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Casino Glossary
Ace Tracking A technique in Blackjack to help professional players to know when an Ace is likely to appear in their hand.
Ante The initial bet before you receive your cards in Casino Stud Poker.
Bankroll Also known as 'roll' or 'wad' (colloq.) This is gambling money or risk money, as opposed to the money you live on.
Basic Strategy This is the name given to the mathematically correct play for every match-up of dealers hand against players hand in Blackjack. See House Edge&Basic Strategy
Card Counting A technique in Blackjack to help professional players to know when to bet in larger amounts.
Case money Emergency money.
Chip Casinos in the U.K. require you to use chips to denote money. They are purchased at the gaming tables and exchanged at the cashier's booth.
Croupier Person who deals a game in a casino whether it is Blackjack, Roulette or any other game.
Cut Casino Stud Poker and Blackjack. Players are required to place the 'cut card' in the pack of cards. Cards below this are moved onto the top of the pack. Its an extra shuffle for security.
Cut Card A black (usually) plastic card placed in a pack of cards to seperate top from bottom.
Drop Money lost.
Double Zero American roulette (not in the U.K.) uses a wheel that has 38 numbered slots. Zero to 36 and a slot marked "00" and known as 'double zero'. Edge against the player is 5.4%.
Down to the felt Totally out of money, broke.
Full House A five card hand consisting of 'trips' and a 'pair'.
House Edge The mathematical advantage that the casino has in each game that they deal. See the House Edge section.
Inspector Senior Croupier who watches more than one table to oversee and make sure mistakes are not made.
Juice (U.S) See 'Vig'. Money taken as the rake in a game.
Ladies Queens.
Layout Cloth on a gaming table. Markings tell you where you can place your bets.
On tilt Going 'on tilt' is a bad reaction to an unlucky hand. The result is wild play.
Paint A Jack, Queen or King. Picture card. Face card
Pair Two cards of the same rank.
Pit Boss Senior Inspector who oversees an area of the casino.
Quads Four of a kind.
Rack Plastic, wooden or metal tray to place rows of poker chips.
Railbirds Spectators. Kibitzers.
Seconds Cheating by dealing the second card instead of the top card.
Single Zero Roulette wheel in Britain only have one 'zero' as opposed to roulette in America and elsewhere where you may find 'double zero'. Zero is always green.
Stack 20 chips in a column, frequently used in Roulette.
Straight Flush Five consecutive cards of the same suit.
The Drop The amount of money that the casino takes from the customers.
The Take The amount of money that the casino makes from each game. In a UK casino it is about 18% of the The Drop.
Trips Three cards of the same rank.
Vig Vig is short for the word 'vigorish'. Also referred to as 'juice'(US). This can be either; the tax that the house takes (rake) in each hand of poker or the up-front fee.
White meat Profit.
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