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The amount of money wagered by a player during a playing session. In poker, the placing of money into the pot.
One who is still in the pot.
The player sitting in the last position on a blackjack table before the dealer. This is the person who makes the final decision, thereby anchoring the game.
A term usually used in poker to refer to the first money wagered on a hand, or the minimum amount that each player is required to put into the pot before a new hand can begin.
A one-roll dice bet covering the 2, 3, or 12.
A one-roll dice bet covering any 7.

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A card game where the winning hand totals closest to 9 discounting all units of 10.
In Pai Gow, the player who books the action of the other bettors at the table.
The total amount of money a player has for a gaming session.
In craps, makes the 12 a push on the Don't Pass Bar.
Area on the dice table where the majority of bets are made and paid.
Dice dealer in charge of one of the bases.
The mathematically correct way to play blackjack in order to maximize your advantage.
Wager or gamble
The minimum and maximum that can be wagered on one bet.
Betting on the Pass Line or with the shooter.
Betting on the Don't Pass Line or against the shooter.
A bet that must be posted by the player two seats to the left of the button. It is equal to the amount of the smaller betting limit in a game, for example, in a 10-20 game, the big blind would be $10.
A card game where the players try to beat the dealer by getting closest to 21 without going over. Also known as 21.
A hand whose first two cards total 21.
A bet that certain poker players are required to make as a result of their betting position.
In poker, players bluff when raising a weak hand in the hope of driving out players with a stronger hand.
Usually used to refer to the visible cards on the table, e.g., "looking around the board," means looking at the visible cards. In Hold 'em and Omaha, everyone shares the same board. In Stud games, each player has his own board.
In craps, the area of the dice table controlled by the boxman, where the center bets are placed.
In craps, when you roll two sixes.
The casino dealer in charge of the craps table .
In seven-card stud poker, this is the mandatory bet made by the player with the lowest upcard in the first round of betting.
To raise
Any card placed in the discard rack without being entered into play. After the deck is shuffled and cut, one card is burned.
To exceed 21 in Blackjack, making it a losing hand. Also known as break.
A plastic disc used to represent the dealer position, in games where a professional dealer is used, and position remains constant throughout the hand (Hold 'em and Omaha).

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To match a bet that has been made.
A system to keep track of the percentage of high to low cards since the last time the deck was shuffled. The system can be used in blackjack to reduce the house advantage.
A five-card poker game where all players play against the house.
To exchange one-color denomination casino chip for another. All denomination casino chips are different colors.
To possess the option to bet, but decline. A player cannot check once someone else has bet; at that point, the player must call, raise, or fold. But if no one has yet bet, a player can check, allowing the betting option to pass to the next player.
To check, indicating weakness, with the intention of raising after someone else bets. Check-raises are allowed in all casino poker games; in some home games, they are frowned upon.
Tokens used at gaming tables in lieu of cash.
A player on a losing streak or a slot machine that does not pay out.
Exchange smaller denomination chips for larger denomination ones.
A wager placed on the Come Line in craps. Same rules as the wager on the Pass Line except it is placed after the point has been established.
The area on a craps table where the Come Bets are placed.
The first roll of the dice or the first roll after a point has been made in craps. This roll establishes the point.
Cards that are turned face up in the middle of the table, and which belong to all players still in the hand. Community cards are used in Hold 'em and Omaha.
A poker hand that is defined by all five cards. That is a straight, flush, straight flush, or a full house.
Rolling a Crap (2, 3, or 12) on the come-out roll.
Dice term for 2, 3, or 12.
A button in video poker that allows the player to bank coins won as credits and to use the credits to play without depositing more money.
Dice/craps dealers assigned to the game.
The French word for casino dealers, mainly referring to roulette and baccarat dealers.
In video poker it's the statistically predicted average number of hands dealt per top jackpot, usually a royal flush.
The dealer divides the deck of cards into two parts and then inverts them after they have been shuffled.
A hard plastic card used to cut the deck or a card of a different color.

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A casino employee who deals the various games.
Two or more identical numbered cubes
Singular for dice, a cube with numbers 1-6 on each side.
Area of the table where the used cards are placed.
A bet placed on the Don't Come Bar. Same rules as the Don't Pass Line except it is placed after the Come-Out Roll.
A bet placed prior to the Come-Out Roll that a seven will be rolled before a point is repeated.
Area of the table where the Don't Pass bets are placed. Also known as the Back Line.
To increase a wager after the first two cards are drawn, in exchange for receiving only one more card, by placing an amount equal to the original bet on the layout. Also known as Double Up.
A bet on twelve numbers in roulette, i.e. 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.
In draw poker, the second round of cards that are dealt.
Allows video poker player to draw up to five new cards.
A hand that has the potential to become a strong hand but which without improvement is relatively worthless. The most common types of drawing hands are four card straights and four card flushes.
On a gaming table, the box that serves as a repository for cash, markers, and chips.

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The casino's advantage over the player in any game. Also known as house edge.
A bet that pays you back the same amount you wagered, plus your original wager - a pay-off of 1-1.
In video poker it's the average amount paid back on a particular play for a particular bet.
A percentage of the total amount of money wagered that you can expect to win or lose over time.

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The king, queen or jack of each suite.
The fifth community card in Hold 'em or Omaha (in these games, 5th street is more often called "the river."). Also sometimes used to refer to the fifth card received in 7 card stud.
The first seat nearest the shoe in blackjack. This position is dealt with first.
A bet only possible on the double zero roulette games which includes 00,0,1,2,3 and has the highest house edge of 7.89%.
A slot machine whose jackpot is always a fixed amount, as opposed to a progressive jackpot.
The table bank.
In Hold 'em or Omaha, the first three community cards, turned up all at once.
To hold four cards of the same suit, for example, 3-4-8-10 of hearts, and thus to be hoping to catch a fifth suited card (in this case another heart) that would give you a flush.
A hand consisting of five cards of one suit.
In poker, when a player declines a bet and drops out of the hand.
Four cards of the same rank. Also known as quads.
The fourth community card in Hold 'em or Omaha (in these games, 4th street is more often called "the turn."). Also sometimes used to refer to the fourth card received in 7 card stud.
In poker, a hand consisting of a three of a kind and a pair.
In video poker it's usually the best payoff schedule offered for a particular game.

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Refers to the cards that you hold, or to everything that happens in a card game between shuffles of the deck.
When a hand has been reduced to only two players.
Any poker game where the highest and lowest hands split the pot. It is possible to have a hand that wins both, for example, A-2-3-4-5 is a straight but is also (in most forms of high-low poker) also considered the lowest possible hand. In some forms of high-low, the lowest possible hand is A-2-3-4-6, and in others (although usually this is true only in low-only games), the lowest possible hand is 2-3-4-5-7 (because this hand does not contain an Ace).
To take another card. The card received is also called a hit.
The dealer's face down card. This card is unseen.
A one-roll bet that combines the 2, 3, 11 and 12.

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A bet in roulette on a single number including 0 or 00, or any combination of numbers.
Four cards that can make a straight by hitting one specific card, somewhere in the middle, such as 4-6-7-8 (where only a Five could give the player a straight). Compare this to an Open-ended straight draw, where cards on either end could complete the hand.
A side bet in blackjack that's offered when the dealer's upcard is an ace. If the dealer has a blackjack, the bet is paid 2-1. If the dealer does not, the insurance bet loses.

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1) A single card kept along with a pair, in draw, in an attempt to make two pair. For example, someone might keep 3-3-K, drawing two cards, in the hope that he might get either a Three (for trips) or a King (making two pair, Kings-up).
2) The highest single card held by two players in Hold 'em who each hold the same pair. For example, if the board in Hold 'em is A-10-8-5-2, and Player One holds A-J as his hand, and Player Two holds A-Q, each player has a pair of Aces, but Player Two has a better kicker and would win the hand.

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A poker game.
The most common variety of poker, where the size of the bets are pre-determined. For example, in a "10-20" game, the bets and raises can be only $10 in the early rounds and $20 in the late rounds. Compare to No-limit poker.
A loose slot indicates a machine with a higher payout over a period of time. Conversely, tight slots have a lower payout over a period of time and thus have a higher advantage over the player.

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A scaled-down version of baccarat, played with fewer players, dealers, and formality but following the same rules as baccarat.
To hold a drawing hand but not receive the card you needed to improve. For example, someone holding four hearts and whose final card is a spade has "missed his draw."
Colloquial term for a card with the face value of ten.

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To bet or raise in the hopes that you will drive out some players whose hands are currently worse than yours, but who might improve if allowed to stay in.
An ace and a ten-value card in the original hand. In Baccarat - an eight or nine dealt in the first two hands. A natural may also be referred to as a blackjack.
Considered the most skillful and most dangerous form of poker, where any player can bet all of his chips at any time.
A promotional chip that can't be exchanged for cash.
A fixed amount that a gambler sets out to win.
The best possible hand. This phrase is almost always used in the context of a particular hand (otherwise "the nuts" would just be a term for a royal flush). For example, in Hold 'em, a player holding 8-9 would hold "the nuts" if the flop came 6-7-10. At that moment, the 6-7-8-9-10 straight is the best possible hand. However, if the Turn card were a Jack, and the River a Queen, a player holding A-K would then have the nuts-a 10-J-Q-K-A straight.

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Ratio of probabilities or the amount a bet pays. For example 2-1, 3 -2.
Bets that are not working.
Community card poker game with significant similarities to, and equally important differences from, Texas Hold 'em. In Omaha, all players received four cards of their own (rather than two in Hold 'em), but unlike Hold 'em where the players may choose to play zero, one, or two of the cards in their hand, in Omaha a player must use two and exactly two of his cards. Thus in Hold 'em, if the community board showed 7-7-8-8-J, and a player held A-8 as his hand, that player would have a full house (using the Eight from his hand and the two pair on the board). In Omaha, with the same board, a player holding A-8-4-3 would have only 3 Eights, because he would have to use two cards from his own hand. Omaha is frequently played in a high-low version.
Wagers that win or lose depending on the next roll of the dice.
Four consecutive cards, such as 5-6-7-8, which allows the player to complete his straight with a card on either end (in this case, a 4 or a 9 would complete the straight). Compare this with an Inside Overcards: Cards that are higher than shown on the board. For example, in Hold 'em, if the flop came 4-6-9, and your hand was K-Q, you would be said to hold two overcards; there is a good chance that someone currently holds a Four, Six, or Nine, giving them a pair, but if the Turn or River brings a King or a Queen, your paired overcard might win the hand for you.
Roulette bets located on the outside part of the layout. They involve betting 12 to 18 numbers at one time and result in a lower payout.

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Any two cards that have the same rank. Generally, pairs can be split and played as two hands.
The flat paddle used on the baccarat table to scoop the cards.
To not bet, to fold.
The area where a Pass-Line Bet is placed. Also known as the Front Line.
A wager made prior to the Come-Out roll that a point will repeat.
A hand that is complete and would not be broken up to try to improve. Straights, flushes, full houses, four of a kind, and straight flushes are all pat hands.
A theoretical expression that reflects the number of plays required for the machine to cycle through all possible winning and non-winning combinations.
The line on a slot machine window on which the symbols from each reel must line up. Slot machines can have as many as eight pay lines, although most have only one.
A posting somewhere on the front of a slot or video poker machine, that tells you what each winning hand will pay for the number of coins or credits played. Also known as the Payout Table.
The area inside a cluster of gaming tables, where the center is restricted to dealers and other casino personnel.
A person gambling at a casino.
In craps, dice term for the number rolled on the Come-Out Roll if a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 are rolled. The point has to be repeated before a seven rolls for the Pass Line bets to win.
Extremely important, often underrated poker concept. In most forms of poker, there is a big advantage to going last. In hold 'em, the player holding the button goes last on all rounds. By being the last to act, you have much more information available to you at the time you must decide whether to check, bet, raise, or fold.
In a poker game, the amount of money that accumulates in the middle of the table as each player antes, bets, and raises. The pot goes to the winner of the hand.
Compare to Limit poker and no-limit poker. In pot-limit, a player may bet an amount up to but not greater than the size of the pot at that particular moment.
Often it is important to evaluate the size of the pot in deciding whether or not to call a bet. If there is a great deal of money in the pot, sometimes even a mediocre hand is worth calling if it has a small chance to improve to the best hand. On the contrary, if the pot is very small, even a fairly good hand may not be worth a call, because the amount one is risk, relative to the amount one stands to gain, is not enough.
Increasing a bet by double.
Slots that allow you to increase the potential jackpot each time a new coin is inserted for play. When the progressive jackpot finally hits, the amount resets to the starting number.
Dice bets on number combinations.
A casino player.
A tie or standoff when the dealer and the player have the same total. No one wins and no money changes hands.

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Four of a kind.
In poker, the minimum standard a hand must meet in order for it to be eligible for part of the pot.

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In poker, a player raises by matching the previous bet and then betting more, to increase the stake for remaining players.
The money that the casino charges for each hand of poker. It is usually a percentage (5-10%) or flat fee that is taken from the pot after each round of betting.
The worth of a set of cards.
A wheel inside a slot machine window on which the slot machine symbols are printed. There are usually three or five per machine.
A person betting on the Pass Line.
A regular poker game rather than a tournament. Can be referred to as a live game because actual money is used rather than chips.
In Hold 'em or Omaha, the fifth and final community card. Also sometimes called fifth street.
The random number generator, which is a computer chip inside a slot machine. It is constantly generating thousands of numbers every second.
A player known to be very conservative, who usually bets or raises only when he has a very powerful hand.
In poker, an ace-high straight flush; the best possible hand.

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Rolling a seven after the point has been established, thus losing the bet.
The box in which the dealer places the shuffled cards from two or more decks. Cards are then dealt from the shoe.
The person rolling the dice.
In poker, a card that is the only one of its rank.
The details usually at the top of a slot machine detailing the type of machine, denomination, and payout details.
To act weak when you hold an extremely powerful hand, in the hopes of luring in other players. For example, if in Hold 'em your hand was the 5-6 of clubs, and the flop came 2-3-4 of clubs, you would have an unbeatable hand. But if you bet and raised aggressively right away, everyone else might fold and you would win only a small pot. By merely checking or calling, you might lure other players into thinking their hands had a better chance, and win more money from them.
A bet that must be posted by the player one seat to the left of the button. It is usually equal to one half of the smaller betting limit in a game, for example, in a 10-20 game, the small blind would be $5. Occasionally, the small blind is some other fraction of the big blind. I have seen 15-30 games where the big blind is $15 and the small blind $10, and also 15-30 where the small blind is $5.
In craps, when you roll a two.
A hand in blackjack that contains an ace counted as eleven.
A combination bet across two numbers on the inside of the roulette table.
Any number from 1 to 80 that a player selects on a keno ticket. It also refers to the number of numbers that are marked on a ticket.
To refrain from taking another card.
In poker, to win the pot by bluffing.
The dice dealer who calls the numbers rolled and controls the stick.
In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks.
In poker, a hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks of the same suit.
A poker game with no draw.
Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs. In most forms of poker, suits are unimportant, except for decided who must begin the betting. At the end of a hand, if players hold identical cards, except that the suits are different, they are considered to hold identical hands and split the pot.
In blackjack, to give up half your wager before the hand is complete, for the privilege of not playing out a hand, thus saving half the wager. In roulette, you effectively lose only half on an even-money bet when the ball lands on 0.

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Three cards of the same rank.
The casino coins used to play slot machines.
In poker, three of a kind.
In Hold 'em or Omaha, the fourth community card. Also sometimes called fourth street.
In poker, a hand consisting of two sets of pairs and a singleton.

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The dealer´s exposed card that is face-up for all the players to see before they play their hands.

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A joker or other card that can be used as any other card to complete your hand.
A high roller.
Dice term meaning that the bets are in place.
A one-roll dice bet on the horn including the seven.
A dice player who bets on the Don't Pass Line.

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