All Gambling Terms Dictionary

Market [General]
The list of all horses engaged in a race and their respective odds.
Market Value [Motor Sports]
The price for which something would currently sell.
Marki [Martial Arts]
Marking [Soccer]
Guarding a player to prevent him from advancing the ball towards the net, making an easy pass or getting the ball from a teammate.
Markings [Horse Racing]
Any unique configurations found on a horses body used for identification are referred to as markings. These markings may be spots on the body, white hairs in the coat, white hairs at the base of the tail, brands, or scars, etc.
Marl [Sailing]
To wrap a small line around another.
Marline [Sailing]
A small line used for whipping, seizing, and lashing.
Marlinespike [Sailing]
A pointed tool used to separate the strands of a rope or wire.
Marman [Martial Arts]
(Indian) The vital points of the human body. These are the same points like in the Kyūsho in the Japanese Martial Arts. The knowledge of the Marman is necessary to study the Kalaripayat.
Marquis of Queensbury Rules [Boxing]
Boxing goes back to the Egypt of 2,000 B.C., and was one of the original Olympic sports. However, we owe its form today to the Marquis of Queensbury, who in England in 1867 established the modern rules of boxing, ostensibly to make it more organized and humane. His regulations called for a limited number of 3 minute rounds, the count to 10 before disqualification of a floored man, the forbidding of gouging or wrestling, and the use of gloves to protect the hand. (In the old days, bare-knuckle matches usually were stopped because hands got broken on skulls.)
Marriage [Poker]
In hold 'em, suited K-Q as the down cards. Comes from the game of pinochle.
Marshal [Golf]
A person appointed by a tournament committee to keep order and handle spectators.
Martingale [Blackjack]
1. One of the oldest betting progressions in existence. It requires a player to double the size of his bet after a loss and to continue doubling his bets until a win is achieved, resulting in a profit equal to the size of the original bet. It is impossible to win in the long run using this system. 2. Often used as a term for any system which requires increasing a bet after a loss. It is not a winning method of betting in any form.
Martingale Betting System [Roulette]
A type of Double-Up System whereby you double your bets after every loss. Meaning that when you win, you'll win back all of your loss, plus the payoff for the original wager. A well known roulette system which dates back over a hundred years.
Maru-Ki [Archery]
A round wooden bow, Japan.
Masaqtihi [Archery]
'Real arrow wood' (Viburnum) used for arrow shafts, Omaha.
Mash [Horse Racing]
Soft, moist mixture, hot or cold, of grain and other feed that is easily digested by horses.
Mashed Potatoes [Skiing]
Wet, lumpy snow that makes for difficult skiing.
Mashie [Golf]
Lofted iron club that was introduced in the 1880's and is no longer in use. Used for pitching with backspin. Another name for the number 5 iron.
Mashie Iron [Golf]
Antique club identification equal to modern #4 iron.
Mashie Niblick [Golf]
Antique club identification given to modern #7 iron.
Mashie-Iron [Golf]
An iron club that had less of a loft than a mashie. Used for driving and full shots through the green. Another name for the number 4 iron.
Mashie-Niblick [Golf]
An iron club, no longer in use, with a loft somewhere between that of a mashie and a niblick. Club was used for pitching. Another name for the number 6 iron.
Mass Airflow Sensor [Motor Sports]
Device that measures the flow of air entering the throttle housing.
Mass Start [Cycling]
Descriptive of a race in which all the riders start at the same time. Among the types of races that have mass starts are the scratch race, the points race, and the miss-and-out.
Massage [Horse Racing]
Rubbing of various parts of the anatomy to stimulate healing.
Mast [Sailing]
Any vertical pole on the boat that sails are attached to. If a boat has more than one mast, they can be identified by name.
Mast Boot [Sailing]
A protective cover wrapped around the mast at the deck on a keel stepped boat to prevent water from entering the boat.
Mast Box [Sailing]
A box where a deck stepped mast is stepped.
Mast Partners [Sailing]
Supporting structures to take the load of the mast at the deck.
Mast Step [Sailing]
The place that supports the bottom of the mast. The mast step usually has a built in pattern fitting a matching pattern on the bottom of the mast, enabling the mast to be accurately positioned.
Mast Track [Sailing]
A track or groove in the back of the mast to which the sail is attached by means of lugs or the bolt rope.
Master [Golf]
The exact replica (typically made from brass or aluminum) of a wood, iron or putter head from which all heads will be duplicated.
Master Card [Poker]
The highest card in play in a particular suit.
Master Cylinder [Motor Sports]
A piston-type pump that produces pressure in the brake hydraulic system.
Master of Ceremonies [Weight Lifting]
See speaker.
Master Ticket [Keno]
The blank filled out by the player and presented to the keno writer, which is the basis for all keno payouts. Also Original Ticket.
Masthead [Sailing]
The top of a mast. Wind direction indicators and radio antennas usually collect on the masthead.
Masthead Light [Sailing]
Also known as a steaming light. The masthead light is a white light that is visible for an arc extending across the forward 225° of the boat. When lit the masthead light indicates that a vessel under power, including sailboats with engines running. Masthead lights are usually located halfway up the mast rather than at the top.
Mat [Wrestling]
The mat for international wrestling competition has a central wrestling area, 9 meters in diameter, with a center circle 1 meter in diameter. Inside the contest area is a red band, 1 meter wide, known as the passivity zone.
Matador [General]
A cover that occurs in the waning moments of a game (also referred to as a back door cover)
Matae [Martial Arts]
Stop; a command.
Match [Rugby]
A match is made up of two halves, each 40 minutes long, plus injury time. Teams change ends after a five-minute break.
Match Bet [General]
A bet between two horses or people, not necessarily in competition with each other. e.g. two golfers who will be trying to win their tournament, not beat each other or be aware that the bet exists
Match Lights [Poker]
In a home game, a situation that comes up when a player is light (Short of the complete bet. "He's light by $20." Also called shy.). In some home games, not played for table stakes, when a player does not have enough chips to continue betting in a pot, that player withdraws chips from the pot equal to the amount of the betting beyond his chips, (usually) stacking them neatly in front of him. These are called lights. (To so withdraw chips is called go light.) At the end of the hand, if the player does not win the pot, he buys enough chips to cover his lights. He then matches his lights, that is, puts the lights into the pot plus an equivalent amount of chips from the ones he has just bought.
Match One's Lights [Poker]
In a home game, a situation that comes up when a player is light (Short of the complete bet. "He's light by $20." Also called shy.). In some home games, not played for table stakes, when a player does not have enough chips to continue betting in a pot, that player withdraws chips from the pot equal to the amount of the betting beyond his chips, (usually) stacking them neatly in front of him. These are called lights. (To so withdraw chips is called go light.) At the end of the hand, if the player does not win the pot, he buys enough chips to cover his lights. He then matches his lights, that is, puts the lights into the pot plus an equivalent amount of chips from the ones he has just bought. For example, in a stud game, Jill starts with $16. After the sixth card, she has $2 left. The high hand bets $4. She puts her last $2 in the pot, and pulls $2 from the pot, and stacks it in front of her. At this point, she might say, "I'm light," or, "I'm going light." On the last round, someone bets $4 and someone calls. She pulls another $4 from the pot, adding it to her pile of lights. On the showdown, she finds that her three 7s are beat by a small straight. She buys another $50 worth of chips from the banker, adds $6 to her lights, and puts the $12 in the pot. At this point, the winner takes the whole pot. In a split (two-way) pot, if both the winner of the high half and the winner of the low half have lights, they exchange lights. This is equivalent to each first matching lights, and then splitting the pot, and saves time.
Match Penalty [Ice Hockey]
The equivalent of a major penalty plus a game misconduct penalty. The guilty player is suspended for the remainder of the game, another player goes to the penalty box for five minutes, and the team plays short-handed for that time. Compare game misconduct penalty.
Match Play [Golf]
A competition in which each hole is a separate contest and victory goes to the player or team winning the most holes. If both contestants get the same score on a hole, it is said to have been halved. A player or team that has won one more hole than the opponent is said to be "one up." If the lead becomes more than the number of holes remaining, the match is over. For example, if a player is three up with two holes to play, he or she wins, and the final score is expressed as "three and two," or "3-2."
Match Point [Tennis]
The score where a player only needs one more point to win the match.
Match Race [Horse Racing]
A challenge race between two race animals.
Match Sprint [Cycling]
A race, usually of 1 kilometer, in which two riders compete against one another. The match sprint is conducted like a tournament, with the winners of one round of heats advancing to the next round until only two remain to compete for the championship. However, riders who lose in the first heat are often given a second chance, called the repechage.
Match the Pot [Poker]
In home games, a penalty that arises in certain situations, usually in wild-card stud-type games, when a player receives a card of a certain rank. For example, in the seven-card stud variant called baseball, 3s and 9s are wild. A player dealt a 3 face up must either match the pot, that is, add to the pot as much as it already contains, or fold. In some games, the player is not even offered the opportunity of folding; he must match the pot. Sometimes called buy the pot
Match-Up [Ice Hockey]
A pairing of players on opposing teams who will cover each other during the hockey game.
Match-Ups [Basketball]
Any pairing of players on opposing teams who guard each other.
Matchbook Shiner [Poker]
A cheating device, a small mirror attached to the inside of a matchbook cover or small matchbox that has been placed apparently innocently on the table, used to read the faces of the cards while they are being dealt face down.
Matched [Golf]
As in a matched set of clubs. Clubs designed and made in a graded, numbered series and with consistent specifications and swing-weights.
Matching Card [Poker]
A card of the same rank or suit as another card, either in the same hand, or potentially part of the same hand, as when one of the communal cards in a hold 'em-type game. Also, mate.
Mate [Poker]
Matching card (A card of the same rank or suit as another card, either in the same hand, or potentially part of the same hand, as when one of the communal cards in a hold 'em-type game.).
Matinee [Greyhound Racing]
A program of racing conducted during the daylight hours.
Matinees [Horse Racing]
Afternoon racing at tracks where night racing is the usual practice.
Mato-Ya, Saso-Ya [Archery]
Blunt arrows with wooden heads used for target practice, Japan.
Matras [Archery]
A hunting crossbow bolt with a round disc on the head, so as not to damage the pelt.
Matt [Archery]
Straw disk behind the target face.
Maturity [Horse Racing]
A race for four-year-olds in which entries are make before their birth.
Maturity Stakes [Horse Racing]
An event or series of racing events for Sires' Stakes horses that are four years old. See Sires' Stakes.
Maul [Rugby]
When a runner has come into contact with opponents and cannot advance the ball further, players may bind themselves into a maul. There must be at least three players bound. The maul ends when the ball is on the ground; when the ball or the player who had been carrying it emerges from the maul; or when a scrum is ordered. A maul is similar to a ruck, except that the ball is not on the ground.
Maverick [Poker]
In hold' em, Q-J as one's first two cards.
Maw [Wrestling]
Mid American Wrestling
Mawashi [Martial Arts]
Mawashi Enpi Uchi [Martial Arts]
Circular elbow strike
Mawashi Geri [Martial Arts]
Roundhouse kick
Mawashi Hiji Ate [Martial Arts]
Circular elbow strike
Mawashi Zuki [Martial Arts]
Roundhouse punch
Mawatte [Martial Arts]
Turn !
Mawida [Archery]
A set of arrows, Omaha.
Max Revs [Motor Sports]
Revving a car to its maximum RPM levels.
Maximum Average Payback [Video Poker]
For a given Video Poker Machine Pay Table, the amount of payback per dollar bet if you play millions of hands on that machine, providing that you play every hand with correct strategy. It can be expressed as an amount per dollar bet or as a percentage (of each dollar bet). For most machines, this number varies between 92 cents per dollar bet (92% payback) and $1.01 per dollar bet (101% payback).
Maximum Credits [Video Poker]
Each Video Poker Machine has a Play Maximum Credits button. This is the button you push to deal a new hand and bet the maximum. If you don't play maximum credits, you don't qualify for the big jackpots. On most 25-cent video poker machines, the maximum credits you can play is five. Always play maximum credits. If you are playing a machine with a lousy payout, then play the minimum.
Maximum Make Up [Greyhound Racing]
A limit on the result specified before the event. If the final result exceeds the maximum make up, the latter is used to settle the bet.
Maxwell Hose [Golf]
Hosel design of antique wooden shafted clubs in which the hosel has holes drilled in it to reduce weight.
Mayday [Sailing]
An internationally recognized distress signal used on a radio to indicate a life threatening situation. Mayday calls have priority over any other radio transmission and should only be used if there is an immediate threat to life or vessel. Mayday comes from the French "M'aidez" which means "help me." For urgent situations that are not immediately life threatening there is the PAN PAN identifier. Less urgent messages such as navigational hazards should send a SECURITE message.
Mb [Greyhound Racing]
Melbourne, Florida
Mb/9 [Baseball]
Baserunners per 9 Innings
Mc or Mcscc [Motor Sports]
Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs, our racing sanctioning body.
Mcc [General]
Marylebone Cricket Club.
Mcrcb [Motor Sports]
MotorCycle Racing Control Board - Motorcycle race organisers.
Mcw [Wrestling]
Maryland Championship Wrestling
Md [Blackjack]
1. The acronym for Michael Dalton, author and publisher. 2. The acronym for Multiple Deck.
Mdbj [Blackjack]
The acronym for Ken Uston's book entitled Million Dollar Black Jack.
Mdw [Wrestling]
Mason-Dixon Wrestling
Meadowland [Golf]
A lush grassland course.
Mean [Sailing]
Mean Low Water [Sailing]
A figure representing the average low tide of a region.
Mean Lower Low Water [Sailing]
In an area with two tides, this figure represents the average of the lowest of the low tides.
Measure [Fencing]
The distance between the fencers.
Measured Mile [Sailing]
A course marked by buoys or ranges measuring one nautical mile. Measured miles are used to calibrate logs.
Meatball [Baseball]
An easy pitch to hit, usually right down the middle of the plate.
Mechanic [Poker]
One who unfairly manipulates the cards, such as a cheat who deals cards from the bottom instead of from the top of the deck (where they should come from), or from the middle, or deals the second card from the top, or who falsely shuffles the cards so as to arrange them in a manner he has predetermined, or who palms cards, or uses any other of scores of cheating methods involving card manipulation or sleight of hand.
Mechanic's Grip [Poker]
A way of holding the cards popular with mechanics, because it's easiest to deal seconds, bottoms, or middles when holding the deck this way. A right-handed dealer holds the deck in his left hand, with the thumb along the left edge, the forefinger at the front, and the other three fingers curled around the right edge. (A left-handed dealer does the same, mutatis mutandis, with his right hand.) Since many no cheating players also hold the deck this way, the grip alone is not evidence enough to accuse a player of cheating.
Medal Play [Golf]
A competition decided by the overall number of strokes used to complete the round or rounds. Same as "stroke play".
Medalist [Golf]
The player who has the lowest qualifying score in a tournament.
Medallion [Golf]
Any number of mylar and urethane type units which are affixed commonly in the cavities of woods or putters, but may also appear on metal woods. The units are designed for cosmetic purposes, enhancing the attractiveness of the club heads.
Media Guide Awards [Baseball]
The Notre Dame baseball media guide recently has ranked among the best in the nation, according to annual judging coordinated by the College Sports Information Directors of America (in conjunction with the College Baseball Writer's Association). The 1998 Notre Dame baseball media guide was judged second-best in the nation while the 1999 guide was rated third-best (the 2000 guide earned best-in-the-district honors).
Medial [Horse Racing]
Pertaining to the middle in anatomy, nearer the medial plane (the horizontal plane that bisects the center).
Medical Payments Coverage [Motor Sports]
Optional insurance that pays for medical and/or funeral expenses for the driver and passenger of a vehicle.
Medication List [Horse Racing]
A list kept by the track veterinarian and published by the track and Daily Racing Form (when provided by track officials) showing which horses have been treated with phenylbutazone and/or furosemide.
Mediterranean Berth [Sailing]
A method of docking with a boat's stern to the dock.
Mediterranean Loose [Archery]
The three fingered loose used by Western archers.
Meet [Wrestling]
An organized competition involving wrestlers from two or more teams.
Meeting [Horse Racing]
A collection of pacing and/or trotting races conducted by a club on the same day or night, forms a race meeting.
Meeting of the Minds Syndrome [Wrestling]
Whenever a manager and a wrestler have a longer than usual discussion outside the ring, their heads will be slammed together by the opposition.
Meijin [Martial Arts]
"Expert." One who has mastered an art far beyond the boundaries of physical prowess.
Meikyo [Martial Arts]
Name of a karate kata
Meiteki [Archery]
A whistling arrow, Japan.
Mekugi [Martial Arts]
A bamboo pin used to secure the handle of a samurai sword to the blade.
Melonite™ [Golf]
A plating applied to heads that is designed to prevent corrosion. The plating gives the heads a black appearance.
Memory Tach [Motor Sports]
A tachometer which records its RPM readout and can replay the readout on command.
Men [Martial Arts]
The head protector used in kendo.
Men's Doubles [Table Tennis]
Doubles competition between male teams.
Mendoza Line [Baseball]
A batting average of around .200.
Menkyo Kaiden [Martial Arts]
A certificate of full proficiency in a Japanese martial art, usually awarded to an advanced student deemed more suited to carry on the translation of the art.
Menuki [Martial Arts]
Hilt ornaments of a samurai sword.
Mercator [Sailing]
A type of projection of the globe used when making charts. Since the world is a sphere, it is impossible to draw accurate charts on flat paper. A Mercator projection shows all of the meridians as straight vertical lines rather than lines that would intersect. This is the type of projection used on a typical world map, but the distances become very distorted near the poles.
Meridian [Sailing]
A longitude line. Meridians are imaginary circles that run through both poles.
Mesh [Golf]
Type of turn-of-the-century ball made from gutta-percha characterized by a pattern of intersecting lines on the cover.
Messenger [Sailing]
A small line used to pull a heavier line or cable. The messenger line is usually easier to throw, lead through holes or otherwise manipulate than the line that it will be used to pull.
Met Interference [Golf]
Victim of a dog who interfered.
Metacarpal (Fracture) [Horse Racing]
Usually refers to a fracture of the cannon bone, located between the knee and the fetlock joint in the front leg. Also may refer to a fracture of the splint bone.
Metal Matrix Composite (Mmc) [Golf]
Any of a number of alloys used to produce either a golf club head or a shaft.
Metal Wood Bore [Golf]
The bore configuration of a type of metal wood head in which the standard distance form the groundline to the bottom of the bore is 1 1/2".
Metallic Piste [Fencing]
A piste covered with electrically conductive material to prevent hits on the floor from registering on the electrical apparatus.
Metamorphosis [Skiing]
The process of snowflake crystal degradation, usually caused by continual thawing and refreezing, altering the structure of the snow that has fallen.
Meteorology [Sailing]
The study of weather.
Methanol [Motor Sports]
Technically pure methyl alcohol produced by synthesis that is used as fuel in all CART and IRL cars. It consists of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. It is not a fossil fuel.
Mew [Wrestling]
Mountain Empire Wrestling
Mewf [Wrestling]
Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation
Mexican Standoff [Poker]
A tied pot; a hand in which two (or more) players have equivalent hands and split the pot.
Mexican Stud [Poker]
A form of five-card stud in which each player first receives two cards face down, and then rolls (turns face up) one card, followed by a betting round. Thereafter, each active player receives another face-down card on each round, from which he chooses one to roll, again followed by a betting round. Sometimes called flip or peep-and-turn.
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