Casino Glossary & Terminology

The Casino Veteran wants to help all online casino players enjoy gambling, by explaining most commonly used terms.

X-Reel  online slots with x amount of betting reels, most popular are 3 reel, 5 reel and 7 reel

Achievements – incentives in new casinos where online casino players can win extra bonuses or rewards after completing certain missions

Action – a real-money wager.

Ante – a minimum bet made before a hand.

Autospin – means slot has a feature that let’s you program your next x amount of spins in advance

Baccarat – casino game played player vs banker, bets are made whose hand will be closest to the total of 9

Banker – usually indicates position in the game that represents house hand

Bet Max. – represents betting maximum amount possible in an online slots game

Blackjack – card game where players have to beat the banker representing the house

Bonuses – special offers given to players

  • First Deposit bonus – special bonus awarded to a new player making his first deposit
  • No deposit bonus – bonus awarded as an incentive to new players that allows to play after you sign up but doesn’t require money deposit
  • Welcome Bonus – online bonus awarded to new players who are making their first deposit in an online casino. a set of wagers must be done before the winnings will be released
  • Reload bonus – an online bonus awarded to regular/returning customer for making a new deposit
  • Match bonus – means the casino will match the deposit by % if the player meets specific conditions
  • Feature bonus – associated with online slots players, give players additional chance to win, common bonuses include wild cards, free spins, instant cash, progressive jackpots
  • Free Spins – usually awarded to new registering players, or free spins as an enticement to try new slot, new online games, usually set of wagers are required before we can withdraw potential winnings

Bust – when player or dealer went over 21 points in blackjack

Card Counting – legal way of getting advantage over the house used in blackjack to establish which card will be dealt next

Cash out – withdrawing your funds from an account

Cashier – area in the online casino, where player can deposit or withdraw the funds

Chips – they are used to play in various online casino games, they represent real monetary value unless stated otherwise

Coins – these are used by online slots players in games as denominations

Columns – it is a bet in online roulette that covers a vertical line of 12 numbers

Comp points – these are the credits awarded to players for playing real money games, can be exchanged for cash or gifts from online casino stores

Credits – represent number of bets available in online slots

Croupier – different word for dealer that is in charge of game at the table

Deposit – transferring funds  to online casinos to be able to play for real money

Double down – in blackjack that allows the player to double their initial bet in order to get one more card

eCogra – is also a leading independent and internationally approved testing agency and certification body,  specialising in the certification of online gaming software and the audit of Information Security Management Systems

Edge – or house edge, house advantage over the player

Encryption – software used to protect online players’ data and personal details

European blackjack – version of blackjack played with six decks

Even money – bet that pays at odds 1 to 1

Expanding Symbol – symbol in an online slot game that covers whole reel in order to activate larger win

e-Wallet – online place storing bank account or credit card numbers to allow you making secure deposits

Face card -card representing kings, queens and jacks in a deck

Hand – cards dealt by a dealer to a player in an online game

High roller – a player that makes large bets, high roller game indicates high stakes

Hit – indicates willingness to receive another card in blackjack

House – the name for the online casino

House edge – statistical advantage of the house, online casino over the player

Immersive roulette – online roulette with live dealer that allows the player to change camera angles

Inside bets – bets placed on specific numbers in an online roulette

Insurance – bet in blackjack put aside that allows the player to protect himself from the risk of the dealer to be dealt a blackjack

Jackpot – typical to online slots, indicates the highest available price in a specific online slot

Jacks or better – a version of online poker in which the winning hand has to be a par of jacks

Keno – is a lottery type numbers game played in some online casinos, keno game consists of a board with numbers 1 to 80, player selects up to 10 and wager each draw

License – required for online casinos to be awarded by gaming jurisdictions in order to offer games online within specific country

Live casino – casinos that have live dealers and action can be followed via webcam

Live dealer – human dealer that you can play against in some online casinos and watch the action through webcam

Lobby – online casino area where games are listed

Martingale – means player need to double their loosing bet until they win, it’s a system used in online roulette

Micro stakes – online slots and card games with a very low limit stakes

Multi ball – online roulette version where players can place bets on more than one ball at once

Odds – players chances to win

Payline – specific to online slots indicating a line of symbols to grant a win

Payouts – winnings from online casino games paid out to a player

Progressive jackpot – online casino grand payout, that increases each time a specific game is played but the jackpot hasn’t been won

Reels – columns of symbols in online slots game

RNG – random number generator

RTP – Return to player percentage,  term used by an onlione casino to describe the percentage of the wagered money that will be paid back to player over time from online slots

Stacked wilds – wild symbol in an online slots that can cover the entire reel when it drops

Tier – different stages of player VIP status, regular play of online casino games is required to sustain a tier or move up

Video poker – is an online poker version, it’s based on five card draw, played on a console similar in the structure and size to an online slot

VIP – status granted to a loyal player and big spending players, VIP in online casinos can have special bonuses, free spins and online casino rewards

Wager – bet

Wild – describes a card in online gambling that can substitute for any other card

Wild symbol – in online slots describes a symbol in a slot that can substitute any other giving the player higher chance of a win