Welcome to PlayCasino's online casino glossary, designed to help you navigate the world of online gambling with ease. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, understanding the terminology used in the industry is crucial.
From basic terms like "betting limit" and "bonus" to more complex strategies like "arbitrage" and "Asian Handicap," our glossary covers it all. We'll also explain different types of bets, odds formats, and automatic winners to help you make informed decisions. So take a look at our glossary below and become an expert in the world of online casinos.
The total amount of money that has been bet on a particular game or event.
A small bet that is required to be placed by all players before a game can begin.
A type of bet in craps where the player wins if the next roll is a 2, 3 or 12.
A type of bet in craps where the player wins if the next roll is a 7.
A betting strategy that involves placing bets on all possible outcomes of a game or event in order to guarantee a profit.
A type of betting that originated in Asia, which involves giving a handicap to the underdog in order to level the playing field.
A player who wins a game or round without having to make a winning hand, such as in the case of a dealer going bust in blackjack.
A type of odds format used mainly in the United States, which is expressed as either a positive or negative number. Positive numbers indicate the amount of profit that can be made from a $100 bet, while negative numbers indicate the amount of money that must be bet in order to win $100.
The total amount of money that a player has set aside for gambling.
The minimum and maximum amount of money that a player can bet on a game or event.
A strategy used by players to try to gain an edge over the casino or other players, such as the Martingale System.
A popular casino card game where players try to beat the dealer by getting a hand with a higher total value without going over 21.
A forced bet that is placed before the start of a poker game.
Extra money or rewards that are given to players by online casinos as a way to encourage them to play more.
A person or company that accepts bets and sets odds on sporting events or other competitions.
A point in a game where a player has neither won nor lost money.
In poker, matching the amount of the previous bet to stay in the game.
A technique used in blackjack to keep track of which cards have been played in order to gain an edge over the casino.
To withdraw money from an online casino account.
The statistical edge that the casino has over players, expressed as a percentage.
Small plastic or clay tokens that are used to represent money in a casino.
A period of time where a player is consistently losing.
Combination Way Ticket
A type of bet in horse racing where the player bets on multiple horses to win, place or show.
Come Out Roll
In craps, the first roll of the dice in a round.
The person who deals the cards or spins the wheel in a casino game.
The act of adding money to an online casino account.
In blackjack, the option to double a bet after seeing the initial two cards.
In poker, when a player has no chance of winning the hand, even if they get the card they need.
The amount of money that a player loses in a casino game.
In horse racing, a ticket that is accidentally printed twice.
A betting strategy where a player bets on multiple outcomes of an event in order to guarantee a profit.
A $1,000 bet.
An advantage that a player has over the casino or other players.
A bet where the payout is the same as the amount wagered.
The amount of money that a player can expect to win or lose on a particular bet over the long run.
Eye in the Sky
A term used to describe the security cameras that are used in casinos to monitor the gaming floor.
A type of odds format used mainly in Europe, which is expressed as a decimal number. The number represents the total payout, including the original bet.
A type of bet in horse racing where the player bets on the first and second place horses in the correct order.
A type of bet in horse racing or sports betting that is more complex than a simple win, place or show bet.
The amount of money that a player can expect to lose on a particular bet over the long run.
In a deck of cards, the Jack, Queen, and King cards.
A cheating technique where a dealer pretends to shuffle the cards but leaves them in the same order.
A type of betting where the odds are set in advance and do not change.
A betting strategy where a player bets the same amount on every hand or spin.
In poker, the first three community cards that are dealt face-up on the table.
A type of bonus offered by online casinos where players can https://www.playcasino.co.za/free-spins.
In poker, a hand consisting of three of a kind and a pair.
A term used in video poker to describe a machine with the best possible payout table.
The act of betting or wagering on an outcome, often with the hope of winning money or other prizes.
A government regulatory agency that oversees and enforces laws and regulations related to gambling activities within a specific jurisdiction. In South Africa, this is the South African National Gambling Board.
A permit issued by a gaming commission that allows an individual or organization to legally operate a gambling business.
In gambling, to make small but steady profits over time by playing conservatively and taking advantage of favorable odds.
The area in a casino where gambling activities take place.
Illegal payments or bribes made to casino employees or officials to gain an advantage.
A player who takes unnecessary risks in an attempt to win more money than is reasonable or likely.
The total amount of money won by a player before any deductions or taxes are taken out.
A poker tournament with a guaranteed prize pool, meaning that the minimum amount of money that will be awarded to the winners is predetermined.
The mistaken belief that the outcome of a random event is affected by previous events, such as believing that a coin flip is more likely to come up heads after a series of tails.
The tendency of a player with a limited bankroll to eventually lose all their money through a series of bad luck or poor decisions.
The act of having someone else play on your behalf in an online poker tournament.
In poker, to bet all of your remaining chips on a single hand.
The mathematical advantage that the casino has over the player in a particular game.
A player who bets large sums of money at a casino.
In blackjack, to take another card from the dealer in an attempt to improve your hand.
The percentage of the total amount wagered that the casino keeps as profit.
A type of poker game where each player is dealt two cards and must use them in combination with five community cards to make the best possible hand.
The cards that a player is dealt in a card game.
The process of analyzing and predicting the outcome of a sports event or horse race.
The process of physically counting the money in a casino's vault or cash drawers.
In poker, the highest ranking card in a hand when no other combination is made.
The average number of times that a slot machine pays out a winning combination.
Hit and Run
In gambling, to make a quick profit and then leave the game immediately.
The amount of money that the casino keeps
In blackjack, the card that is dealt face down to the dealer.
The specific rules and procedures that a casino has in place for each game.
The specific strategy used by a casino's dealer to play their hand in certain games such as Pai Gow Poker.
A skilled gambler who uses deception and other tactics to win at a game.
The percentage of the player's bet that the casino is mathematically expected to keep as profit.
In roulette, a bet placed on a specific number or group of numbers located on the inner part of the betting table.
In blackjack, a side bet that is offered when the dealer's face-up card is an Ace. The player can bet that the dealer has a blackjack and if they do, the player is paid 2:1.
An electronic payment system used by Canadian banks for online transactions.
In the Money
In a tournament, the stage where players have won enough money to receive a payout.
The largest possible payout on a slot machine or other casino game.
A wild card in some card games that can be used as any card to complete a winning hand.
A trip arranged by a casino for a group of high rollers to visit and gamble at the casino.
A commission or percentage of the winnings that a bookmaker charges on bets.
Jumping the Claim
In horse racing, the act of claiming a horse from a race before it is completed.
A person or organization that arranges junket trips to a casino.
Jacks or Better
A type of video poker game in which a pair of Jacks or a higher hand is required to win.
James Bond Roulette System
A betting strategy in roulette where the player bets on specific numbers and splits, made famous by the character in the James Bond novels and films.
A superstition that certain actions or behaviors can bring bad luck to a gambler.
A shared bankroll used by multiple players, typically in a poker game.
A representative of a casino who is responsible for arranging junket trips and catering to the needs of high rollers.
A display on a slot machine that shows the current value of the jackpot.
A term used to describe a casino or location that has a reputation for paying out large jackpots.
An online bingo and casino site that originated in the UK.
A bet made in the middle of a craps game on a specific number, without waiting for the shooter to establish a point.
The illegal act of hacking into an ATM or slot machine to make it dispense money.
A lottery-style game where players select numbers and hope they are drawn
A bet made on a particular number or outcome that the player believes will significantly affect the outcome of the game.
King Crab Leg
A term used in poker to describe a high-ranking hand of three Kings and two Threes.
A tournament format where players are eliminated from the tournament after losing a certain number of hands or chips.
The highest-ranking card in a hand that is not part of a winning combination.
In some poker games, a rule that requires a player who wins two consecutive hands to post an additional forced bet to increase the pot.
The act of taking advantage of the float time between when a deposit is made and when the funds are available to gamble with.
A term used in poker to describe a hand that includes a King and a Jack.
A situation where a player has a good hand but is unlikely to win due to the high card or kicker being lower than their opponent's.
A bet made against a particular outcome, also known as a "don't bet".
In sports betting, the act of placing a bet with a different bookmaker to reduce risk and potential losses.
Let It Ride
A popular table game where players make three bets and have the option to withdraw them as the game progresses.
The maximum amount that can be bet on a particular game or by a particular player.
A bet placed on a particular line of numbers on a craps table.
Dice that have been altered to give a particular outcome, typically used for cheating.
A player who typically bets small amounts of money.
A term used to describe the number 7, which is considered lucky in many cultures and is a popular betting option in various casino games.
A software system used by some casinos to monitor player behavior and detect potential fraud or cheating.
A rule in blackjack that allows players to surrender their hand and lose half of their bet after the dealer has checked for blackjack.
A betting strategy in which a player doubles their bet after every loss, with the goal of eventually recouping their losses and making a profit.
The highest amount that a player can bet on a particular game or bet type.
The pile of discarded cards in a card game, or the act of throwing away one's cards.
A game where a player can play multiple hands at the same time.
A line of credit extended to a player by a casino.
A type of sports betting where the player bets on a particular team to win the game outright.
The smallest amount that a player can bet on a particular game or bet type.
A type of bonus or promotion offered by casinos where the player's winnings are matched by the casino up to a certain amount.
A variation of baccarat that is played with fewer players and lower stakes.
A poker tournament where players are split between multiple tables and then consolidated into a single table as players are eliminated.
A term used in blackjack to describe a two-card hand that adds up to 21.
Slang for a $5 chip or bet.
A type of casino bonus that allows players to withdraw their winnings and the bonus amount once they have met the wagering requirements.
A beginner or new player in a particular game or casino.
Slang for having the best possible hand in a particular game.
A situation where the odds are against the player and they are likely to lose money in the long run.
An e-wallet payment system commonly used in online gambling.
No Deposit Bonus
A type of casino bonus that allows players to receive a bonus without having to make a deposit.
Extremely high stakes in a particular game or tournament, typically only played by professional or high-roller players.
The probability of a particular event occurring, typically expressed as a ratio or fraction.
Off-Track Betting (OTB)
A type of betting where players can bet on horse races from remote locations, such as a betting parlor or online platform.
A card that is still in the deck and has yet to be dealt.
A situation where the odds on a particular bet are in favor of the player, creating a positive expectation.
A popular variation of poker that is similar to Texas Hold'em, but with four hole cards instead of two.
A bet in craps that is resolved in a single roll of the dice.
A state of emotional frustration or distress that can cause a player to make irrational or unwise betting decisions.
A card that is dealt face-up in a particular game.
A virtual platform where players can place bets and play casino games over the internet.
The number of cards that can improve a player's hand in a particular game.
The area of a casino where table games are located.
A type of bet where the player wagers on the outcome of multiple events, with the winnings from each bet being rolled over onto the next bet.
A bet in craps that wins if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the come-out roll, and loses if they roll a 2, 3, or 12.
The percentage of total bets in a particular game that are paid out as winnings to players over the long run.
A casino employee who oversees the table games and manages the dealers and other staff.
A type of jackpot that increases in value every time a player makes a bet, typically found in slot machines and some table games.
A tie or draw in a particular game where neither the player nor the dealer wins.
A chart that displays the payouts for a particular game, including the odds of winning different bet types.
The number of times a player must wager a bonus amount before they can withdraw any winnings.
The total amount of money or chips that players are betting on in a particular hand or game.
A poker hand that contains four cards of the same rank.
A slang term for $25 chips used in casinos.
A variation of traditional roulette that includes multipliers on the roulette wheel, allowing for the possibility of larger payouts.
A type of horse racing bet where the player picks the two horses they believe will finish first and second, in any order.
A type of lottery ticket where a computer randomly generates the numbers.
A term used in video poker to describe a hand that contains four cards of the same rank.
A requirement that a player must meet in order to be eligible for a particular bonus or promotion.
The predetermined time that a player decides to stop gambling and leave the casino.
A poker hand that includes a queen as the highest card.
A breed of horse that is commonly used in short-distance races, typically a quarter mile or less.
A tray that holds multiple stacks of chips in a casino.
The percentage of each pot that is taken by the house as a fee for hosting a poker game.
A type of bonus offered to existing players who make a deposit into their account.
The fifth and final community card dealt in games like Texas Hold'em, used to make the best possible five-card hand.
An acronym for "Random Number Generator," a computer program used to ensure the fairness and randomness of online casino games.
The act of throwing the dice in a game like craps.
A type of sports betting where the player makes multiple parlay bets on the same group of teams.
In card counting, the total count of the cards that have been dealt and remain in the shoe.
An acronym for "Return to Player," the theoretical percentage of total bets that are paid out as winnings to players over the long run.
The rotating wheels or cylinders that display the symbols in a slot machine.
A symbol in a slot machine that pays out a prize regardless of its position on the reels.
The container that holds the decks of cards used in a game like blackjack.
The final stage of a poker hand where the remaining players reveal their cards and the winner is determined.
A type of blackjack game where only one deck of cards is used.
A casino game that features reels with symbols and pays out prizes based on the combinations that appear on the reels.
A blackjack hand that contains an Ace that can be counted as either one or eleven without busting.
A blackjack move where the player divides their hand into two separate hands and receives an additional card for each.
A section of a casino or an online platform that offers sports betting.
The amount of money that a player wagers on a single bet or game.
A poker hand that contains five cards of sequential rank, regardless of suit.
Casino games that are played at a table, such as blackjack, roulette, and craps.
Taking the Odds
In craps, making an additional bet on the point after a pass or come bet has been placed.
A popular poker game where each player is dealt two cards and shares five community cards to make the best possible five-card hand.
Three of a Kind
A poker hand that contains three cards of the same rank.
A state of emotional or mental confusion that can negatively affect a player's decision-making and lead to poor choices.
A physical object, often resembling a coin, that is used to represent a certain amount of value in a casino.
The total amount of money that a player wagers on a single bet or game.
A horse racing achievement that involves winning three major races in a single season.
In card counting, the count of the cards that have been dealt and remain in the shoe, adjusted for the number of decks remaining.
A poker hand that contains two cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.
The competitor or team in a sports contest that is expected to lose.
The amount of money that a player bets on a single wager.
The face-up card in a dealer's hand in games like blackjack, which is used by the player to make decisions.
The card that is dealt face-up in a poker game, typically used in stud games.
Upper Bet Limit
The maximum amount that a player is allowed to bet on a single hand or game.
Use Your Illusion
A slang term used in craps to describe a player who makes an ill-advised bet.
A player who is able to play multiple positions in a casino or sportsbook.
An abbreviation for Ultimate Texas Hold'em, a popular poker variant played in casinos.
A bet that is placed when the odds are against the bettor winning.
An abbreviation for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a US federal law that regulates online gambling.
An abbreviation for Very Important Person, referring to a high-value player at a casino.
The measure of how much the results of a game or bet vary from the expected outcome.
A type of electronic poker game that is played on a video screen.
Also known as "vig" or "juice," this is the commission that a sportsbook charges on a bet.
Virtual Reality Casino
An online casino that uses virtual reality technology to create an immersive gaming experience.
A player who is visible to the dealer and other players at the table.
A term used to describe a bet that is cancelled or deemed invalid for some reason.
A measure of how much the value of a game or bet can fluctuate over time.
A term used in sports betting to describe when the odds on a bet are more favorable than the actual chances of winning.
A refund given by a sportsbook when a bet is deemed a "push" or "tie."
A term used to describe a very high-roller or big-spending gambler.
The amount of money that a player bets on a game or event.
A slang term used in roulette to describe the physical spinning wheel that the ball is thrown onto.
In a card game, a card that can be used to represent any other card.
A method of sending money electronically from one bank account to another.
The best hand in a poker game that beats all other hands.
A series of successful bets or wins in a row.
World Series of Poker (WSOP)
The most prestigious series of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas.
A player who bets against the shooter in a game of craps.
An abbreviation for World Tavern Poker, a nationwide bar poker league.
A card in a game of blackjack that is dealt face down.
A type of bet in craps that pays out at true odds.
Xtra Reel Power
A feature in some slot machines that offers more ways to win by adding additional reels.
A slang term for the numbers 6 and 5 in craps.
A form of cheating in which a player marks cards with an X to identify them.
A feature in some slot machines that offers multiple ways to win on each spin.
An online platform for horse racing betting.
A factor that can influence the outcome of a game or event, but is not easily quantifiable.
A slang term for the ability to see through cards in poker.
A betting system used in roulette that involves placing bets on multiple numbers.
A slang term for $100 in chips or cash.
A slang term for a $1,000 chip in some casinos.
A term used in craps to indicate a bet on the number 11.
A slang term for a large win or jackpot.
A type of multiple bet in horse racing that involves four selections in different races.
A warning area in a casino where players are watched more closely for cheating or suspicious behavior.
A technique used by casinos to optimize their revenue by adjusting pricing and availability of games and services.
The amount of money a casino keeps from the total amount of money wagered.
A term used in the casino industry to refer to new or less experienced players.
A term used in craps to indicate that a player's bet is still active.
The number on a roulette wheel that represents the house edge.
A betting strategy in which a player alternates between high and low bets.
A slang term for a big win or jackpot.
A slang term for a player who has lost all their money but continues to play.
A feature in some online casino games that allows players to zoom in on the action for a closer view.
A company that develops and operates social games including casino-style games like poker and slots.
A popular slot machine game with a theme based on the fictional character Zorro.
A device used to test the authenticity of casino chips.
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