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Online Gambling Glossary: The Ultimate Guide to Gambling Terms and Phrases

Zoltan Tundik

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Most online gambling games are simple, but terms and phrases used to define and describe them are not. With so much slang in the gambling industry, it can be intimidating and confusing for new players to understand them and play the games. In this guide, we are going to discuss the most common and important phrases you need to know when stepping into the online gambling world.

Ante

An ante is a bet made by a player before cards are dealt

Baccarat

Baccarat is a card game that puts players against the dealer. It involves comparing cards played between the “banker” and “player”.  The goal of the game is to get the highest number and avoid the lower numbers.

Bankroll

The bankroll is the money that a punter has set aside specifically for gambling. A casual gambler won’t need a dedicate bankroll but a professional gambler is usually careful and will only gamble with money that he/she has specifically set aside for this purpose.

Blackjack

Blackjack is a table game where players try to beat the dealer by getting a hand closer to 21 points without exceeding

Bet

A bet is an instance of staking money on an event or casino game. Several bets may be placed in a single game.

Betting limit

Betting limit is the limit that has been set by the casino on the amount a gambler may bet. You will often see a minimum and maximum bet for each game in a casino.

Bonus

A bonus is an offer or incentive often extended by online casinos to players for signing up and/or making the first deposit. Matching bonuses are the most common, which means the size of the bonus depends on the amount of deposit made.

Croupier

Croupier is a term used can the employee of a casino who is in charge of roulette and other high stake tables

Casino edge

The casino edge is the advantage that the house/casino has over gamblers

Crap

Crap is slang used during Craps for a 2, 3 or 12

Dealer

The dealer an employee of the casino that is responsible for dealing cards to players and controlling the general flow of the game. Games like baccarat, blackjack, and poker may require dealers.

Double Down

When the amount you are betting on is doubled on the hand or turn in a casino game

Expected value

This term refers to the return a player should expect on average in the long run on a certain bet. The value can be positive or negative, basically depending on whether or not the bet is profitable

eCOGRA

eCOGRA is a London-based organization that has been approved to monitor online casinos and provide them with seals of approval after ensuring that it is fair. It was established originally by Microgaming.

Jackpot

Jackpot is the large payout on a slot machine or any other game. The word jackpot is mainly used for a special prize, which could be a progressive prize.

Fixed odds

A game with a fixed odd is one in which the chances of winning and payouts are fixed. Examples of fixed odds games are a scratch-off card and simulated horse games. In a more broad explanation, this term applies to most slot machines and table games, although it is mostly used for “specialty” games. But it doesn’t apply to sports betting and games like poker where odds and probability of the various events are not known.

Gambling

Wagering money on an event whose outcome is uncertain

House edge

This refers to the advantage that the casino has over the people who bet on their website or casino. It is usually expressed as a percentage. For instance, with a house edge of 3%, it means the player should expect to lose 3% of the amount of money they stake in the long run.

Optimal strategy

A set of plays that will make the player get the best returns from a casino game. Optimal strategy is mostly used in video poker and blackjack, although it can also apply to many games where gamblers are required to make strategic decisions.

Random Number Generator (RNG)

An RNG is a device that generates a random, unpredictable sequence of numbers. This can be done on several stages involving algorithms in the RNG device and other factors like mouse movements, temperature, air pressure and anything else that is unpredictable. Although there are many uses of RNGs, in this case, they are mainly used to determine the results of online casino games where cards must be dealt, deice need to be rolled or another random event must occur

Roulette

Roulette is a game that is played with a wheel and ball where the ball can fall into one of the pockets. Players can place a number of bets that try to predict the pockets the ball may fall into. This game has two variations: American Roulette and European Roulette. But the latter has better odds than the former.

Video Poker

A video poker is a machine game that is based on a 5-card draw poker. Players can discard and replace the cards from their hand and are paid if they are lucky to make the minimum hand required to win. Some of the most common video poker games include Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better.

Wagering requirement

This refers to the condition that an online casino has put in place for its bonus offer. Players must stake a certain amount before they can claim the bonus. This prevents the player from claiming the bonus or cashing out immediately.

 

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SIS moves into hibernation mode

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SIS (Sports Information Services) has today announced the move to close down all non-essential services and to furlough a significant number of staff effective immediately.

With the suspension of almost all live racing worldwide and the closure of a significant number of worldwide retail betting outlets, SIS has taken this action to protect its long term future and to be ready for the resumption of normal service for customers and partners when it becomes appropriate.

In this interim period, SIS continues to supply online content to operators while that content is live. All services to retail operators will be suspended.

Richard Ames, CEO of SIS, said: “SIS is moving into an interim period of hibernation in these extraordinary times. I am pleased to be able to confirm that our intention is to come back just as strongly as before and to be back up and running to serve the needs of our customers as soon as live racing content returns to action.

“We are taking this action to protect the business and to preserve the jobs of our hard-working team. I thank each of them for their fantastic commitment to continuing to service our content partners and customers throughout the last challenging weeks and look forward to welcoming them back into the business as soon as possible.”

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Week 13/2020 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Yggdrasil, the innovative online gaming solutions provider, is taking players on a trek deep into the jungle full of exotic animals and multipliers in its latest title Multifly. In this exotic slot, five chameleons have their eyes set on tasty fireflies and the more they catch, the bigger the reward for players.  The game is packed with fierce features including Dropdown Wins, Wilds and the MultiMAX feature that allows every win to be multiplied by up to 5 different multipliers. The Dropdown feature causes winning symbols to disappear from the reels, leaving room for new symbols to land. Every winning screen will leave a Wild to further boost the win potential for the next drop by increasing the reel multiplier by 1.

Yggdrasil - Multifly

 

NetEnt is taking players deep inside an enchanted woodland steeped in elvish magic in its new release Wilderland™. Set within a magical forest, the slot hides some mystical features. NetEnt’s famous Walking Wilds mechanic is back but now with Walking Scatters, multiplying multipliers and stacks. All the player needs is the Wilds to connect in the activation zone to start the feature. Wilderland’s free spins depend on those walking symbols. Players will keep getting free spins until the last walking symbols are gone, while each spin can bring more with a full screen activation zone to increase chances of adjacent symbols connecting.

NetEnt's Wilderland™

 

Greentube’s Home of Games just became a whole lot spookier with the addition of the thrilling new title Ghostly Towers™, now available for all B2B partners! The supernatural is haunting the reels of this spooky slot, but do not fret! The friendly resident ghost, Pierre, is on the player’s side, boosting win potential and maximizing the gameplay with frightfully good reel modifiers. In addition to Ghostly Towers’ sublime game animations, the 5-reel, 20-win line slot packs a ghost-load of extra features, including three different reel modifiers and a Free Spins Bonus to enhance the gaming experience. Whenever Pierre the ghost appears on the reels, a modifier activates, giving the player a new advantage in their quest for riches in the haunted house.

Greentube - Ghostly Towers™!

 

Genesis Games launches a brand-new slot game that showcases a fortune hunting mole in search of valuable crystals across deep space, making it their 11th game under the Radi8 series. Crystal Crater is a 4 x5 slot game with 50 pay- lines that drops Stacked Wilds, Random Wilds and a special feature where players get to choose a preferred combination number of Wilds and Free Spins. This special feature provides four options including a mystery choice option with predefined selection of Free Spins and Wilds, 2 to 3 Wilds and 20 Free Spins, 3 to 5 Wilds and 10 Free Spins and 5 to 7 Wilds and 5 Free Spins.

Crystal Crater, a brand-new slot game by Radi8, that give players options

 

True Lab, a game provider within the True Flip group, unveiled another uniquely themed slot with a Buy Bonus feature. Buried in books, sweating on their decks, abusing energy drinks – five smartheads chase a fruitful investor meet-up. Heroes of Startup Valley gain experience points for dedicated free spins that unfold their super skills. These include additional wilds and random multipliers thrown on the reels. Three IPO scatters arriving in the base game trigger a round of 10 IPO free spins. These include all characters at once with their unique features mixed and applied randomly. The Buy feature will trigger an IPO free spins round with a single click. The rate will depend on a player’s selected bet size.

Startup Valley - True Lab

 

Red Tiger challenges players to venture deep underground in search of big wins with its latest release, Vault of Anubis. The 7×6 cluster slot is set in a vault guarded by giant structures, where intrepid players have the chance to win up to 5,000x their stake – if they can hold their nerve. The game’s top row includes the Free Spins meter which is filled by four Vault Spins symbols. The reels feature Egyptian-styled playing card symbols such as an emerald scarab, the eye of Horus, and Anubis himself. Vault of Anubis has already proved a big hit in an exclusive deal with LeoVegas, and with its Super Symbols and Free Spins it is sure to have players returning to the vault for more.

Red Tiger - Vault of Anubis

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has opened the saloon doors with the launch of its exhilarating new slot game, Wild West Gold. The latest addition to the provider’s vaunted Gold series transports players to a frontier town in the American West in the quest for riches. This 5×4 reel, 40 payline title features rogues, bandits and outlaws filling the reels, while the Sheriff symbol acts as a Wild, with up to a 5x random multiplier added to the Wild. Three sunset Scatter symbols in view triggers the Free Spins mode, with more sunsets leading to additional spins. In the bonus round, the town comes alive after dark with Sticky Wilds staying on the reels for the duration of Free Spins, with the potential to win up to 10,000x a player’s stake.

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Kalamba Games is bringing the bright lights of Florida’s party capital to the slot experience in its latest release Miami Bonus Wheel. The 3×3, 10 payline slot offers a fresh take on the classic U.S. land-based theme and is packed with engaging features that turn up the heat of the player experience. Players can shortcut straight to the all-new Bonus Wheel via Kalamba’s signature HyperBonus feature, and in the base game there are three variants of multiple Wilds symbols with the value of one, two or three to ramp up the excitement factor. Up to 15 Free Spins are awarded whenever there is a win in the Bonus Wheel feature, triggered when three bonus symbols land anywhere in the base game.

Kalamba Games' Miami Bonus Wheel

 

The Play’n GO series of Joker games have been firm favourite’s over the years with titles like Mystery Joker and Fire Joker just two of the titles that have remained popular with players since their release. Sticky Joker is the latest entry in the series and includes a unique and fun take on the Wild Joker symbol that the games are famed for. In this game, each time the Joker lands on the grid it will stick to the reels and award a player another re-spin; more jokers equal more spins, it’s as simple as that. With the chance to fill a whole grid with Joker Wild symbols, it’s sure to entice players for looking for a simple, fun game to play.

Play'n GO With Sticky Joker!

 

Red Rake Gaming, has launched a new 5×5 reel video slot: 777 Heist, where players will need to employ all their skills to enter a museum without being seen and obtain the most valuable pieces in the world. This slot game includes the well-known Cascading Reels feature, which can also be found in several of the company’s other video slots, such as Solomon: the King, Asp of Cleopatra, Viva las Vegas, Twin Harlequin and Tiger and Dragon. In these types of games, winning combinations from a spin during both regular and free spin features will disappear and the gaps will be replaced by new symbols, giving the player the chance to win even more.

 

777 HEIST, the new video slot from Red Rake Gaming

 

Betsoft Gaming has released its brand new video slot named Monster Pop. This cascading reels video slot offers a 5×5 grid that expands to an impressive 13×13 grid, giving mega win potential with its cluster pay-outs of up to 1921x your bet. Monster Pop brings fast-paced gameplay with exciting action. Collect stacks of monsters and watch out for the MONSTER CLONER SYMBOL to expand the grid. Added Wilds increase your chances for big wins.

Betsoft Launches Monster Pop

 

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Betsoft Launches Monster Pop

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Betsoft Gaming has released its brand new video slot named Monster Pop. This cascading reels video slot offers a 5×5 grid that expands to an impressive 13×13 grid, giving mega win potential with its cluster pay-outs of up to 1921x your bet.

Monster Pop brings fast-paced gameplay with exciting action. Collect stacks of monsters and watch out for the MONSTER CLONER SYMBOL to expand the grid. Added Wilds increase your chances for big wins.

“We are renowned for great storyboards and for true cinematic quality. Monster Pop strengthens this reputation. It also delivers an innovative take on cluster pays slot games, offering players excitement and huge win potential. Player response has been fantastic so far and we expect Monster Pop to be a long term hit,” Annamaria Anastasi, Marketing Director of Betsoft Gaming, said.

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