All Gambling Terms Dictionary

C [Poker]
Clubs (the suit), in written text. Kc, for example, is the king of clubs (K ).
C'mon, Talk it Up! [Baseball]
An admonishment to a team from a coach or leading player, to make encouraging noise in support of a side or player. In club baseball this is usually called by the batting side, as they are together on the bench.
C-1 [Canoeing]
Designation for a one-person Canadian canoe.
C-2 [Canoeing]
Designation for a two-person Canadian canoe.
C-4 [Canoeing]
Designation for a four-person Canadian canoe.
C-Game [Poker]
Any low-stakes game, generally the third highest in a given establishment.
C-I-X [Poker]
In lowball, a 6-high hand. When a player shows down a 6-high, he sometimes announces his holding by spelling out, "c-i-x."
C-Note [Poker]
A $100 bill.
C-Pillar [Motor Sports]
The vertical metal roof support between the side edge of the rear windshield (also called the backlight) and the rear edge of the rear window.
C-Post [Motor Sports]
The post extending from the roof line of a race car to the base of the rear window to the top of the deck lid.
C.H.O.R.S.E [Poker]
A game or tournament format in which six forms of poker are played in rotation, usually either half an hour of each or one round of each. The games are Chowaha, limit hold 'em, Omaha/8, razz, seven-card stud (high), and seven-card stud high-low.
C.H.O.R.S.E.L [Poker]
A game or tournament format in which seven forms of poker are played in rotation, usually either half an hour of each or one round of each. The games are Chowaha, limit hold 'em, Omaha/8, razz, seven-card stud (high), seven-card stud high-low, and lowball.
Ca [Greyhound Racing]
Caliente, Mexico
Cab-Over [Powerboating]
A boat in which the driver sits in front of the engine. Such a boat usually has a pickle-fork bow.
Cabin [Sailing]
A room inside a boat.
Cactus League [Baseball]
A term used to describe the major league teams which conduct spring training and play exhibition games in the U.S. southwest.
Caddie [Golf]
A person who carries a player's clubs and may assist with advice, in accordance with the rules. Sometimes spelled "caddy."
Caddie (Caddy) [Golf]
Someone who carries a player's club during play and offers him assistance in accordance with the rules.
Caddie Master [Golf]
The golf course employee in charge of managing the caddies.
Caddie-Car [Golf]
A golf car or car.
Cadence [Rowing]
The beat at which the oarsmen are rowing. With coxed crews, the coxswain often raps out the cadence to keep the oarsmen pulling together.
Cadence Action [Synchro Swimming]
A sequence of identical movements performed by all team members, individually and in rapid succession.
Caesar [Poker]
The king of diamonds.
Caf [General]
Confederation of African Football.
Cage [Roulette]
A booth or room where the casino cashier resides. Here, you can exchange chips for cash (or vice versa), cash-out coins, place front money, etc. It is called a cage because it is usually enclosed by bars.
Cage Girl [Poker]
A female cashier.
Cage Man [Poker]
A cashier of the male persuasion.
Cage Person [Poker]
Cashier, specifically, the person who dispenses chips to the floor personnel, cashes players in when they leave, cashes checks for players, sometimes sells chips to players, keeps track of players' banks, records the progress of stake players (if any), keeps track of time collections, etc.
Cager [Basketball]
A basketball player; derived from the days when a wire mesh barrier surrounded the court to protect the fans from the players and vice versa.
Calamity Jane [Poker]
The queen of spades. Named for the markswoman of the Old West (Martha Jane Canary, who is buried in Deadwood, SD, in 1903, next to Wild Bill Hickok), whose name some say was associated with prophecies of doom.
Calculator [Horse Racing]
A mutuel clerk who computes pari-mutuel odds.
Calcutta [General]
A betting event where the names of runners in a particular race are "auctioned off" to the highest bidder. The people who purchase the winner and placegetters then receive a percentage of the pool of bidding monies.
Calf-Kneed [Horse Racing]
A conformation fault of the forelegs where the knee is seen to bend backwards when viewed from the side.
California [Poker]
A form of poker found only in home games, a widow game in which each player receives five cards face down, as does a central area of the table, followed by a round of betting, and then the dealer turns up each central card, one at a time, each followed by another round of betting. At the showdown, each player uses the best five cards among his five and those of the widow. The game is often played high-low split. Also called Utah, Lamebrains, or California. Southern Cross is a variant of Cincinnati.
California Blind [Poker]
Bet-or-fold, double limit draw poker (high), open on anything, with three traveling blinds.
California Draw [Poker]
1) High draw poker as most often played in limit games: pass-and-back-in before the draw, jacks or better to open, each player antes, and there are no blinds. 2) As played in no-limit games, bet-or-fold (before the draw) draw poker, open on anything, usually played winner blind or with one or more traveling blinds (see traveling blind), and sometimes also with antes from each player. For both definitions, often called just draw or high.
California Game [Poker]
Any of the games played in the California games section of a card room or casino.
California Games [Poker]
A set of card room games, formerly called Asian games, some of which resemble poker, but are not strictly poker, in which players place bets before receiving the hands on which they wager. Others resemble blackjack. In these games, to get around the legal restriction against banking games, the only interest the house has is to take a portion of every bet; one player acts as banker, playing one hand against each player in turn. These games include pai gow (played with tiles, and not a card game at all), pai gow poker, super nine (also called super pan nine), California blackjack (also called X blackjack, where X is the name of the club), California Aces (a variant of blackjack in which the object is to get closest to 22, with two aces being the best hand; similarly often called X aces), 13-card (not played with a banker).
California Lowball [Poker]
Five card ace-to-five low draw poker with the joker, bet-or-fold before the draw, sevens rule after the draw.
Calipers [Golf]
Measuring device commonly used to measure the diameters of grips and shafts. Calipers may be used to accurately measure other specifications of clubs as well.
Calk [Horse Racing]
A projection on the heels of a horseshoe, similar to a cleat, on the rear shoes of a horse to prevent slipping, especially on a wet track. Also known as a "sticker." Sometimes incorrectly spelled "caulk."
Calks [Horse Racing]
Small cleats inserted on the back end of a horse's shoe or racing plate that allows the horse a better grip of the surface. Sometimes called "mud calks."
Call [Wrestling]
(verb) Despite popular belief, the idea that wrestling matches are scripted move-for-move is false. Instead, wrestlers call their moves by whispering or muttering somethinginto their opponent’s ear, and from this the opponent will know what move he is to perform or be ready to receive. One of the reasons why so many wrestlers have long hair is that this makes it easier to hide calls. Inevitably, fans watching at home will sometimes be able to hear a wrestler call a move if he says it too loudly or does it while the camera is too close (e.g. at the Capital Carnage pay-per-view in the UK, Billy Gunn was heard shouting 'that's it, stay down' to D-Lo Brown).
Call (The) [Horse Racing]
Running position of horses in a race at various points.
Call a Play [Football]
Instruct players to execute a pre-planned play.
Call Bet [Blackjack]
A bet made without money or chips. Must be approved by a floor person or pit boss. Usually allowed only for customers with casino credit already approved, or with money on deposit in the casino cage. This procedure is highly irregular and may be illegal in some states.
Call Cold [Poker]
To call a bet and raise at once.
Call for Insurance [Blackjack]
To announce that the dealer has an Ace showing and pause to allow the players make an insurance bet, then the dealer will check the hole card and if it is a 10-value card the hand is over and the bets and side bets are settled, if it is not, the side bets are collected and the play of the hand continues.
Call Someone Down [Poker]
Check each round, and call each bet made by an opponent (who presumably bets each round).
Call to the Post [Horse Racing]
A special call played on a bugle used to signal the horses to the starting gate.
Called Game [Baseball]
A game suspended or ended by the umpire.
Called Hand [Poker]
A hand that someone bet and someone else called, as opposed to a hand that was bet and no one called. The term often comes up when a bet is made, called, and lost, and the bettor who lost the hand now wants to throw the cards away unshown (perhaps from embarrassment at being caught bluffing).
Caller [Bingo]
The person who calls out the numbers as they are drawn; machines are normally used to randomly generate these numbers. Most clubs use two callers; the job of the main stage bingo caller tends to involve more showmanship than a prize or parti bingo caller's.
Calling Hand [Poker]
A hand with which a player feels he must call a (often any) bet. "I knew you made it, but I had a calling hand."
Calling Station [Poker]
A player who calls much too often is called a calling station. Such a player will pay you off when you make hands, and will often fail to press their advantage when they have relatively strong hands. On the other hand, calling stations will hit more backdoor and other unlikely draws than other players, making it occasionally frustrating to play against them, especially in large numbers.
Callman [Baccarat]
The dealer who runs or calls the game of baccarat.
Calls [Golf]
The position of each greyhound at specific points around the track during a race.
Cam [Motor Sports]
The Championship Association of Mechanics, established in 1989, is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of Indy Car crew members. It also acts to publicize their efforts.
Cam Cleat [Sailing]
A mechanical cleat used to hold a line automatically. It uses two spring loaded cams that come together to clamp their teeth on the line, which is place between them. Also see jam cleat.
Camber [Motor Sports]
One of the three major front suspension geometry adjustments. The camber angle is the angle between the plane of the wheel (think of it as the plane of the hub face, or the brake rotor), and the vertical. On an oval track, setting the right front wheel to negative camber (the top of the wheel leaning toward the car) provides improved cornering traction. Camber is usually thought of as a front-end adjustment, but over the last few years, devices have been invented that make it possible to put a small amount of camber in the rear wheels while using an axle-type suspension.
Camel [Figure Skating]
A spin performed on one leg, while the skater's other leg is extended in the air, parallel to the ice.
Camel Walk [Skiing]
American term for passgang.
Camera Flyer [Skydiving]
Freefall photographer equipped with camera(s) fastened to their helmet.
Camouflage [Blackjack]
An action which is intended to hide the fact that a player is counting cards.
Campbell Conference [Ice Hockey]
One of the two conferences in the NHL that contained the Norris and Smythe Divisions until 1992-93; the other conference was the Wales Conference; starting in 1993-94 these will be renamed the Eastern and Western Conferences.
Camshaft [Motor Sports]
A machined shaft with lobes that open and close engine-cylinder intake and exhaust valves. As the shaft rotates, the lobes push against valve springs to open the valves and rotate away to close them. Driven by the crankshaft.
Can [Golf]
In slang, to hole a putt.
Can Buoy [Sailing]
A cylindrical buoy painted green and having an odd number used in the United States as a navigational aid. At night they may have a green light. Green buoys should be kept on the left side when returning from a larger body of water to a smaller one. Nun buoys mark the other side of the channel. Also see green and red daymarks
Can of Corn [Baseball]
An easy catch by a fielder.
Can't Beat the Board [Poker]
1) In a stud game, have an entire seven-card hand that cannot beat the four exposed cards of another player. 2) In hold 'em, have a hand that cannot beat the board (The exposed cards); this implies that the player is playing the board.
Canadian [Greyhound Racing]
Also known as a Super Yankee. A Canadian is a combination bet consisting of 26 bets with 5 selections in different events. The combination bet is made up of 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five 4-folds and one 5-fold.
Canadian (Super Yankee) [General]
5 selections, 26 bets - 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-timers, 1 accumulator.
Canadian Canoe [Canoeing]
An open canoe propelled with a single-bladed paddle.
Canadian Line [General]
A combination point spread and moneyline in hockey.
Canal [Sailing]
A manmade waterway used to connect bodies of water that do not connect naturally. Canals use locks to raise and lower boats when connecting bodies of water that have different water levels. The Panama and Suez canals are two of the most famous.
Canard [Powerboating]
A small wing, usually mounted between the sponsons.
Cancel [Keno]
A Keno ticket has been cancelled before all games have played. Winnings are paid on games played and a refund is made on any games yet to play.
Cancellation Betting System [Roulette]
A betting system using a series of numbers that cancels numbers after winning a bet and adds numbers after losing a bet. One specific type of Cancellation System is known as the LaBouchere System.
Candy Store [Bingo]
Canine [Poker]
In hold 'em, K-9 as one's first two cards. Also, pedigree.
Canker [Horse Racing]
Softening of the horn of the foot, generally starting in the frog.
Cannon [Horse Racing]
On the foreleg this is the bone structure between the knee and the ankle. On the rear leg it is located between the hock and the ankle.
Cannon Bone [Horse Racing]
The third metacarpal (front leg) or metatarsal (rear leg), also referred to as the shin bone. The largest bone between the knee and ankle joints.
Cannon Shot [Croquet]
To make a roquet on the same shot as a croquet.
Canoe [Canoeing]
Broadly speaking, any paddle-propelled craft with two pointed ends, which includes kayaks. But the word is often used to mean a Canadian canoe.
Canoe Stern [Sailing]
A pointed stern, such as those on a canoe.
Canopy [Skydiving]
The construction of fabric and lines used to land safely after a freefall. Modern parachutes are not round but elliptical in shape. Every jumper carries two: the main and reserve, stowed in the same container.
Canter [Equestrian Sports]
A gait in which three legs are simultaneously off the ground. It's faster than a trot but slower than a gallop.
Canvas [Sailing]
Tightely woven cloth used for sails, covers, dodgers and biminis. Typically made from cotton, hemp or linen. Modern sails are made out of synthetic materials generally known as sailcloth.
Cap [Poker]
1) After dealing the first round, put a chip on top of the un-dealt cards for protection; usually followed by the deck. 2) Put in the maximum number of raises in a round of betting; usually followed by the bet, the bets, or the betting. Make the maximum raise permitted in the current round. "I'll cap it" means that someone has put in the, say, third raise.
Cap/Ing, Capping of Bets [Blackjack]
To illegally add money / placing extra chips to a winning bet after you receive at least one card while the dealer is distracted (To cap a bet). Easy to detect with video surveillance.
Capable [Poker]
Having the ability to cheat. "Is he capable?" means "Is he a thief or mechanic?"
Capillary Refill Time [Horse Racing]
The amount of time it takes for blood to return to capillaries after it has been forced out, normally two seconds; usually assessed pressing the thumb against the horse's gums. When the pressure is removed the gum looks white, but the normal pink color returns as blood flows into the capillaries.
Capitalized Cost [Motor Sports]
In a lease transaction, the price at which a financial institution buys a vehicle from a dealer. Equivalent to the cash purchase price if the consumer were buying the vehicle outright, it includes taxes and any other additional charges. Also called Capital Cost.
Capitalized Cost Reduction [Motor Sports]
In a lease transaction, an up-front payment made at the start of the lease. The lessee can use cash, a rebate or a trade-in. Similar but not equal to a down payment. The lessee must pay sales tax on the cap-cost reduction amount. Also called Capital-Cost Reduction.
Capitola. [Poker]
Saying, often said by California dealers, that means "The betting is capped."
Capoeira [Martial Arts]
A Brazilian form of combat adapted by African slaves to fight oppression. Capoeira is dance-like, and many believe it was developed this way to be disguised as a dance to the slave owners.
Capped [Poker]
Describing the situation in which the maximum number of raises in a round of betting have been made.
Capped Dice [Craps]
Crooked dice.
Capped Elbow [Horse Racing]
Inflammation of the bursa over the point of the elbow. Also known as a "shoe boil." See bursitis.
Capped Hock [Horse Racing]
A swelling that is found at the point of the hock and is caused by a bruise. It usually comes from kicking in horse vans or in stalls.
Capper [Poker]
The chip used to cap the deck.
Capping a Bet [Roulette]
Illegally adding more chips to a bet that has already won. It is a form of Past Posting.
Cappuccino. [Poker]
Saying, often said by dealers, that means "The betting is capped."
Capsize [Sailing]
When a boat falls over in the water so that is no longer right side up.
Capstan [Sailing]
A rotating drum used to haul heavy lines and chains. Similar to a winch, but mounted vertically.
Captain [Sailing]
The person who is in charge of a vessel and legally responsible for it and its occupants.
Captain, my Captain [Baseball]
Former Notre Dame shortstop Craig Counsell and his father John are the only father/son combination to captain the same team sport at Notre Dame (John as a rightfielder in 1964, Craig in 1992).
Captive Finance Company [Motor Sports]
A financial institution owned by a manufacturer. Examples include Chrysler Credit, Ford Motor Credit and GMAC.
Car [Sailing]
A sliding fitting that attaches to a track allowing for the adjustment of blocks or other devices attached to the car.
Carb [Motor Sports]
Short for carburetor.
Carbon Blade [Table Tennis]
A blade with a layer of carbon between two wood surfaces.
Carbon Fiber [Motor Sports]
Material used to produce components in racecars where strength and light weight are important. Carbon fiber is made by heating resin-impregnated rayon fabric in a very hot oven, molding it into shape, and hardening it to provide strength and durability. Has a much higher tensile strength than steel and weighs much less.
Carburetor [Motor Sports]
Device that mixes air with fuel, delivering the mixture into the engine's combustion chambers. Only found on older vehicles. By the mid-1980s, new emissions standards led to the use of fuel-injection systems, which do not require frequent adjustment.
Card [Poker]
1) One of 52 (or 53) flat, rectangular objects, made usually of paper or plastic, with a uniform design on one side (the backs) and a representation of value (rank and suit) on the other; each card is either the joker, or one of the four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs) and 13 ranks (A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, T, J, Q, K). A complete set of cards is called a deck. Paper cards are sometimes called pasteboards. Collectively, cards are sometimes called the Devil's playthings. 2) A player's bank. 3) Check cashing card.
Card Club [Poker]
A card room.
Card Counter [Blackjack]
A person who card counts by assigning numerical values to the cards ( see Card Counting )
Card Counting [Blackjack]
A method of keeping track of the cards by assigning a value to certain cards in the deck to determine if the remaining cards in a deck or shoe favor the player or the dealer. For example, the hi-lo counting system assigns a value of plus one to cards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and minus one to tens, jacks, queens, kings and aces.
Card Dauber [Poker]
Someone who marks cards.
Card Down [Poker]
The situation in which a card has been dealt off the table or otherwise dropped to the floor, and a floor person must be called to pick up the card, because, in many casinos and card rooms, the house dealer is not permitted to retrieve the card, nor is a player. If a card falls on the floor, the dealer may announce, "Card down," and a floor person comes over to pick it up. Whether the card or cards that fell to the floor are still live or dead is subject to individual card room interpretation.
Card Eating [Blackjack]
Using up cards quickly. A player may spread to more than one hand to accomplish this. For example, if the count is low, a player may spread to two or three hands at a minimum bet to hasten the shuffle.
Card Mechanic [Poker]
A cheat who manipulates the deck.
Card Mob [Poker]
Two or more cheaters working together in a card game.
Card Money [Poker]
Money allocated by a gambler for playing at cards; bankroll.
Card Play [Poker]
Playing at cards. Also, carding
Card Player [Poker]
The premier magazine devoted to card playing.
Card Playing [Poker]
Playing at cards. Also, carding, card play.
Card Rack [Poker]
Someone who gets a lot of good hands; usually used facetiously or humorously. Sometimes called human card rack.
Card Room [Poker]
1) An establishment, usually open to the public, in which cards, usually poker, are played. 2) The section of a casino in which poker is played. 3) A room in a club devoted to card playing.
Card Sense [Poker]
In a poker game, an acute awareness of the totality of what is going on, not narrowing your focus to just what's happening in your own hand. Card sense implies the ability to act on your observations, and to think on your feet. You must have imagination in playing your own hand, almost x-ray vision in being able to reconstruct opponents' hands. It is card sense that causes a player to play the same cards differently in different situations. A player without card sense usually plays the same cards the same in all situations.
Card Shark [Poker]
An expert card player, usually a professional gambler. The term is not necessarily synonymous with cheater.
Card Smith [Poker]
A card player, particular one who plays for a living.
Card Table [Poker]
1) Poker table. 2) Any table designed specially for playing cards. Different styles of tables are used for bridge, blackjack, baccarat, and poker, which itself has several types, depending on the specific game.
Card Wrench [Poker]
A device to pry apart cards so that the card you caught will fit the hand; used humorously. If, in high draw poker, a player draws to 4-5-6-7 and catches a 9, he might say, "I need a card wrench to fix this hand."
Card-Holder [Poker]
A player who seems to get more good hands than random chance would dictate.
Card-Hustler [Poker]
Card thief.
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