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Gambling Terminology

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green The most common color used for $25 chips.
hand Refers to the cards that you hold, or to everything that happens in a card game between shuffles of the deck.
hard handIn blackjack, any hand that does not contain an ace valued at eleven.
high pokerStandard poker, as compared to low poker or lowball. In high poker, high hands win.
high rollerA big bettor.
hitIn blackjack, to take another card.The card received is also called a hit.
hod 'emA class of poker games
holding your ownBreaking even
hole cardIn blackjack, the facedown card that the dealer gets. In stud and hold 'em poker, the facedown cards dealt to each player.
hotA player who is on a winning streak, or a slot machine that is paying out.
house edgeThe percentage of each bet that you make that the house takes in. Winning bets are paid off at less than the true odds to generate income for the house.
inside betsA roulette bet placed on any number, or small combination of numbers.
inside straightIn poker, four cards of a straight where the straight can only be completed one way.
insuranceIn blackjack, a side bet that the dealer has a natural. Insurance is offered only when the dealers up card is an ace. The insurance bet wins double if the dealer has a natural, but loses if the dealer does not.
jackpotA big win on a slot machine.
jokerThe 53rd card in a deck, sometimes used as a wild card.
keno boardA large electronic board that displays the winning keno numbers.
keno loungeThe main area within a casino where keno is played.
keno runnerA casino employee who shuttles your keno bet from wherever you are to the keno writer, and also delivers payment for winning tickets.
kickerIn a draw poker game, an odd high card held that doesn't contribute to a straight or a flush, usually an ace or a king.
limitIn poker, any game that has a fixed limit on how much you can bet or raise in each round.
load upTo play the maximum number of coins per spin that a slot machine or video game will allow.
looseSlot machines are loose when they are paying off and giving the house only a small advantage over the player.
low pokerAlso called lowball, is poker in which the pot is awarded to the hand with the lowest poker value.

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