Casino Gambling Slang and Jargon Defined

You’re a new gambler, and like any new hobby, many terms and slang words are unique to the hobby. Gambling and casinos are no different.


I will give you a comprehensive list of all the terms/ slang you need to know when gambling in a land-based or online casino.


I have broken them down into sections to make it easier for referencing as you’re getting to know your way around gambling in casinos.


Casino Gambling 온라인카지노 Terms and Slangs Words A-E

Action: play on the casino floor, including table games and slots.

Aggregate Limit: the casinos’ total payout liability for any casino game.

Aggregate Winnings: total winnings.

All or Nothing: a winning keno ticket that only has the exact numbers drawn or none of the numbers drawn.

Bankroll: the total amount of money a gambler has for betting.

Barber Pole: multi-color and/or denomination stack of chips.

Bet: any wager.

Betting Limits: usually determined by the casino, the maximum and minimum a gambler can wager on a specific game.

Black Book: slang for a list of gamblers that have been banned in Nevada casinos.

Buck: slang for a $100 bet.

Bug: slang for the joker card.

Buy-in: money a gambler converts to casino chips for a game.

Cage: location of the casino cashiers.

Card Sharp/Shark: an expert casino card gambler.

Card Washing: a type of dealer card shuffling where the cards are placed face down on the table by the dealer and ‘swishes’ like a washing machine before dealing with a new game.

Carpet Joints: slang for high-end, luxury casinos.

Case Bet: a gambler’s bet that includes all remaining chips on the table or all in.

Cashier’s Cage: the same as the cage, see above.

Casino Advantage: a percentage advantage that the casino has in any casino game over the gambler.

Casino Floor: the actual gambling area of the casino.

Chase: slang for when a gambler loses and tries to win back their money.

Casino Cashier's Cage


Cheques: original name for casino chips.

Chips: round discs that come in multiple denominations and colors used in place of money on the casino gambling tables.

Chip Tray: the tray that holds the dealer’s chips for play.

Coat-tail: slang for copying a winning gambler’s strategy and expecting the same results in betting.

Cold: slang for a card deck, craps table, or slot machine that is no longer on a winning streak.

Coloring Up: slang for exchanging smaller value chips for higher denominations

Comp: a gift from the casino, usually, in the form of food, drinks, or lodging.

Cracking the Nut: slang for the net profit of a gambler after all their losses are deducted.

Credits: 1 credit is the same as the dollar amount of the play. 1 credit on a penny slot would be 1 penny.

Crossfire: slang for when the dealer talks too much about other things besides the game at the table.

Croupier: French for a roulette dealer.

D’Alembert System: a bankroll strategy of adding one monetary amount after a losing bet while the monetary amount is deducted after a winning bet.

Deposit: when a gambler places money for gambling in their casino account.

Dime: slang for wagering $1,000.00.

Dirty Money: slang for the money lost in bets that are collected by the dealer.

Discard Tray: the tray or stack of cards to the dealer’s right that is out of play

Dollar Bet: slang for betting $100.00.

Double or Nothing: a bet that pays the original bet or even-money.

Down to the Felt: slang for being broke.

Drop: the amount of money lost by a gambler.

Drop Box: a box at the gaming table that holds all cash, chips, and markers

Casino Terms and Slang Words: E-J

Edge: the advantage a gambler or the casino has over another gambler.

Eighty-Six or 86: slang for being banned from a casino.

Eye in the Sky: slang for the security surveillance system at a casino.

Face Cards: the jack, king, or queen.

Firing: slang for placing large bets.

Fish: slang for a losing gambler.

Flat Betting: a betting strategy for placing the same wager amount every bet.

Flea: slang for a casino gambler who expects unearned comps.

Foreign: chips from another casino.

Front Money: the original money put down for a bankroll.

George: slang for a copious tipper in a casino.

Grind: a steady betting strategy that is based on knowledge and takes time.

Handicapper: slang for a gambler who is betting with no skill or knowledge of the game.

Closeup of a Craps Table and Dice 

Handle: the sum of the money put in a game.

High Roller: a high dollar amount bettor.

Hold: the percentage of money the casino makes on each game played.

Holding Your Own: a gambler who is neither winning nor losing money on their bets.

Honeymoon Period: slang for new gamblers that wins on their first time playing the casino. Also known as beginner’s luck.

Hot: describes a gambler on a winning streak.

House: slang for the casino, online or land-based.

House Edge: the same as the casino edge or advantage.

Jackpot: a massive payout on a slot machine.

Juice: slang for the amount the house earns per game. See “vigorish.”

Junket: a VIP casino trip hosted by the casino for high rollers. All expenses are usually covered, High rollers are required to make a minimum bankroll deposit in advance of the junket.

Casino Terms and Slang Words: I-R

Laying or Taking Odds: laying the odds is winning less than bet, and taking the odds is winning more than bet.

Layout: a list of all the betting types usually printed on the table felt.

Load up: betting the max amount on a slot machine or video poker machine.

Loyalty Club: a casino members club that accumulates points for the gambler as they spend money in the casino. Points can be used towards casino goods and services.

Marker: a casino sanctioned IOU for gamblers to use for betting.

Martingale: a betting strategy where the gambler doubles up after every losing bet.

Maximum Bet: the highest amount allowed to be bet at a table game or the highest amount played on a single spin of a slot machine.

Mechanic: slang for a casino cheater at a dice or card game via sleight of hand.

Net Winnings: the amount of total casino winnings less the bets placed.

Nickel: slang for betting $500.00.

Odds: the percentage chance a gambler has of winning.

On Tilt: slang for a gambler reacting to a losing bet with a wildly outlandish bet to follow.

Overlay: a bet that gives the gambler an advantage over the casino.

Payoff: the physical money received by a gambler after winning. (cash or chips)

Casino Player's Gambling 바카라사이트 Club Desk


Payout or Payback %: based on a slot or video poker machine, the programmed result is determined by deducting the casino advantage.

Pigeon: slang for a gambler who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Pips: any spade, club, heart or diamond card or the dots on a dice.

Pit: where the casino floor managers are stationed on the gambling floor.

Pit boss: the managers of the casino floor.

Ploppy: slang for a new gambler who is not playing well but has no problem giving below par advice to more advanced players.

Press a Bet: increasing your bet amount after winning the previous bet.

Progression Betting: adding or changing bets as play continues.

Rack: the device used to count a high dollar amount of chips.

Racinos: when a casino and a racetrack are on the same property.

Railbird: slang for someone who observes gamblers. A railbird may be planning to steal gambler’s chips.

Rated: a casino’s system for valuing a gambler’s action when gambling. This system is used for allocating comps based on skills.

Rathole: a gambler who slowly put their winning stash of ships so other players don’t notice that they are winning.

RFB: the prized comp- includes room, food and drinks (beverages).

Casino Terms and Slang Words: S-U

Sawbuck: slang for $10.00 wager.

Sawdust Joint: a lower end casino that offers cheaper minimum buy-ins and slots.

Scamdicapper: a gambler who exaggerates their winnings and skill set.

Session: time spent playing casino games.

Shark or Sharp: a gambler who doesn’t let on at the beginning of the game that they are quite skilled.

Shill: slang for a casino employee that plays other casino’s game tables to drum up business for their employer.

Single or Straight-Up Bet: a bet on one game.

Skin or Skoon: slang for a 1 dollar.

Sleeper: a bet that the gambler wasn’t expecting to win.

Soft Count: the counting of the money played on a slot machine by the casino.

Soft Count Room: the location within the casino’s backhouse where soft counts are performed.

Casino Security Surveillance Room


Slot Club Card Member: similar to loyalty club but specifically for slot machine players.

Spinner: a winning streak.

Streak Betting: a betting system where the gambler increases or decreases their next bet depending on the previous win or loss. Also known as progressive betting.

Stripping or Card Stripping: a type of shuffling that reverses the cards’ order in a deck.

Table Hold: the amount of money won at a table for a dealer’s shift, usually 8 hours.

Tapping Out: slang for losing all your money at a table or not spending any more money on the current game.

Toke: slang for a tip left for a dealer by a player.

Tom: a gambler that doesn’t tip.

Tournament: a casino or gambling industry association hosted tournament. Tournaments can be online or in-person events. Gamblers usually have to qualify for the tournament or be invited by the host. Tournaments are mostly for card games.

Underlay: slang for a lousy bet.

US Casino Megaclubs: a loyalty club that includes multiple casinos. This is possible because the same parent company owns casinos.

Casino Terms and Slang Words: V-Z

Vigorish: a casino’s fee or house take on a designated bet in baccarat, craps, and sportsbooks.

VIP: a Very Important Player that is recognized by the casino and its staff as deserving of special treatment and attention, usually a high roller.

VLT: acronym for Video Lottery Terminal

Wager: another word for a bet.

Whale: a VIP gambler who places enormous bets.

White Meat: slang for a casino’s profits.

Withdrawal: when a gambler removes money from their casino account


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