Casino Dictionary

Casinopedia has curated an extensive dictionary of online and land-based casino terms, expressions and phrases that covers every aspect of your casino experience and helps you play smarter. Here you’ll find:

  • A detailed explanation of each word or phrase
  • Where and when it is used
  • How it relates to your playing experience
  • Important related terms that you should know

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'In for' is a poker term, usually followed by a cash amount, which refers to how much of a stake a player has in a particular pot or game.

In gambling, 'in front' is a slang term for winning. It implies that the player has more chips than anyone else, or that they are beating the house.

In the air is a poker phrase which means to begin dealing, to start play or to open a tournament game, and suggests everything is to play for.

In the blind describes a poker player who is eligible to make a blind bet on their turn, or who has made a blind bet into the pot.

'In the bushes' is a poker term which describes a player who is sitting back on a good hand, hoping to go unnoticed by others and thus increasing the pot.

'In the chips' is a poker phrase describing a player who is in profit. To be 'in the chips' might refer to having built a large stack, or hitting a jackpot.

If a poker player is 'in the dark', they have opted to make a bet before seeing their cards and is referred to as being a blind bet.

'In the hole' describes any cards held by a player in poker which are kept in the hand or face down at the table, and are therefore hidden from opponents.

'In the pocket' is a poker phrase used to describe a player's hole cards or hidden cards and are dealt face down to the player at the start of a game.

'In the woods', or often 'waiting in the woods', is a poker phrase used to describe a particularly sneaky player who is trying to downplay their hand.

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What is Roulette? Roulette is one of the world’s most popular casino table games. It is a game which involves a ball being spun around a wheel containing numbers from zero to 36 which are coloured either black or red. Players can place bets on the table cloth, known as the layout, using chips. Winning […]

What are Slots? Slots are gambling devices with mechanical reels, or digital onscreen representations of reels, that spin when activated. Typically there are 3 or 5 reels, and on each of the reels there are various symbols, and the slot machine pays off according to winning combinations when these symbols line up in specifically designated […]

What is Sports Betting? Sports betting is the umbrella term used for the betting action involved with the prediction of a sporting event and placing a wager on the outcome of that event in order to win money. As one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world, sports betting typically involves wagers […]

What Does Gamble Online Mean? Gambling online is a form of gambling that has become extremely popular with players on an international level for many reasons. Players using their desktop or laptop computers, and any number of hand-held mobile devices, combined with an internet connection to gambling online, can play a wide range of casino […]

What is Gambling? Gambling is what a person does when wagering money, or something else of value, on the prediction of an event where the outcome is uncertain. The primary intent for gambling is to win money and/or prizes. The three elements of gambling are thought, possibility, and interest. Gambling involves taking a chance on […]

What is a VR Casino? A VR Casino is an online Virtual Reality Casino where gambling games can be played using a virtual reality device, such as a headset or in an arcade booth. Virtual reality is achieved by using advanced technologies involving 3D graphics, which gives you an onscreen display of a 360 degree […]

What are Free Spins? Simply put, Free Spins are spins on any slot machine that you do not have to pay for out of your pocket. They are rewarded both as part of a promotion or while playing a slot game with a Free Spins bonus feature. Instead of giving away free bonus money, some […]

What is French Roulette? With a house edge of only 1.35%, French Roulette is an extremely popular variation of the game of roulette. It is essentially the same as European Roulette, with a few differences including the table layout, and there is a series of call bets that are unique to this variation. When playing […]

What is a Video Slot? A Video Slot is a gaming device very similar in principle to that of a slot machine. You play them same way you would a traditional classic slot machine, with the same goal, and that is to have fun trying to win some money. These machines are onscreen graphical representations […]

What is Texas Hold ‘Em? Texas Hold ‘Em is a popular variation of Poker, where you are dealt 2 ‘hole’ cards, and 5 community cards are dealt in the center of the table. Texas Hold ‘Em is the most popular of all poker variations. Internationally famous tournaments like the World Series of Poker play this […]

What is Three Card Poker? Three Card Poker came along in England during the mid 1990s, invented by an English gentleman named Derek Webb. It was originally named Casino Brag, because Mr. Webb drew his inspiration from a game named 3 Card Brag. 3 Card Brag was a gambling game adapted to create a game […]

What is ‘Video Poker’? Video Poker is a gambling device found in land-based and online casinos, and is similar to a slot machine because they are not only easy to play, they require no interaction with a dealer or other players. Also, the card combinations are governed by a Random Number Generator, just like a […]

What is European Roulette? European Roulette is a traditional casino table game where you make bets on your prediction of which number pocket the ball will fall. Obviously, the aim is to predict the correct number. Essentially, there is no difference in European Roulette from other roulette variations except that the European Roulette wheel consists […]

What are ‘Expanding Wilds’? Expanding Wilds is a special feature in many multi-payline video slot machines. They function similar to a regular wild symbol by substituting other symbols on the reels to form winning combinations, however, instead of remaining stationary on the reel, the Expanding Wild symbol becomes animated to expand vertically or horizontally, depending […]

What are Bonus Codes? Bonus Codes are strings of text that may be a random combination of both letters and numbers, and even symbols. It can also be a specific word or phrase. In the world of casinos bonus codes are redeemable for a variety of different types of bonuses; some can be redeemed for […]

What is Deuces Wild Poker? Deuces Wild Poker is a popular video poker game variant with a twist. Just like any other poker game, the key is getting the best possible poker hand. The twist is because all deuces are wild cards, and each deuce counts towards what cards you have to help you build the […]

What are Casino Games? Casino games are games of chance and skill offered in both land-based and online casinos, where players place bets on the outcome. The casino games come in all types, sizes, shapes, genres, themes, and odds of winning. There are slots, table games, video poker games, and specialty games. Table games are […]

What is ‘Casino Hold’em’? Introduced in 2000 by Stephen Au-Yeung, Casino Hold’em is a casino card game very similar to Texas Hold’em, except you play against the dealer and not against other players at the table. This eliminates the need for you to try and figure out everyone else’s strategy at the table. Stephen Au-Yeung […]

What is a ‘Casino’? A casino is a business establishment that is equipped with various gambling devices and other games of chance that can be played for money. Aside from accommodating gambling and other gaming activities, a casino incorporates other entertainment elements as a service to their guests. This includes live concerts and other forms […]

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What is a ‘Bet’? A bet is the word used to describe an amount of money placed on the outcome of an unpredictable event, such as a sports match or political elections. A bet is also often referred to by its more formal name of a “wager”. The term “betting” can also refer to someone […]

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If you’ve ever visited an online or land-based casino you’ll likely have heard any number of terms, phrases or sayings. Some of these you may know, and some you may not.
Quite simply, casino lingo can be confusing – particularly if you want to jump straight into an online casino or a particular game.

That’s why we’ve created the Casinopedia ‘dictionary’, an exhaustive resource of more than 3,000 well-known and obscure phrases to improve your knowledge and your gameplay.

We’ll let you into a secret: knowledge is power. It’s simple really, the more you know about the casino, the games or the industry you’re playing the better your chances of improving your gameplay and of winning.

That’s why our team of online casino experts has worked extensively to create our dictionary of terms. Whatever you need to know you’ll find it here, all in one place, easy to navigate and with clear and concise information that’s easy to digest. Whether you’re new to casinos or an experienced player, our dictionary offers the chance to improve your knowledge.

In the list above you’ll finds terms arranged alphabetically as well as our Editor’s Choice section, which contains some of the most commonly used online casino phrases.

Simply click on the term of your choice to find a detailed explanation that includes links to related terms, practical explanations of how the term works in context and other vital info, all designed to help you play smarter.