Casino Lingo

When learning how to deal blackjack, it is important to learn the casino lingo. What you practice in your dealing school, will be what you do at your casino job.  Practice makes perfect! Review this list of casino lingo below so you can become familiar with the terminology.

Bankroll: (1) The player’s available funds. (2) The cheque rack.

Book: “The Book” is the basic strategy chart in blackjack. And ‘to book’ as in ‘to book a bet’ is to accept that bet

Box Turn: A part of some casino shuffles when the dealer takes approximately 1/3 of a deck off the bottom and rotates it 180 degrees then sets it on top of the deck

Break-In: An inexperienced dealer

Burn: Taking a card from the top of the deck and placing it in the discard rack

Breaker: The dealer who sends other dealers on break

Cage: Casino cashier

Cans: The drop boxes on the gaming tables that hold the money

Case Bet: The last bet a player makes because he’s run out of cheques

Cheque: A casino token that has value

Chip: A casino token without a specified value on a roulette game

Color for Color: Paying a bet with the same value cheques the player bet with

Comp: A complimentary “gift” from the casino to a player in the form of a dining credit, hotel room, show tickets, etc.

Credit: Removing casino cheques from a table (opposite of fill)

Credit Line: The line of credit a player establishes prior to gambling

Cut: When a player places a solid colored card into freshly shuffled cards to cut the deck

Dead Game: A gaming table that is open but does not have any players

Dirty Money: Cheques in a losing bet that have not been returned to the rack and are used to pay other winning bets

Drop, The: The amount of money a casino (or a table in the casino) takes in during a given day (or shift). ‘To drop’ is to put the money into the drop box

Edge: The casino’s mathematical advantage in a particular game

E.D.R.: Employee Dining Room

Eighty-Six: To 86 a player is to bar him from playing

E.O.: Early Out

E.O. List: The list a dealer signs to receive an Early Out

Eye, The: Surveillance

Fill: Extra cheques brought to a table game by a security officer

Foreign Cheque: A cheque from another casino

Friday, My: The last day of a person’s five day work week

George: A customer who tips well

George, King Kong: A customer who tips exceptionally well

Grandfathered In: A player gambling at a table prior to the table minimum being raised who is allowed to bet the previous minimum is “grandfathered in”

High Roller: A player with a large bankroll

Hole Card: The dealer’s unexposed card in a blackjack game

Juice: To have juice or to be “juiced in” to a casino is to know a person of influence

Lace: Riffling the cards without pushing them together

Lammer: A valueless token denoting a dollar amount, used primarily to issue markers

Lay and Pay: Opposite of “pick and pay” and predominantly used in Pai Gow Poker. The dealer first lays every players hand on the layout, removing the losers and tie hands. Then the dealer returns to remaining hands on the layout and pays the bets.

Let it Ride: To take the winnings from a bet and wager it along with the original bet

Lock: A hand that cannot lose. ‘Lock it up’ means to put cheques into the rack

Mark the Bet: The command given to a dealer by a supervisor instructing they take chips from the rack and put them in a bet for the player (primarily on a double down hand when the player is out of money). Any bet that is marked for the player must be marked with a duplicate chip stack on the right of the dealer’s rack.

Marker: The instrument players with an established credit line use to receive cheques

Muck: The act of restacking roulette chips. Typically one mucks for a roulette dealer when the casino is overstaffed or needs to maintain an extra dealer in case of emergency.

Mucker: One who mucks

Paddle: The clear piece of plastic used to push money or casino paperwork through the slot on the drop box

Pencil: The boss who is in charge of assigning dealers to various tables

Pick and Pay: After all players at the table make a decision, pick and pay is when the dealer picks up the cards of each hand to determine whether or not they are a winner, then immediately pays, takes, or pushes before moving to the next player

Player’s Card: Reward card for customers where high average bets and time spent at the gaming table translate into prizes, similar to the frequent flyer program of major airlines

Push: A premature break given to your string by an extra dealer

Rubber Band: When strings are no longer in tact, the dealers move to a rubber band in that they report to a boss after each break and are told which table to report to

Shill: A casino employee who plays at a table to lure more players into joining the game

Stiff: A customer who does not tip at all

String: The name for the 3-5 dealers that follow one another

Sweat the Money: When a casino boss is worried about whether players are winning too much money, he is sweating the money

Tapped Off: When Dealer A taps Dealer B’s shoulder and A replaces B on a game

Toke: A tip given to an employee

Totem Pole: A bet with several different cheque denominations (Also called barber pole)

T.T.O.: Short for “This Time Only” – a one-time extension of a player’s credit line

Wash: Throwing all of the cards onto the table and mixing them up with both hands