What is a ‘Yard’?
A yard refers to 100 of a financial denomination. In the United States of America and Canada it would be $100, in the United Kingdom it would be £100. A yard is a slang term usually utilised by experienced casino players who will either bet a yard or request said amount from the house.
Part of the vast and seemingly endless list of slang terms used by gamblers, a yard is only ever used when referring to money or ‘chips‘.
There is certainly a cool ring to using such a term, and in the case of commentary on the bigger casino games, it makes the language that bit more colourful. To simply state financial figures for hours on end could well cause even the most dedicated of viewers to zone out and lose interest.
Other slang terms for $100 can include:
• A buck – a buck also refers to $1, but if you’re playing a game where such a sum would be laughable, then it’s safe to assume that you are requesting $100.
• A Benjamin – referring to Benjamin Franklin (founding father, inventor and all round polymath), as his face graces the $100 note.
• C note – C is the Roman numeral for one hundred.
Other slang terms for £100 can include:
• A ton – simply referring to a large amount.
• A century – see above for ‘C note’.
• A bill
A player wouldn’t be frowned upon if they simply asked for the plain numerical amount. Slang terms are adopted as players explore the game in their early days. The names are vast and many, and there’s no shame in not using them if it doesn’t come naturally to you.
However, casino staff, especially those who deal in chips, money and cards will be expected to know the full range of terms. Appearing ignorant to a fairly common word wouldn’t do the house’s reputation any good.