All Gambling Terms Dictionary

Hangetsu [Martial Arts]
Name of a karate kata
Hangetsu Dachi [Martial Arts]
Hourglass stance
Hanging [Horse Racing]
The inclination to run in (or out) during a race. When hanging in, a horse will have a tendency to veer towards the inside running rail or fence, while when hanging out, a horse will have a tendency to veer towards the outside running rail. A horse that is hanging will often check other runners which happen to be in its path.
Hanging Arrow [Archery]
An arrow that hangs down because it hasn't penetrated deeply into the target.
Hanging Lie [Golf]
A lie in which the ball rests on a downhill slope.
Hanging Locker [Sailing]
A locker big enough to hang clothes.
Hank [Sailing]
(1) Clips used to fasten a sail to a stay. (2) Using such slips to attach a sail to a stay.
Hanmi [Martial Arts]
Front stance (facing the opponent at ¾ )
Hanmi Kamae [Martial Arts]
Front stance with ready fists
Hanshi [Martial Arts]
"Master." A respected master, of Japanese martial disciplines, who is of eigth- to tenth-degree black belt rank, although not all masters receive this title.
Hansoku Gachi [Martial Arts]
"Winner by violation." The decision awarded in a match when an opponent has violated the rules.
Hansoku Mate [Martial Arts]
A very serious violation that gives the opponent an ippon, thereby ending the match. (Judo)
Hansokumake [Martial Arts]
"Loser by violation." A verdict against the loser when there has been a violation of the rules in a match.
Hantei [Martial Arts]
"Judgement" or "decision." A command by the referee to the judges to choose the winner of a match when neither contestant has scored or if the score is tied.
Hao Shi, Ming Ti [Archery]
A Chinese whistling arrow.
Hapkido [Martial Arts]
"way of coordinating power." A Korean martial art characterized by kicking without retraction and composed of three primary skills: nonresistance when meeting force, circular motion to countering and attacking, and the water principle - total penetration of an enemy's defenses.
Happy Hour [Motor Sports]
Slang term for the last official practice session held before a NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division race. Usually takes place the day before the race and after all qualifying sessions and support races have been staged.
Hara [Martial Arts]
"Abdomen." Gravity and mass in the human body, traditionally considered in Eastern thought to be the seat of the soul and center of ki.
Hara Kiri [Martial Arts]
Ritual Japanese suicide with a knife, practiced by the samurai warrior. This phrase is the informal word for seppuku.
Haragei [Martial Arts]
The art of concentrating ki in the abdomen; disciplines focusing on developing the tanden.
Harai [Martial Arts]
Sweep" or "sweeping.
Harbor [Sailing]
An anchorage protected from storms either naturally or by man-made barriers.
Harbormaster [Sailing]
The individual who is in charge of a harbor.
Hard [Poker]
Pertaining to chips in a change transaction. For example, when requesting change in currency (as opposed to chips), a request made by a dealer to a floor man of "$20 hard, $80 soft" indicates a player has a $100 bill and wants only $20 of it in chips.
Hard (Track) [Horse Racing]
A condition of a turf course where there is no resiliency to the surface.
Hard Boot [Horse Racing]
Denotes a well-traveled breeder whose boots are caked with mud and therefore hard-by extension, a breeder or trainer whose methods are characterized as old-fashioned. Generally used in the phrase Kentucky hard-boot.
Hard Card [Bingo]
A bingo card printed on heavy cardboard material usually with shutters to cover each number as it is called. A bingo card contains 24 numbered spaces and one "free space." The numbers are arranged in five rows or columns of five numbers each. The numbers in the "B" row contain five numbers between 1 and 15, picked at random. The numbers in the "I" row contain five numbers between 16 and 30. The numbers in the "N" row contain four numbers between 31 and 45 and the "free space." The numbers in the "G" row contain five numbers between 46 and 60. The numbers in the "O" row contain five numbers between 61 and 75. Players have thousands of unduplicated cards to pick from. Some manufacturers print unduplicated series of 6,000 cards. There are also series of 9,000 cards available. Hard cards and "flimsy" cards have a series number printed on them. Card number 1252, for example, will always have the same numbers in the same spaces. Hard cards are fast becoming a thing of the past. Soon they may even be collector's items!
Hard Court [Tennis]
A tennis court whose surface is made out of asphalt, concrete or a similar material.
Hard Hand [Blackjack]
Hands without an ace, or with an ace valued at 1 are said to be hard in that they can only be given one value, as opposed to "soft" hands.
Hard on you [Baseball]
A close ball or strike call from the umpire that is not universally accepted. Can be said by the batting or fielding side. An expression universally disdained by umpires.
Hard Over [Sailing]
To move all the way in one direction, such as when turning the wheel.
Hard Ten [Craps]
A women's best friend.
Hard Total [Blackjack]
The total of any hand not containing Aces or the total of a hand where the Ace is counted as 1. So a 10 and an 8 is a hard total of 18, or a hard 18. An Ace and a 7 is a hard total of 8.
Hard Try [Golf]
Gives excellent effort but does not win the race.
Hard Way [Bowling]
Converting the 2-7 or 3-10 split by knocking the front pin into the back pin. (The standard way of converting is to hit both pins with the ball.)
Hard Way(s) [Craps]
There are four hard way combinations: hard four (2&2), hard 6 (3&3), hard eight (4&4), and hard ten (5&5). Example: If you bet on hard 6, you win if a pair or 3's comes up before a 7. Hard 6 and hard eight pay 10:1, hard four and hard ten pay 8: 1.
Hard-a-Lee [Sailing]
A command to steer the boat downwind.
Hard-Chined [Sailing]
A hull shape with flat panels that join at sharp angles.
Hard-Play [Poker]
Show no mercy in one's play against another player, that is, do one's best to beat the opponent; opposed to soft-play.
Hard-Way [Poker]
A pair of something, usually used in lowball. A hard-way 8 is a pair of 4s. One player says, "I've got an eight," and some other player is likely to say, "I've got a hard-way eight" (that is, he paired 4s).
Hardbat [Table Tennis]
An older type of paddle, on which the rubber sheet is attached with the pips out.
Hardboot [Horse Racing]
A Kentucky horseman of the old school, because of legendary mud caked on his boots.
Hardway [Wrestling]
When a wrestler bleeds a whole lot more than what bladings can do. If juicing occurs, it would most likely not be a work.
Hardway Bet [Craps]
A wager that the 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be rolled as a pair before being rolled easy or a seven is thrown.
Hardway Bingo [Bingo]
Bingo in a straight line without the use of the free space.
Hardway Juice [Wrestling]
N. real blood produced by means other than blading, i.e. the hard way. One of the possible outcomes of a shoot.
Harlequin [General]
A speciality wager of 24 bets with four selections covered in "Up and Down," "Round the Clock," Doubles, Trebles, etc. for win, Each Way and Place only.
Harmonic Balancer [Motor Sports]
An element used to reduce vibration in the crankshaft.
Harness [Motor Sports]
The safety belt system worn by a race driver. The basic racing harness is a "four-point" unit; it has four belt lengths that meet in the middle of the driver's pelvis. Two ponts form a conventional lap belt, same as in a passenger car; the other two go up the chest and over each of the driver's shoulders; unlike a passenger-car shoulder belt, they do not cross over the chest. In cars with a roll cage, they are fastened to a roll cage member behind the driver's seat. (In open-cockpit cars, such as Indy cars not having a roll cage, they are fastened to the part of the chassis structure behind the driver's seat.) The place where the four points meet has a one-lever disconnect that causes all four harness segments to unfasten simultaneously, for rapid bailout. Some series require a "five-point" harness, which adds a belt that goes through the crotch and the bottom of the seat; this prevents "submarining" (a term for when the driver slides out from under the lap belt in a high-speed frontal impact).
Harrow [Horse Racing]
A frame with suspended pins towed by a tractor used to loosen and even the soil of a track surface. The amount loosened is determined by how low the pins are set in the frame.
Hart, Schaffner, and Marx [Poker]
Three jacks.
Hasami [Martial Arts]
Hasami Uchi [Martial Arts]
Scissors hit/strike
Hasami Zuki [Martial Arts]
Double scissors punch/strike
Hashmark [Basketball]
See midcourt area marker.
Haskell Ball [Golf]
Introduced in 1898 by inventor Coburn haskell, this rubber core ball consisted of a solid rubber center around which was wound elastic thread under tension. The cover was made from gutta-percha. This ball, also called the rubber-core ball, is considered to have revolutionized the game.
Hat Trick [Horse Racing]
The winning, usually by a jockey, of three races on a single program.
Hata [Martial Arts]
"Flag." The flags used by referees or line persons to indicate scores, decisions, or jogai.
Hatch [Sailing]
A sliding or hinged opening in the deck, providing people with access to the cabin or space below.
Hatchback [Motor Sports]
A passenger car with a full-height rear door that includes a rear window. Usually has a rear folding seat.
Hatchet [Rowing]
An oar with a cleaver-shaped blade that has a larger surface area than on the standard oar.
Haul [Sailing]
Pulling on a line.
Haul Out [Sailing]
Remove a boat from the water.
Hauler [Motor Sports]
The 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig that NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division teams use to transport two race cars, engines, tools, and support equipment to the racetracks. Cars are stowed in the top section, while the bottom floor is used for work space.
Hauling Part [Sailing]
The part on the object which is hauled upon.
Hauri [Martial Arts]
Have a Sign on One's Back [Poker]
Be known to be a cheat.
Hawse Hole [Sailing]
A hole in the hull for mooring lines to run through.
Hawsepipes [Sailing]
Pipes to guide lines through the hawse hole. On large vessels anchors are stored with their shanks in the hawsepipes.
Hawser [Sailing]
A rope that is very large in diameter, usually used when docking large vessels.
Hazard [Golf]
Any bunker or water hazard designed into a course to create difficulty for the golfer. Roads, tracks, paths, bare patches of ground, and areas containing casual water are not hazards.
Hazu [Archery]
The nock of an arrow.
Hb [Baseball]
Hit Batsmen
Hbp [Baseball]
Times Hit by Pitches
Hc [Blackjack]
The acronym for High Card: 10, J, Q, K, or ace.
Hcw [Wrestling]
Hardcore Championship Wrestling
Head [Sailing]
(1) The front of a vessel. (2) The upper corner or edge of a sail. (3) The top or front of a part. (4) The toilet and toilet room in a vessel.
Head Deke [Ice Hockey]
When a player drops his head as though moving one way and quickly moves in another to fake out the opponent.
Head Man [Ice Hockey]
To pass the puck ahead to a teammate, especially on a rush; as in, "Jagr head mans the puck to Gretzky."
Head of the Stretch [Horse Racing]
The beginning of the straight run for the finish line.
Head Pin [Bowling]
The 1-pin.
Head Room [Motor Sports]
The distance from the top of an occupant's head to the headliner.
Head Seas [Sailing]
Waves coming from the front of the vessel.
Head Sock [Motor Sports]
A fireproof hood that covers the entire face (except eye holes), head, and neck. Usually worn under a full face helmet. Also referred to as a "balaclava".
Head to Head [General]
To select the team, or player, you believe will win the game or an event.
Head to Wind [Sailing]
A position with the boat's bow in the direction that the wind is coming from. This will probably stop the boat and place it in irons.
Head Up [Poker]
1) Pertaining to two players playing a game by themselves. "They're playing head up for a big one." (Two players are playing freeze-out for $1000.) Also, two-handed. 2) Head-to-head. When a house dealer says "Head up," he means that there are exactly two players in the current pot.
Head Wrench [Motor Sports]
Slang term for a race team's crew chief.
Head-to-Head [Poker]
Pertaining to (only) two players in a pot.
Head-Up [Poker]
Pertaining to playing head up. "They're in a head-up game."
Header [Soccer]
The striking of a ball in the air by a player's head.
Headers [Motor Sports]
Fine-tuned exhaust system that routes exhaust from the engine. Replaces conventional exhaust manifolds.
Headgear [Wrestling]
Gear worn to protect the ears during wrestling.
Heading [Soccer]
A method of scoring, passing or controlling the movement of the ball by making contact between the ball and a player's head.
Headliner [Motor Sports]
The interior covering of the roof. Headliners often contain consoles with slots for garage-door openers and other devices, as well as dome lights and wiring for electrical and electronic components attached to the headliner. The covering usually includes a sound-absorbing material.
Headlock [Wrestling]
A hold in which an arm is around the opponent's neck and the hands are locked together. The opponent's arm must be gathered into the hold to prevent accidental choking.
Headquarters [Horse Racing]
The main harness racing track in a particular area. In NSW, headquarters refers to Harold Park, the metropolitan track in that state.
Heads Up [Poker]
1) Pertaining to two players playing a game by themselves. "They're playing head up for a big one." (Two players are playing freeze-out for $1000.) Also, two-handed. 2) Head-to-head. When a house dealer says "Head up," he means that there are exactly two players in the current pot.
Heads-Up [Poker]
Play between only two players.
Headsail [Sailing]
Any sail forward of the mast, such as a jib.
Headset [Cycling]
The part of the bicycle frame where the fork, stem, and handlebar are fitted.
Headsock [Motor Sports]
A fire resistant head mask or balaclava.
Headstay [Sailing]
The most forward forestay. The line from the bow or bowsprit to the top of the mast. This keeps the mast from falling toward the rear of the boat. The headstay is the furthest forward of all the stays on the boat.
Headway [Sailing]
The forward motion of a vessel through the water.
Heart [Poker]
1) Guts; courage; the ability to flow with the tides of fortune in a poker game. "He doesn't play well, but he's sure got a lot of heart." 2) Any card in the hearts suit.
Hearts [Poker]
1) One of the four suits in a deck of cards, whose symbol is shaped like a valentine. Originally, hearts may have represented the upper class, love being an abstract concept appreciated only by the rich and educated. In both the traditional and four-color deck, hearts are red. 2) A heart flush, that is, five cards of the same suit, all hearts. "I've got a straight; whadda you got?" "Hearts."
Heat [Blackjack]
The pressure a casino puts on a winning player, typically someone who is suspected of being a card counter. It can range from very mild forms, such as a pit boss intently watching a player, unnecessary comments to more overt forms, such as a pit boss counting down the cards in the discard tray, particularly after a player has raised his bet, accusations of counting cards, intent scrutiny of your game by the pit bosses or other casino personnel. Most counters consider heat to be a warning sign that the casino suspects they are counting.
Heat Gun [Golf]
Electrical device producing a flow of heated air that is used to break the epoxy bond between a graphite shaft and a club head. The heat gun is usually used in conjunction with some type of specialized shaft removal device, such as a shaft puller. (See “Shaft Puller.”)
Heat Machine [Wrestling]
(noun) A 'machine' that wrestling promotions use on some of their taped wrestling programs to make it seem as if the crowd is really into what is going on. It cannot be used on live programs and is only used sometimes now on taped shows. Also known as 'canned heat'.
Heat Race [Motor Sports]
A preliminary race to a feature. Heat races are generally short, taking 5-10 minutes to run. They serve to get both the cars and the fans warmed up for the feature, and sometimes the outcome of the heat races is used to determine the starting order of the feature.
Heating (Hot) Rod [Golf]
Steel rod, usually with a wooden handle, that is heated and then inserted into a club’s hosel in order to break the epoxy bond between head and shaft.
Heating the Tires [Motor Sports]
Drivers often swerve their cars back and forth on warm up laps or during periods of caution. This causes the tire temperatures to increase giving the cars better traction. It also cleans any debris off of the tires that they may have picked up from the track.
Heave [Sailing]
To throw or pull strongly on a line.
Heavens Gate [Bingo]
Heaves [Horse Racing]
This is a disease of the lungs when the air sacs are torn open and the lungs lose their elasticity. A horse so affected has a dry cough and must forcefully exhale air from his lungs. The condition is seldom seen in thoroughbreds.
Heaving Line [Sailing]
A light line used to be thrown ashore from which a larger rope can then be pulled.
Heaving to [Sailing]
Arranging the sails in such a manner as to slow or stop the forward motion of the boat, such as when in heavy seas.
Heavy [Poker]
In lowball, pertaining to a bad card. "I caught heavy" means I missed my hand by a mile.
Heavy (Track) [Horse Racing]
Wettest possible condition of a turf course; not usually found in North America.
Heavy Ice [Curling]
Ice on which stones will travel slowly.
Heavy Seas [Sailing]
When the water has large or breaking waves in stormy conditions.
Heavy Track [Horse Racing]
A racing surface drier than muddy and on which the footing is heavy and sticky.
Heavy Weather [Sailing]
Stormy conditions, including rough, high seas and strong winds. Probably uncomfortable or dangerous.
Hector [Poker]
The jack of diamonds. Probably a classical reference
Hedge [General]
Placing bets on the opposite side in order to cut losses or guarantee winning a minimal amount of money.
Hedging [General]
Placing bets on the opposite side in order to cut losses or guarantee winning a minimal amount of money.
Heef a Dooler. [Poker]
50 cents.
Heel [Golf]
The part of the head nearest the shaft. As a verb, to hit the ball with this part of the club, which sends it at a right angle to the intended line of flight.
Heel & Toe Downshifting [Motor Sports]
A technique of downshifting used to match engine speed with gearbox speeds, all the while continuing to brake. The sequence is: brake, then clutching, "blip" the throttle with the right side of the right foot; shift lever to lower gear, clutch out. Brake pedal pressure should remain constant during the entire sequence.
Heel Crack [Horse Racing]
A crack on the heel of the hoof. Also called a "sand crack."
Heel Peek [Poker]
Back peek (A cheating maneuver that enables the dealer to see the face of the top card on the deck, accomplished by squeezing the top of the deck between thumb and little finger in such a way as to bow the top card in the middle so that its value can be surreptitiously viewed. This move is made prior to dealing seconds.)
Heel, Heeling [Sailing]
When a boat tilts away from the wind, caused by wind blowing on the sails and pulling the top of the mast over. Some heel is normal when under sail.
Heel-and-Toe [Motor Sports]
A driving technique in which the accelerator is operated with the right heel and the brake pedal with the toes of the right foot.
Heel-Toe Weighting [Golf]
A type of club head design in which weight is positioned toward the heel and toe of the clubhead in an attempt to stabilize the clubhead (and produce straighter shots) on off-center impacts.
Heeling Error [Sailing]
The error in a compass reading caused by the heel of a boat.
Heian [Martial Arts]
« peace, calm ». The name of the five basic Shotokan Karate Katas
Heiko Dachi [Martial Arts]
Waiting stance with parallel feet)
Heiko Zuki [Martial Arts]
Double parallel punch
Heinz [Poker]
1) A wild card game, seven-card stud (usually) with 5s and 7s wild; so-called because of the Heinz slogan, "57 varieties." 2) In hold 'em, 5-7 as one's first two cards.
Heinz Varieties [Bingo]
Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle [Croquet]
In 1907 while at a physics meeting in Copenhagen Werner Heisenberg, one of the foremost physicists of the time, presented the Uncertainty Principle which states that one cannot know both the momentum and the position of a body in motion with any precision. This set quantum mechanics on its ear. Einstein finally accepted this principle many years later.
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