Gambling Terms and Glossary

We have compiled this glossary as we want our readers to understand the casino terminology. You’ll find that some terms below are used not only in a virtual but also in land-based gaming halls. All in all, it will help you keep track of all the trends while enjoying your favorite slot machines and other casino games.

  • "Advantage Player" - a gambler that has more advantages than dealer/casino. In the traditional sense, this term is intended for card counters (BlackJack), but today it also refers to gamers who use different bonuses.
  • "Ante" - is a bet that is activated before the start of hand/spin (you can find it in some game rooms).
  • "Banker" - is another word indicating house or croupier.
  • "Bankroll" - the player’s budget for the gambling session.
  • "Bonus" - free spins and money offered to players for fulfilling certain requirements.
  • "Card Shark" - a person with extensive experience in card games.
  • "Cash-Out" - also known as withdrawal when a player wants to receive his winnings.
  • "Cashier" - the place with chips in the offline house. In virtual casinos, you can make deposit/withdrawal.
  • "Casino Advantage" or "House Edge" - the mathematical advantage of the gaming room.

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  • "Casino Rewards" - to surprise gamers and make their session interesting, many casinos give different rewards, typically cash.
  • "Chip Tray" - a special dealer’s tray for storing chips.
  • "Chips" - tokens that you buy at the box office. They are provided in various denominations.
  • "Cold Streak" - a series of losses in a virtual or offline casino.
  • "Color Up" - an exchange of low-value chips for more valuable ones.
  • "Comp Points" - some casinos of various formats offer players additional privileges known as comp points. You can always exchange them for chips/money or food/drinks in offline houses.
  • "Croupier" - is the word for the dealer.
  • "Cut Card" - is a special card (plastic) often used to cut the deck.
  • "Dealer" - a man/woman who takes bets and deals cards.
  • "Degenerate Gambler" - an active gambler who spends every day in a gaming hall.
  • "Deposit" - the process of depositing funds to the game account.
  • "Download Casino" - some web-sites offering to download software on a PC or smartphone.
  • "Edge" - most of the time the gaming room has an advantage.
  • "Eye in the Sky" - an overhead camera that monitors players and dealers.
  • "Flash Casino" - all virtual casinos that are launched in the browser as they’re based on flash technology.
  • "Gambler’s Fallacy" - players who think that previous events affect the outcome of a random results.
  • "High Roller" - a gambler who always makes big bets and often visits the casino.
  • "House" - another word that defines casinos.
  • "House Rules" - each gaming room has its own rules covered by this term.
  • "Instant Casino" - an online casino that does not require the installation of additional software.
  • "Jackpot" - the main prize in any game. As a rule, its size is indicated in the rules.

  • "Layout" - the surface of the table where everyone puts a bet on the round.
  • "Lobby" - in case of a virtual casino, this is the place with all the offered slot machines.
  • "Loyalty Scheme" - a scheme according to which players receive rewards for their bets.
  • "Live Dealer Games" - games and individual casinos where users play against real dealers.
  • "Marker" - a receipt for gamers who are going to get a loan in the gaming room.
  • "Max Bet" - the highest bet size set in a particular game.
  • "Min Bet" - the smallest allowable bet in the game.
  • "Multi-Hand Games" - a separate category of games in which participants can play one or more hands at a time.
  • "Multiplayer Games" - slot machines in which players play with real opponents.
  • "Non-Sticky Bonus" - a popular type of bonus that can be withdrawn after all requirements are met.
  • "Payout Percentage" - an average indicating how much a virtual casino pays after a certain number of bets. Payout Percentage can be presented both in a separate game and in the casino as a whole.
  • "Paytable" - a table that shows the cost of symbols in slot machines or the size of payments in table games/lotteries.
  • "Penetration" - the average percentage of the deck to be shuffled.
  • "Phantom Bonus" - a unique bonus that disappears from your account before withdrawing.
  • "Pit" - the distance between the tables in the casino where only employees can be.
  • "Pit Boss" - an employee of the gaming room who monitors the work of employees and their actions.
  • "Progressive Jackpot" - one of the most popular jackpots in thematic slots. Its size increases after each bet.
  • "Push" - the result of a game in which neither the player nor the casino receives a win.
  • "RNG" - a necessary program guaranteeing random results in any game. So, it will determine the combination that appears on the reels or the lucky sell in Roulette.
  • "Reload Bonus" - a reward offering an existing player to make new deposits again and again.
  • "Shoe" - a box with cards in the game room.
  • "Sign-Up Bonus" - all gamers like this bonus. It will be credited to your account as soon as you create an account. The reward can be presented in various variations.
  • "Stake" - the amount of the bet on the result of any game.
  • "Sticky Bonus" - a separate bonus that cannot be sticked to your account or withdrawn until you lose it.
  • "VIP" - a high-value gamer who has access to exclusive promotions/bonuses/tournaments. To become one of them you need to bet at the casino raising your level as often as possible.
  • "Wager" - any bet in a virtual or land-based house.
  • "Wagering Requirements" - the specified bet amount to receive a bonus or its wagering.
  • "Welcome Bonus" - a gift available only to new customers who created an account. Sometimes the player also needs to make a deposit.
  • "Whale" - a gambler who only makes big bets.