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A card game where the winning hand totals closest to 9 discounting all units of 10. Originating from the game, Chemin de Fer.
To bet or wager. An investor is often referred to as having backed a particular horse.
Back Door
A 'cover' that occurs in the waning moments of a game
Back Line
See Donít Pass Line.
When a bookmaker takes a lot of money on one particular side, it is said that this team has been heavily backed. It is where the punter has put his money on.
Backed in
See shorten. A horse which is backed in means that investors have outlaid a lot of money on that horse, with the result being a decrease in the odds offered.
Bad Beat
Losing under unusual circumstances
An English casino term for thousand, e.g., 5 bag = 5 thousand.
An intermediary who picks up and delivers money.
The financial backer of a gambling operation.
Term used to describe the bankers most fancied selection, and when included as a bet instruction, that selection must win
Also known as 'roll' or 'wad' (colloq.) This is gambling money or risk money, as opposed to the money you live on.
This term refers to those runners in a race not quoted with a price during early betting shows. For example: S.I.S quoting '14/1 bar six' means that at least 14/1 is available against any of the runners other than the six already quoted. Bookmakers do not usually lay the bar price against any named horse.
Bar Price
Usually used as helpful shorthand when talking about large field events, with long lists of participants. It refers to the odds of all those at the last quoted price and bigger. An example might be odds to win the English Premier League, which would read: 2/1 Manchester United, 3/1 Liverpool, 5/1 Arsenal, 8/1 Newcastle, 12/1 BAR. This shows that every other team in the betting list has odds of 12/1 or bigger.
Bar the 12
Makes the 12 a push on the Donít Pass Bar.
Area on the dice table where the majority of bets are made and paid.
Base Dealer
Dice dealer in charge of one of the bases.
Basic Strategy
The mathematically correct way to play blackjack.
Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan.
A friend, acquaintance or other contact who is used to place bets so that the bookmakers will not know the identity of the actual bettor. Many top handicappers and persons occupying sensitive positions use this method of wagering. Same as proxy bettor, front man.
A dispute over the outcome of a bet
Best Bet
A horse which is considered to have a good all round chance of winning a race or running a place. A best bet may be an investors own choice, or a horse that has been highlighted by a tipster or selection panel.
A transaction in which monies are deposited or guaranteed.
Betting Board
A board used by the bookmaker to display the odds of the horses engaged in a race.
Betting Cards
A system of betting in which gamblers must pick between three to twenty winners from a list of upcoming games.
Betting Forecast
The odds of a race as predicted by the daily newspapers.
Betting Limits
The minimum and maximum that can be wagered on one bet.
Betting Line
The posted list of upcoming games and their point spreads.
Betting Right
Betting on the Pass Line or with the shooter.
Betting Wrong
Betting on the Donít Pass or against the shooter.
US term for person placing a bet. In the UK a punter or customer.
Bridge Federation of Asia & Middle East.
Baseball Federation of Pakistan.
Black Book
The list of undesirable people who are forbidden to enter any casino in Nevada.
A card game where players try to beat the dealer by getting closest to 21 without going over.
When the odds of a horse increase rapidly. This means the horse is very unfavoured by investors, often because they are heavily backing another runner. Therefore the odds of the unfavoured horse are increased, often to counter balance the odds of the favoured runner which decrease because of its popularity.
Blue Box
A device used by some bookmakers to make illegal long distance calls.
Board Odds
The odds offered by a bookmaker, which are listed on his or her betting board.
Board/Show Price
The price, relayed by S.I.S from the racecourse, which may be taken by punters, and, regardless of the final returned starting price, as the price at which bets are settled
Running a 'book' is the act of quoting odds and accepting bets on an event. Hence the term 'Bookmaker'.
A person or organization that sets the lines and books the bets in sports.
Bookie's Hope
See outsider. An outsider is sometimes referred to as the bookie's hope, because if the unfavoured and lightly backed horse was to win the race (as opposed to the favourite which would be heavily backed) the bookie would come out ahead (through paying less to investors than he/she would if the favourite won).
Person who is licensed to accept bets on the result of an event based on their provision of odds to the customer.
Bookmaker (Also Bookie)
A business that lays odds and takes bets.
Bookmaker (Bookie)
A person registered and licensed by the controlling body to bet with the public at licensed harness racing meetings held within its jurisdiction.
The price of 2-1
Bottom Sheet
A bookmaker's accounting of gambling debts.
An underdog
The casino employee in charge of the craps table. The boxman sits between the base dealers.
To exceed 21.
A $100 wager.
Burlington Bertie
The price of 100-30
Burn Card
Any card placed in the discard rack without being entered into play.
See Break.
A player pays an additional price to receive half a point or more in his favor on a point spread game.
Buy Points
Buy Points means that you can move the pointspread so that you give away less points with the favorite or get more points with the underdog, for both football and basketball. To do this you must pay an extra 10% for each Ĺ point you buy in your favor. For the NFL and NCAA football, you will pay an additional 15% to buy on or off of 3 points - also know as Key Points. And if you buy through 3 points, you will pay an additional 20%. NOTE: There are NO Key Points for basketball. You pay a flat 10% for each 1/2 point you buy. An example of how to buy off of 3 points: the Kansas City Chiefs (-3) are 3 point favorites. To buy 1/2 point and make them a 2.5 point favorite, you would need to lay $125 to win $100.
Buy Price
The higher figure quoted by an Index bookmaker
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