All Gambling Terms Dictionary

J [Poker]
Abbreviation for a jack, usually found only in written text about cards.
J Stroke [Canoeing]
A stroke on which the paddle is turned to act as a rudder, keeping the boat on a straight course without having to shift the paddle to the other side for the next stroke.
J-Bird [Poker]
Jack (the card).
J-Boy [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Ja [Greyhound Racing]
Jacksonville, Florida
Jab [Field Hockey]
To poke continually at the ball in an attempt to make the attacking player lose possession.
Jack [Poker]
1) A face card, the one that ranks between the 10 and the queen. 2) To raise. "I'll jack it" means "I'll raise." "I'll jack the pot." Often part of the phrase jack it, jack up, or jack it up.
Jack Benny [Poker]
In hold 'em, a 3 and a 9 as the down cards, from Benny's running gag about his age.
Jack High [Poker]
1) In high poker, a no pair hand whose highest card is a jack. "I have a jack high; can you beat that?" "Yeah, I got queen high." 2) In low poker, a hand topped by a jack.
Jack it [Poker]
To raise.
Jack it Up [Poker]
To raise.
Jack Jackson [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Jack Line, Jack Stay [Sailing]
A strong line, usually of flat webbing, or a wire stay running fore and aft along the sides of a boat to which a safety harness can be attached.
Jack Man [Motor Sports]
The member of the pit crew who operates the jack during pit stops.
Jack Manders [Bowling]
Same as field goal. (Jack Manders was a field goal kicker for the Chicago Bears back in the 1930s, so this term is pretty much dated.)
Jack Spavin [Horse Racing]
See bone spavin.
Jack Stripper [Poker]
A jack marked by shaving its long edge so that a thief can determine its rank by feel.
Jack Up [Poker]
1) Raise the limits. "Let's jack up this game!" means let's play for higher stakes. 2) Raise. "Let's jack up this pot!" means "I raise."
Jack-High [Poker]
Pertaining to a straight or flush topped by a jack. "I was drawing to a jack-high flush but all I made was jack high."
Jackal [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Jackpot [Poker]
A progressive prize in some card rooms given to the player who gets, in lowball, a 6-4 beat, or, in high, a given hand, perhaps aces full, or four of a kind, beat. The procedure for collection of the prize fund differs in each card room. In some, part of the antes or blinds, called the jackpot drop is taken each hand and added to the jackpot fund. The procedure for awarding the jackpot also varies widely. In some clubs, the fund is for all games; in others, it is for a specific game. That is, for example, the 2-4 hold 'em may have one jackpot, while the 3-6 and 5-10 each has its own separate jackpot. The usual procedure is the holder of the beaten hand receives the largest share of the jackpot; the holder of the hand that beats the loser receives a smaller percentage; while the remainder of the players split a third portion. The division might be 50% of the jackpot to the loser, 25% to the holder of the winning hand, and 25% split to the other players at the table. Other divisions are found, also. In some large clubs, the jackpots frequently grow into the tens of thousands of dollars, leading to the interesting phenomenon of players specifically trying to get their hands beat, and often staying in for several bets on hands they might not otherwise play. The rules for collection and disbursement of jackpots changed in California in 1998, but the effect remains about the same. Also called bad beat jackpot.
Jackpot Drop [Poker]
A Jackpot (A special bonus paid to the loser of a hand if he gets a very good hand beaten.)
Jackpot Poker [Poker]
A form of poker in which the card room offers a jackpot for particularly bad beats. Typically you must have aces full or better.
Jackpots [Poker]
A form of high draw poker, in which a player cannot open the pot without holding at least two jacks as openers before the draw. This is the same as jacks or better; the term jackpots is mostly used in home games.
Jacks Back [Poker]
A form of five-card draw poker in which each player in turn looks at his cards, and opens if he has jacks or better (and if he wishes). If no player opens for high--and to do so he must have at least a pair of jacks (and he must show openers at some point)--then the hand is played for low (as described under ace-to-five), again starting with the player to the left of the dealer. At this point, the game becomes bet-or-fold
Jacks Full [Poker]
A Full house consisting of three jacks and another pair.
Jacks Open / Tripps Win [Poker]
Played like 5-card draw, with the following differences. Jacks or better are needed to open the betting (if no one can open, re-ante and re-deal). Then there is the standard betting round, draw and betting round. Then, if anyone has three-of-a-kind or better, he says so, and the highest hand wins. If not, then everyone who is still in gets another opportunity to draw. If a player has at least three-of-a-kind, he must say so and cannot keep drawing. This game almost always requires reshuffling and it must be decided beforehand when to reshuffle (after the last card, when there are less than 3 cards left or when the player asks for more than the number of cards left).
Jacks or Better [Video Poker]
The original video poker game, with a Pair of Jacks as the minimum winning hand. The Full Pay version of this game pays 9 to 1 for a Full House and 6 to 1 for a Flush. It has a Maximum Average Payback of about 99.5%
Jacks Over [Poker]
1) Jacks up (Two pair, the higher of which are jacks.). 2) Jacks full (A Full house consisting of three jacks and another pair.).
Jacks to Open [Poker]
Same as jacks or better (A form of draw poker in which a player needs at least a pair of Jacks to start the betting.).
Jacks Up [Poker]
Two pair, the higher of which are jacks.
Jackson [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Jacksonville [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Jacksonville, Florida [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Jacobs Ladder [Sailing]
A rope ladder.
Jad [Skydiving]
Jumpmaster Assisted Deployment. The jumpmaster holds the pilote chute in his hand and releases it one moment after that the student exits the plane, thereby deploying the main canopy.
Jail [Horse Racing]
Refers to the requirement that a horse which has been claimed that next runs in a claiming race must run for a claiming price 25 percent higher for the next 30 days. Commonly used in the phrase The horse is in (out of) jail.
Jail Help, I'm in Jail! [Golf]
Stated when you are faced with a very difficult shot.
Jake [Baseball]
Clarence Kline needed only one name for those associated with college baseball to know the personality involved. "Jake" Kline began his playing career for Notre Dame in 1915 and earned three monograms while hitting .300 each year and captaining the 1917 squad. He still shares the team record with three home runs in a game. Kline returned as the Irish freshman baseball coach in '31, after spending time in World War I and in various baseball leagues. In '34, he became the school's 15th coach ... and the 16th would not be needed for another 42 seasons. Jake retired in '75 at the age of 81, coaching in more than 1,000 games and winning 558. He was voted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in '68, and the former Cartier Field was renamed Jake Kline Field in '75. Kline remained in touch with Irish baseball and was active in many Notre Dame functions until his death in '89, at age 94. When the Irish baseball team moved to Eck Stadium in '94, Kline's name moved as well. The official title of the playing surface is Jake Kline Field at Frank Eck Stadium. K CREW - The Notre Dame pitching staff posted the team strikeout record every season from '97-'99: 399 in '97, 456 in '98 and 478 in '99 (before 454 in 2000). The Irish have averaged 447 Ks the past four seasons (1,787 total), with the '99 staff averaging 8.38 Ks per nine innings-best by an Irish staff since '63 (the 2000 staff then set the Notre Dame record for K-to-walk ratio, at 2.50). Top contributors to the K crew in the last four seasons have included current senior Aaron Heilman (314 Ks in 279.2 IP with a team-record 118 in both '99 and 2000), first-round draft pick Brad Lidge ('96-'98, 143 Ks in 129.2 IP, 93 in '98), '99 graduate Alex Shilliday (third in Irish history with 265 career Ks) and lefty Tim Kalita (214 Ks in 214 IP, '97-'99).
Jalopy [Motor Sports]
(Slang) An old, dilapidated automobile.
Jam [Baseball]
When a hitter gets a pitch near his hands, he is "jammed." Also when a pitcher gets himself in trouble, he is in a "jam."
Jam Cleat [Sailing]
A cleat designed to hold a line in place without slipping. It consists of two narrowing jaws with teeth in which the line is placed. Also see cam cleat.
Jam it [Poker]
To bet or raise the maximum, especially in no-limit, is to jam.
Jam it Up [Poker]
To bet or raise the maximum, especially in no-limit, is to jam.
Jam Pot [Poker]
A pot with lots of betting, raising, and re-raising
Jam the Pot [Poker]
To bet or raise the maximum, especially in no-limit, is to jam.
Jam Up [Poker]
To bet or raise the maximum, especially in no-limit, is to jam.
Jam-Up [Poker]
1) A way of playing: very good, or very tight. "He's playing jam-up and jelly-tight." 2) Really good, usually describing a game.
Jammed [Golf]
Was caught in heavy traffic and held up.
Jammed Pot [Poker]
The pot has been raised the maximum number of times, and may also be multi-way.
Japw [Wrestling]
Jersey All Pro Wrestling
Jar [Archery]
Lack of smooth action in the bow after release.
Jaws [Sailing]
A fitting holding a boom or gaff to the mast.
Jaybird [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Jayboy [Poker]
Jack (the card).
Jc [Greyhound Racing]
Jefferson County
Jcp [Wrestling]
Jim Crockett Promotions
Jeet Kune do [Martial Arts]
"Way of the intercepting fist." A collection of basic mental and physical concepts, observations of combat maneuvers, and philosophies of attitude gathered and developed by the late Bruce Lee.
Jeja [Martial Arts]
Jenny [Sailing]
A genoa jib. A large jib that overlaps the mast.
Jerico Transmission [Motor Sports]
A type of manual transmission, designed so that most gear shifts can be accomplished without using the clutch (except for shifting into gear from a dead stop). It accomplishes this trick using "dog-ring" shifters and straight-cut gears that can be mated at different speeds without clashing (much).
Jerk [Golf]
To hit the ball from a bad lie, rough or sand, with a downward cutting motion causing the clubhead to dig into the ground beneath the ball.
Jersey Side [Bowling]
Same as Brooklyn side.
Jerusalem [Poker]
The nuts (The best possible hand of a given class. The "nut flush" is the highest possible flush, but might still lose to, e.g., a full house. Usually used in Hold'em games.). "Get in a pot with him and he'll show you Jerusalem." More commonly called the Holy City
Jesse [Poker]
Jesse James (A pot stealer; a bluffer.). If you raise me out of a pot, I might say, "Take it, Jesse." This implies that you have bluffed me out with your bet.
Jesse James [Poker]
1) A pot stealer; a bluffer. 2) In hold 'em, a 4 and a 5 as the down cards, because legend has it he was shot with a .45.
Jet [Motor Sports]
When air is sent at a high velocity through the carburetor, jets direct the fuel into the airstream. Jets are made slightly larger to make a richer mixture or slightly smaller to make a more lean mixture, depending on track and weather conditions.
Jet Turning [Skiing]
Parallel turning with both feet pushing out to unweight the ski tips, used most often over moguls.
Jetty [Sailing]
A man made structure projecting from the shore. May protect a harbor entrance or aid in preventing beach erosion.
Jiao-Di [Martial Arts]
(Chinese) The Chinese Martial Arts during the Han Dynasty. A form of wrestling. The opponents tried to run themselves trough with their horny helmets.
Jib [Sailing]
A triangular sail attached to the headstay. A jib that extends aft of the mast is known as a genoa.
Jib Netting [Sailing]
A rope net to catch the jib when it is lowered.
Jib Sheets [Sailing]
A sheet (line) used to control the position of the jib. The jib has two sheets, and at any time one is the working sheet and the other is the lazy sheet.
Jib Stay [Sailing]
The stay that the jib is hoisted on. Usually the headstay.
Jib Topsail [Sailing]
A small jib set high on the headstay of a double headsail rig.
Jibe [Sailing]
Also spelled gybe. To change direction when sailing in a manner such that the stern of the boat passes through the eye of the wind and the boom changes sides. Prior to jibing the boom will be very far to the side of the boat. Careful control of the boom and mainsail is required when jibing in order to prevent a violent motion of the boom when it switches sides. Jibing without controlling the boom properly is known as an accidental jibe. tacking is preferred to jibing because the boom is not subject to such violent changes. Jibing is usually needed when running with the wind and tacking is used when close hauled.
Jiffy Reefing [Sailing]
A method of lowering the sail in sections so that it can be reefed quickly.
Jigger [Golf]
An iron with moderate loft and a short shaft. No longer in use. Present equivalent is the 4 iron.
Jiin [Martial Arts]
Name of a karate kata
Jikan [Martial Arts]
"Time." A term used by the timekeepers at the beginning and end of a Japanese style match.
Jimmie Hick [Craps]
A six.
Jimmy Hix [Poker]
In lowball, a 6-high hand.
Jion [Martial Arts]
Name of a karate kata
Jip Joong [Martial Arts]
Jirugi [Martial Arts]
Jitney [Poker]
$5 or a $5 chip. Comes from the five cents that used to be the fare on a jitney bus.
Jitsu [Martial Arts]
Japanese word for techniques.
Jitte [Martial Arts]
Name of a karate kata
Jiyu [Martial Arts]
Freedom (of movement, et al).
Jiyu Ippon Kumite [Martial Arts]
Half-free sparring
Jiyu Kumite [Martial Arts]
Free sparring
Jm [Skydiving]
JumpMaster - A jumper trained and certified to supervise students and/or novices during their jump.
Jo [Martial Arts]
A fighting staff, 3 to 4 feet in length, used in several martial arts.
Job [Wrestling]
In the broadest sense, to lose. In a narrower sense, to lose to another wrestler in order to get that wrestler or an angle over (see Over). Often used to mean losing badly, as in "The entire WCW was jobbed to Hogan."
Jobber [Wrestling]
N. an unpushed wrestler who does jobs for pushed wrestlers. Barry Horowitz is probably the best known of these. Sometimes known as fish, redshirts PLs (professional losers,) or 'ham-and-eggers.' Steve Lombardi (Brooklyn Brawler) is also a well known jobber.
Jobber to the Stars [Wrestling]
(noun) Similar to a jobber, except a JTTS is usually a better wrestler than an ordinary jobber and occasionally wins a match against a lesser opponent.
Jockey [Horse Racing]
As a noun, a race rider; as a verb, to maneuver for position during a race.
Jockey Agent [Horse Racing]
A person who helps a rider obtain mounts in return for 20% or more of the rider's earnings.
Jockey Club [Horse Racing]
An organization that maintains the American Stud Book and approves thoroughbred names and registry. Not to be confused with the Jockey Club in England, where the Jockey Club is the governing body of British racing.
Jockey Fee [Horse Racing]
Sum paid to rider for competing in a race.
Jockey's Guild [Horse Racing]
This is a national association of race riders.
Jockey's Race [Horse Racing]
A race whose outcome will hinge mostly on strategic thinking by the riders; i.e., one in which riders must pay close attention to pace to keep their horses fresh for a strong finish.
Jodan [Martial Arts]
"Upward" or "upper level." A compound word affixed to the name of techniques in Japanese karate.
Jodan Age Uke [Martial Arts]
Rising block
Jodan Uchi [Martial Arts]
Attack at the upper level
Jodan Zuki [Martial Arts]
Punch at the upper level
Jodo [Martial Arts]
"Way of the stick." The Japanese method of stick fighting using a jo. Also known as jojutsu.
Joe Bernstein [Poker]
In hold' em, 6-9 as one's first two cards. Named after a famous gambler and high roller of the 20s and 30s.
Joe Goz [Poker]
The shift manager; the boss. "Who's the Joe Goz around here?"
Jofu Fa [Martial Arts]
An ancient form of Chinese combat that emphasized close-range grappling techniques.
Jog [Poker]
A brief (A tiny "ledge" shuffled into a deck by a cheater so that his accomplice can cut it at the prearranged location; a card offset by a barely perceptible fraction of an inch but able to be found by touch when cut. A brief can be felt but not easily seen; a good cutter can feel a 1/32-inch brief. Sometimes called jog, needle, or step.).
Jog Cut [Poker]
A cut made to a brief by a cheater, such that a desired clump of cards ends up at a specified location of the deck, usually right at the top or at the bottom.
Jogai [Martial Arts]
"Out of bounds." A term used by a referee to denote that either or both contestants are out of bounds.
John [Poker]
1) Jack (the card). 2) Easy prey for a thief; ignorant or naive player. From the slang term for a prostitute's customer.
John 3:16 [Football]
Signs held up by fans in the stands behind the goalposts seeking divine intervention or attention for their team. The passage cited is: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Johnny [Poker]
Jack (the card)
Johnny Moss [Poker]
In hold ' em, A-T as one's first two cards.
Join Up [Croquet]
To play the ball near its partner.
Joint [Horse Racing]
1) See musculoskeletal system. For injuries, see "Joint Injuries" subsection of "Musculoskeletel System" in veterinary supplement for a more detailed explanation. 2) See battery.
Joint Capsule [Horse Racing]
The structure that comprises the boundary to the joint space.
Joint Favourites [General]
When a bookmaker cannot split two teams for favouritism - for example, Arsenal and Manchester United may both be joint favourites at 6/4 to win the English Premiership.
Joint Tenancy [Motor Sports]
Ownership that is shared by two or more persons.
Jojutsu [Martial Arts]
See "jodo."
Joker [Blackjack]
Some casinos, as a bonus to the players, have one or more jokers inserted into the deck, to be used by the players as any value card, as an instant 21, etc.
Joker Poker [Video Poker]
A Video Poker Game where the Joker is a wild card.
Joker Poker Dictionary [Poker]
Any poker game in which a joker is used. Also called poker with the joker
Joker Problems [Poker]
Joker trouble (In lowball, drawing more than one card because one has the joker; usually used as an excuse to justify what others might otherwise criticize as a bad play. "Gimme two. I've got joker trouble).
Joker Trouble [Poker]
In lowball, drawing more than one card because one has the joker; usually used as an excuse to justify what others might otherwise criticize as a bad play. "Gimme two. I've got joker trouble
Joker Wild [Poker]
Any poker game in which a joker is used as a wild card. Also called poker with the joker.
Jokers Wild [Poker]
Joker wild (Any poker game in which a joker is used as a wild card. Also called poker with the joker.)
Jolly [General]
Betting parlance for the favourite in a race - the horse with the shortest odds
Jonin [Martial Arts]
A ninja leader.
Joomuk [Martial Arts]
Joseki [Martial Arts]
In a traditional Japanese dojo, the area where instructors often times line up and face the students at the beginning and end of each practice session.
Jostle [Horse Racing]
To bump another horse during a race.
Journeyman [Horse Racing]
A full-fledged professional jockey.
Joy Girl [Poker]
Queen (the card).
Jp [Blackjack]
1. The acronym for John Patrick, author. 2. The acronym for Jerry Patterson, author.
Ju [Martial Arts]
The idea of giving way and using the opponent's momentum against him, rather than opposing force to force. Literally "gentle" in Japanese and the basis of both judo and ju-jitsu.
Ju-Jitsu [Martial Arts]
An old Japanese martial art, based primarily on the principle of ju. Literally, the "gentle art" in Japanese. Often spelled as one word.
Jubin Taisho [Martial Arts]
Warm up exercises
Jucie [General]
The bookmaker's commission, also known as vigorish.
Judge [Horse Racing]
The person who decides the official placings and margins for each race or trial. They are also responsible for deciding who the placegetters are in the event of a photo finish or developed print.
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