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  • Action: The amount of cash someone bets, in total, during a gambling session.
  • Active Player: In Poker, a player who is still in the game – as opposed to one who is not involved in the current hand.
  • Add-On: In Poker, the option to buy more chips while the game is underway.
  • Aggregate Limit: The maximum amount of payout a casino will make during a game of any kind.
  • Aggregate Winnings: The amount a player wins in total, or stacked up to a significant point.
  • All or Nothing: In Keno, a card which has numbers that will only result in a payout if all the chosen numbers are drawn or if none of the picked numbers come up.
  • Ante: In card games, the minimum bet needed to take part in a hand. In Stud Poker, the bet a player has to put down before they get their cards.
  • Arm: In Craps, refers to somebody who is apparently so good at throwing the dice that they can alter the normal odds of the game.
  • Baccarat: A classic casino table game which uses six or eight decks of cards in a shoe. Also referred to as Punto Banco and Chemain De Fer, Baccarat is evocative of the casinos of Monte Carlo, and has a reputation for high-stakes gambling.
  • Banker: In card games, the dealer.
  • Bankroll: The total amount of cash that the player or casino has to back up bets. May also be referred to as the 'Wad' or 'Roll'. In terms of players, may be used to describe the total amount of cash taken on a gambling trip, divided up into daily bankrolls.
  • Barred or Banned: A player who is permanently prohibited from entering a casino is ‘barred’.
  • Bet: A wager
  • Betting Limit: In table games, the smallest and largest amount of money that a player is allowed to place in one wager. Betting less than the minimum or more than the maximum is not allowed for that game.
  • Bingo: A prize game involving cards given to players with numbers in grids. Depending on the variation, this may correspond to the five letters of the word ‘bingo’. Numbers are then drawn at random from a tumbler until a player completes a line of five numbers in a diagonally or horizontally to win the prize, often by shouting 'Bingo!' or 'House!'
  • Black Book: A list of people who are prohibited from entering a casino.
  • Blind Bet: In Poker, a wager placed by players before they see any of their cards.
  • Blinds: A necessary bet in Hold ‘Em Poker, after which players may see there cards and the round may begin.
  • Break-Even Point: The point at which a player’s wager equals their winnings.
  • Buck: A wager of $100
  • Bug: In a pack of cards, refers to a joker.
  • Bump: To raise a bet, i.e. to 'bump' someone's wager in Poker, staking a bet of a higher value.
  • Burn Cards: In table card games, the act of removing cards from the top of a deck and discarding them after the deck has been shuffled.
  • Buy-In: The amount of cash a player has to put down to buy chips before being granted entry to a table game such as Poker, Roulette or Blackjack.
  • Call : In poker, matching or 'calling' a bet made by another player.
  • Camouflage: The techniques used by seasoned gamblers to hide their behaviour from a casino and so avoid detection. May include using disguises, changing betting habits and other ploys to avoid being spotted.
  • Capping: Placing chips on top of an existing bet after a deal has started – essentially increasing what someone has wagered after the game has begun. A form of cheating.
  • Card Counting: A technique used by seasoned Blackjack players to memorise which cards have already been played and so predict their chances with later hands. Very much frowned upon by casinos.
  • Card Sharp: A particularly skilled card player.
  • Carousel: An arrangement of pokie machines that places them in a circle so that a money changer can stand in the middle.
  • Carpet Joint: Slang term for a high-end casino.
  • Case Money: Gambling cash set aside, perhaps actually in a case, as emergency money.
  • Cashier's Cage: A secure cash desk where a player's chips are exchanged for cash when they have finished playing.
  • Casino Advantage: The house edge or inherent margin of profit that the casino has over a player in a game.
  • Casino Rate: A discounted hotel room rate that a casino might offer to a repeat or high-spending customer.
  • Catch: In Keno, refers to 'catching' a number – meaning one you have chosen has been drawn.
  • Chase: To 'chase' in gambling is to try to chase down a loss you have made by betting again.
  • Check: In casino-speak this can refer to gambling chips, and in Poker it is used by a player to declare they wish to stay in the game without betting more.
  • Chemin De Fer: A type of Baccarat – the original game as introduced in France.
  • Chip, Chips: Clay or plastic discs used by players to bet in casinos – they can be bought and exchanged back into cash at a cashier booth.
  • Chip Tray: A tray full of gambling chips which sits in front of a dealer, who uses them to top up the table's chips.
  • Coat-Tail: To 'coat-tail' is to mimic the bets of another player who is on a winning streak.
  • Cold: A player who is on a losing streak may be referred to as 'cold'.
  • Colouring Up: Refers to exchanging small-value chips for larger ones – of different colours.
  • Combination Way Ticket: In Keno, a game which involves betting groups of numbers in a various permutations, allowing someone to have wagers on a larger spread of numbers.
  • Comps: The free gifts and perks offered to players by casinos in an effort to encourage them to gamble.
  • Copy: In Pai Gow Poker, refers to when both the banker and the player have the same two-card hand or five-card hand, in which case the banker wins.
  • Cracking the Nut: When a player wins enough cash while gambling to cover what they have spent on the trip and also provide a respectable profit.
  • Craps: A old and popular casino table game that involves throwing two dice and bets placed on the outcomes.
  • Credit Button: A button on pokie machines which allows players to turn winnings into credits which can then be used to top play with.
  • Crossroader: A gambling cheat. Possibly originates from a time when people cheated at games played in saloons located at crossroads.
  • Croupier: A French term referring to the dealer. They are typically found in games of Baccarat and Blackjack.
  • Cut: After cards have been shuffled for a game, but before they are dealt, a player or the dealer asks someone to split or 'cut' the deck into two sections and inverts them. A way of ensuring the cards are properly shuffled and of preventing cheating.
  • Cut Card: A piece of card, often red, black or yellow, that is used to prevent the bottom card being seen when the deck is cut.
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