All Gambling Terms Dictionary

M1 Bore [Golf]
The bore type in a wood in which there is 1 ˝” from the ground line to the point at which the shaft bottoms out in the hosel. May also be called “standard bore” or “metal wood bore.”
M2 Bore [Golf]
Type of wood bore in which the shaft bottoms out in the hosel 1” from the ground line.
M+S Rating [Motor Sports]
A tire rating which indicates a tire designed to perform well in mud and snow.
Ma [Blackjack]
An abbreviation for Multiple-Action blackjack. Your hand is played out once. The dealer's hand is played out multiple times, starting with the same up card each time. Standard blackjack strategy applies.
Ma Ai [Martial Arts]
The distance between two opponents.
Ma-Ciquacle [Archery]
Arrow polishers, Omaha.
Machine [Horse Racing]
See battery.
Machine Man [Poker]
A thief who uses a mechanical device for his cheating (for example, a holdout machine).
Macpherson Strut [Motor Sports]
A combined damper(shock absorber) and spring unit. MacPherson struts are used in most front-wheel drive vehicles for compact packaging. MacPherson struts also allow relatively long springs that can increase suspension travel and increase bump absorption capability.
Made Hand [Poker]
Complete hand.
Made in Heaven [Bingo]
Madison [Cycling]
A track race of a specific duration in time, ranging from six hours to six days, for teams of two or three riders. The winner is the team covering the greatest distance in the specified time. Only one rider from each team is on the track at any given time. A rider goes as fast as possible for one or two laps, then leaves the track and is replaced by another member of the team. A unique feature of the Madison is that the rider who leaves the track hurls the teammate into the race by using a special handle in the rear pocket of the teammate's racing shorts. The event is named for Madison Square Garden, where six-day bicycle races originated.
Mae [Martial Arts]
Front" or "forward.
Mae Ashi [Martial Arts]
Front leg
Mae Ashi Geri [Martial Arts]
Kick with the front leg
Mae Enpi Uchi [Martial Arts]
Front elbow strike
Mae Fumikomi [Martial Arts]
Front stamping kick
Mae Geri [Martial Arts]
Front kick
Mae Geri Keage [Martial Arts]
Front snap kick
Mae Geri Kekomi [Martial Arts]
Front thrust kick
Mae Hiji Ate [Martial Arts]
Front elbow strike
Mae Tobi Geri [Martial Arts]
Jump front kick
Mae Ude Hineri Uke [Martial Arts]
Inner forearm block
Magnaflux [Motor Sports]
Short for 'magnetic particle inspection'. A procedure for checking all ferrous (steel) parts - suspension pieces, connecting rods, cylinder heads, etc. - for cracks and other defects utilizing a solution of metal particles and fluorescent dye and a black light. Surface cracks will appear as red lines.
Magnetic Bearing [Sailing]
The bearing of an object after magnetic variation has been considered, but without compensation for magnetic deviation.
Magnetic Course [Sailing]
The course of a vessel after magnetic variation has been considered, but without compensation for magnetic deviation.
Magnetic Deviation [Sailing]
Compass error. The difference between the reading of a compass and the actual magnetic course or bearing due to errors in the compass reading. These errors can be caused by metals, magnetic fields and electrical fields near the compass. Prior to using a compass, magnetic deviation should be recorded for many different points on the compass as the error can be different at different points. The act of checking for magnetic deviation is called swinging.
Magnetic North [Sailing]
The direction to which a compass points. Magnetic north differs from true north because the magnetic fields of the planet are not exactly in line with the north and south poles. Observed differences between magnetic and true north is known as magnetic variation.
Magnetic Therapy [Horse Racing]
Physical therapy technique using magnetic fields. The low-energy electrical field created by the magnetic field causes dilation of the blood vessels (vasodilation) and tissue stimulation. Magnetic therapy may be used on soft tissue to treat such injuries as tendinitis or bony (skeletal) injuries such as bucked shins.
Magnetic Variation [Sailing]
The difference between magnetic north and true north, measured as an angle. Magnetic variation is different in different locations, so the nearest compass rose to each location on a chart must be used.
Mahi-Si [Archery]
An arrow head, Omaha.
Maiden [Greyhound Racing]
A greyhound that has not won an official race. This is the lowest Grade designation. Once a greyhound wins a Maiden race, it advances to Grade D.
Maiden Claiming [Horse Racing]
A claiming race specified for horses that have never won a race.
Maiden Claiming Race [Horse Racing]
A horse race for non-winners who are eligible to be claimed. Maiden race: A race for race animals that have never won a race.
Maiden Race [Horse Racing]
For horses that have never won. Once a thoroughbred wins a race, it must progress to another category.
Maiden Special Weight [Horse Racing]
An allowance race for horses that have never won a race.
Mail [Poker]
Divine that someone is bluffing. After being caught bluffing, someone might say, "You've been reading my mail."
Main [Skydiving]
The main canopy used on every jump and re-packed by the parachutist. It's always on the bottom of the container.
Main Eventer [Wrestling]
(noun) A wrestler who usually wrestles in the main event or somewhere else near the top of the card.
Main Game [Poker]
1) In a card room, the game with the highest stakes, or (sometimes) with the most action. Sometimes when a regular player first sits down to play, he may ask, "Is this the main game?" He means that he hopes the players are gambling or otherwise giving action. Sometimes the question is asked facetiously, when the player sits down in what is obviously a dead spread, that is, a game full of mostly house players or what seems to be a game with little action. 2) The game to which players must move from a forced-move game. 3) The more desirable of two (or more) games of the same form of poker at the same stakes.
Main Mast [Sailing]
The tallest (or only) mast on a boat.
Main Parachute [Skydiving]
The primary parachute. If it doesn't work you use your Reserve. This happens very rarely and there are Skydivers with thousands of jumps and no Reserve rides. The Main parachute is usually much higher performance than the Reserve.
Main Pot [Poker]
When there is a side pot, that part of the pot all of the players have action in.
Main Stage Bingo [Bingo]
The "main event" of a session of bingo, and the one said to draw the most customers. Players purchase a page (or book) of pre-printed bingo tickets to use as game boards.
Main Topsail [Sailing]
A topsail on the main mast.
Main Track [Horse Racing]
The dirt surface of a racetrack.
Mainsail [Sailing]
The main sail that is suspended from the main mast.
Mainsheet [Sailing]
The line used to control the mainsail.
Mairi [Martial Arts]
Tapping with the hand to signify submission.
Majiha [Archery]
A quiver, Omaha.
Major Hand [Poker]
In high poker, (generally) a straight or better.
Major League Game [Poker]
1) A high-stakes game. 2) The largest game in a card room.
Major Penalty [Ice Hockey]
A five-minute penalty imposed for serious infractions, such as fighting and spearing, and for lesser infractions that cause injury and/or draw blood. The penalized player must serve all five minutes in the penalty box, even if the opposing team scores.
Major Prize [Keno]
Winnings exceeding an amount parameter and subject to abatement.
Major Studies [Baseball]
The academic achievement of the Notre Dame baseball team is all the more noteworthy when considering the challenging majors being pursued by many of the team members, most notably: senior lefthander Mike Naumann (science pre-professional), junior DH Ken Meyer (civil engineering) and sophomore righthander Brandon Viloria (electrical engineering).
Majră, Mijrăt, Qasab [Archery]
An arrow guide.
Makagoya [Archery]
A hunting arrow, Japan.
Make [Poker]
1) Catch the specific hand one is trying to end up with; often followed by a (or the) hand. In draw poker, if you start with 5-6-7-8-K of mixed suits, you discard the king, and on the draw receive either a 4 or 9, you have made a straight. You have also made the hand or made a hand. The phrases "I made" and "Did you make?" are elliptical, that is, "I made my hand" and "Did you make the hand (or your hand)?", respectively, are understood. In lowball, to catch on the draw any card below one's top card that does not give one a pair is to make the hand. Similarly, though used less often, in a stud or hold 'em game, to turn a drawing hand into a complete hand is to make the hand. 2) Detect cheating. "Did the floor man make you?" means "Did the floor man notice that you were cheating?" 3) Shuffle the cards prior to the next deal; same as make the pack.
Make a Move [Poker]
To try a bluff.
Make a Move on the Pot [Poker]
Same as make a play (Bet strongly), often implying betting or raising strong when the other players seem weak, and often when the player making the move is himself none too strong. Also, move on the pot.
Make a Pass [Poker]
Replace the cards in the same order as they were prior to the cut. This is a slSeven-of-hand maneuver by a card mechanic to negate the effect of the cut. Also called elevator the cut, jump the cut, shift the cut.
Make a Play [Poker]
1) Bluff. 2) Bet strongly. He made a play for the pot implies that he bet big to try to win it. Also make a move on the pot.
Make a Run [Horse Racing]
Of a horse that turns on the speed, makes a move, makes a bid.
Make a Score [Poker]
Win big.
Make Fast [Sailing]
To attach a line to something so that it will not move.
Make Good [Poker]
1) Pay money owed to the pot, usually by matching one's lights, which are (usually only in a home game) chips removed from the pot by a player who has run out of chips but has agreed to stand good on any bets, chips equal in amount to the betting from the point at which the player ran out of chips. If the player loses the pot, he must make good on the money owed. For example, if he had gone light by $10, he must return those $10 in chips to the pot, plus another $10 in cash (or purchase more chips and add another $10 to the pot). 2) Put enough chips into the pot to call a bet or raise.
Make Perfect [Poker]
In draw poker, to catch one or more cards that give the maximum improvement to the cards kept. This phrase is most common in lowball. For example, you draw one card to 7-5-2-A, and catch a 3, thus making the hand perfect. (This is actually grammatically incorrect; it should be make perfectly, but card players aren't big on grammar.)
Make the Blind Good [Poker]
The situation in which a player has one of the various traveling blinds, dealer blind, middle blind, or big blind, someone has opened the pot, and the holder of the blind calls the opening bet, usually with a marginal hand, and with the intention of "protecting" his investment (operating under the fallacious theory that the chip or chips he has put into the pot prior to the deal in the form of the blind still belong to him).
Make the Cut [Golf]
To qualify for the final rounds of a tournament by scoring well enough in the beginning rounds
Make the Deck [Poker]
After the play of a hand, gather the cards and shuffle them for the deal of the next hand.
Make the Pack [Poker]
After the play of a hand, gather the cards and shuffle them for the deal of the next hand.
Make them Wait [Bingo]
Make Up [Greyhound Racing]
The final result of an event or market on which the bet is settled. The difference between this figure and the price at which you placed your bet multiplied by your stake gives your profit or loss.
Make Up the Blind [Poker]
Take the middle blind, and post, or otherwise arrange to receive a hand after having missed the blind.
Make Up the Blinds [Poker]
Take the middle blind, and post, or otherwise arrange to receive a hand after having missed the blind.
Make Up the Pack [Poker]
After the play of a hand, gather the cards and shuffle them for the deal of the next hand.
Make Way [Sailing]
Moving through the water.
Makeable Split [Bowling]
A split that isn't terribly difficult to convert, though it may not exactly be easy.
Makeru [Martial Arts]
To lose or be defeated.
Making the Pass [Poker]
Replace the cards in the same order as they were prior to the cut. This is a slSeven-of-hand maneuver by a card mechanic to negate the effect of the cut. Also called elevator the cut, jump the cut, make a pass, shift the cut.
Making Up Time [Motor Sports]
A driver is catching up to or gaining ground an opponent.
Makiwara [Martial Arts]
A karate training post designed for toughening various striking points.
Maktah [Archery]
An Indian self bow.
Mal [Skydiving]
Skydiver talk for Malfunction.
Mal Pare [Fencing]
French for insufficient parry.
Mal-Parry [Fencing]
Also mal-pare'; a parry that fails to prevent the attack from landing.
Male Joint [Motor Sports]
A ball inside a socket that can turn and pivot in any direction. Used to allow the suspension to travel while the driver steers the car.
Malfunction [Skydiving]
When the Main Parachute doesn't work properly. There are different degrees of malfunctions, the bad ones of which cause you to use your Reserve.
Malicious Mischief [Motor Sports]
The purposeful damaging of another's property.
Malila [Archery]
The Veddah bow, Sri Lanka.
Malleolus [Archery]
A fire arrow made of cane or reed.
Mallet [Golf]
A type of putter head identified by its broad appearance from front to back when positioned at address. The Ram Zebra™ was one of the first popular mallet style putters.
Maloney [Gymnastics]
A piked circle through a handstand with a flight from the low bar to a hang on the high bar. Named for U. S. gymnast Kristen Maloney, who created it.
Mambo Stud [Poker]
A combination between stud and a widow game, in which players use three cards in their hands plus one community card, played high-low. Each player is dealt one down card and one up card, followed by a round of betting, one more up card, one more round of betting, and then a community card, with a final round of betting. Players use any combination of three of their four cards for high hand and any three for low. hand rankings differ from "ordinary poker." The highest ranking low hand, A -2 -3, is called a Low Mambo, and the highest ranking high hand, Q - K - A suited, is called a High Mambo. The remaining high hands rank this way: straight flush, three of a kind, straight, flush, one pair, highest card rank. There is a qualifier for low: to win the low half, a hand must be 6-high or better. One worse than a Low Mambo is A-2-4, and so on. If there is no low, the entire pot goes to the high hand.
Man Advantage [Ice Hockey]
The situation in which a team has one more player on the ice than the opposition. See also power play.
Man Alive [Bingo]
Man in Black [Motor Sports]
Not Wil Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, in NASCAR it refers to Dale Earnhardt.
Man in Motion [Football]
A single player on the offense who is permitted to move parallel to the line of scimmage prior to the snap in an attempt to get open or confuse the defense. Only one man can be in motion at any time.
Man with the Axe [Poker]
King of diamonds.
Man with the Star [Poker]
Man-Down [Water Polo]
Descriptive of the 20-second period when the defensive team is one player short because of an exclusion foul.
Man-in-Motion [Football]
A single player on the offense who is permitted to move prior to the snap; he may only run parallel to the line of scrimmage or away from it.
Man-to-Man [Soccer]
A type of defense where each defender is assigned to mark a different forward from the other team; the most common type of defense for national-level teams.
Man-to-Man Betting [General]
Gambling without either party taking a commission for the bet made.
Man-to-Man Defense [Basketball]
The defensive style used in the NBA, where each defensive player is responsible for guarding one opponent.
Man-Up [Water Polo]
Descriptive of the 20-second period when the offensive team has one player more than the defensive team because of an exclusion foul.
Manage [Poker]
1) Practice money management. 2) Run a card room. 3) Own a card room.
Management [Poker]
1) The owners of a card room. 2) Those running or managing a card room.
Manager [Boxing]
The person in charge of a boxerąs business career. He arranges matches, and acts as an agent in negotiations. They are often notorious for taking advantage of young or gullible fighters.
Managing [Poker]
Successfully applying the principles of money management.
Mande [Archery]
A bow, Omaha.
Mandrel [Golf]
A tapered steel rod around which composite materials are wrapped when making a shaft.
Mane [Horse Racing]
The long hairs growing on the crest of the horse's neck.
Maniac [Poker]
A very aggressive player who plays hands that more conservative players would probably not consider.
Manifest [Skydiving]
1) The list of skydivers on the jump plane. 2) The act of going to the office where this list is maintained to put yourself on a plane. 3) The location where manifesting takes place.
Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor (Map Sensor) [Motor Sports]
Detects engine load by measuring air pressure or vacuum in the intake manifold.
Manipulators [Fencing]
The index finger and thumb of the sword hand.
Manque [Roulette]
French term for Low Bet.
Manual Transmission [Motor Sports]
A mechanism in the drive train with gears to vary the power and torque delivered to the driven wheels. It consists of a lever that the driver operates in conjunction with the clutch to change from one gear to another.
Manuballista [Archery]
The Latin for crossbow. See Arbalest.
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (Msrp) [Motor Sports]
The suggested selling price of the vehicle. Does not include destination charges, optional equipment, or taxes.
Maples [Bowling]
Pins, because that's the wood they used to be made from.
Maraging [Fencing]
A special steel used for making blades; said to be stronger and break more cleanly than conventional steels.
Maraging Steel [Golf]
An alloy or family of steels with unique properties. Typically maraging steels are harder than are non-maraging steels such as 17-4 and 15-5. Maraging steel is commonly used in club face applications, rather than in entire club heads.
Marathon [Horse Racing]
A horse race longer than 1 and 1/4 miles; a greyhound race at 7/16 mile.
Marathon Course [Greyhound Racing]
The longest course distance at Mile High, measuring 2,407 feet, or about 7/16ths of a mile.
Marathon Skating [Skiing]
See half skating.
Marbles [Motor Sports]
Small bits of rubber that have broken off tires during a race. They are usually found in corners and are more likely to gather on the outside of the racing line. If a car drives over the pieces, it tends to lose control, as if it were on a bunch of marbles.
March Madness [Basketball]
See NCAA Tournament.
Mare [Horse Racing]
Female horse 5 years old or older. Also, female of any age who has been bred.
Mare's Month [Horse Racing]
September. In theory, because mares that have not run well during the summer often "wake up" in September.
Margin [General]
The amount a competitor in an event finishes in front of another competitor.
Margin Call [General]
A call made by a bookmaker to the punter for cash to cover some or all of the punter's exposure to loss.
Margins [Greyhound Racing]
The official distance between placed animals at finish of a race, expressed in lengths. A length is the average length of a horse - 2.4 metres. When the margins are small, the judge uses terms like Neck or Head.
Marina [Sailing]
A place where boats can find fuel, water and other services. Marinas also contain slips where boats can stay for a period of time.
Mark [Wrestling]
(noun) What a mark is usually depends on who you ask. It can be said that anybody who follows wrestling is a mark. Others will say that the only ones who are marks are those who buy into the illusion that wrestling is real. Since the number of people who fall into the latter category is almost non existent, the first definition is probably more accurate.
Marked Cards [Poker]
Cards that have been altered so that their value can be read from the back.
Marked Deck [Poker]
A deck with marked cards. Also called cheaters.
Marker [Golf]
1) An object that marks the forward limits of the teeing ground. 2) A scorer in stroke play, often a fellow competitor. 3) A ball marker 4) A rating marker.
Marker Points [Fencing]
An old method of detecting hits using inked points.
Markers [Golf]
The objects placed at the teeing round that indicate the area in which players must tee their balls.
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