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  • D'Alenbert System: A betting system in which you add a chip to your wager after a losing bet, and remove one after a win. Approach with caution.
  • Deal: The act of distributing cards to players at the start of a game, often by an employee of the casino called a Dealer. Online, a computer simulation does all the work, but live dealers are increasingly available via video chat.
  • Deuce: A 2 – refers most often to the side of a die showing the two, or to a ‘two card’.
  • Dice: Cubes with the numbers 1-6 on the sides – you might remember them from the boardgames you played as a kid.
  • Die: Singular of dice – one die, two dice.
  • Dime Bet: An American term meaning a bet of $1000, as in ‘a dime bet’.
  • Discard Tray: A tray to the right hand of the dealer into which used cards are discarded, for instance during games of baccarat or blackjack.
  • Dollar Bet: An American term for a wager of $100.
  • Double Or Nothing: A bet which returns either nothing or twice the amount wagered.
  • Doubling Down: A bet in Blackjack, which a player may place after they have had their initial two-card hand dealt, doubling their initial wager. They are then dealt a further card – if the player wins he wins double the bet he initial wager, and if he loses he loses twice the initial wager.
  • Doubling Up: A betting system, similar to the D’Alenbert, in which a player will bet twice his previous wager if that hand resulted in a loss.
  • Down Card: A card which has been dealt or is currently lying face down.
  • Down to the Felt: Out of cash – broke!
  • Draw: The option to take, especially in Poker, fresh cards in place of those in your hand, in an effort to make a stronger hand. A game with this option is often called a ‘Draw Game’.
  • Drop: The amount of cash lost in a game.
  • Drop Box: On a casino table, a box or hollow in which money, chips and markers are placed when removed from play.
  • Edge: The advantage one player has over another player, and also, in ‘House Edge’, the intrinsic statistical advantage to the casino in any game.
  • En Prison: (French), a optional rule similar to La Partage, En Prison comes into play when the ball lands on ‘zero’. Any chips sitting on bets that pay even money (such as red / black) are left in place (En Prison) for the next spin, and may win on that next spin. They are typically forfeited if they lose the subsequent spin, though some casinos have their own rules regarding what happens if the ball lands in the zero pocket again. Only a few American casinos apply the En Prison rule, or the La Partage rule.
  • Even-Money Bet: A bet that pays odds of 1-1, meaning if you win you get back the same amount you put down, in addition to having your stake returned.
  • Expected Win Rate: Most often refers to pokie machines – the amount you could be expected to win back over a certain length of playing time.
  • Eye in the Sky: Slang term for the video cameras casinos used to watch players in a casino. Casino managers will be on the lookout for any cheating, or for behaviour that they consider ‘inappropriate’, such as counting cards.
  • Face Cards or Colour Cards: In a deck of cards, the Jack, Queen and King are the face cards, most likely because they typically bear characters with faces!
  • Fifth Street: A term most often used in Poker, ‘Fifth Street’ refers to the fifth card on the board in Hold 'Em, and to the third betting round in Seven-Card Stud, as this is the point at which all the players will have five cards.
  • Fill: A term used in Poker to refer to the act of drawing a card that completes a five card hand – a flush, for house or straight.
  • Fill Up: A term used in Poker to describe completing a full house.
  • Firing: A slang term for heavy betting – a player who is ‘firing’ is wagering lots and often.
  • First Base: A term, often used in blackjack, which refers to the player position to the far left of the dealer, the player who receives the first card dealt.
  • Fish: A slang term for a player who is destined to lose, or for a sucker – the saying goes if you can't spot the fish at the table, then the fish is you!
  • Flat Betting: Betting exactly the same amount each time, for example putting down $20 for each and every wager and never upping or lowering it.
  • Flat Top: A pokie machine which has a fixed jackpot – one that does not change at all.
  • Flop: In Poker games such as Hold 'Em, the ‘flop’ is where the community cards – the cards that can be used by any player in combination with those in their hand – are placed by the dealer.
  • Foul: In Pai-Gow Poker, a hand is referred to as a foul when the low card hand is higher than the five card hand or when the hands are set with the wrong amount of cards. A foul hand is a losing hand.
  • Fourth Street: In Seven-Card Stud Poker, the second period of betting – in which all players will have four cards – is referred to as ‘fourth street’. Also used in Texas Hold 'Em to refer to the fourth card laid on the table.
  • Front Money: Cash or cheques deposited at a casino in advance so that a player has credit from which to draw chips.
  • Grease: Slang term for the giving of a bribe, as in ‘to grease someone's palm’.
  • Gross Winnings: The total amount paid out to a winning player, including the original wager.
  • Hand: A term found in most card games to refer to the cards dealt to a player or those currently in their possession.
  • Hard count: The tallying of cash and coins, typically done in a secure room in the casino.
  • Hard Hand: a hand in Blackjack which totals 11 and that does not include an ace – a similar hand that includes an ace is called 'soft', as an ace can score either 1 or 11.
  • Hard Way Bet: In Craps, refers to a bet on the total of the two dice being made up of doubles. For instance, a 'hard 8' can only come from throwing two fours. Called the 'hard way' because it is statistically less probable.
  • High Poker: A typical Poker game, in which the high hand is the stronger, winning hand. As opposed to low poker, for example, in which the low hand wins.
  • High Roller: A player who gambles large amounts, typically a VIP. Called ‘whales’ in Asian casinos.
  • Hit: In Blackjack, a request for another card, as in 'hit me'. The dealer will respond by dealing the player one more card face up.
  • Holding Your Own: Whilst gambling over time, neither winning nor losing, but breaking even.
  • Hole Card: In Blackjack, refers to the face-down card the dealer deals to himself. In versions of Poker, refers to the face-down cards given to each player.
  • Hot: A player on a winning run or streak is said to be ‘hot’.
  • House: Refers to the casino itself – players typically bet against ‘the house’.
  • House Edge: A casino's intrinsic statistical advantage, and therefore its usual profit margin, which is typically acquired by paying out in bets a little less than the statistical odds. For example, a single-number bet on a Roulette wheel typically pays out 35-to-1 although the chances of the ball landing on a particular number are 37-to-1 on a wheel with a single zero pocket.
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