Glossary

 

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W

 

A 

 

Account – A close access page created by a player upon registration at www.sportbro.com. The player uses the account only in his own name and personally.

 

Accumulator – This is also similar to a parlay wager. It involves placing simultaneous wagers on two or more games or events, pressing the winnings from the first onto the second, third, etc. In order to win this type of bet, all of the individual selections must be won.

 

All-In – In poker, this refers to a bet where a player pushes all of their chips into play. In sports betting, this is a wager which includes several events and all must have action and be won.

 

Alternate Lines – All sportsbooks offer lines (point spreads) on sporting events. Some sportsbooks may offer different (or alternate) point spreads that pay different odds for the same game. These provide bettors more options to wager on certain games.

 

American Odds – Moneyline odds are shown as + or – a number in the US. Outside of the US, the same odds might be presented with a decimal point or by a fraction. Example: Yankees +400 American odds would be 5.0 or 4/1.

 

American Roulette – A type of roulette game that has a total of 38 numbers – 0 and 00, and 1 – 36. The numbers from 1-36 are alternately coloured red and black, while 0 and 00 are green.

 

Ante – An initial bet required before a hand can start. Most commonly heard in card games, particularly stud poker.

 

Arbitrage – This betting strategy involves placing a wager on all possible outcomes of an event so that that there’s a guaranteed profit regardless of the winner. 

 

Autospin – A feature built into some online slots that allows players to program up to 50 spins automatically.

 

Authentication – The process of verifying the identity of a person via Email Code, specifically on the website Sportbro.

 

 

 

B

 

Baccarat – Also known as Baccara. A table game using 6 or 8 decks of cards. The game is easy to play and unlike blackjack and poker doesn’t require any skill. The aim is simply to achieve a baccarat score of 9, or as close to that as possible.

 

Bankroll (BR) – The total amount of money a player is willing to risk on a given visit to a casino. 

 

Bet – Any bet, stake, wager or similar made by a player in relation to the services.  

 

Betting – A game in which a player makes a bet on the possible result of a sports game or any other event the result of which can be predicted. The winning in betting depends on the fact whether the player predicted result matches the actual, documentary proved facts.

 

Betting Limit – The minimum / maximum permissible bet determined by the Bookmaker for each particular outcome.

 

Bettor – A person making bet(s).

 

Bitcoin – A type of digital/cryptocurrency that some online casino sites allow players to use to wager.

 

Blackjack – A card game where the aim for the player is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting as close to 21 without going bust. Blackjack is also the term used for a two-card total of 21 consisting of an ace and a 10-value card, such as a King or Queen. 

 

Bonuses – Incentives and special prizes offered to players. They fall into several categories, including: a welcome bonus, reload/deposit bonus and free spin bonus.  

 

Bookmaker – An individual or an organization which takes bets in a professional capacity.

 

Break Bust – When a blackjack hand exceeds a total value of 21.

 

Breaking Hand – Also known as a stiff hand or a hard hand. It refers to a hand in blackjack that will break (go over 21) with a one-card draw such as a hard 12, 13, 15, or 16. This is not to be confused with a bust.

 

 

 

C

 

Caribbean Stud – Online card game played against the dealer. It is very similar to 5-card stud.

 

Cashback – A bonus given by the bookmaker or casino in return to players' losses for a predefined period of time or on a specific game.

 

Cash Out – The process whereby a player withdraws funds held in their online casino account.

 

Casino Hold’em – A casino version of Texas Hold’em where players must beat the dealer’s poker hand.

 

Chalk – The favourite in a wager.

 

Chalk Player – Someone who typically wagers on favourites.

 

Chips – Round tokens that are used on gaming tables in lieu of cash. They also feature in most online table games.

 

Circle Game – A game is circled by a sportsbook because betting limits are lower than usual. This most often happens when there’s a questionable injury before a game, potentially bad weather, a trade rumor, and etc.

 

Coefficient – A figure by which a bet is multiplied if a player has correctly predicted the event.

 

Cold Streak – An extended losing run.

 

Combination Bet  / Combo / Express Parlay – A bet that includes several positions at once. A winning at this bet will be possible only if all the player's forecasts are correct.

 

Croupier – The French word for a dealer.

 

Customer Support – Agents on hand to help with any issues you may be having with your account or the games on their site. They are available on the phone, via email, and sometimes through live chat.

 

 

 

D

 

Deal – The distribution of cards from the dealer to the player in blackjack and baccarat.

 

Dealer – A person who operates the game, dealing cards and taking bets. In most online casino games, this function is carried out by the random number generator, but in live casinos, the dealer is human.

 

Deposit – An amount of real money transferred by a player to the account when replenishing the player account for making bets.

 

Double – A wager consisting of two separate selections.

 

Double Ball – A new live roulette format from Evolution Gaming. Two balls are fired round the wheel, giving players double the chance of winning.

 

Double Down – A move in blackjack that allows the player to double their initial bet to receive one more card.

 

 

 

E

 

European Blackjack – A popular variant of the game played with six decks of cards.

 

European Roulette – A version of roulette with just one zero. It is also known as French roulette.

 

Even Money – An odds bet of 1-1 when a winning wager returns the wager itself, plus an amount equal to the wager. +100 in moneyline format, 2.00 in decimal format, 1/1 in fractional format.

 

Expanding / Wild Symbol – A symbol in an online slot that expands to fill the whole screen, triggering big wins.

 

Event – A sporting, entertainment, culture, political or any other event, which is actually taking place and in respect of which the Bookmaker offers a bet.

 

Express / Combination Bet / Combo Parlay – A bet that includes several positions at once. A winning at this bet will be possible only if all the player's forecasts are correct.

 

 

 

F

 

Face Cards – Any card that has a ‘face’ on it. So, a King, Queen or Jack.

 

Favourite – The selection in a betting market which is most likely to win.

 

Fish – A new, naive or unsophisticated gambler. In games of skill, they are often preyed on by more experienced players known as sharks.

 

First Base – At a live blackjack table, the first base is used to describe the first seat to the dealer’s left.

 

Fixed Odds Games – Odds agreed when a wager is placed. They don't change even if the odds for the relevant selection move in the future.

 

Four of a Kind – In poker, four cards of the same denomination. For example, four Queens, or a four of Hearts, Clubs, Spades and Diamonds.

 

Free Spin – A free bet on a slot machine that can award winnings like a regular spin.

 

Full House – In poker, a set of three cards of the same denomination plus a set of two cards of the same denomination. For example, three Kings, a six of Clubs and a six of Spades.

 

 

 

G

 

Gambling – The voluntary act of risking a sum of money on the outcome of a game or other event.

 

Grand Salami – The over under total of the combined scores of all the hockey games on the board, or schedule for a given day/night.

 

Grand Slam – This is used for the four major tennis or golf tournaments. Tennis has Wimbeldon, Australian Open, French Open and the US Open. Golf includes the Masters, British Open, US Open and the PGA Championship. Also a baseball term for a home run with the bases loaded.

 

 

 

H

 

Handicap – The spread of a game or event. Also called the point spread.

 

Handicap Betting – A form of betting where a bookmaker will hypothetically add points or goals to the underdog for the purposes of deciding the outcome.

 

Hard Hand – Any hand without an Ace, or a hand where all cards are Aces and counted as one.

 

Hedging – Placing bets on the opposite side after you have already placed a wager on one side. This can be used to either cut your losses, or guarantee a profit.

 

Hit – The player takes an additional card at their request, a particularly common action in blackjack.

 

High-roller – A player who makes extremely high wagers. They are often enrolled on an operator’s VIP scheme, and enjoy perks such as their own account, special bonuses and rewards, etc.

 

Hole Card – The dealer’s unexposed down card in blackjack.

 

Hot Streak – An extended winning run.

 

House – The casino is often referred to as the house.

 

House Edge – The mathematical edge the casino has over the player. For example, a house edge of 1% means that for every £100 bet by the player, the probable long-term outcome will be £99 won by the player, and £1 retained by the casino.

 

 

 

I

 

IBF – An abbreviation for the International Boxing Federation.

 

Immersive Roulette – A type of live dealer roulette game with several cameras placed around the wheel and the table, offering players a more immersive view of the action.

 

Inside Bet – A bet placed in roulette that is on a single number, two numbers or four numbers. A single number bet pays 35/1.

 

Instant Play – Online casino sites that can be accessed in a web browser and do not require players to download a client to their desktop or laptop computer.

 

Insurance – The player bets that the dealer has blackjack (an Ace and a 10-value card) when the dealer’s up card is an Ace. Insurance usually pays out 2/1 or 3/2 depending on the game format being played.

 

 

 

J

 

Jacks or Better – In poker, a pair that pays off only if the cards in the pair are Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces. Lower pairs do not pay off.

 

Jackpot – The largest pay out issued by a casino game, usually a slots machine.

 

Jackpot Games / Progressive Slots – A game that can be played by the network of online casinos. Every time a player places a bet, a percentage being placed in the money pool. The pool is won by a player across the network where the particular Jackpot game is available.

 

Joint Favourite – When there are two favourites for an event. This is mostly used in England.

 

 

 

K

 

Kelly Criterion – A popular bankroll management strategy for a bettor who seeks to limit losses while maximizing the amount won.

 

Keno – A lottery-type game offered in most online casinos. Players pick numbers between 1-80, place their wagers, then 20 numbers are drawn at random by the RNG. Players win each time a number they picked matches those drawn.  

 

 

 

L

 

Licence – Awarded to operators and suppliers who meet internationally recognised standards and best practices. It reassures players that games are fair, and that sites are being run honestly and transparently.

 

Line – 1) The odds offered by a bookmaker, or the point spread offered. 2) Short for pay line, which is the line of symbols on a slot which must be filled with certain combinations in order to create a win.

 

Live Bet – A bet that is made only during the relevant Event and whose coefficients are constantly updated during the event in accordance with the current situation of the Event.

 

Live Dealer – Table games streamed from studios or real-world casinos to online players. The tables, cards, chips and croupiers are all real. Players can also interact with the dealer.

 

Lobby – The area of the online casino where they games are displayed.

 

Login – The area through which players access the online casino by entering their user name and password.

 

 

 

M

 

Match Bonus – A reward where a deposit is matched by the online casino by 50%, 100% and even as high as 200%. They usually come with a wagering requirement.

 

Maximum Bet – The largest amount that a casino will allow a player to place on a specific bet. This is often larger for VIPs and high-rollers. 

 

Mini-games – Small subgames built into some online slots that offer players more chance to win.

 

MLB – Short for Major League Baseball (US).

 

Moneyline – In sports like baseball, soccer and hockey, there are so few runs/goals scored that it doesn’t make sense to only offer a spread. Instead, these sports offer a moneyline in which you bet on whether or not a specific team is going to win straight-up.

 

Monopoly – A live online game show based on the world-known board game. When a live game host spinning the vertically mounted wheel, the players predict the segment the wheel is going to stop at after the spin.

 

Multiplier – A prize bonus in an online slot that can be added to winning spins and free spins to boost winnings.

 

Multi-table – Games of blackjack, poker or roulette where players can access more than one table simultaneously.

 

Multiple Pay Lines – Slots that feature more than one pay line, as opposed to the old-fashioned one-armed-bandit games.

 

 

 

N

 

Natural – Being dealt a 21 in blackjack with the first two cards. It’s also a term in baccarat for being dealt two cards that make a total of either 8 or 9.

 

NBA – The National Basketball Association.

 

NCAA – The National Collegiate Athletic Association.

 

NFL – The National Football League.

 

NHL – The National Hockey League.

 

 

 

O

 

Odds – The chance of a player making a win.

 

Off the Board – A game or event that sportsbooks will not allow you to bet on. Oftentimes a game is taken off the board if there is uncertainly surrounding a player’s injury status or the weather.

 

Outcome – The result of a sports game or any other event, in respect of which the Bookmaker offers a winning coefficient and the User has placed a bet.

 

Outside Bets – In roulette, bets made on columns of 12 numbers, sections of 18 numbers (1-18, 19-36), Red/Black or Odd/Even.

 

Over / Under bet – A wager on the total number of something (such as points or goals scored in a match). The bookmaker sets a total and you wager on whether the actual total will be over or under.

 

 

 

P

 

ParlayCombination bet / ComboExpress – A bet that includes several positions at once. A winning at this bet will be possible only if all the player's forecasts are correct.

 

Pass – Mainly relates to card games, and means taking the decision to not place a bet.

 

Payout – The prize or winnings paid out to the player. At licensed online casinos, these payouts are audited by an independent third party.

 

Point Spread – Also the handicap, or the amount of points allocated to the underdog in order to level the playing odds with the favorite.

 

Progressive Jackpot – Mainly relates to jackpot games, a linked prize pool connected to several casinos. Jackpots are made up of a small percentage of players’ wagers, and are triggered at random or by hitting a certain pay line. They can roll over into millions of pounds.

 

Promotions – All bonuses and promotions that a player can receive a benefit from, including but not limited to registration bonus, promotions on games or bets, and other promotions.

 

Push – A draw between the player and the dealer. No money is lost by either party.

 

 

 

R

 

Reels – In an online slot, they are the vertical columns of symbols that spin and land in random positions.

 

Return – The total amount of money produced by a (winning) wager. Losing wagers have a negative return.

 

RNG – Random Number Generator, a mathematical construct that is designed to generate a random set of numbers that does not display any patterns in their appearance or generation, hence the word random.

 

Royal Flush – In poker, five consecutive denomination cards of the same suit, starting from 10 and ending in an Ace.

 

RTP – Return to player. The theoretical, long-term prize payouts made by a casino for every £100 wagered by the player.

 

 

 

S

 

Single – A wager with one selection.

 

Sit & Go – Also known as SNGs. A single-table online poker tournament. There is no schedule, and the game begins as soon as there are enough players around the table.

 

Shark – A professional or highly experienced gambler.

 

Shoe – The box from which the cards are dealt.

 

Slot – One of the easiest games in casino, the goal of which to put together different combinations and patterns of symbols.

 

Soft Hand – In blackjack, it refers to a dealer’s hand that contains an Ace that can count as 1 or 11.

 

Soft Double Down – Doubling down when one of the two cards is an Ace.

 

Sharp – A slang term for an experienced, professional, or skilled bettor.

 

Split – Option to play each of two of the same cards as a separate hand, but a separate bet equal to the original wager must be made. In blackjack, if a player is dealt a King of Hearts and a King of Clubs, they can split, place an additional wager equal to the amount of the original bet, and receive two more cards.

 

Sportsbook – An alternative term for a bookmaker.

 

Spread Betting – Any of various types of wagering on the outcome of an event where the pay-off is based on the accuracy of the wager, rather than a simple "win or lose" outcome, such as fixed-odds betting or parimutuel betting.

 

Stacked Symbols – Online slot symbols of the same type that are adjacent on the same reel/column.

 

Stake – The sum of money wagered.

 

Stand – The decision to not receive another card.

 

Standing Card – Term used when the dealer has a 7 or greater showing.

 

Standing Hand – A hand requiring the dealer to stand.

 

Stanley Cup – The championship series and prize for the NHL.

 

Straight – In poker, five consecutive denomination cards of different suits. For example, Nine of Hearts, Ten of Clubs, Jack of Hearts, Queen of Spades, King of Clubs.

 

Straight Flush – In poker, five consecutive denomination cards of the same suit. For example, Nine, Ten, Jack, Queen, King of Spades.

 

Stud Poker – In this variant, the first card is dealt face down before each player and the next four are dealt face up (5-card stud) or in which the first two cards and the last card are dealt face down and the intervening four cards are dealt face up (7-card stud). Bets are made after each round.

 

Super Bowl – The championship game played in the NFL.

 

 

 

T

 

Texas Hold’em – A poker variant in which each player is dealt two cards face down and combines these with any of five community cards to make the best available five-card hand.

 

Tie – A third betting option in baccarat. If the player and the dealer hold the same hand, a bet on the tie pays at 8/1.

 

Tier – The different levels players can reach in an online casino operator’s rewards or VIP programme.

 

Three of a Kind – In poker, three cards of the same denomination or rank.

 

Two Pairs – In poker, two sets of pairs of the same card denomination.

 

 

 

U

 

Up Card – In blackjack, this is the dealer’s face-up card.

 

Username – The online identity used by a player when logging in to an online bookmaker or casino.

 

 

 

V

 

Video Slot – An online slot game that includes a video display and enhanced graphics to make the game more exciting.

 

Vigorish – The commission or fee that is taken by the casino when a player wins.

 

VIP Programme – Online casino operators offer loyalty schemes to players; the more they play, the higher they climb the various tiers. VIPs gain access to personal account managers, personalised bonuses and rewards, as well as all-expenses-paid trips and once-in-a -lifetime experiences.

 

Virtual Sports – Gambling on virtual games that are set up by The Bookmaker on the site. The outcomes from each match or event are generated by a computer algorithm which picks the winner in a non-biased way.

 

 

 

W

 

Wager – A bet. Any bet, in fact.

 

Wager Requirements – Restrictions placed on bonuses to stop players abusing the bonus. A player must play a certain number of bets or hands before they are able to cash out the bonus. Otherwise, casinos would simply be handing out free money.

 

WBA – World Boxing Association.

 

WBC – World Boxing Council.

 

Welcome Bonus – An amount of extra credits given by a bookmaker or a casino when a player has registered.

 

Wild – A symbol in an online slot game that substitutes for any other symbol on the reels and helps form a winning combination.

 

Wild Card – A joker or other card that can be used as any other card to complete your hand in card games.

 

Withdrawal – An amount of real money transferred by a player from the account, when winning is paid out.

 

World Series – The championship best of 7-game series of Major League Baseball.