Gambling Jargon: Know the Lingo to Do the Deeds! Here’s the Jargon for Popular Table Games

Don’t be left out when playing games in the casino! Learn gambling vocabulary as you learn the games. It’s important to understand this so you won’t feel like a novice when playing table games.To get you started, here is the meaning of some of the terminology used in popular gambling games:

BLACKJACK

Basic Strategy – Plays you should make to maximize your advantage

Burn Cards – Removed cards after the shuffle

Bust/Break – Exceeding a hand total of 21

Card Counting – Memorizing played cards with an assigned value

Color Up – Cashing in your chips

Double Down – To double your initial bet following the initial 2 card deal

Even Money – Cashing in your bet for a 1/1 payout when you have a blackjack against a dealer ace

Face Cards – Jacks, Queens, Kings (AKA picture cards)

First Base – First seat to the dealer’s left

Hit/Draw – Calling for another card to add to your hand

Hole Card – The dealer’s face down card

Insurance – A side bet for the player when the dealer has an ace showing

Pat Hand – A had worth at least 17 points

Push/Tie – Player and dealer with the same hand total

Shoe – A device used for holding and dispensing cards

Soft Hand- A hand with an ace counted as 11 or 1

Stiff Hand – A hand with little chance of winning if hit

Surrender – Giving u your hand to lose one half of your bet

Third base – Last seat to the dealer’s right

Up Card – Dealer’s first dealt card face up

CRAPS

Any Craps – A dice total of 2, 3, or 12

Big Red – a bet in the Any Seven box

Boxcars – When the dice total 12

Capped Dice – Crooked dice

Cold Table – When most shooters are not winning

Come Bet – A bet made after the point is established

Come Out Roll – First roll of the dice in a round

Don’t Come Bet – A bet made after the point is established (Outcome is opposite of the Come Bet)

Don’t Pass Bet – Betting against the shooter before the Come Out Roll

Free Odds – An additional bet behind the Pass Line Bet taken at true odds

George – A good tipper

Hardway – A 4,6,8,10 thrown as pairs

Place Bet- Betting that a place number (4-6, 8-10) will be thrown before a 7

Point Number – One of the numbers 4-6, 8-10 made on the come out roll

Press A Bet – To double your bet amount

Proposition Bets – (AKA Prop Bets) one roll and Hardway bets

Right Bettor – Betting that the shooter will win

Seven Out – When a 7 is rolled before the point number

Shooter – Player currently rolling the dice

Snake Eyes – When the dice total 2

Stiff – A poor tipper

Toke – A tip given to the dealer

Vigorish – ( AKA Vig) commission taken by the house

Wrong Bettor – Betting that the shooter will lose

Yo – The number 11 (AKA Yo-Leven)

POKER (TEXAS HOLD’EM STYLE)

Aces Up – A pair of Aces with another pair

All In – Betting all your remaining chips

Ante – The opening bet before dealing begins

Belly Buster – An inside straight draw

Big Slick – An Ace and a King

Blinds – 2 forced bets before any cards are dealt (small blind & big blind)

Boat – Slang for a Full House

Broadway – The highest straight possible with mixed suits, 10, J, Q, K, A

Button – A disk placed in front of a player acting as the dealer

Bullets – A pair of Aces

Call – To match the current bet

Check – To defer making a bet until another player does

Cowboys – Slang for a pair of Kings

Dead Hand – A hand with no chance of winning

Donkey/Fish – A bad player

Drawing Dead – A hand that will lose even if it improves

Flop – The first 3 community cards

Flush – 5 cards of the same suit

Full House – (AKA Boat ) 3 of one kind and 2 of another

Kicker – The highest unpaired card in a hand

Ladies – Slang for a pair of Queens

Muck – Face down discarded hands

Nuts – The highest possible hand

Overcard – A card that is higher than another

Quads- 4 of a kind

Rag(s) – Cards that add no value to your hand

Rainbow – Cards with different suits

River – The 5th and final community card

Rounder – One who makes a living at playing cards

Royal Flush – The highest hand possible, a suited 10, J, Q, K, A

Set/Trips – 3 of a kind

Short Stack – Having the fewest chips at the table

Straight Flush – 5 suited cards in sequential order

Tells – Behavior that gives other players information about how you might play your hand

Tight – Someone who only plays premium hands

Tilt – Desperate to re-coup losses, causing bad decisions

Turn – The 4th community card

Under the Gun – First player to bet after the big blind

Wheel – The lowest straight possible with mixed suits A, 2, 3, 4,5

Wired – A pair dealt in the first 2 cards

So there you have it. Learning this jargon will assist you on your path to becoming a seasoned responsible gambler. Good Luck!

The Dangers Of Gambling Abuse And Addiction

So, how do you know if you or someone you love have a gambling problem?

First of all it’s important to note that compulsive gambling is a psychological condition that makes people unable to control their desire to gamble. Many crave the feeling they have when they gamble and seek this experience on a daily basis, no matter whether they’re on a winning or losing streak.

Compulsive gamblers may start betting small amounts, but sooner or later start to wager higher bets in order to get the same feelings of excitement they had when they first started playing. Compulsive gamblers often feel agitated and restless if they are unable to gamble and can feel a strong desire to gamble when other aspects of their lives are weighing them down. Compulsive gamblers may also believe that gambling is the only way to pay off debts and keep believing that it’s only a matter of time before they hit the elusive jackpot. Some compulsive gamblers may find themselves lying to friends and families and in some cases stealing money or goods to pay for their gambling habit.

Not all compulsive gamblers will exhibit each of these qualities, but if you recognise just a few of these in yourself or someone close to you then it could be time to seek help.

Compulsive gambling is treatable and there are a number of wonderful organisations set up to deal specifically with this problem.

Gamblers Anonymous is probably the most well-known and widespread and is based on a 12-step program similar to that of Alcoholics Anonymous. Members meet on a regular basis to share experiences and listen to each others stories and you will find that there are literally hundreds of Gamblers Anonymous groups situated all over the world. Go to the Gamblers Anonymous website for more information (www.gamblersanonymous.com) or check your local newspaper.

Gam-Anon is another well-respected self-help organization whose motto is “serenity, courage, wisdom. “Their website provides a solid resource into the issues surrounding compulsive gambling and meetings are held regularly. (www.gam-anon.org).

The National Council on Problem Gambling is a government sponsored organization with branches across the USA. The website also has a lot of information which you may find useful. (www.ncpgambling.org).

Other countries will also have their own groups and organizations which may be publicly or privately run. Again check your local newspaper or phone book for more information.

Remember, compulsive gambling is a mental health issue for which there is help and support. If you feel that gambling is dominating your life in a way that is harmful or unhealthy, then perhaps its time to talk to someone about it.

Making Money Gambling: Is it Possible?

Have you ever downloaded gambling software? If you have I’m sure you know now what most of these do – Eat away your wallet.

But now a day everyone is talking about ‘beating the game’ and winning. There is now a ‘system’ that will let you win in Blackjack, Poker and Baccarat. They claim by using a simple system you can win big at the casinos.

Let me tell you one thing: Casinos aren’t set-up to give away money. They’re set-up to take away money. If a casino is giving away money it’ll be gone within a few hours. That’s why the casinos you play at, which are still here, take more money in than they give out.

However, that’s in the long run. You may be lucky, and you might be able to take out more money from the casino then you took in. If so, you’re lucky.

Winning big at the casinos doesn’t happen often. You might win a few dollars but that’s just an investment the casino makes so that you’ll be back to lose some more dollars. Every bet you play, you’re thinking that the next one you’ll win. If that is so, you might be addicted and that is the worst thing that can happen.

Play responsibly. Those ‘beat the casino’ systems might work – but remember this:

If I bet $10 today at the casino, win, and then bet tomorrow $100, win, and then bet $1 000, win and bet again and again, then one day I have to lose. And when I lose I’ll lose everything.

That’s why I say the casino makes an investment in you. When you win, that makes you happy and people like to feel happy. That is why you’ll be back and try to multiply that feeling of happiness 10 times more (because humans are greedy), and then ultimately we lose.

In the end, it’s always more lucrative owning the casino than playing in it. However, if you play for fun, with reasonable amounts and use strategy, than that’s healthy. In one of the gaming sites I own (www.RoxterGames.com – Casino Games &

Internet Bet Portal [http://www.roxtergames.com]), almost all the games can be beaten if people would stop and think using strategy. That’s because I operate a small low-budget gaming/betting website. At the big casinos it’s much harder to win using strategy, but it’s probably not impossible.

Remember, gambling is good when you wager reasonable amounts and play smart. Think strategy and play for fun. Playing like this will make you happier in the long run than winning before losing big.

Online Casino Poker Gambling – How To Win The Most By Creating An Image

This article is all about online casino poker gambling and how to create the best image for your player.

When you are sitting at a table, your poker image means everything. In no limit Texas Hold’em especially, if you appear weak to your opponents, they are going to bulldoze over you all day. This is why it is important to create an image at the table and use it to your advantage.

Images at the table can be broken down into three basic categories. There is going to be the group of players that everyone can obviously tell that these guys are new to the game and are just absolutely terrible. Sometimes you can find a player that will pretend like he is not very experienced but he indeed has been playing for many years. These players are referred to as sharks.

The second image that is used is calling a player loose. This means that they player is getting into a lot of pots even if he does not have the cards to support it. He is there to gamble and is feeling lucky. Loose players are the easiest to take chips from but if you are not careful, you can try to catch them at the wrong time and they will be sitting with the nuts and your stack will be shifting their way.

The last image is being labeled a tight player. These players sit at the table patiently and wait for premium hands to get involved in pots. There cards are not often showed down and when they are, the chips will typically be headed their way.

Being a tight player at the table is the best image to have at the table because no only are you going to be making sure that you are involved in pots where you have good cards, but your opponents are going to assume that you also have a good hand when you are in as well. Say for example you have AK and make a strong raise before the flop. You might get one maybe even two players to call but not many more since they know that you have been playing tight all day. When the flop comes out and you blank it entirely, you can use your tight image to your favor and fire out bets knowing that you don’t have anything, but the other players respecting your tight play will fold their hands believing that you have a made hand.

City Center – The Las Vegas Project That Will Transform the City and Las Vegas Gambling

We heard all of the headlines everywhere. They gambling casinos in Las Vegas are losing money, the casinos in Atlantic City are also losing money and a lot of gaming centers nationwide are tightening up on their budget to get through the next year and a half of tough economic times. This budget tightening has also hurt the job market in these regions that depend mostly on gambling revenues to keep food on their tables, but throughout all this gloom and doom there is one company that still has the guts to bring a big project to Las Vegas and bring many jobs along with it. MGM spending $9.1 billion for its incredible City Center project which will go live by the end of 2009.

What is incredible about City Center is that it is virtually a city within a city. Whatever it you are looking for that you can do within the city whether it is shopping, dining, golf, sports or gambling you will find that you could do it all at City Center. The beauty of City Center is that you can also purchase combo rooms and lived there. It will be a city within a city that is capable of sustaining itself without much help from the outside.

All of this is coming at a time when a lot of analysts are predicting that the economic recession will probably subside in early 2010 and by this time city center will be completely finished and this will bring at least 12,000 new jobs in to Las Vegas. This new project and the new jobs that will be coming in should instantly get Las Vegas back on track to the economic booms that it was enjoying before the recession happened.

Now if you have some hindsight you would look more into investing into Las Vegas homes right now while they are very cheap and sellers can’t even give them away. This new project will also bring in more of the upscale gamblers and visitors that Las Vegas is used to having in its town. This is a very exciting project that I have been waiting for for a very long time to finally happen.

Right now our job is to get by this recession and try to save a little bit more money but it’s good to know that there are incredible projects like this in Las Vegas to look forward to the next time we planned our trip there sometime in the year 2010. The future of Las Vegas sure is looking fun