Common Live and Online Gambling Terms

The world of online gambling is a sub-culture of its own. While it encompasses the nature of land-based/retail gambling, this segment of the industry provides entertainment and enjoyment in a slightly different way. The bonus structures, VIP programs, and game mechanics often differ due to the nature of the online virtual platform.

As such, there are various casino terms and poker phrases in the industry that even some of the most knowledgeable land-based players will need to know in order to understand the gameplay in the online world.

Of course, new players may have to learn all the casino phrases, poker lingo, and general gambling terminology from scratch. If you do not learn the terms, the market could feel a little overwhelming when you start off. Just like in any industry – your confidence will often affect your success when playing.

It is for the above two reasons that we, at PokCas, have decided to craft this expert dictionary of casino slang and poker slang terms for you. Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience, you can take a quick glance over our poker words and casino sayings if you are struggling with terminology.

HOW THE GAMBLING TERM DICTIONARY WORKS

To make it easier to learn the casino terms and poker slang, we have split our dictionary into three workable sections. The first section deals with general iGaming terms applicable across all segments of the online gambling market. Both poker and casino enthusiasts will be able to relate to this lingo.

The second section will form a poker glossary, dealing specifically with terms and jargon particular to online poker. The third section will deal primarily with online casino phrases. Prior to each list, we will provide a brief introduction to the section for clarity. We order all our lists alphabetically for your convenience.

GENERAL ONLINE GAMBLING TERMINOLOGY

There is certain terminology that all online gamers are bound to read or hear about, whether they prefer poker, casino games, and often even sports betting (in some instances). If you are new to the gaming world, this list of words should be your first port of call. They include the following:

Banker

The banker is a casino croupier who accepts the bets.

Bankroll

Bankroll is your available money balance. It could be your available balance on the site or your whole balance (including the one outside the site) dedicated for the games.

Bet

This is the amount of money that you stake in any game round. You will generally make multiples of the bet amount back in rewards if you win.

Bonuses

Bonuses are special promotions provided by a casino or poker site. They usually provide you with bonus playing credits so that you can explore the casino or poker site more thoroughly without having to fit the bill all on your own. For more on bonuses and promotional casino phrases, feel free to read through our comprehensive casino bonus guide.

Cashier

While the cashier at a land-based casino is a physical staff member that will exchange your cash for casino credits and vice versa, the casino terms for cashier at an online casino is different. It is a handy page on the site that will help you manage your deposits and withdrawals on the site.

Croupier

A person who works for a casino and assists players during live games such blackjack and roulette.

Cryptocurrency

A digital currency in which encryption methods regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of an ordinary bank. The most popular cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Cardano, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin, and Litecoin. Some Bitcoin online poker & Bitcoin casino operators prefer to accept this payment method.

Cut

It is a card that sits in the deck and demarcates when it’s time to reshuffle the cards. For example, in blackjack, you play with 6 card decks and after 4 you reach the cut card and the dealer shuffles the cards.

Dealer

A dealer is another word for a croupier or banker. They facilitate the passage of play during games at live casinos.

High Roller

This is someone who is prone to spend high amounts at a poker site or casino. High rollers often make it into the site’s VIP program (if it has one).

Interface

When playing online, you need to use your mobile device or computer to log in and play the games. The digital control panel linking your device to the dynamics of the game is what we call an “interface”.

Loyalty Program/Rewards

Much like at land-based casinos and poker rooms, some gambling sites will promote regular gameplay by instituting a rewards scheme of some nature. It usually entails you earning points each time you place a bet.

Odds

Odds are the probability percentage to win in a casino game, poker hand, etc. The higher the number, the more improbable the win, but the more lucrative the return should the bet come in.

Playthrough Requirements

Playthrough requirements are the terms and conditions attached to specific bonuses and promotions.

Stake

A stake is what you put on the line when gambling. This is usually one of the casino terms synonymous with terms like wager or bet.

Sticky and non-sticky bonus

Non-sticky bonuses are promos that you can partially cash out, while you must play sticky bonuses through completely before you can withdraw funds.

VIP

VIP stands for “Very Important Player/Person”. At casinos, some players spend more than others. As such, the casino may class these players as VIPs. Some casinos and poker sites provide exclusive VIP clubs and rewards for these high-rolling players (see high roller).

Wager

A Wager is just another of several casino terms for stake or bet. It is more often used in the online casino world.

Wagering Requirement

This is a part of the playthrough requirements found attached to most casino/poker bonuses. It refers to the number of times you must turnover/wager the bonus before you can withdraw any wins made with the credits.

Whale

This is a casino term used to identify the highest of spenders at casino and poker sites. They have very deep pockets and usually play for very high stakes.

THE POKCAS POKER DICTIONARY

Poker is a highly technical game that involves a tremendous amount of skill if you want to be successful at the highest level. One of the best ways of starting off is by familiarizing yourself with the common poker words and terminology, then the poker rules, and finally poker strategy and psychology.

While the list of casino phrases for poker is long, studying them is interesting, and understanding them provides you with the keys to unlock the game.

Ante

Ante is a small bet that all players must make before a poker hand is dealt. Antes gives the pot a value right away. They are most common in live poker and poker tournaments (the first few blind levels may not have them).

Backdoor

Backdoor is getting the cards you need to make your hand on the turn and the river. For example, if there’s one spade on the flop and you have two in your hand and two more spades show up on the turn and river, you’ve hit a “backdoor” flush.

Blind

Blind is the term for either the big blind or the small blind in poker. Small Blind is sitting to the left of the dealer button while one position to the left is a Big Blind.

Blocker

In poker, a blocker is a card which you have in your hand that blocks some of your opponent’s combinations. For example, if there are three hearts on a table and you have Ace of hearts in your hand, then you are certain that your opponent does not have an Ace-high flush (a nut flush).

Board

In poker and other games, the board is the set of community cards on the table.

Boat

Another term for Full House poker combination.

Bluff (Bluffing)

In poker, bluffing is a player’s bet when he is trying to claim the pot and not go to a showdown. In other words, such a player is trying to trick opponent into making him/her fold. If another player still calls with a weak but better hand, we consider it a Hero Call.

Dealer button

A dealer button is a constantly moving button on a poker table. Next to it you have Small Blind and Big Blind. In some home games, the player with this button deals the cards to the players at the table. This position is great for trying and steal the blinds from weaker players. There are no dealer buttons in online poker.

Hand range

The range of hands for a specific poker action (shove, call, raise) or if it is not in that range – fold. Various poker charts show hand ranges you can use for specific situations.

Cut-off position

Poker table position to the right of the dealer button.

Deuces

Deuces or Poker Deuces is another term for a pair of twos in poker.

Draw

Staying in a poker hand in the hopes of improving it. For example, you don’t have anything yet, but need one or two more cards for a straight or a flush.

Face Cards

In poker, Face Cards are Jacks, Queens, and Kings.

Fish

A Fish is an unskilled poker player who makes rookie mistakes. Most of the time it is a newbie.

Gutshot

A Gutshot is a straight which is missing one card from the inside out. It’s the opposite of an open ender straight in poker.

Hand-for-Hand play

This is the period just before live or online tournaments reaches the prizes (ITM). Most of the time it goes hand-for-hand until the prizes are reached. This ensures that no players are wasting too much time and every table deals the cards at the same time.

Limp – Limping

Calling preflop in poker (not being aggressive).

MTT

MTT is a Multi-Table Poker tournament.

Nosebleed games

Very high-stakes poker games.

Nuts

The highest possible poker combination on the table.

One-outer

Only one remaining card in the deck that could save you in a poker hand. Terms like ”two-outer”, ”three-outer”, mean the same, but the number of remaining ”lifeline” cards in a deck is different.

Open ender

A straight completed from the outside by one of two possible cards in a poker deck. For example, if your hole cards are 7-8 and the flop shows 6-9-king, either a 5 or a 10 on the turn or river would complete the straight.

Overbet

Betting more than usual in a poker hand. For example, betting way more than a pot-size bet.

Overcard

It is a card or cards higher than the board cards or your opponent’s hole cards.

Over-pair

In poker, it is a pair that is larger than any community card on the board.

Pit boss

Pit boss is a live casino worker who ensures that everything goes smoothly.

Poker reads – tells

Getting information about your poker opponent through their behaviour and habit. Such body language and behavioural signs are very common in live poker, while in online poker you must stick with game analysis, unless you are chatting with players while playing.

Poker Tracker – HUD

A poker tracker is an online poker tracking software tool which helps you to analyse and improve your gameplay. Some of the most popular tools are Holdem Manager 2 and Poker Tracker.

Pot committed

A poker player who commits to the pot. Folding would lose them a lot of chips so he would call any bet.

Pot odds – equity

Poker odds is the ratio of poker chips in the pot compared to what you need to call to keep playing. For example, there is $50 in the pot. Opponent bets $5, so the pot now contains $55. It costs you $5 to call, so your pot odds are 11 to 1. Do you assume the odds of your hand being the best are better than that? If yes, then you should call. Or if you are getting the same odds but you don’t have a made hand but the odds of getting to a better combination are greater than 11 to 1, you would also have to call and make the right play.

Tournament bubble

Poker tournament phase just before the money. During that time most players play “tight” in order for a better shot at reaching the prizes.

Push (Shove)

A poker play going All-In and betting his remaining chips.

Quads

Quads is another term for four of a kind poker combination.

Rake

Rake is a land-based casino or online poker site’s fee paid by the poker players. It is like a commission for playing.

Rakeback – Cashback

A loyalty/VIP reward for players which increases in size depending on how active the player is. Rakeback only applies to poker, while the term cashback is used by various brands across the market.

Rainbow board

In poker, it is a flop in which the two cards are not of the same suit.

Recreational player (Rec)

A person playing for fun. It does not always mean that it is a bad player since there are many recreational businessmen who play poker very well.

It simply means that a person does not want to dedicate all the time to poker and is not a regular/professional player.

Regular player (Reg)

This is the opposite of a recreational player. It is an experience poker player.

Runner Runner

Runner runner is two running hards needed to complete a winning poker combination.

Satellite tournament

An online or live poker tournament that lets you qualify for the next stage if your survive. It could award an entry to another tournament or award an entry/package to a live event.

Semi-bluff

Same as a usual poker bluff, but a person has a weak/mediocre hand which may have a chance of winning even if it goes to showdown.

Set

Another term for three of a kind in poker.

Side Pot

A side pot in poker is when a short stack goes “all in” but does not cover a person who calls the shove.

Sit & Go (SNG)

Sit & go is a poker tournament with a set number of players and prizes. Has one or very few tables.

Spin & Go

Spin and go is very similar to Hyper Sit & Go’s, but here about a third of the prize pool goes to the Jackpot fund. This means that you can get more than just an X2, X3 or X4 multiplayer once you start the game. Depending on a poker site, they reach at least x10,000 and on the biggest poker sites such as PokerStars & PartyPoker,  reach x100,000 and even more during promotions! Read this Spin and Go Guide to learn more.

Split pot

A ”draw” in poker is when poker combinations are equal and you have to split the spot with your opponent(s).

Stealing

Trying to steal the chips by raising preflop in poker.

Straddle

Straddle is an optional cash game pre-deal bet, typically made by the player to the left of the big blind. The straddle amount is twice the big blind. The straddler may re-raise when the action comes around to him.

Three-bet (3-bet)

A three-bet is a second raise in poker (blinds -> raise -> reraise).

Tilt – Tilting

In poker, “tilting” is being very unhappy with your gameplay because of your luck or actions. It may affect player’s future poker decisions during that short time period.

Under the gun

It is a poker player in the “first-to-act” position on a table. It is the position to the left of the big blind (BB).

Poker Variance

Poker variance is a term or a number that describes how far your results spread in the long run. A lot of variance means many swings while less variance means fewer swings and bigger winnings. It is simply the downswings and upswings which occur while playing poker.

ONLINE CASINO TERMS

Finally, in this last section of our guide, we will have a look at some of the more classic casino terms and casino phrases used in the industry. This way, whether you load up your favourite online slot or table game, you can identify with the game interface and the game rules in each instance.

Baccarat

Baccarat is a popular card game where the aim of the game is to get a hand closest to 9. You can bet for one of three options in the base game. Back the dealer, player, or opt for a tie for rewards.

Blackjack

Blackjack is also known as 21 in some circles. The aim of the game is to make a hand closer to 21 than the dealer without going bust. This game of skill can reward you up to 3:2 for a winning Blackjack hand.

Classic Slots

This is a slot game (see slots) that embraces a simpler 3-reel format with few paylines. Distinctive features of classic slots are their fruity-themed symbols.

Hard Hand

Hard Hand is a Blackjack hand in which there is no involvement of the ace. For example, T9 is a hard hand and A5 is a soft hand.

Hit

Blackjack jargon for receiving/asking for an additional card.

Inside Bet

A roulette bet which a player places on the field of numbers in the centre of the betting layout. The odds are higher on these bet types, making them far more lucrative if your bet comes in.

Jackpot

This is the highest combination win possible in any single game round. It is mostly associated with video poker or slot games. The highest combination yields the jackpot.

Outside Bets

Roulette betting is when a player is not betting on numbers but is betting on a colour, odd/even number, and more. The odds are lower on these bet types providing a better chance of winning.

Payline

A term mainly using in casino slots. It is a demarcated pattern across the reels. Land matching symbols across a payline to receive a payout by the machine.

Progressive Jackpot

This is a jackpot (refer to jackpot) that progressively grows as the seconds tick by. In most cases, a percentage of all wagers placed on the game, across the game’s network, contribute to its growth.

Rebet

This is a handy selector on a game interface that allows you to place the same wager as the one you previously made.

Reels

This term is slot slang. These are the vertical rollers on a slot game interface that carry the symbols. The outcome of the reels determines whether you win or lose when playing the slots.

Return to Player (RTP) percentage

RTP is the average payout percentage a casino game will payout over its lifetime.

Roulette

Roulette is a famous casino game where you need to guess where a white ball will land on a spinning roulette wheel. You can play for various odds because there are so many different bet types. Learn more about the game and its casino terms with our comprehensive roulette guide.

Shoe

A casino card holder used in games such as blackjack. It also talks about the number of decks used in a card game.

Slots

These are high-stakes games played like video games from your desktop or mobile device. Place a stake and spin the reels to match winning combinations for rewards.

Soft Hand

This is a blackjack hand involving the Ace. Being “soft” means that the value can change based on how you use the Ace (as a one or an eleven).

Split

A two-card split option available in blackjack. If you receive two of the same type of card, you can split them into two separate hands.

Surrender

Surrender is a blackjack slang term alluding to a rule that allows you to give up and only lose a half of your bet

Up-card

Up-card is a casino dealer’s face-up card in blackjack.

Variance/Volatility

This casino term refers to the swing between wins and losses on virtual casino games, like slots. Low variance games pay out lower sums more frequently and high variance games pay out larger sums less frequently. Medium variance games provide the best of both worlds.

Vegas Slots

This is an online slot game variation of a popular land-based game found on the floors of Vegas and other casinos.

Wager Weighting

Not all games will help you play through your wagering requirements in the same way. While slots may attribute towards 100% of the requirement, games with low house edge will often satisfy only a fraction of the condition.

ALL THE ANSWERS AT POKCAS

It is our mission at PokCas to make your iGaming encounters as easy-going as possible. This dictionary of casino phrases is simply one of the multiple ways in which we aim to educate our players and help them enjoy the best gaming entertainment out there. For more expert guides to increase your knowledge and enhance your skills, be sure to read through our Academy section for a long list of articles and guides crafted for your benefit.