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Glossary of Casino

Sabot (Chemin de Fer)
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The French term for the shoe.
Scam
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A slang term for a cheating scheme.
Scared Money
:
Inadequate money used for gambling purposes.
Seven-Out (Craps)
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The roll of a 7 after a point has been established, ending the shooter's roll with a loss.
Shift Boss
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A casino executive who is in charge of the entire casino during one whole shift.
Shifts
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The casino personnel work periods, usually divided into three shifts-day, swing, and graveyard, each of eight hours' duration.
Shill
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A house employee who sits at a gaming table to stimulate action and plays with the casino's money, making meaningless bets to create the semblance of action. Also called a starter.
Shimmy
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The American slang expression for chemin de fer.
Shoe:
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A device that holds several decks of cards and enables the dealer to slide out cards easily one at a time.
Shoot (Craps)
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A complete series of rolls until the thrower of the dice sevens out.
Shooter (Craps)
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The person throwing the dice at a craps table.
Shuffle Up (Blackjack)
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See Reshuffle
Shylock
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A person, usually connected with the underworld, who lends money at exorbitant and illegal rates.
Side Game
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A term for games such as big six, chuck-a-luck, and under and over seven, which are rarely played or not available in all casinos.
Single-Deck Game (Blackjack)
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A game in which only one deck is used.
Single-Session Bankroll
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The amount of money a player brings to a gaming table for one session of play.
Sixain (Roulette)
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The French term for a six numbers bet.
Six Numbers Bet(Roulette)
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An inside combination bet on six numbers at one time.
Slots, Slot Machines
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Metal gambling devices that players activate by inserting one or several coins and pulling the handle. The machines automatically collect and pay off bets.
Snapper (Blackjack)
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The slang term for a blackjack.
Soft Hand, Soft Total (Blackjack)
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A hand in which the ace is valued at 11 in figuring the total of the hand. An ace, 7 is a soft 18.
Special Chips
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Casino chips not of standard colors, which cannot be redeemed by the player, but must be played out.
Specials, Special Tickets (Keno)
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Nonstandard keno tickets with special prices and payoffs.
Split Bet (Roulette)
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An inside combination bet on two numbers at the same time.
Splitting Pairs (Blackjack)
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The player's option to separate cards of equal rank, such as pairs, and play each hand separately. For splitting purposes 10-value cards are considered pairs.
Split Ticket (Keno)
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A ticket with which a player can play two or more groups of numbers separately.
Spot (Keno)
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The term to denote the amount of numbers selected by the player for each individual play or payoff-for example, a four-spot.
Stand Pat (Blackjack)
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The player's decision not to hit his hand.
Starter
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See Shill
Stickman (Craps)
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The dealer who calls the game and handles the stick during the game.
Stiff, Stiff Hand (Blackjack)
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A hand containing a hard total of 12 or more points, in danger of busting if hit.
Straight (Video Poker)
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Five consecutive cards, but not of the same suit. For purposes of a straight, the ace can be the lowest or highest card of a straight sequence, such as 5432AorAKQJ10.
Straight Flush (Video Poker)
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Five cards in sequence and of the same suit.
Straight Slots (Slots)
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Machines that pay out in fixed amounts and whose jackpots never vary.
Straight Ticket (Keno)
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The simplest and most common ticket, in which a player selects from one to fifteen spots or numbers:
Straight Up Bet (Roulette)
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A wager on a single number, paid off at 35-1.
Strip
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See Las Vegas Strip
Symbols
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Markings on various games, such as slots and big six wheels.
Systems
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Progressive betting methods used in an attempt to overcome the house advantage. The most common feature increased bets after each loss.

Table Hopping
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Moving from table to table within a casino, which some players do in an attempt to change their luck.
Taken Down (Craps)
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A bet that is removed and returned to the player, either at his request or as a result of the rules of the game.
Take the Odds (Craps)
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An odds bet made by a right bettor which, if won, will be paid off at better than even money.
Tapped Out
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A slang term for losing an entire bankroll when gambling.
Ten-Value Card (Blackjack)
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The 10, jack, queen, and king, all valued at ten points.
Third Baseman (Blackjack)
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The player sitting in the last seat at the blackjack table; the player acting last.
Three Flush (Video Poker)
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A hand consisting of three cards, all of the same suit, together with two odd cards.
Three of a Kind (Video Poker)
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A hand that consists of three cards of the same rank or value, such as 8 8 8.
Tight Machine (Slots)
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A slots that gives the casino a large win percentage by paying out relatively few coins to the players.
Tip
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A gratuity given to a casino employee.
Toke
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The casino personnel's term for a tip
Tom
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The Las Vegas dealers' term for a poor tipper.
Tough Player
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The casino's designation of an astute player who can really hurt a casino with his smart play.
Transversale (Roulette)
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The French term for a trio bet.
Trio Bet (Roulette)
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An inside combination bet on three numbers at one time.
Twenty-One
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Another name for the game of blackjack.
Two Pair (Video Poker)
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A hand consisting of two separate pairs, such as 9 9 4 4.

Under and Over Seven
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A casino side game played with two dice, rarely seen in any legitimate casino.
Unfavorable Deck (Blackjack)
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A deck whose remaining composition favors the dealer.
Upcard (Blackjack)
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One of the dealer's two original cards, dealt face up.

Vigorish, Vig
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A gambler's term for the house edge on any bet or game.
Wager
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Another term for a bet.
Way (Keno)
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An individual group of numbers played as a separate entity by the player.
Way Ticket (Keno)
:
A ticket consisting of at least three equal groups of numbers, combining in various ways.
Wise Guy
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The slang term for a member of the mob, mafia, or syndicate.
Working (Craps)
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A designation that bets are on and payoffs will be made or losing bets collected as a result of the next roll of the dice.
Writer (Keno)
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See Keno Writer
Wrong Bettor (Craps)
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A player who bets against the dice; one who bets that the dice won't pass.
Zero (Roulette)
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This number, together with the double zero, determines the house advantage in roulette.

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