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ACTION
The amount of money wagered by a player during an entire playing session. In poker, the placing of money into the pot.
ACTIVE PLAYER
One who is still in the pot.
ANCHOR MAN
The player betting on the last box on the blackjack table and making the final decision, therefore anchoring the game.
ANTE
In poker, a small portion of the minimum bet that each player is required to put into the pot before a new hand starts.
ANY CRAPS
A one-roll dice bet covering the 2, 3, or 12.
ANY SEVEN
A one-roll dice bet covering any 7.
ARBITRAGE
To arbitrage is to make a combination of bets such that if one bet loses another wins. There is an implication of having an edge, at no or low risk. Arbitrage can also be used as a noun. Hedge has a similar meaning, but does not carry the implication of having an edge.
AUDITION
A casino test to determine if a dealer will be hired. Can be conducted on a live game.
ATS
ATS is the acronym for against the spread.

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BACCARAT
A card game where the winning hand totals closest to 9 discounting all units of 10. Originating from the game, Chemin de Fer.
BACK LINE
See Don't Pass Line.
BAG
An English casino term for thousand, e.g., 5 bag = 5 thousand.
BANKER
In a card game, dealer or the players who books the action of the other bettors at the table.
BANKROLL
The amount of money a player has for one gaming session.
BAR THE 12
Makes the 12 a push on the Don. t Pass Bar.
BASE
Area on the dice table where the majority of bets are made and paid.
BASE DEALER
Dice dealer in charge of one of the bases.
BASIC STRATEGY
In blackjack, the set of plays that you should make to maximise your advantage.
BET
Wager
BETTING LIMITS
In a table game, the minimum and maximum amounts of money that you can wager on one bet. You cannot wager less than the minimum or more than the maximum amount posted.
BETTING RIGHT
Betting on the Pass Line or with the shooter.
BETTING WRONG
Betting on the Don. t Pass or against the shooter.
BINGO MARKER
A crayon or ink dauber that is used to cover the numbers on a bingo game card.
BLACK
The most common colour used for $100 chips.
BLACKJACK
A card game where players try to beat the dealer by getting closest to 21 without going over.
BLIND BET
A bet that certain poker players are required to make because of their betting positions.
BLUFF
In poker, players bluff when raising with a weak hand in hopes of driving out players with stronger hands.
BOARD
In poker, the community cards dealt face-up in the centre of the table are referred to as on the 'board'.
BOAT
Another term for a full house.
BOOK
To accept a bet.
BOX
Area of the dice table controlled by the boxman.
BOXMAN
The casino employee in charge of the craps table. The boxman sits between the base dealers.
BREAK
To exceed 21.
BREAK-EVEN POINT
The break-even point is the point at which if you played forever, the bets you made would approximately equal the payoffs you'd receive.
BRING-IN
In seven-card stud, the bring-in is a mandatory bet made by the player with the lowest upcard in the first round of betting.
BUCK
A $100 wager
BUG
A joker
BUMP
To raise
BURN CARD
In card games, the card temporarily removed from play. After a shuffle and cut, one card is placed on the bottom of the deck or in the discard tray, which is called burning the card.
BUST
In blackjack, to go over twenty-one. If you bust you lose
BUTTON
In poker, a small plastic disc used as a marker that is moved from player to player after each hand to designate the dealer position.

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