What is a ‘Verbal Bet’?
A verbal bet is a bet called out loud by the player. Bets in roulette, craps and other table games can be placed simply by moving chips to the relevant place on the table, but often it makes the betting process faster and clearer for everyone if the amount and type of bet is called verbally. The term also applies in poker when a player names their action as they pay the pot – often the amount is implied by the action, for example, when ‘checking’ and ‘calling’.
‘Verbal Bet’ Explained
If a casino player refers to making a ‘verbal bet’, they simply mean that they called their bet type and amount out loud, rather than indicating it by moving their chips. In casino games played with a table betting grid, such as roulette or craps, players make wagers by adding chips to the designated spaces. However, there are lots of different types of bets, and players can bet different amounts on each outcome. Verbally announcing a bet ensures the dealer knows its value and type – for example, ‘£20 on red’. This is especially important in craps when players making a verbal bet can ask for their wager to be on or off as needed.
In poker, a ‘verbal bet’ might not consist of the amount being bet, as this could be implied by the game limits. For example, if a player announces they will ‘call’, they add the same to the pot as the last player paid. There is no need to declare the amount, as this is set by the game. However, if the player chooses to raise, they often declare how much this will be – in a no-limit game, players can raise as often as they like and by any amount of chips they can afford.