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!

Riverboat Roulette – New Spins on an Ancient Table Game

Before we delve into the alternate wagering options available on Riverboat Roulette, let’s first review how the traditional game is played.

In today’s casinos the basic version is played at a table with a house dealer and a wheel with 38 pockets. 18 red, 18 black and 2 green colors containing the numbers zero and double zero. A single zero wheel also exists and is popular in European casinos. The table has a felt betting layout with numbers and colors corresponding to the wheel.

There are two sets of wagers called Inside, and Outside. The inside bets are various ways to play the numbers only as follows:

Inside Bets

A bet on one number (straight up) pays 35/1. Two numbers (split) pays 17/1. Three numbers (street) pays 11/1. Four numbers (corner) pays 8/1. Five numbers (basket) pays 6/1. Six numbers (line) pays 5/1.

Outside Bets

A bet on Red or black, odd or even, pays even money at 1/1. First eighteen or second eighteen also pays 1/1. First twelve, second twelve or third twelve, pays 2/1. First, second, or third column, also pays 2/1.

Riverboat Roulette

Double Luck Gaming Co. launched its award-winning Riverboat Roulette exclusively at the Golden Gate casino in downtown Las Vegas. The game has been crowned “One of the Top New table Games” by Casino Journal, and it looks like a real winner for players. In addition to the traditional wagers players can make, seven additional colored sections have been added to the wheel pockets. There are five blue, four purple, and three teal. These are known as the cool sections. Also included are three hot sections, five orange, four pink, and three yellow along with one white section that has eight pockets. The sections are referred to as neighborhoods.

The seven colors are also positioned on the felt so players can make wager choices other than, or in addition to, the traditional bets. Winners will be paid the following odds if the ball lands on the selected color(s):

· Blue – 7 to 5

· Purple – 8 to 5

· Teal – 2 to 1

· Orange – 7 to 5

· Pink – 8 to 5

· Yellow – 2 to 1

· White – 7 to 2

The colored sections are multi-spin wagers in that the bet will not lose if it lands on a color other than your choice except for white. For example, if you wager $5 on pink and it lands on one of the yellow numbers, your $5 is still in play. This is known as a push. (No win, no loss.) However, if the ball lands on one of the white numbers, you lose. If you like white you can bet it. A push also occurs if the ball should land on one of the two green numbers, (0, 00) or one of the two remaining red (25, 36) or black (26, 35) numbers. The bet is player friendly in that a bettor has three options in a push result. He or she can let it ride, add to it, or take it down. The color selections are outside wagers so the table minimum is required per wager. In summary there are only eight ways to lose with a color bet on a thirty eight number wheel.

For those of you who are devoted roulette players, Riverboat roulette does not alter any wager or outcome of traditional roulette. The 5.26% house edge does not increase when playing the colors. It remains at 5.26% for white, teal, and yellow, 4.21% for purple and pink, and 2.63% for blue and orange.

Good Luck!

Double Ball Roulette – The Casino Table Game With Two Balls Spinning on the Same Wheel? That’s Right

So what is Double Ball Roulette? It’s one wheel that has two balls instead of just one rotating around the inner rim. Perhaps you’re wondering how two balls can revolve around one track without hitting each other and bounce off the table. Compressed air is used to simultaneously shoot both balls from a tube so the second ball always trails the first one, eliminating any chance of a collision. To make it more exciting, a remote control button is rotated among players to trigger the air gun and get the balls rolling.

The betting layout for Double Ball is the same as traditional Double Zero Roulette, however the payouts differ in that the player has two chances to win instead of just one.

For the outside wagers, (red, black, odd, even, etc.) both balls would have to land on the player(s) selected betting spots. For example, a bet on black would require both balls to land on black numbers in order to win. Winning payouts for the outside wagers have been increased to 3/1 instead of even money at 1/1 as in traditional roulette.

For the inside wagers, (a bet on the numbers only) either ball can win but the payouts are less than the traditional game because the player now has two chances to win per spin instead of just one. For example, a straight up bet on a single number would return 17/1 instead of 35/1. If both balls land in the same winning pocket, the bet would return 35/1.

If you never played Roulette before, I’ll detail the wagering options, winning payout amounts, and the differences between traditional and Double Ball.

Traditional Roulette: Inside

A bet on the numbers from 0,00, to 36 (38 numbers total)

  • One number (straight up) pays 35/1
  • Two numbers (split) 17/1
  • Three numbers (street) 11/1
  • Four numbers (corner) 8/1
  • Five numbers (basket) 6/1
  • Six numbers (line) 5/1

Double Ball Roulette: Inside

  • One number (straight up) pays 17/1 if either ball lands on the selected number, 35/1 if both balls do
  • Two numbers (split) 8/1 or 16/1
  • Three numbers (street) 5/1 or 10/1
  • Four numbers (corner) 7/2 or 7/1
  • Five numbers (basket) 5/2 or 5/1
  • Six numbers (line) 2/1 or 4/1

Traditional Roulette: Outside

A bet on the area outside of the numbers (twelve wagering options)

  • Red, black, odd, even, pays 1/1
  • First eighteen, second eighteen, 1/1
  • First twelve, second twelve, or third twelve, 2/1
  • First, second, or third column, 2/1

Double Ball Roulette: Outside

  • Red, Black, odd, even, pays 3/1
  • One red, one black, 1/1
  • First eighteen, second eighteen, 3/1
  • First twelve, second twelve, third twelve, 8/1
  • First, second, third column, 8/1

Remember, both balls must land in your bet selections in order for you to win your wager(s).

There is also a side bet called Double Ball Jackpot. If you think both balls will land on a certain number, make the side bet and collect 1300/1 if Lady luck is with you.

Good Luck!

High Five Poker: The Casino Table Game Where the Joker Is Wild

High Five Poker is a casino table game originally developed and marketed by SHFL entertainment. The objective is to have a better five card poker hand than the dealer. If you ever played Pai Gow Poker you’ll find some similarities in that it uses a 53-card deck, where the 53rd card is a Joker. This lone semi-wild card can be used to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush, or Royal Flush; otherwise it can be used as an Ace.

High Five Poker tables are currently at The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, which also offers a progressive version.

How High Five Poker is Played

The table has seats for up to six players. Players must first make an Ante wager. The dealer will then deal seven cards face down in a clockwise manner to each player, and seven to him or herself. Each player then examines his or her cards and makes one of the following decisions:

– Fold, forfeiting the Ante bet.

– Discard two cards while keeping the best five card poker hand and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.

The dealer then reveals the house cards to make the best five card poker hand. The dealer qualifies if he or she has at least a pair of sixes or against a player who has a straight.

For example, if the dealer has a pair of deuces and player number 1 has a straight, and player number 2 has a pair of three’s, the dealer qualifies against player 1 but not against player number 2. So, what happens to the payouts when the dealer does or does not qualify?

– If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante bet pays even money, and the Play bet pushes.

– If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets lose.

– If the dealer qualifies and is beaten by the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets pay even money.

– If the dealer qualifies and ties the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets push.

The dealer works counter-clockwise when determining the outcome of all of the remaining players’ wagers. The house edge is about 3.6%.

Trips Side Bet

The Trips side Bet pays for a player hand with Three of a Kind or better, regardless if the player wins or loses the hand, according to the following table:

Three of a Kind pays 1/1

Straight pays 2/1

Flush pays 4/1

Full House pays 7/1

Full House (Aces Full) 20/1

Four of a Kind pays 40/1

Straight Flush pays 50/1

Royal Flush pays 100/1

Five Aces (Four Aces w/Joker) 200/1

Pay tables may vary slightly between jurisdictions.

Strategy

The strategy for this game is quite basic in that the dealer does not qualify if he or she has less than a pair of sixes, then you should fold with less than a pair of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.

The game is relatively simple to play.

Good Luck!

Casino Over Under – A New Table Game Flavor

The casino game called Casino Over Under is an easy game to learn and play. The objective is to wager on the total value of three cards after seeing only one. The game is currently up and running at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino in Natchez, MS. PA casinos may be next with a possible launch at Mt. Airy Casino. A demonstration was also presented to the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.

This table game is a good alternative to blackjack for players who feel overwhelmed by having to learn blackjack basic strategy. It’s also a welcome relief from the new poker variants where novice players may feel intimidated. If you ever placed over/under bets when sports betting, you’ll enjoy Casino Over Under.

How to Play Casino Over Under

This game is played on a blackjack type table with spots for up to seven players and a house dealer. Four, six, or eight decks are used, depending on jurisdiction. The value of the cards are similar to blackjack: 2 through 10 are face value, J,Q,K are worth 10 each, and Aces count only as 11.

All players must first make an ante wager in the appropriate betting position. Players may also make an optional bonus bet, which pays if won even if the original hand is lost to the house. The dealer does not play.

The dealer will then deal each player one card face up. Based on the value of that upcard, players must then make one of three decisions:

  • Make an over bet
  • Make an under bet
  • Fold

The over/under wagers must be equal to the ante. After the wagers are placed the dealer deals two more cards face up concurrently to each player and announces the three card total value for each participant.

Win/Loss Totals

Here’s how the win/loss totals are determined: For example, if a player bet the over, the total of the three cards must be over 23. One example would be: Ace (11) +Q (10) + 6 = 27. Players that bet the under must have their totals under 18. Example: 2+3+J (10) = 15. There are no pushes. Winning hands collect even money for the ante and play bets.

Bonus Wager

Winning bonus bets pay according to the following pay table:

Hand Total Payout

  • 13 – 26 loss
  • 12 or 27 1 to 1
  • 11 or 28 2 to 1
  • 10 or 29 3 to 1
  • 9 or 30. 4 to 1
  • 8 or 31 5 to 1
  • 7 or 32 10 to 1
  • 6 or 33 50 to 1

House Edge & Strategy

The house edge for the ante bet has been calculated at under 2%. For the bonus bet, the edge is 5.6%. These are based on a six deck shoe. The edge does vary depending on the number of decks in play.

Strategy is simple. If your initial card is 5 or less, bet the under. With a 6 or greater, bet the over. Never fold. Good Luck!