Common Gambling Lingo

Have you ever sat down at a table in Vegas, or any casino only to have no idea what is being said or asked of you. Gambling has it’s own ‘lingo’. Here are some of

Have you ever sat down at a table in Vegas, or any casino only to have no idea what is being said or asked of you. Gambling has it’s own ‘lingo’. Here are some of the most common words and terms you may hear in a casino.

Anchor Man – This is a common term you may hear at a Blackjack table. The anchor man is the player seated at third base, to the extreme right of the dealer. The anchor man is last to play before the dealer and may benefit from seeing cards exposed by the other players.

Bank Craps – The casino dice game which is different from private craps in that players bet against the house rather than against each other.

Big One – If you are betting the “big one”, you are betting a thousand dollars.

Box Numbers – Is a term you will hear in Craps. 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 each has its own display on the layout. The dealer marks the shooter’s point by placing the puck in the proper box. Place bets also go into the boxes.

Break – In blackjack a bust is a hand of 22 points or more.

Chop – Is a pattern of outcomes in which no prolonged streaks occur, such as alternating Reds and Blacks or Passes and Don’t Passes.

Drag Down – Having won, to remove all or part of the profits and let the remainder ride on the next bet.

Hit – A hit in Blackjack means to draw a card. A hit in Craps means a win.

Insurance – In Blackjack when a dealer’s exposed card is an Ace, all the players are invited to bet that the house hand will be a Blackjack.

Natural – In Baccarat it’s an 8 or 9 in two cards. In Blackjack it’s a 21 in two cards. In crapsit’s a 7 or 11 on the first roll.

One-Roll Bet – In craps it’s a bet on the outcome of the next roll; Hop Bet.

Paroli – A parlay in which the player lets the proceeds of a winning bet ride on the next round of play.

Pass Line – In craps it’s the front line where Pass bets are placed.

Press – Increase the size of one’s bet.

Push – A push is a tie or standoff.

Shoe – The box from which cards are dealt.

Standoff – A tie or push in which neither the player or house wins the chips.

Stiff Hand – In Blackjack a stiff-hand is two cards totaling 12 to 16, which are susceptible to a break on the next card.

Third Base – In Blackjack third base is the seat at the dealer’s extreme right.

Way Bet – In Keno a way bet is a ticket marked to register bets on numbers combined in various ways.

Wrong Bettor – In Craps it’s a don’t pass bettor who wins when the dice lose; back line bettor.