All Gambling Terms Dictionary

A [Blackjack]
Short for an Ace.
A Ballerina Special [Craps]
Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 4 (2&2).
A Cheval [Roulette]
French for the Split Bet
A Compass [Sailing]
The act of checking compass readings against known headings in order to determine the compass error.
A Duck and a Flea [Bingo]
A Flea in Heaven [Bingo]
A Spin [Roulette]
One game. Can be while the ball is still in action, a current result or a recorded result.
A Square Pair [Craps]
Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 8 (4&4)
A-Frame [Motor Sports]
Either upper or lower connecting suspension piece (in the shape of an A) locking the frame to the spindle.
A-Game [Poker]
1) The highest-stakes game in a given establishment. Opposite of Z-game. 2) One's best game, in terms of the quality of one's play, as, "He's playing his A-game."
A-Pillar [Motor Sports]
Vertical roof support between the windshield and front edge of the front side window.
A-Post [Motor Sports]
The post extending from the roof line to the base of the windshield on either side of the car.
A.P.S.I. [Skiing]
Australian Professional Ski Instructors Inc., the body that trains and certifies Alpine ski instructors in Australia.
A.S.F. [Skiing]
The Australian Ski Federation, now Ski Australia.
Aaa [Motor Sports]
American Automobile Association. This is the large nationwide car club that offers services such as travel assistance, roadside service, etc. It is not widely known now, but the AAA was once the organization that sanctioned most of the "legitimate" racing in the United States; its Contest Board sanctioned the Indy 500 and all Indy car racing in the U.S. until 1955 (when the Contest Board was disbanded). AAA is no longer involved in racing, but actions that it took in the '40s and '50s led indirectly to the formation and growth of NASCAR and USAC, and the ramifications of those actions are still with us today.
Aaaa [General]
Asian Amateur Athletics Association.
Aad [Skydiving]
Automatic activation device. It opens the reserve automatically if a predetermined altitude is passed at a high rate of speed. Commonly referred to by the brand name Cypres. Previously only students used AAD-devices, but today even the more experienced skydivers and even the skygods are starting to accept the idea of getting their bacon saved by one.
Aakf [General]
Asian Amateur Kabaddi Foundation.
Aara [Motor Sports]
The American Auto Racing Association, located in Spokane, Washington.
Aasf [General]
Asian Ameteur Swimming Federation.
Ab [Baseball]
Ab/Gidp [Baseball]
At-Bats per Grounded Into Double Play
Ab/Hr [Baseball]
At-Bats per Home Run
Ab/Rbi [Baseball]
At-Bats per Runs Batted In
Aba [General]
Asian Boxing Association.
Aback [Sailing]
Wind on the wrong side of the sails.
Abaft [Sailing]
Toward the rear of the boat, behind the boat.
Abandoned [Greyhound Racing]
A race meeting which has been cancelled because a club did not receive sufficient nominations to be able to stage it, or because of inclement weather which made racing on the track unsafe. A race meeting may also be abandoned part way through because of inclement weather. All bets placed on abandoned races are fully refunded.
Abaniko [Martial Arts]
Arnis striking technique using a stick and resembling a fan motion.
Abaxial (Fracture) [Horse Racing]
See sesamoids.
Abeam [Sailing]
At a right angle to the length of the boat.
Able [Poker]
An obsolete term for the player immediately to the left of the dealer in games that use an automatic betting scheme. Also called edge, elder hand, or eldest hand. Sometimes the player in that position is the last to bet before the draw, which is equivalent to the situation involving an under-the-gun blind.
Abrade [Golf]
The process of removing the chrome finish from a steel shaft or the layer of paint from a graphite shaft prior to installation of the shaft into the head. Abrading may be done through the use of a sandpaper, a belt sander, a file, a knife, etc.
Abreast [Sailing]
Off the side, even with the boat.
Absence of Blade [Fencing]
The situation in which the fencer's blades are not in contact. The opposite of engagement.
Absolute Title [Motor Sports]
A document that states a person or a legal entity has the right of ownership.
Absorption/Extension [Freestyle Skating]
The technique of absorbing the front side of a mogul with the knees, then extending and driving the hips forward over the backside of the mogul.
Ac [Blackjack]
[1] Acronym for Atlantic City, NJ, the city [2] Acronym for Anthony Curtis, author and publisher.
Academics [Baseball]
The Notre Dame baseball squad posted a 3.19 team grade-point average in the 2000 fall semester-the program's best semester in the seven-year tenure of head coach Paul Mainieri. Nine players turned in a Dean's List semester (3.4 or higher) in the fall of 2000, with 21 at 3.0 or higher. Irish baseball players have earned GTE Academic All-America honors 13 times since 1982, including a pair in 2000: 2B Jeff Perconte (3.76 cumulative GPA, double major in economics and government, now attending Notre Dame Law School) and current senior LHP Mike Naumann (3.92, pre-professional science, three 4.0 semesters, already accepted into and plans to attend Baylor Medical School). Notre Dame was one of seven Division I baseball teams with multiple Academic All-Americans in 2000 and only two of those schools-Notre Dame and North Carolina-participated in the 2000 NCAAs. Top All-America candidates for 2001 include Naumann, junior 3B Andrew Bushey (3.33, finance) and sophomore RF Brian Stavisky (3.69, Mendoza College of Business).
Acb [General]
Australian Cricket Board.
Acc [General]
Asian Cricket Council.
Acceptor [Greyhound Racing]
A runner officially listed to start in a race.
Accident [Motor Sports]
An unforeseen and unintended event or occurrence.
Accidental Jibe [Sailing]
An accidental jibe happens when the boat is steered or the wind shifts such that the stern of the boat accidentally passes through the eye of the wind. This causes that main boom to swing violently to the other side of the boat. Without proper preparation when jibing, the force of the boom's motion can be destructive, injuring the crew and damaging equipment. In strong winds and on large boats this force can dismast the boat and seriously injure crew members hit by the boom. Sometimes a preventer is used to reduce the possibility of an accidental jibe.
Accidentally Offside [Rugby]
A player is accidentally offside if he cannot avoid contact with an opponent while being offside. A scrummage is formed at the place where his team last played the ball.
According to Hoyle [Poker]
With respect to the rules of poker, proper; a vague phrase invoking authority.
Account Card [Keno]
A plastic card that enables access to an account used for the purpose of placing bets.
Accountant [Figure Skating]
The official who compiles scores from judges and computes placements.
Accumulator [General]
A bet in which a single stake is used to generate two or more bets in succession. The punter makes a series of selections each from a different race or event. Every time a selection wins, the stake plus winnings is put onto the next selection. If any selection loses, the whole bet is a loser. (Accumulators are also known as doubles, trebles, fourfolds, fivefolds, sixfolds, etc., depending on the number of selections.)
Accus [Motor Sports]
Automotive Competition Committee of the United States. This is an umbrella organization which includes representatives from CART, NASCAR, IMSA, SCCA, NHRA, USAC, and as of November 1997, the IRL. It handles cross-licensing between sanctioning bodies in the U.S., and serves as the U.S. representative to FISA, the international auto racing coordination body. The formation of ACCUS in 1961 eliminated most of the turf wars between rival sanctioning bodies; doing so contributed greatly to the growth of auto racing in the U.S. during the '60s
Accw [Wrestling]
Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling
Ace [Poker]
The highest or lowest card in the deck. If the cards are arranged in order, the ace either starts this sequence: A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-T-J-Q-K; or finishes this one: 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-T-J-Q-K-A. In high poker, the ace is the highest card in a hand, with one exception: when it is part of a 5-high straight, that is, in this hand: A-2-3-4-5, of mixed suits.
Ace Adjustment [Blackjack]
Usually refers to a side count of aces kept in addition to the main count. An ace adjustment is commonly used to vary strategy and bets based upon both the main count and the number of aces counted.
Ace Caught a Deuce [Craps]
Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 3 (2&1).
Ace in the Hole [Poker]
In a stud game, having an ace as one's down card or one of one's down cards. This being a desirable condition, the phrase passed into general usage as an advantage or resource kept in reserve until an opportunity presents itself.
Ace Neutral Count [Blackjack]
Any counting system which does not assign a value to aces.
Ace Out [Poker]
To win (perhaps by bluffing) while holding an ace high hand (that is, a relatively worthless hand, since it doesn't contain even a pair). This phrase passed into general usage with the meaning of winning by deception or just barely beating someone. (If your opponent holds a totally worthless hand, an ace-high hand would just barely beat him; that is, you would ace him out.)
Ace Poor [Blackjack]
A point where less aces than normal expectation would dictate have been dealt. The deck, pack or shoe is then considered to be ace poor.
Ace Reckoned Count [Blackjack]
Any counting system which includes aces as a part of the main count. For example, hi-lo is an ace reckoned count, but Hi-Opt I is not.
Ace Rich [Blackjack]
Whenever there are more aces in the deck, pack or shoe than normal expectation would dictate.
Ace to Five [Poker]
In a game played for low, ace to five means straights and flushes don't count and the ace can be used as a low card. The best possible hand in an ace to five game is therefore A2345 (often called a wheel).
Ace Up the Sleeve [Poker]
Describing the situation in which a cheater has withdrawn an ace from the deck to be introduced into the game later, or, more generally, has taken some unfair advantage. The phrase passed into general usage to describe the situation in which someone is hiding some probably unfair advantage.
Ace-Deuce [Craps]
Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 3 (2&1)
Ace-High [Poker]
A five-card hand containing an ace but no pair; beats a king-high, but loses to any pair or above.
Ace-High Straight Flush [Poker]
A royal flush.
Ace-to-Five Draw [Poker]
In a game played for low, ace to five means straights and flushes don't count and the ace can be used as a low card. The best possible hand in an ace to five game is therefore A2345 (often called a wheel).
Ace-to-Five Lowball [Poker]
In a game played for low, ace to five means straights and flushes don't count and the ace can be used as a low card. The best possible hand in an ace to five game is therefore A2345 (often called a wheel).
Acepots [Poker]
A form of high draw poker, in which a player cannot open the pot without holding at least two aces as openers.
Aces [Craps]
Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 2 (1&1)
Aces and Spaces [Poker]
A five-card hand consisting of two aces and three other worthless cards.
Aces Full [Poker]
A full house with aces over any pair.
Aces Over [Poker]
1) Pairs, one of which is aces. 2) A full house with aces over any pair.
Aces Up [Poker]
Pairs, one of which is aces.
Acetone [Golf]
Chemical used to bring ferrules to a high luster as a final step in assembly. Acetone is rubbed onto the ferrule with a rag or towel in order to obtain the luster.
Acey-Deucey [Poker]
1) Two pairs, aces and deuces. 2) In hold 'em, A-2 as one's first two cards. 3) A non-poker game, usually played in home games, but also found rarely in casinos, in which players bet that a third card in succession will fall in rank between the first two, which are dealt face up before the bet. Sometimes called Red Dog.
Acey-Deucy [Horse Racing]
Uneven stirrups, popularized by jockey Eddie Arcaro, who rode with his left (inside) iron lower than his right to achieve better balance on turns.
Acey-Uppy [Poker]
Pairs, one of which is aces.
Acquisition Fee [Motor Sports]
A fee charged by the leasing company to buy the vehicle for the lessee and set up the lease. Also called the initiation fee, this typically runs about $450.
Acro [Freestyle Skating]
One of the three competitive disciplines in freestyle skiing, formerly known as ballet. Short for "acrobatic," this discipline consists of a choreographed routine made up of spins, jumps, steps, and acrobatic maneuvers done to music. Competitors are judged for technical difficulty, composition, and style.
Across the Board [Greyhound Racing]
You make three individual bets on one dog to Win, Place, and Show. If your selection wins, you collect on all three bets. If your selection runs second, you collect on Place and Show bets. If your selection runs third, you collect the Show bet. Your total wager will be three times the individual bet. For example; a $2 'Across The Board' bet would cost $6.
Across the Card [General]
Meaning to bet in doubles etc. on simultaneous races.
Act [Motor Sports]
American-Canadian Tour, a former rival to ASA. ACT was similar to, but smaller than, ASA; they sanctioned similar classes of cars, mainly in the Upper Plains and central Canada. Tom Curley, the sanctioning body's owner, shut it down at the end of the 1995 season.
Act of God [Motor Sports]
Any accident or event that is not by human hand and can not be prevented. Usually a natural cause.
Action [Poker]
1) The relative liveliness of a game, often measured by the frequency and quantity of bets and raises. "This game has a lot of action." Often part of the phrase fast action. 2) Being required to act. When it's your turn to do something, someone might say, "It's your action," or, "The action is up to you." 3) That portion of the pot that a player short of the full bet can win a multiple of. In a no-limit game, if John bets $100, Jim calls the whole $100, and you call, but you have only $20, you are said to have $20 worth of action in the pot. A side pot of $160 will be created between John and Jim; $20 of John's bet goes into the main pot, as does $20 of Jim's bet, and all of your bet; you can win the $60 main pot if you win.
Action Button [Poker]
A bet that must be posted, in a seven-card stud high-low game, by the winner of a scoop pot above a certain size, signifying a full bet (a blind raise, in other words), rather than just a call of the original forced bet. Any player who acts before the action button can only call the bring-in. The holder of the action button essentially raises blind, and then, when it gets back to those who have only so far called the opening bet, they can either call or raise. For example, if the low card normally must bet $1 in a $5-$10 game, and there is an action button out, anyone who calls the $1 is committing to bet $5 later. No one would call the $1 without intending at least to call the blind raise by the action button. Whether the action button acts in turn, or after everyone else has acted, depends on the card room.
Action Only [Poker]
In many card rooms, with respect to an all-in bet, only a full bet is considered a legitimate wager, in terms of whether this constitutes a raise that can be re-raised. Anything less than a full bet is considered to be action only, that is, other players can call such a bet but not raise it. For example, Chloe bets $10. Henry calls. John goes all in for $14. When the bet gets back to Chloe, she is permitted only to call the extra $4; the same goes for John. See discussion at full bet.
Action Player [Roulette]
1. A player who bets big and for long periods of time. 2. Can be a euphemism for stupid player.
Active [Poker]
Still in contention for a pot. "Before the draw, there were five people in the pot; after the draw, there were three active players."
Active Career Batting Leaders [Baseball]
Minimum of 1,000 At Bats required for Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, At Bats Per HR, At Bats Per GDP, At Bats Per RBI, and K/BB Ratio. One hundred (100) Stolen Base Attempts required for Stolen Base Success %. Any player who appeared in 1995 is eligible for inclusion provided he meets the category's minimum requirements.
Active Career Pitching Leaders [Baseball]
Minimum of 750 Innings Pitched required for Earned Run Average, Opponent Batting Average, all of the Per 9 Innings categories, and Strikeout to Walk Ratio. Two hundred fifty (250) Games Started required for Complete Game Frequency. One hundred (100) decisions required for Win-Loss Percentage. Any player who appeared in 1995 is eligible for inclusion provided he meets the category's minimum requirements.
Active Hand [Poker]
A hand still in contention for a pot.
Active Player [Poker]
A player who is still in the pot.
Actual Cash Value (Acv) [Motor Sports]
Replacement cost of property lost. If your vehicle were stolen, totaled in an accident, or otherwise rendered a loss, the Actual Cash Value is equal to the cost for a similar vehicle at current market prices.
Actuator [Motor Sports]
A device that performs a mechanical action in response to an input signal, which may be electrical or fluidic.
Acupressure [Horse Racing]
Utilizing stimulation on acupuncture points to treat an animal.
Acupuncture [Horse Racing]
A centuries-old means of treating an animal or human through the use of needles, electrical current or moxibustion (heat and herbs) to stimulate or realign the body's electrical fields.
Acw [Wrestling]
Alternative Championship Wrestling
Acwa [Wrestling]
American Championship Wrestling Alliance
Ad [Table Tennis]
Short for advantage.
Ad in [Table Tennis]
Indicates that the server has the advantage.
Ad Out [Table Tennis]
Indicates that the player returning serve has the advantage.
Adams Division [Ice Hockey]
With the Patrick Division made up the Wales Conference until the 1992-93 season; renamed the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference starting with the 1993-94 season.
Adaya [Archery]
An arrow which has missed it's target, Japan.
Add-on [Poker]
The opportunity to buy additional chips in some tournaments. Some tournaments allow players the opportunity at a certain point to buy additional chips, called an add- on. This is different from a re-buy, because usually anyone still in the tournament can add on, and the opportunity to add-on usually marks the end of the re-buy period. I was in such bad chip position, I decided it wasn't worth paying for the add-on.
Added Game [General]
A game not part of Las Vegas regular rotation posted as an accommodation to customers. This is always a straight bet.
Added Money [Horse Racing]
Money added to a purse by the racing association or by sponsors, state-bred programs or other funds added to the money paid by horse owners as nomination, entry, sustaining and other fees.
Added Purse [Horse Racing]
Purse money that was enhanced by payments made by owners and/or breeders.
Added Weight [Horse Racing]
A horse carrying more weight than the conditions of the race require, usually because the jockey exceeds the stated limit.
Adding Spoiler [Motor Sports]
This is a term used to describe the changing of the direction of a spoiler or wing on a race car. Usually adjusting the angle of the spoiler creates downforce and gives more grip on the race track.
Additional Insured [Motor Sports]
A person or company, other than the person named on the account who is protected against damage or loss.
Additional Insured/Loss Payee [Motor Sports]
Since the lessor owns the leased vehicle, the lessee is required to name the lessor "additional insured" in his insurance liability-coverage policy and as the "loss payee" in his collision and comprehensive policy.
Address [Golf]
The stance taken by a player in preparing to hit the ball. The positioning of your body in relationship to the golf ball. Same as "addressing the ball".
Addressing the Ball [Golf]
Not Ed Norton's "Hello, ball," but rather taking a stance and grounding the club before taking a swing.
Adequan [Horse Racing]
Brand name for polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, used in the treatment of certain arthritic conditions.
Adjusted Capitalized Cost [Motor Sports]
The basis for the basic monthly payment.
Adjuster [Motor Sports]
The person working with the insurance agency who determines the amount of damage, loss, and liability.
Admeasure [Sailing]
Formal measurement of a boat for documentation.
Admiralty Law [Sailing]
The "law of the sea".
Admission [Bingo]
Most bingo halls or parlors have a minimum number of cards that you must purchase as the price of "admission." Typically you must purchase an "admission packet." The packet usually contains three to six card for every regular game. Packets also usually contain some special games. Exactly what is part of the admission packet varies widely from hall to hall.
Adra [Motor Sports]
American Drag Racing Association, located in Spokane, Washington.
Adrenaline [Skydiving]
Start skydiving and you'll find out.
Adrenotrend System [Roulette]
A progressive system of betting whereby two numbers are cancelled every time a previous bet is won, and one number, the total of two end numbers, is added whenever a previous bet is lost.
Adrift [Sailing]
Floating free with the currents and tide, not under control.
Advance [Field Hockey]
To push, shove, or advance the ball in any way, using body, hands, or feet rather than the stick. Advancing is a foul.
Advance Wagering [Golf]
Wagers that are accepted on a race later during a performance or on a future performance.
Advanced Omega Ii System [Blackjack]
A Level 2 card counting system described in Bryce Carlson's book, Blackjack for Blood. It is a balanced count which assigns the values of plus one to 2s, 3s and 7s, plus two to 4s, 5s and 6s, minus one to 9s and minus two to ten valued cards.
Advantage [Blackjack]
Player's or more rarely the casino's expected rate of win or loss, usually given as a percentage of total money put into action. A player may be said to have a 1% advantage in a certain game. This means that the player can expect to have a 1% return on all of the money bet in that game.
Advantage Player [Poker]
A thief or cheater, that is, someone who wins by taking an advantage.
Advantage Rule [Soccer]
A clause in the rules that directs the referee to refrain from stopping play for a foul if a stoppage would benefit the team that committed the violation.
Advantage Tool [Poker]
A cheating device, as a marked card or a mechanical device for hiding one or more cards, as, for example, a holdout machine.
Advantages [Soccer]
Situations where a team has possession of the ball and outnumbers the opposition near the opposing goal.
Advertise [Poker]
To make a bluff with the deliberate intention of being exposed as a loose player. Advertising usually means showing down a mediocre hand, to give the impression that you play overly loose or that you play a generally weak game. The idea is that other players will then give you more action when you make a legitimate hand. Since people are bad at revising first impressions, this potentially beneficial effect can be long-lasting. Typical advertising plays in hold'em might be to show down top pair with a weak kicker (e.g., K2), middle pair, or a gut shot draw that missed. These hands have marginal intrinsic value, but playing them early in a session might pay off later. Of course, it's best to advertise if you actually want to be called down more often, e.g., at an especially tight table. At a table full of calling stations, it might be unnecessary or even harmful. Advertising can also mean anything you do at the poker table to manipulate how other players assess you.
Advertised Price, Average [Motor Sports]
The average listed price for a given year, make and model combination, among the cars currently listed on
Advertised Price, Highest [Motor Sports]
The highest listed price for a given year, make and model combination, among the cars currently listed on
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