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Gambling Dictionary



Baccarat - A card game where the winning hand totals closest to 9 discounting all units of 10.
Back Line - Same as the Don't Pass Line.
Backer - A person who will stake a gambler with a good reputation during a difficult period.
Banker - In a card game, dealer or the player who books the action of the other bettors at the table.
Bankroll - A player’s total available gambling money.
Bar the 12 - In craps, makes the 12 a push on the Don't Pass Bar.
Barred - A person who is not allowed to enter inside the casino.
Base - Area on the dice table where the majority of bets are made and paid.
Base Dealer - Dice dealer in charge of one of the bases.
Basic Strategy - In blackjack, the set of plays that a player should make to maximize his/her advantage.
Beard - A person who places bets on behalf of a bettor, so the bookmakers will not know the identity of the actual bettor.
Beef - Any situation that is or may cause a problem.
Bet - Gamble or wager.
Betting Limits - The minimum and maximum that can be wagered on one bet.
Betting Right - Betting on the Pass Line or with the shooter.
Betting Wrong - Betting on the Don't Pass Line or against the shooter.
Big 6 - A bet that pays even money that a six will be rolled before a seven in Craps.
Big 8 - A bet that pays even money that an eight will be rolled before a seven in Craps.
Big Dime - A $10,000 bet.
Big Order - A large sports bet of five or six figures.
Big Red - Placing a bet on Any Seven.
Big Slick - A hand that contains an A-K.
Bingo - A wagering game.
Bingo Marker - A crayon or ink dauber that is used to cover the numbers on a bingo game card.
Black - The most common color used for $100 chips.
Black Book - A list of persons not allowed to enter any casino in Nevada, USA.
Blackjack - A card game where the players try to beat the dealer by getting closest to 21 without going over. Also known as 21.
Blackjack Hand - A hand whose first two cards total 21.
Blind Bet - A bet that certain poker players are required to make as a result of their betting positions.
Bluff - In poker, players bluff when raising a weak hand in the hope of driving out players with a stronger hand.
Board - In poker, the community cards dealt face-up in the center of the table are referred to as on the board.
Boat - Another term for a full house.
Boat Race - A crooked horse race.
Bones - Dice.
Bookie - A person who takes racing and sporting bets.
Box - In craps, the area of the dice table controlled by the boxman, where the center bets are placed.
Boxcars - In craps, when you roll two sixes.
Boxman - The casino dealer in charge of the craps table.
Break Even Point - The point at which the bets made by a player would approximately equal the payoffs made to that player.
Bring It In - To start the betting on the first round.
Bring-in - In 7 card stud poker, this is the mandatory bet made by the player with the lowest upcard in the first round of betting.
Broke Money - Money the casino gives a broke player for transportation home.
Buck - A $100 wager.
Buffalo - Placing a bet on each of the Hardways and Any 7.
Buffalo Yo - Placing a bet on each of the Hardways and 11.
Bug - A joker.
Bum Steer - Erroneous information.
Bump - To raise.
Burn Card - Any card placed in the discard rack without being entered into play. After the deck is shuffled and cut, one card is burned.
Bust - To exceed 21 in Blackjack, making it a losing hand. Also known as break.
Busted - A player who has run out of funds and credit.
Buster - Odds of 15 to 1 on a winning horse.
Button - In poker, a small plastic disc used as a marker that is moved from player to player after each hand to designate the dealer position.
Buy - Paying the house a 5% commission to get true odds on a Place bet.

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