All Gambling Terms Dictionary

Laying a Price [General]
Playing a favorite
Laying Off [General]
Where a bookmaker reduces their exposure on a winning horse or team by backing it with other bookmakers.
Laying the Points [General]
A wager on a favorite in a point spread contest.
Laying the Price [General]
A wager on a favorite in a money line contest.
Layoff [Horse Racing]
An extended period of time where a horse is stopped from racing and usually shipped to a farm for rest, breeding or rehabilitation.
Layoff Bet [General]
A wager made by one bookmaker with another to help balance his action and reduces his risk on one side or one horse.
Layout [Freestyle Skating]
An air position in which the body is extended and totally straight, with the skis held together and parallel.
Layout Strategies [Roulette]
Betting systems and strategies that try to overcome the house edge simply by placing different types of bets, without trying to determine if the wheel or dealer is biased.
Layup or Layin [Basketball]
A shot taken after driving to the basket by leaping up under the basket and using one hand to drop the ball directly into the basket (layin) or to bank the ball off the backboard into it (layup).
Lazarette [Sailing]
A small aft storage space for spare parts and other items.
Lazy Guy [Sailing]
A line attached to the boom to prevent it from accidentally jibbing.
Lazy Jacks [Sailing]
Lines running from above the main sail to the boom to aid in the lowering of the sail, keeping the sail flaked and off of the deck.
Lazy Pineapple [Poker]
Tahoe pineapple (A variant of pineapple in which players do not discard any of their three down cards. At the showdown, players can use none, one, or two of their down cards (but not three) to form their best five-card hand in combination with the five community cards. When played high-low split, a different set of cards can be used for each direction, but no more than two for either direction.).
Lazy Sheet [Sailing]
A line led to a sail, but is not currently in use. The line currently in use is known as the working sheet. Usually the working and lazy sheets change when the boat is tacked.
Lbw [General]
Leg Before Wicket.
Le Mans Start [Motor Sports]
A type of start in which the drivers, at the starting signal, run to their cars, start the engines, and begin racing.
Lead [Horse Racing]
Lead weights carried in the pockets on both sides of the saddle, used to make up the difference between the actual weight of the jockey and the weight the horse has been assigned to carry during the race.
Lead (Or Lead Pad) [Horse Racing]
Weights carried to make up the difference when a rider weighs less than the poundage a horse is assigned to carry.
Lead Change [Equestrian Sports]
A maneuver in which the horse's lead foot changes.
Lead Foot [Motor Sports]
Slang term for a driver who is very fast, but is also rough on equipment and doesn't know when to take it easy.
Lead Lap [Motor Sports]
The lap that the race leader is on. If passed by the leader, you are no longer on the lead lap and it is said that you are a lap down or you have been lapped.
Lead Line [Sailing]
A line with a weight on the end used to measure depth. The lead is dropped into the water and marks on the line are read to determine the current water depth. The lead usually has a cavity to return a sample of the bottom type (mud, sand, etc.)
Lead Official [Basketball]
The referee or official who is primarily responsible for action between the baseline and the free throw line extended. After a change in possession, when the ball begins to move toward the other end of the court, the lead official usually becomes the trail official.
Lead Out [Cycling]
To sprint in front of another rider, almost always a teammate, so that rider can take advantage of the draft for a time, before coming past with an even faster sprint toward the finish.
Lead Outs [Horse Racing]
The handlers who parade the greyhounds onto the track during post parade, place them in the starting box, and retrieve the dogs when the race is finished.
Lead Pad [Horse Racing]
The saddle pocket in which lead weights can be placed.
Lead Pass [Ice Hockey]
A pass sent ahead of a moving teammate designed to meet the player at the location he is headed.
Lead Pony [Horse Racing]
Horse or pony who heads parade of field from paddock to starting gate. Also a horse or pony who accompanies a starter to post.
Lead Powder [Golf]
Material used to swingweight steel-shafted clubs after shaft installation, but prior to grip installation. The powder is poured into the hosel until the desired weight is achieved and then is held in place by a cork.
Lead Runner [Baseball]
The player occupying or advancing toward the base that is closes to home plate.
Lead Time [Horse Racing]
The time it takes for a horse to travel from the start of the race to the beginning of the last mile (1609m). For instance, in a 1760m race, the lead time would be recorded during the first 151m (1760-1609). A slow lead time may advantage those horses at the front, while a fast lead time may advantage horses racing at the rear of the field.
Lead Tip Pin (Tip Weight) [Golf]
Short piece of lead that is epoxied into a shaft from the tip end prior to shaft installation. Tip pins are a means of swingweighting both steel and graphite-shafted clubs, but are more commonly used with graphite shafts.
Lead [Led] [Horse Racing]
Lead weights carried in pockets on both sides of the saddle, used to make up the difference between the actual weight of the jockey and the weight the horse has been assigned to carry during the race.
Lead [Leed] [Horse Racing]
1) See shank. 2) The front leg that is last to hit the ground during a gallop or canter. See "Gaits" in veterinary supplement for a more detailed definition.
Lead [Leed] Pony [Horse Racing]
See pony.
Leader [Horse Racing]
The horse which is out in front or leading during a race. This term may also be applied to a horse which most commonly wins races when in a leading position.
Leader Board [Golf]
A sign on which the scores of the leading golfers are posted during a tournament.
Leadfoot [Motor Sports]
An aggressive driver who always goes for the lead.
Leading Edge [Golf]
The forward most point of the club face.
Leading Lights [Sailing]
Lights that are separated in distance so that when they are lined up with one behind the other they provide a bearing. Usually used to enter a harbor or navigate a channel.
Leading Marks [Sailing]
Unlit navigational aids for use during the day. Like leading lights, they mark a bearing to a channel when they are lined up one above the other.
Leading the Receiver [Basketball]
When a passer throws the ball where he thinks a receiver is headed.
Leadoff Man [Bowling]
The first bowler for a team.
Leadoff on Base % [Baseball]
The On-Base Percentage of a player when batting first in the batting order.
Leadoff on Base% [Baseball]
The On-Base Percentage of a player when batting first in the batting order.
Leadoff Player [Baseball]
This is the first player in the batting order.
Leadout [Golf]
A handler, employed by the track, whose job includes parading racers in front of the public and placing them in the starting box before a race.
Leaf Spring [Motor Sports]
Suspension spring made up of several thin, curved, hardened-steel or composite-material plates attached at the ends to the vehicle underbody. The curved shape of the plates allows them to flex and absorb bumps.
League [Rugby]
A version of rugby with 13 players and different rules than are used in rugby union.
Leak [Poker]
1) Flaw (in one's play). "I can't win; there must be a leak in my play." 2) The tendency of an otherwise winning player to lose his money at other forms of betting, such as the craps table or sports betting. 3) Flash part of a hand. To leak your hand is to unknowingly expose one or more cards.
Leak a Hand [Poker]
To leak your hand is to unknowingly expose one or more cards.
Leak Air [Poker]
Put air into (Hold your cards in such a way that others can see them. Also, leak air.).
Leaky Roof Circuit [Horse Racing]
Minor tracks.
Lean [Motor Sports]
High tech race cars (e.g. Indy cars and Formula One cars) have engine management systems which can adjust air/fuel mixtures. Drivers trying to conserve fuel will "run their engines lean" by using a decreased fuel/increased air mixture.
Lean or Rich Fuel Mixture [Motor Sports]
The fuel mixture is lean when it has too much air, and rich when it has too much fuel. These terms can also be used to refer to adjustments the electronic control module makes to the fuel mixture in response to various driving conditions, particularly on engines with variable-valve technology.
Lease [Motor Sports]
A contract between lessor and lessee for a specified time period and at a specified payment. The title to the car remains in the name of the lessor as owner of the asset.
Lease Rate [Motor Sports]
The monthly finance cost of a lease, similar to the interest rate on a conventional loan. Determined by the money factor.
Lease Term [Motor Sports]
The number of months for which a vehicle is leased.
Lease-End Residual Value [Motor Sports]
Used to estimate the value of the vehicle at the end of the lease.
Leasing [Horse Racing]
As opposed to buying a harness horse, people have the option of leasing one. Just like some people lease a car instead of paying the money up-front, leasing a horse gives people use of a horse without large capital outlay. An agreement or contract must be drawn up between the two parties, and the lease must be registered with the relevant controlling body.
Leather [Baseball]
Refers to how good a player plays defensively or handles the glove. Ex: "He flashed some leather on that play."
Leather Ass [Poker]
Patience, that is, what you need while you wait for the good cards to come.
Leave [Bowling]
The pins that remain after the first ball has been rolled.
Leave it [Poker]
Same as winner blind (A blind game in which the winner of the last pot leaves chips representing a blind in the current pot; these chips are the same as any blind, that is, they are counted as part of the bet of the player who has that blind. In draw games, the winner of the previous pot bets last in the pre-draw betting round.); often preceded by winner, as winner leave it. That is, the winner of a pot blinds the next pot. "We're playing leave it" might be said to a player just sitting down at a table, to inform that player that the rest of them are playing higher than the nominal size of the game
Leave the Rubbish [Baseball]
Don't swing at bad pitches.
Ledge [Poker]
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.). To cut on (or to) the ledge is to hit the brief.
Lee [Sailing]
The direction that the wind is blowing toward. The direction sheltered from the wind.
Lee Helm [Sailing]
The tendency, if any, for a sailboat to want to steer away from the direction of the wind. The opposite condition is known as weather helm.
Lee Shore [Sailing]
The shore that the wind is blowing toward. It is important to keep distance from the lee shore because the boat will be blown toward it if control of the vessel is lost.
Leeboards [Sailing]
(1) Boards projecting into the water from the lee side of a vessel to help keep it from slipping sideways in the water when traveling across the wind, similar in intent to a keel. (2) A board placed on the side of a berth to keep the occupant from falling out.
Leech [Sailing]
The aft edge of a fore and aft sail.
Leech Line [Sailing]
A line used to tighten the leech of a sail, helping to create proper sail shape.
Leecloths [Sailing]
Cloths raised along the side of a berth to keep the occupant from falling out.
Leeward [Sailing]
The direction away from the wind. Opposite of windward.
Leeway [Sailing]
The sideways movement of a boat away from the wind, usually unwanted. Keels and other devices help prevent a boat from having excessive leeway.
Left Foot Braking [Motor Sports]
A commonly used technique on oval tracks where shifting gears at speed is not necessary.
Left on Base [Baseball]
Runners stranded on base after three outs.
Left Wing [Ice Hockey]
The forward who lines up and operates primarily on the left side of the ice, usually a left-handed shooter.
Leg Lock [Horse Racing]
This is when a jockey illegally hooks legs with another rider, impeding the other horse.
Leg Room [Motor Sports]
With the front seat adjusted all the way back, the distance from the accelerator pedal's heel point to the back of the front seat cushion.
Leg Shot [Wrestling]
A quick move, involving a level change, in which a wrestler thrusts toward the opponent's legs in an attempt to get a lock on one or both of them.
Leg Up [Poker]
In a kill game, describing the situation in which a player has won the previous pot, and is thus liable to have to kill the following pot if he wins the current pot.
Legal Bet [Poker]
With respect to an initial bet in a limit game, an amount that constitutes a full bet, having various interpretations, depending on the club. See discussion under legal raise.
Legal Raise [Poker]
An amount that constitutes a raise of a full bet, having various interpretations, depending on the club. In a limit game, in some card-rooms, a legal raise must equal the limit (for example, a $10 bet must be raised $10; $9 does not constitute a legal raise); in others, half a bet constitutes a legal raise. The rules are even muddier in no-limit games.
Legends Car [Motor Sports]
A Dwarf car, spec series promoted by Charlotte Motor Speedway owner Humpy Wheeler. They are powered by a 4-cylinder Yahama motorcycle engine, and no modifications are allowed. Unlike most dwarf cars, which are open-wheeled, Legends cars have rudimentary fenders, as befits the body style.
Legitimate Hand [Poker]
A strong hand that is not a bluff.
Legs Eleven [Bingo]
Lemming [Wrestling]
(noun) In the world of pro wrestling, the term "lemming" began in the 1980's, referring to the WWF's large percentage of relatively uninformed, somewhat gullible, and fiercely loyal fans. In the 1990's, a "lemming" is a term bestowed on narrow-minded, biased fans for any promotion, not just the WWF.
Lemon [Motor Sports]
(Slang) A vehicle, usually new, that has a large number of defects.
Lemon Juice [Poker]
Anything picked up in a pot without trying, usually the blinds, often as the result of a walk, or, sometimes, more specifically, by none of the blinds calling when someone opens.
Lemonheart [Golf]
Yellowish wood used for shafts in the late 19th century.
Length [Horse Racing]
A unit of measurement in racing. In horse racing, a length is theoretically the distance from the horse's nose to the tip of its flying tail, approximately 8-9 feet. In greyhound racing, a length is approximately .07 of a second.
Lengthen [General]
When a bookmaker sees that no-one is backing a particular side, he may choose to lengthen the odds available.
Lepa [Archery]
A bow, Newan, Nepal.
Lessee [Motor Sports]
The person who leases a vehicle. The party paying for the use of the vehicle (consumer).
Lessor [Motor Sports]
The person or institution who owns and leases the vehicle to the lessee. The party funding the lease of the vehicle placed in lease service. It can be the dealer, a leasing company, or a financial institution such as a bank or credit union.
Let [Table Tennis]
A rally whose result doesn't count, usually because the umpire called a halt in play because of some distraction or interruption. See the following entry.
Let go [Motor Sports]
Most commonly used when an engine fails or "blows up." Announcers also use this term for other parts of a car that fail.
Let it Ride [Poker]
A casino game, banked by the house, that resembles poker only in the ranking of the hands. The game is sort of a cross between poker and a slot machine. Players make three bets before receiving their cards, after which each player is dealt three cards, and the house dealer places two cards face down to be used as community cards. After looking at their three cards, players can opt to take back one bet, or let it ride. The dealer turns up one of the community cards, and players can take back the second bet or again let it ride. At this point, the dealer turns up the remaining community card, and pays all winning hands according to a fixed payout schedule, starting with a pair of 10s. Players play against the payout schedule rather than against the dealer or any other player. The game is played on a seven-seat table, similar to a blackjack table.
Let it Run! [Rowing]
A call from the coxswain to stop rowing at the finish, letting the boat glide through the water and coast to a stop.
Let Serve [Table Tennis]
A serve that touches the net before entering the opponent's court. It doesn't count and is replayed.
Let Up [Horse Racing]
Another term for a spell, however, a let-up usually refers to a short break, not a lengthy spell in the paddock.
Level [Blackjack]
1. A reference to the number of values assigned to cards in a card counting system. A level one system, such as Hi-Lo, assigns one value, plus or minus one, to the cards. A level two system would assign two values, such as plus and minus one and two. 2. In multi-deck games: number of deck played.
Level Change [Wrestling]
Bending at the knees (not the waist) to raise or lower the hips. This is used to position yourself for certain takedowns.
Level Play [Croquet]
A non-handicapped competition.
Levels [General]
The price of evens.
Lewis Joe [Martial Arts]
American Karate Instructor and Fighter (Full Contact). He introduced Full Contact in 1970. During his career he won almost every Full Contact fight.
Lexan [Motor Sports]
Trade name of General Electric used for a durable thermal-resistant plastic material used where transparent material is required (i.e., face plates, goggles, windows, etc.)
Lezam [Archery]
A stiff bow of bamboo or whalebone spanned by a heavy chain with loosely attached iron plates. Used in for training in India, the training could tell with the archers stopped practicing by the lack of noise.
Lg [Baseball]
Minor League Level
Li [Greyhound Racing]
Lincoln, Rhode Island
Li-Gar (Chinese) [Martial Arts]
Martial Arts school from south China, one of the 5 biggest systems of Shaolin.
Li-Pun [Archery]
Pa-na: An arrow, Sunbanum of Mindanae.
Liability [Motor Sports]
Any legally enforceable obligation.
Liability Coverage [Motor Sports]
A type of insurance that pays or renders service on behalf of the insured for any loss or damage due to his or her negligence.
Liability Limits [Motor Sports]
The limit of insurance the company will pay for on a particular policy.
Licensed Pilot [Sailing]
A pilot with a license stating that they are qualified to guide vessels in a particular area.
Lid [Poker]
The top card of the deck.
Lie [Golf]
The position in which the ball rests on the ground. The lie can be good or bad in terms of the nature of ground where is rests, the slope, and the level of difficulty in playing it. The number of strokes a player is to have played during the hole.
Lien [Motor Sports]
A legally documented claim against a vehicle by another party to which the vehicle has been offered as security for repayment of a loan or other debt. A lien against the title may make it impossible to sell the vehicle and transfer the title until the lien is cleared.
Lienholder [Motor Sports]
An individual or company with a financial interest in an insured's vehicle.
Lif [Motor Sports]
It's fairly complicated, but the short version involves the surface area of the car and fluid dynamics combining to cheat gravity causing the car to become airborne. (See Roof Flaps)
Life Boat [Sailing]
A small boat used for emergencies such as when the parent boat is sinking.
Life Jacket [Sailing]
A device used to keep a person afloat. Also called a life preserver, life vest, PFD or personal floatation device.
Life Preserver [Sailing]
A device used to keep a person afloat. Also called a life jacket, life vest, PFD or personal floatation device.
Life Raft [Sailing]
An emergency raft used in case of serious problems to the parent vessel, such as sinking.
Life Vest [Sailing]
A device used to keep a person afloat. Also called a life jacket, life preserver, PFD or personal floatation device.
Lifeline [Sailing]
A line running between the bow and the stern of a boat to which the crew can attach themselves to prevent them from being separated from the boat.
Lift [Wrestling]
To take an opponent off the mat entirely (both feet). An efficient lift involves positioning your hips lower than the opponent's and using them to lift by arching into the opponent.
Lift Gate [Motor Sports]
The rear opening on a hatchback.
Lifting [Wrestling]
Lifting an opponent off the mat
Liftover [Motor Sports]
The distance a person must lift an object off the ground to put it in a trunk or cargo bay.
Ligament [Horse Racing]
A band of fibrous tissue connecting bones, which serve to support and strengthen joints and to limit the range of motion. There are also ligaments that support certain organs.
Light [Poker]
1) Short of the complete bet. "He's light by $20." Also called shy. 2) Not having anted. "Who's light?" means "Who forgot to ante?" 3) Sit down. "Light and fight."
Light Hit [Bowling]
A hit that doesn't strike the headpin solidly.
Light List [Sailing]
A list of lights arranged in geographical order.
Light Seven [Bowling]
A light hit that results in the 2-4-5 or 3-5-6 split.
Light Weight Shaft [Golf]
A weight classification of shaft that falls within 3.80-4.24 ounces in steel or alloy shafts and within 3.20-3.60 ounces related to composite shafts.
Light Work [Poker]
Markings put on a deck with very fine lines.
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