What is ‘Cover’?
‘Cover’ is a term that occurs often in the context of gambling, especially with blackjack and other card games. Players who cheat by counting cards will often use a ‘cover bet’ to hide what they are doing – perhaps betting too much or too little, to mislead the dealer and hide their tactics. ‘Cover’ can also refer to accepting a bet in blackjack, and it is sometimes used in the context of ‘covering a bet’ or ‘covering the spread’, which means to beat on opposing outcomes and limit or reduce the chance of loss.
In card-based games such as blackjack and sometimes poker, card counting is common. This method allows skilled counters to know when a winning hand is approaching, and place a large bet at this point. However, this can raise suspicion with a casino, as card counting is not a permitted practice and is seen as cheating. By placing a few smaller bets or playing in a way that suggests the player is a novice, the counter can prevent detection and carry out their scheme. The ‘erroneous’ bets are known as cover bets, as they provide cover for the player’s actions.
Cover play might also occur in poker. Again, the purpose is to mislead players, either to secure a bluff or to allow for counting to take place. Cheaters working in pairs might both attempt cover play in order to employ misdirection and get away with the scam. Sometimes, ‘cover’ in gambling does not mean an attempt to cheat, but simply refers to ‘hedging your bets’ and covering various likely outcomes with multiple bets, in order to minimize losses. In online bingo, the ‘cover’ occurs when a player matches all the numbers on a card – also known as winning a ‘full house‘.
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