All Gambling Terms Dictionary

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Weight Jacker [Motor Sports]
A hydraulic cylinder the driver uses to adjust car handling. The cylinder compresses or extends springs, which transfers the carís weight distribution from one side of the car to the other, thereby adjusting the carís handling to the driverís liking.
  
Weight Transfer [Motor Sports]
Weight transfer is critical to traction. Vehicles are set up to provide a desired weight transfer to rear wheels. When the vehicle accelerates, the front wheels lift and the weight shifts to the rear wheels, which makes them less likely to spin.
  
Weight Vest [Luge]
A vest in which additional weight can be carried
  
Weight-for-Age [Greyhound Racing]
Intention of weight-for-age is to allow horses of the same age and sex to compete on equal terms. The weight a horse carried is allocated on a set scale according to its sex and age.
  
Weight-Sorted [Golf]
Club components that are weighed prior to assembly in an attempt to ensure consistent specification of the finished golf club.
  
Weight-Transfer [Skiing]
The shifting of mass from one ski to the other, an important element of many skiing techniques.
  
Weighting [Skiing]
The action of a skier's body mass exerting pressure through one or both skis onto the snow. See also unweighting.
  
Weights [Skydiving]
Many lighter skydivers (such as myself) wear a weight vest to allow them to maintain a fast fall rate and thereby be able to keep the same fall rate as the rest of the formation.
  
Weights (Saddle) [Horse Racing]
Lead slabs carried in the saddle to increase weight of jockey and tack.
  
Weinberg [Poker]
In hold 'em, T-3 as one's first two cards.
  
Welch [General]
To refuse to pay off a bet already made and lost.
  
Welded [Curling]
See frozen.
  
Well Drawn [Horse Racing]
To be given a favourable starting position or barrier, that suits the way that particular horse runs. For instance, a horse which is a good beginner (has a lot of early speed) would be considered to be well-drawn in the front row.
  
Well Tried [Horse Racing]
A horse which has been well supported by punters.
  
West [Sailing]
One of the 4 cardinal compass points. West is at 270į on a compass card.
  
West Wind, Westerly Wind. [Sailing]
Wind coming from west.
  
Western [Tennis]
A way of holding the racket particularly for topspin forehand strokes. In this grip the ball of the thumb rests on the top right-hand edge of the handle.
  
Western Conference [Ice Hockey]
The renamed Cambell Conference beginning with the 1993-94 season which contains the Central and Pacific Divisions (formerly the Norris and Smythe Divisions respectively).
  
Wet Locker [Sailing]
A locker equiped with a drain so that wet clothes can be stored in it without damaging other objects in the boat.
  
Wet Pass [Water Polo]
A pass thrown so that it lands in the water.
  
Wet Shot [Water Polo]
A shot attempted by a player who is controlling the ball in the water; usually a quick wrist shot.
  
Wet Sump [Motor Sports]
The type of oiling system used in most passenger cars, and in some race cars (usually the lower classes). In a wet sump, oil that isn't being used at the moment is stored in a sump, which is an area built into one end of the oil pan (under the engine), like the deep end of a swimming pool. The pan catches oil running down from the engine, and the oil runs into the sump, where a pump picks it up and forces it back into the engine.
  
Wets [Motor Sports]
Formula One rain tires, delineated into intermediate, full wets, and monsoon.
  
Wetted Surface [Sailing]
The amount of area of the hull, keel, rudder, and other objects that is under water.
  
Wew [Wrestling]
World Entertainment Wrestling
  
Wfo [Motor Sports]
Wound Full Out, or Wide [censor] Open, meaning at full speed.
  
Wgbjb [Blackjack]
An abbreviation for Humble and Cooper's book titled The World's Greatest BlackJack Book
  
Wgrf [Golf]
World Greyhound Racing Federation, the worldwide promotion association for the sport.
  
Whack the Pack [Poker]
Cut the deck. After shuffling, a player who considers himself clever may hand the cards to the cutter and say, "Whack the pack, Jack."
  
Whale [Blackjack]
This is casino-speak for a high-roller of the biggest sort.
  
Whangdoodle [Poker]
In private or home games, a hand or round in which the stakes are temporarily increased, usually after a "big" hand is shown down.
  
Whangdoodles [Poker]
In private or home games, a hand or round in which the stakes are temporarily increased, usually after a "big" hand is shown down.
  
Wharf [Sailing]
Also a quay. A section parallel to the shore for docking and unloading vessels.
  
What Shot Jesse James? a Forty-Five [Craps]
Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 9 (5&4).
  
Wheel [Sailing]
One of two methods used to steer a boat. A wheel is turned in the direction that the helmsman wants the boat to go. On smaller boats a tiller is usually used, which steers in the opposite manner.
  
Wheel Base [Motor Sports]
The length between the front spindle center line and the rear axle center line. A Winston Cup car has a wheelbase of 110 inches, while on a Busch car it is 105 inches.
  
Wheel Card [Poker]
In ace-to-five lowball, any ace, 2, 3, 4, or 5. Also called spoke.
  
Wheel Chips [Roulette]
Special chips used only for roulette.
  
Wheel Head [Roulette]
The portion of the roulette wheel that contains the numbered pockets.
  
Wheel Roller [Roulette]
A roulette dealer or croupier.
  
Wheel Size [Motor Sports]
Determined by the diameter and width of the wheel on which the tire is mounted. A 15-inch wheel has a diameter of 15 inches. A 15 X 7 wheel has a 15-inch diameter and a 7-inch width.
  
Wheel Size (E.G. "15 X 7") [Motor Sports]
Wheel size is defined by the diameter and width of the wheel. A "15 X 7" wheel has a 15-inch diameter and a 7-inch width.
  
Wheel Strategies [Roulette]
Strategies that try to exploit imperfections in the wheel in order for the player to get the edge.
  
Wheel-Clocking [Roulette]
1. To keep track of the results of roulette spins to ascertain patterns and possibility of wheel bias. 2. The other is to visually or electronically clock the speed of the wheel in an effort to predict where the ball will land.
  
Wheelbase [Motor Sports]
The distance between the centers of the front and rear wheel axles as viewed from the side of the car.
  
Wheelhouse [Baseball]
A hitter's power zone. Usually a pitch waist-high and over the heart of the plate.
  
Wheelie Bars [Motor Sports]
Used to prevent excessive front-wheel lift
  
Wheeling System [Lotto]
A way of organizing lotto-type game play to improve chances of winning multiple tier-prizes. Wheeling Systems "arrange" a group of selections (8, 10, 12 numbers or more) into multiple games that give either full or partial coverage of all the possible combinations of those selections. A full wheel covers all permutations of the selected numbers and is usually very expensive. If the numbers drawn are present in your group of selections, though, you are guaranteed a winning ticket. An "abbreviated" system is much cheaper. It does not guarantee a jackpot, but usually guarantees tier prizes.
  
Wheels [Baseball]
A ballplayer's legs.
  
Wheelstand [Motor Sports]
A mainstay in drag races, this refers to when the front end of car lifts up during a race. It is also known as a wheelie.
  
Whelping [Horse Racing]
The act of giving birth to greyhounds.
  
Whiff [Golf]
To swing and miss the ball completely.
  
Whinney the Poo [Bingo]
42
  
Whins [Golf]
A British term for heavy rough. Gorse bushes.
  
Whip [Horse Racing]
An implement used by the driver to spur on the horse in the run to the finish line. Drivers will tap their horse with the whip when they want them to accelerate. A driver may only use the whip in an elbow action - upper arm action is not permitted.
  
Whip Back [Gymnastics]
A movement similar to the back handspring, except that the hands don't touch the floor.
  
Whip-Over [Fencing]
In sabre, a touch that results from the foible of the blade whipping over the opponent's guard or blade when parried.
  
Whipping [Golf]
The thread or twine wrapped around the area where the shaft joins the head. It's often replaced by a plastic ferrule.
  
Whipping Cover [Golf]
Plastic cover installed over the string whipping (the protective plastic-coated string found on wooden wood hosels) on certain woods. Common on Wilson woods of the 1960ís and 70ís.
  
Whippy [Golf]
Descriptive of a very flexible shaft.
  
Whipsaw [Poker]
Perform the action of two players who keep raising and re-raising each other, while one player between them keeps having to call further bets to remain in the pot. This can happen in a high-low game in which one player has an excellent high, another thinks he has a lock on low, and a third is trying to make a hand that he thinks will beat one or both of them. While a whipsaw situation may be quite honest, it sometimes also involves collusion between the raisers for the purpose of extracting the maximum from the sandwiched player. To prevent this sort of situation, most card rooms limit the number of raises in any one round in limit games. Comes from the action of two men wielding a whipsaw (a large, two-handled crosscut saw) to cut down a tree. Also called crossfire, sandwich, squeeze.
  
Whirl Bet [Craps]
A bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12, made in multiples of 5, with one unit on each of the numbers. ($5 whirl bet = $1 on2, $1 on 3, $1 on 7, and $2 on 11 or 12)
  
Whisker Pole [Sailing]
A spar used to help hold the jib out when sailing off the wind.
  
Whiskey Poker Dictionary [Poker]
A widow game, usually played only in home games by players while waiting for a "real" poker session to start. Each player receives five cards face down and five cards (the widow) are dealt face down in the center of the table. The player to the left of the dealer has three choices: knock, pass, or exchange his cards for the widow. If he passes, the next player has the same three choices. When any player exchanges his cards for the widow, the next player can discard anywhere from one to five of his cards, select cards (without looking at them) from the widow as replacements, and put his replacements in the widow. Once someone has taken the widow, players may no longer pass: they must either knock or exchange one or more cards with cards from the widow. If no one exchanges on the first round, the dealer turns the widow face up, and play continues as before, with cards this time drawn from the face-up cards of the widow. If a player feels that he has the best poker hand at any point when it is his turn, he can knock. At such point, play continues for one more round until just before the player who knocked, at which point there is a showdown. If his hand is indeed best, he collects one chip (or some other agreed-upon amount) from each player; if it is not, he loses two chips (or, again, some other agreed-upon amount) to the player whose hand beats his. Sometimes the lowest hand at the showdown then buys everyone drinks (whence the name of the game). Obviously (or not so obviously), the further the game progresses without someone knocking, the better the hand needed to knock. Several variations exist to this game; the preceding description is the most common.
  
Whisky Poker Dictionary [Poker]
Whiskey poker.
  
Whistle Buoy [Sailing]
A navigational buoy with a whistle.
  
Whistling [Horse Racing]
This term describes a wheezing sound made by the horse as he runs when he is suffering form an inflammation of the respiratory tract.
  
Whistling Arrow [Archery]
An arrow with a large hollow head with openings in front and sides. When shot the air rushing through the openings make a whistling noise.
  
White [Horse Racing]
A horse color, extremely rare, in which all the hairs are white. The horse's eyes are brown, not pink, as would be the case for an albino.
  
White Blackbird [Poker]
A hand so astonishingly rare as to be unworthy of the opponents' consideration, e.g., being dealt a pat royal flush in 5-card draw
  
White Chip [Poker]
1) A $1 chip, in many card rooms and casinos. (In some card rooms, the white chips are worth $100.) 2) Sometimes any small-denomination chip.
  
White Coronet (Leg Markings) [Horse Racing]
A small area, circling the leg immediately above the hoof, which is white.
  
White Flag [Motor Sports]
The flag shown to the race leader and the pursuing drivers telling them that there is one lap to go before the end of the race and the finish line. This final lap is almost always one of the most exciting as lead drivers vie for the best possible position -- making that last ditch, all-out effort to win.
  
White Heel (Leg Markings) [Horse Racing]
The area above the back of the hoof, extending from the inside to the outside of the leg, is white.
  
White Line [Horse Racing]
When looking at the sole of the foot, the thin area between the insensitive outer hoof wall (insensitive laminae) and the inner sensitive laminae.
  
White Meat [Poker]
Profit. "Yeah, I've got $1000 here, but only $100 is white meat."
  
White on White [Poker]
A form of daub, or cosmetics, that uses white paint, and can be seen only at a certain angle.
  
White Pastern (Leg Markings) [Horse Racing]
The entire pastern is white.
  
White Pastern and Part of Ankle (Leg Markings) [Horse Racing]
The white marking extends up to and includes part of the ankle.
  
Whites [Fencing]
The fencing uniform.
  
Whiteskin [Poker]
A 10 or less, that is, any card not a face card.
  
Whitewater [Canoeing]
The type of water created by rapids, so called from the white foam created on the water's surface. As an adjective, it describes slalom racing, which takes place in such water.
  
Whizzer [Wrestling]
An elementary counter when an opponent is attempting to gain a hold on his legs (or has gained a hold). An arm is firmly placed under the arm grasping the leg, and the hips are driven suddenly and roughly toward the opponent, in an attempt to break the grip.
  
Wholesale Value [Motor Sports]
The price that the retailer expects to pay for a vehicle.
  
Whore [Poker]
Queen (the card). This usage is considered vulgar.
  
Whorehouse Cut [Poker]
A form of cut in which the cutter holds the cards in one hand, removes the bottom half with the other and places them atop the remaining half, pulls a packet from the center and places those cards on top of the remaining cards. This cut is named after John Scarne, who lectured and wrote about gambling thieves, and introduced this form of cut as a means of foiling cheaters who had stacked the deck. The Scarne cut is not permitted in most public card rooms, where the deck must not be lifted from the table and must be cut with one hand.
  
Whuffo [Skydiving]
A non-skydiver who don't understand the joy of skydiving. ("Whuffo' you wanna go jump outta them perfectly good airplanes?")
  
Wi [Greyhound Racing]
Wisconsin Dells
  
Wicbc [General]
West Indies Cricket of Control.
  
Wicker Bill [Motor Sports]
A long, narrow, removable spoiler made of steel, aluminum or carbon fiber on the trailing edge of the front and rear wings. Wicker bills enhance the efficiency of the wing, which creates added downforce. Teams will use different sized wicker bills to create more or less downforce. The larger (higher) the wicker bill, the greater the downforce, and vice versa for smaller wicker bills.
  
Wicket [Croquet]
The metal upright through which the balls are played. Wickets are either wire for the friendly back yard game, or 5/8 inch steel uprights 12 inches high and 3 3/4 inch wide.
  
Wide Berth [Sailing]
To avoid something by a large distance.
  
Wide Open [Poker]
On tilt (Playing aggressively). "He just had a pat 7 beat and now he's wide open."
  
Wide-5 [Motor Sports]
A wheel-and-hub system where the area that would normally be the center of the wheel is instead part of a star-shaped hub. The wheel itself has no center; the wheel's mounting holes are on small tabs protruding from the inside of the rim. Wide-5 wheels have the wheel studs close to the rim, supported by the much stronger hub, and so are immune from having the center ripped out of the wheel by cornering forces, as sometimes happens with regular wheels. This makes them popular for short track racing where cornering speeds (and G-forces) are high. However, they are not generally used in events where changing tires during the race is necessary, because the wide spacing of the wheel studs slows down the removing and replacing of the nuts.
  
Wide-Range Waxes [Skiing]
Wax systems designed for recreational skiers, with two or three waxes matching a wide range of snow conditions. See also short-range waxes.
  
Widow [Poker]
One or more community cards dealt to the center of the table in stud poker played in home games only and available to be part of any player's hand, sometimes with one or more of those cards being wild. Such games include Cincinnati, Southern Cross, wild widow, and many others.
  
Widow Cards [Poker]
Cards that constitute a widow (One or more community cards dealt to the center of the table in stud poker played in home games only and available to be part of any player's hand, sometimes with one or more of those cards being wild.).
  
Widow Game [Poker]
A stud game with a widow (One or more community cards dealt to the center of the table in stud poker played in home games only and available to be part of any player's hand, sometimes with one or more of those cards being wild.).
  
Widow Poker Dictionary [Poker]
A cross between draw poker and stud poker with one or more community cards.
  
Wild [Poker]
Pertaining to a card that can take the value of any other card, as deuces wild or low hole card wild. A wild card turns a pair into three-of-a-kind, two pair into a full house, four to a straight into a straight, and so on.
  
Wild Annie [Poker]
A form of poker, a cross between draw and stud. Each player starts with three cards; there is a round of betting; each player receives another card; another round of betting; each player receives a fifth card; another round of betting; then each player draws cards as in draw poker; then each player exposes one card; another round of betting; further cards are exposed, each followed by a round of betting, until each player has but one card face down. The game is played high-low split, and, prior to the showdown, there is a chip declaration. This game has eight rounds of betting, or nine if there is a bet after the declare, and is generally played only in home games. It is sometimes called Texas Tech.
  
Wild Card [Poker]
A joker or standard card that, by player agreement and/or dealer's choice, can be used to represent any card desired.
  
Wild Number [Bingo]
Usually played on a double bingo that leads into a triple bingo. The first number out of the hopper determines the wild number - for example, if 42 is drawn, all numbers ending in 2 should be marked off.
  
Wild or Wild Card [Video Poker]
A card that may be used to substitute for any other card in the deck.
  
Wild Pitch [Baseball]
A pitch that eludes the catcher and allows base runners to advance. A scoring decision of a wild pitch puts responsibility for the action on the pitcher.
  
Wild Pitches (Wp) [Baseball]
Number of times a pitcher threw a ball, which was not handled by the catcher and resulted in a base runner advancing.
  
Wild Widow [Poker]
A form of spit in the ocean, in which one card is dealt face-up in the center, which rank is then wild in anyone's hand, but which card is not part of anyone's hand. Also called pig in the poke, toad in the hole.
  
Wildcard Games [Poker]
A wildcard is a card that can take on any value, usually the value of a card you need to make the best poker hand. Wildcard games are very popular among friendly neighborhood poker games. If "deuces" are wild then every deuce in the deck can take on any value. If you have three aces and a deuce, then you can declare the deuce to "be" an ace and you automatically have four of a kind. In games like baseball, 3's and 9's are wild, which means that there are 8 wild cards in the deck - usually resulting in four of a kind or a straight flush.
  
Willis Setting [Croquet]
Introduced in 1922, it is the basis for the six wicket, one peg game.
  
Win [Greyhound Racing]
A Win bet is a also called a straight bet or a single. If you bet for Win you collect only if your chosen greyhound is the first across the finish line.
  
Win and Place [General]
This is similar to an each way bet, except that the stake laid to win is greater than the stake laid to place. The punter could for example lay ten pounds on his selection coming first, and a further five pounds on the selection coming second, third or fourth. (Total stake = £15)
  
Win Bet [General]
In this bet, the punter bets that his or her selection will come in first place.
  
Win Only [General]
Betting on a competitor to win an event. Also straight out, or money line betting.
  
Win Pool [Horse Racing]
The total amount bet in any race on horse to win after the deduction of taxes and race track commissions.
  
Win Rate [Blackjack]
The speed at which one is expected to win, commonly expressed as a percentage or in dollars per hour or per a specified number of hands.
  
Win Ticket [Horse Racing]
A pari-mutuel ticket purchased on a horse to win.
  
Win-Draw-Loss Record [Soccer]
A summary of the outcomes of a team's matches; for example, a team with a 3-1-2 record has played 6 games and won 3, tied 1 and lost 2.
  
Win-Loss Percentage or Winning Percentage [Baseball]
Wins divided by (Wins plus Losses).
  
Winch [Sailing]
A device used to give a mechanical advantage when hauling on the lines.
  
Wind Cheater [Golf]
A shot played low, usually with heavy backspin, into the wind.
  
Wind Gall [Horse Racing]
See arthritis.
  
Wind Line [Skydiving]
An imaginary line from the desired landing area, extending directly along the direction the wind is blowing.
  
Wind Puff [Horse Racing]
See arthritis.
  
Wind Scoop [Sailing]
A funnel used to force wind in a hatch and ventilate the below decks area.
  
Wind Sucker [Horse Racing]
See cribber.
  
Wind Tunnel [Motor Sports]
When a team wants to test any aerodynamic changes it does so in a "wind tunnel". When a car is in the tunnel it is set up with the wheels on four pads hooked to data gathering instruments that feeds into computers. Pressure measurements are also taken from tiny orificies on the car. All data is analyzed, the team makes adjustments and the process is repeated. The tunnel used by the majority of teams is the LFST (Langley Full-Scale Tunnel), at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA. Teams pay $ 1,400 per hour to rent the tunnel and often spend from 12 hours to two days on a single car. Fortunately, dimensions can be calculated and duplicated again on other cars.
  
Wind-Out [Cycling]
A sprint that develops slowly, with gradual acceleration to top speed.
  
Windage [Sailing]
The amount of a boat, sail or other object that the wind can push on.
  
Windcheater [Golf]
A shot played low against the wind. It is played with strong backspin and starts low and rises only toward the end of the shot.
  
Winded [Horse Racing]
Breathing with difficulty after workout or race.
  
Winding them in [Bowling]
Said of a bowler who gets a big hook consistently into the pocket.
  
Windings [Golf]
The elastic rubber material tightly wrapped around the core of some three-piece balls. Typically 35 yards of material will be stretched to over 250 yards in a single ball.
  
Windlass [Sailing]
A mechanical device used to pull in cable or chain, such as an anchor rode.
  
Windmill [Motor Sports]
A supercharger.
  
Window [Poker]
1) Window card. (The front card of the five in a draw poker hand, when the cards are squared together such that only one can be seen. Also door card.)2) The window position in a hand. "I can see what he's got in the window." Also door. 3) A, usually, glass-enclosed opening into the cage through which the cage person conducts transitions, and thus, by extension, the cage itself. "Did you make it to the window?" means "Did you escape from that game with any chips?"
  
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