A Guide to Casino Jargon

If you have just started gambling or want to try more games when you are in the casino, it is important to get familiar with the lingo. While there are some classes, you can take to learn more about classic casino games, and even some tutorials you can sign up for if you want to do most of your gambling online, be sure that you get familiar with casino jargon on your own. This will make you more confident when you are gaming and increase the chances that you will come home with a jackpot. Here are some phrases to keep in mind before you participate in your next line or online casino game.

243 Ways to Win

When you are playing a video slot that provides 243 ways to win, you will be asked to place your bet before you spin. You will also have to select which denomination or the number of coins you want to bet. With this system, you will not be asked to select how many lines you would like play. Instead, all the winning combinations from left to right could prove to be a win for you.

Active Payline

A payline is the symbols that are necessary to line up for you to get a prize. The payline you are betting on is the active payline and it will only be active when you place your bet before spinning.

Beginner’s Luck

This is a term that refers to a gambler who starts winning jackpots when gambling for the first time. This often motivates people to continue gambling, and beginner’s luck can sometimes be rigged by the house to get gamblers to spend more money in the casinos.

Bet Max/Bet Min

Your bet max is the highest amount you want to risk on a spin. The bet min is the smallest amount you want to risk on a spin.

Betting Limits

The betting limits are the minimum and maximum betting amounts on a casino video slot game.


This popular casino game is also called 21. Blackjack is a card game where you bet against the dealer to reaching the number 21 with your card denominations without going over.

Bonus Feature

A bonus feature appears in the form of symbols when the symbols land in a particular position on a payline; a bonus round usually results in free spins for you.

Caribbean Stud

This is a table game that is based on virtual poker. The game is played against the house at a blackjack table.

Cascading/Collapsing Reels

This a feature of casino slots where symbols that land on a winning payline is immediately replaced with new symbols. The replacement symbols can also create new winning combinations. These combinations will then be replaced with new symbols, and this will continue until the winning combinations run out.

Casino Tournament

Casino tournaments are where you play several slots or table games. The goal is to get to the top of the game leaderboard so you can win a prize. The gambler with the highest score when the tournament ends will get a bonus, and walk away from the  tournament with a prize or cash money.


A deal occurs when the dealer gives a player a card during a card game.


The dealer manages table games in the casino and issue cards to players. He/she is a representative of the casino.


The deck is the stack of 52 cards that are used to play online blackjack.


This is the nickname for the number 2 when playing dice.

Double or Nothing

This is a stake in a casino game in which the payout is the same amount as betted; if you lose the bet, you win nothing.


A draw is when a player takes more cards than originally dealt in card games like Baccarat or Blackjack.


The edge is known as the odds in favor of the casino. This is also called the house advantage or the house edge.

Expanding Wilds

Expanding Wilds is the term that refers to symbols that fall onto a reel. The symbols expand so that they cover the entire reel. In turn, this creates several winning combinations, particularly since the symbols touch on more than one payline.

Face Cards

The Jack, Queen, and King of any suit.


Another term for casino.

House Edge

The house edge refers to the percentage ratio or chances ratio that the house has of winning games over gamblers.

House Rules

The rules of a certain video slot or table game at the casino, including buy-ins.

Inside Bets, Insurance and Insurance Bets

Inside bets are used in the game of Roulette. The term describes when a bet is placed inside the numbers in a Roulette game. When it comes to insurance at the casino, this is a bet that is offered to you as the gambler in online blackjack when your face up card is an ace. Insurance bets are two bets or more that cover each other.


The jackpot is the prize that is a combination of increase values. The jackpot gets bigger by a small amount each time you play a particular video slot. The jackpot will increase until a gambler hits the jackpot. Once someone wins the jackpot, the process starts again.

Outside Bets

Outside bets are bets where chips are placed outside the number layout in online roulette.

Payline and Paytable

The payline is the order of reel positions that you read from left to right. When playing online slot, you are often betting on several paylines. If the symbols result in a winning, combination from the payline that you are betting on, you will get a payout. Paytables come with every video slot. The paytable provides gamblers will important details such as how the slot game works and winning payline combinations.

Reels and RNG

A reel is the column or a wheel that is spun close to other reels to create several winning combinations. RNG stands for random number generator and is a normal video slot. The slot determines the losing and winning combinations and produces the outcome of every spin in the game.


This is a popular casino game that involves a numbered wheel. A ball is thrown onto the wheel before the wheel is spun. Like the gambler, you will have to predict the landing position of the ball when it stops.


Scatters are the symbols fall within a payline to trigger free spins. If the scatters do not fall within a payline, when the scatters do land on the reels, you will usually get a payout.

Shifting Wilds

Shifting Wilds shift the reels around with every spin each time until there is a winning combination. During this combination, the winning symbols are taken away and the Shifting Wilds change positions.


This is the term for the digital version of conventional slot machines. To play slots, reels must be spun and the symbols have to line up for you to get a payout.

Stacked Wilds and Sticky Wilds

Stacked wilds are substitutes that replace other symbols during the playing process, which helps to create winning paylines. Sticky wilds are much like standard wilds, but will substitute for other symbols to make a winning. Sticky wilds will stay in place for subsequent spins.


Twenty-One is another name for blackjack.

VIP and Wagers

VIPs are also called high rollers; these are gamblers who place huge bets. A wager is another name for a bet.

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