Accumulator:  In British types horse racing, a cumulative bet.  The bettor designates a horse in each of several races and bets on the first one; if he wins, his winnings become his bet on the next; and so on.

A cheval:  a roulette bet on two numbers adjacent on the layout.

Across the board:  An American racing bet on a horse’s finishing either first, second or third.

Active player:  In baccarat, a player who represents a combined group of players in play against the bank.

Any raffle:  In hazard, a player’s bet that with three dice he will throw any three of a specific number.

Ante:  A online poker bet, placed by the first player before cards are dealt.

Backgammon: A “triple win” in the game of the same name.

Banco:  A baccarat player’s call, announcing that he will bet against the bank.

Banco suivi:  A baccarat player’s call, announcing that he will bet against the bank.

Bank:  The operators of a game (like faro, roulette, or baccarat) in which the players gamble against the operator rather than among themselves.  Also, the money reserves held and used by the operators.

Bingo:  Winner’s cry in the game of the same name.

Blackjack:  The combination of an ace and a card that counts 10-a winning hand in the game of the same name.

Blind bet:  A bet made by a race-track book-maker to draw other bookmaker’s attention away from his sizeable betting on another horse-and thus to avoid a shortening of the odds on the other horse.

Bluff:  To bet heavily in poker while holding a weak hand-in order to frighten the other players into folding.

Bookmaker (or bookie):  A person who accepts bets from the public, usually on racing or sports events.

Bust:  Term sometimes used for a player’s exceeding a count of 21 in blackjack.

Call (or see):  To end betting on a hand of poker by covering the last player’s bet without raising it.

Caller:  The operator of a bingo game, who draws the numbers and calls them out.

Carpet joint:  An American slang term for a luxury gambling casino.

Carré (or square):  A roulette bet on four numbers forming a square on the layout.

Chance:  In hazard, a number thrown instead of the main.  To win, the thrower must repeat it before throwing the main.

Chunk number:  In hazard, a bet on the numbers one to six.

Cognotte:  In baccarat, a slot in the table reserved for the bank’s winnings: also, in chemin-de-fer, a slot in the table reserved for the bank’s cut from the winnings on each coup.

Colonne (or column):  A roulette bet on a complete line of 12 numbers running the length of the layout.

Come bet:  In craps, a bet that the dice will win on the come-out.

Come-out:  In craps, the thrower’s first throw of the dice.

Come-out bet:  In craps, a bet that a specified number will be made by the thrower on his come-out.

Coup:  Term used in European casinos for a complete round of play in such games as baccarat or roulette.

Crap:  A losing throw in craps –either a Two, Three, or Twelve made on the first throw, or a Seven thrown when trying for a point.

Croupier:  A casino employee who operates a roulette game.

Daily double: In American horse racing, a combination bet on two horses in two races.  If the bettor wins on the first race, his winnings become his stake on the second.

Doubling-up:  The basis of some widely used systems.  After a loss the player doubles the size of his previous bet hoping to win back the money lost and make a profit.

Douzaine (or dozen): A roulette bet on the numbers 1-12, or 13-24, or 25-36.

Draw:  One of the two basic forms of poker.  A player is dealt five cards and can discard up to four and draw replacements.

Each way:  A racing bet on a horse’s finishing first or second.

En plein (or straight):  A roulette bet on an individual number.

Even chances:  Equality between the un-favorable and favorable chances.  In tossing a coin each side has an even chance of coming up in one toss.

Fade:  To accept a bet in craps.

Faites vos jeux:  A European croupier’s call to players to place their bets.

Favorable percentage:  The amount by which the chances of winning a bet are mathematically better than even.

Favorite:  The horse generally considered most likely to win a race.

Fix:  To influence the result of a game or sports event (e.g., by bribing players) in order to win a bet.

Floating game:  An illegal craps game that is moved from place to place to avoid police.

Flush:  In poker, any five cards of one suit.

Fold:  In poker, any five cards of one suit.

Fold:  In poker, to drop out of the betting on a particular hand.

Forecast:  In British racing, a combination bet in which the bettor predicts the horses that will finish first and second.

Four of kind:  Four cards of the same numerical value.

Full house:  In poker, a hand containing three cards of one value and two of another.

Gammon:  A “double win”  in backgammon.

Gin:  A hand in gin rummy, in which all 10 cards are melded, with no leftovers.

Go down:  In gin rummy, when a player ends the play by showing his hand.

Handicap:  Term for a horse race in which the horses carry different weights, assigned by racing officials, to even out the chances of winning.

  

High:  In hazard, a player’s bet that with three dice he will throw a total of 11 or more.

Hit:  a blackjack term for the player’s drawing another card after the deal.  Also, a single win in backgammon.

Hole card:  In stud poker, the first card dealt (face down) to a player.

Hot:  A craps term for a thrower (or the dice) during a winning streak.

House:  A casino or gambling center; also the operators of a gambling game.

House advantage (or edge): A gambling house’s means of ensuring a profit-usually by paying winners at less than the mathematically correct odds.

Impair:  A roulette bet that the winning number will be odd.

In the money:  Term used to describe the horses that finish first, second, and third (and sometimes fourth) in a race –the horses on which money will be paid to bettors.

Itemer:  A cardsharp’s accomplice, who watches the game and signals the nature of the other hands to his partner.

Jackpot:  The largest payout that can be won on a slot machine.

Kip:  In two-up, the flat stick on which two coins are placed to be tossed.

Last turn:  In faro, the last three remaining undealt cards.

Lay-off bet (or hedging):  A bet made by a cautious bookmaker on a horse on which he has accepted large bets – in order to cut his losses if the horse wins.

Layout: In games like roulette or bank craps, a diagram (often on cloth ) with spaces indicated for different bets.

Loaded dice:  Dice containing some kind of weight that will cause certain sides to come up regularly.

Long odds:  In racing, odds (such as 100 to 1) offered against a horse unlikely to win.

Long shot:  A horse against which long odds have been offered.

Low:  In hazard, a player’s bet that with three  dice he will throw a total count of 10 or under.

Main:  In hazard, a number that the thrower chooses to try to make on his first throw.

Manqué:  A roulette bet on numbers from one to 18.

Martingale:  The name of a “doubling-up” system mostly used in roulette.

Meld:  In rummy games, three or four cards of consecutive value and the same suit, or a set of three or four cards of the same value.

Miss-out:  A craps term for a Two, Three, or Twelve made on the first throw.

Morning line:  A statement (usually issued by officials in the morning before a day’s racing) of approximate odds likely to be offered for horses running that day.

Natural : In craps, a Seven or Eleven made on the first throw.

Nick:  In hazard the successful throwing of the main.

Noir:  a roulette bet that the winning number will be black.

No-throw: In two-up, a throw of one head and one tail.

Numbers bet:  In hazard, a bet in which the player tries to forecast the total count of the three dice.

Odds:  A statement of comparison between unfavorable and favorable chances.  E.g., in throwing a six-sided die the odds against a specified side’s coming up are 5 to 1.

Odds on:  Odds offered for a horse that is almost sure to win.  At odds of 100 to 1 on a winning et of $ 100 would bring in $ 101.

One-armed bandit:  A slot machine.

Pair: In poker, two cards of the same value.  Also, a roulette bet on an even  number.

Pari-mutuel:  A means of gambling on races in which all bets are pooled and winners are paid according to the size of the pool and the number of other winners.

Parlay:  The American term for an accumulator bet in horse racing.

Pass:  A craps term a seven or Eleven made on the first throw, or for the successful making of a point.

Passé:  A roulette bet on numbers 19 to 36.

Pitch:  A British  on-course bookmaker’s betting stand.

Place A:  A racing term for a horse’s finishing in second place.

Place bet:  In craps, a bet on the result of a throw when the thrower is trying for a point.

Point:  In craps, any of the number Four, Five, Six , Eight, Nine, and Ten –which, when thrown on the first throw, must be repeated before throwing a Seven.

Pot:  In poker, the total sum of money bet on a hand.

Pulling:  Term for a jockey’s holding his horse back to prevent it from finishing among the winners.

Quiniela (or quinella): In American racing, a bet in which the bettor pre4dicts the horses that will finish first and second.

Raffles:  In hazard, a player’s bet that with three dice he will throw three of a specific number.

Raise:  In poker, to bet a larger sum than any other player’s previous bet.

Reel timing :  Cheating the slot machines by timing the spin of the reels and setting them in motion in a way that will make them come to rest in desired positions.

Rien ne va plus:  A roulette croupier’s call that ends betting on one spin of the wheel.

Ringer:  A horse (or greyhound)  entered in a race under another’s name –usually a good runner replacing a poorer one.

Rouge:  A roulette bet on a red number.

Royal flush:  The highest poker hand –ace, king, queen, jack, 10 of one suit.

Runner:  In racing, bookmaker’s employee who gathers information on the progress of betting elsewhere on the course.  Also, an agent for the American numbers game.

Sabot (of shoe):  The open-topped, open-sided box from which cards are dealt in baccarat and chemin-de-fer.

Saliva test:  A chemical means of determining whether a horse has been doped.

Sawdust joint:  An American slang term for a non-luxury gambling club.

Settler:  A British bookmaker’s expert who calculates payouts.

Shortening the odds:  A bookmaker’s reduction of the odds offered for a horse in the face of heavy betting.

Show:  A racing term for a horse’s finishing in third place.

Side bet:  A bet made between craps players (or onlookers) on the results of a particular throw of the dice.

Sixaine (or transversale simple, or line):  A roulette bet on two horizontal rows, with three numbers each, on the layout.

Six-dollar combine:  An across-the-board bet in American racing.

Spinner:  The persons who tosses the coins in two-up.

Splits:  The persons who tosses the coins in two-up.

Stacked deck:  A pack of cards that a cheat has prearranged, for his own benefit.

Starting price:  The final odds offered for a horse as the race begins.

Stay:  Term used to refuse extra cards from a blackjack dealer.

Straddle:  In poker, the term sometimes used for the bet (twice the ante) placed by the second player before the deal.

Straight:  In poker, five numerically consecutive cards of different units.

Straight flush:  In poker, five numerically consecutive cards of one suit. 

Stud:  One of the two basic form of holdem poker.  Players receive some cards face up and may not  draw replacements.

Sure thing:  Any bet that has very little chance of losing.

System:  A method of betting (usually mathematically  based)used by a player to try to get an advantage.

Three of a kind:  Three cards of the same numerical value.

Ticketer:  A forger of bookmaker’s tickets.

Tic-tac:  The code of hand signals by which, in British racing, bookmakers’ employees relay information on current odds and betting around the course.

Tiercé:  A French combination bet.  The bettor predicts the horses that will finish first, second , and third.

Tipster (or tout):  A person who sells to bettors his estimate of likely winners of a race (sometimes of a lottery).

Totalizator (or tote):  The computer that records the amount of money bet on races in pari-mutuel betting, and that calculates the size of payouts on winners.

Tote board: A race-track information board that displays approximate odds, betting totals, payout prices, and other information necessary to the bettor.

Transversale plain (or street):  A roulette bet on a horizontal row (on the layout)  of three numbers.

Trick:  Four cards, one from each player’s hand, put down in one round of play in games like whist and bridge. 

Trump:  In games like whist or bridge, a suit that is given (by prearrangement) a higher value than any other.

Turf accountant:  A British euphemism for a bookmaker.

Two pairs:  Two cards of one value and two of another (in poker).

Welsh:  To fail to pay a gambling bet.

Wheeling (or locking): An American racing system devised for the daily double bet.  The bettor backs one horse in the first race and every horse in the second.

Wild cards:  Cards games that can be substituted (by prearrangement) for any other card.