the definition of wagering requirement.
Pokies: this is the term for slot machines in Australia.
Progressive: a sort of jackpot that will increase by a certain percentage of the wagers that have been made on that
game. Usually applies to slot games.
Quarter: A $25 chip as per US terms.
Rake: when a poker rooms takes a percentage of the pot.
Reload bonus: when an existing player receives a match bonus.
RNG: a Random Number Generator that works out the outcomes in casino games.
RTG: Real Time Gaming.
Rollover: please refer to the definition of wagering requirement.
Royal flush: when you have an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten card hand of a single suit, this is the best hand inmajority of poker games.
RTP: Also known as Return to Player or a certain percentage of bets a player can expect to receive back over the long run. This works as the opposite of the "house edge".
Scatter: in slot games, this is a symbol that that can pay in any position on the reels.
Self-exclusion: when players request to be excluded from logging in, playing, depositing and withdrawing at specific casinos. This usually relates to a practice of responsible gambling.
Side bet: when a places a secondary bet apart from the original bet.
Snake eyes: when both dice land on the number one in craps.
Soft: when you receive an ace in blackjack, it totals to eleven.
split: 1. in a game of 21, this means two cards of the same rank are separated into two different hands; 2. When a bet covers 2 numbers next to one another on the grid in the game of roulette.
Sticky: a casino bonus amount that can't be cashable or withdrawn.
Straight flush: In poker, a set of five cards of the same suit. This will rank above a four-of-a-kind hand and below a royal flush in majority of poker games.
Straight-up: when you bet on 1 single number in the game of roulette.
Street: when 3 numbers have been covered in the same column in the game of roulette.
Sucker bet: when a large house edge is achieved as a result of a bet.
Suit: this is the main body of each card: hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades.
Stand/stick: to signal to other players or the dealer in the game that a player has stopped requesting additional cards. This is an action generally found in blackjack games.
T&Cs/Terms and Conditions: a set of defined rules which govern players at a casino. This applies to player rights and warranties, banking policies and bonus policies of the casino, and all other elements of the casino.
Theoretical hold: please refer to the definition of house edge.
Third base: this is the last player to make a bet or perform an action in table games such as blackjack.
Tip/toke: when you give money to a casino games dealer for their service provided.
Tourney: shortened form of the word ‘tournament’.
Trigger: this is when you activate a special feature, commonly used in slot games.
Trips: this is a slang term for when you get a three-of-a-kind in poker or poker related games.
Twist: in games that are 21, this is asking for another card. Please also refer to the definition of "hit".
Wagering requirements: the total amount of money a player must play before any withdrawals may happen. This normally applies to casino bonuses and is basically expressed as a multiple value of the deposit or bonus amount) e.g. 30x).
Wide-area progressive/WAP: This is a progressive jackpot amount of the same value shared among multiple casinos offering the same game.
Welcome bonus: also known as a first time and new player casino bonus.
WR: Please refer to the definition of wagering requirements.
yo: within a game of craps, it is means 11 or eleven.