glossary-280x200 To those of you unfamiliar with the world of online casinos or in fact even land based casinos, some of the terminology can be a little bewildering. As such, just to help you get familiar with some of the terms used, we’ve put together a list of common words and descriptions of what these mean within the context of an online casino.


Bankroll: The cash balance amount that players use to play games with.

Bet: The amount risked on a result for a possible return.

Bonus: An additional amount provided by the casino to wager with

Cash back: A loyalty program that the casino offers to reimburse a certain amount to the player.

Comps: Complimentary gifts given to the player or points given to the player which can be exchanged.

Deposit: To add an amount to your current cash balance maintained with the casino.

Even money: A bet that will pay the amount equal to the money that you wagered.

High Roller: A player who placed big bets and either wins or loses big.

License: A formal certificate from a jurisdiction that allows the online casino to operate under the jurisdiction rules. Good licenses are there to protect the customer and should give players confidence that they’re playing with a reputable operator.

Loyalty Programs: A type of extra incentives and rewards offered by the casino to loyal and regular players

No deposit bonus: A cash/non-cash bonus offered by the casino that players receive after registration and before the first deposit.

Operators: A company that controls and manages all functions within the online casino.

Promotions: Cash or non-cash incentives offered by the online casino to new or existing players.

Session: The time a player spends playing games at the casinos.

Sign in: To login to your casino account.

Sign Up: To register a new account in the casino.

Software clients: Companies that provide online casino games played and wagered on by players.

Stake: A single bet amount placed by a played on a casino game.

VIP club: A tier system setup by the casino for loyal players where they win special promotions and gifts.

Wagering Requirements: A stipulation attached to a bonus where players have to play through the bonus amount X number of times in order to claim it as cash.

Welcome bonus: A bonus amount offered by the casino for the first deposit.

Withdrawal: To draw out cash from the cash balance maintained by the player.


Bankroll: The cash balance amount that players use to play games with.

1024 ways: A slot game with 5 reels and 4 rows where identical symbols on adjacent reels pay.

243 ways: A slot game with 5 reels and 3 rows where identical symbols on adjacent reels pay.

3D pokie: A type of slot game that displays 3D images and animations as graphics.

Bet levels: No. of coins of a set value.

Bet max: Play with the maximum number of coins possible.

Bonus features: Special pays that slot games offer apart from regular symbol payouts.

Bonus games: A game within a slot game which is triggered by bonus symbols and takes you to a second screen and win bonus credits.

Branded games: Slot games that follow a popular, globally recognised theme, storyline or characters whose rights are owned by a third party.

Classic pokie: A traditional pub-style 3 reel pokie that uses old-skool slot symbols.

Coin values: The denomination of a single coin in a slot game.

Credits: The cash balance that is immediately available for a stake.

Free spins: A bonus feature in a slot game that offers free spins for the initially placed bet.

Gamble feature: A bonus feature that allows players to gamble their recent win to double or in some cases quadruple their recent win amount.

Jackpot: The biggest single payout available in a particular slot game.

Multipliers: A bonus that multiplies a win amount to reward your final pay.

Paylines: A pattern that runs through the reels on which symbols must land for a payout.

Payout: The coins or credits players win after a winning combination is spun.

Paytable: A table that shows the payouts for each symbol and displays information about the slot game.

Progressive: A jackpot that increases in amount as players wager on the selected game.

Reels: The columns on the game where symbols spin.

Scatter symbols: Symbols that do not need to land on a specific payline or a pattern for a payout.

Spin: To trigger the reels to spin and stop at a random position.

Symbols: The icons on the reels that are need to arrange on specific positions in order to pay.

Theme: The genre that the slot game displays through the title, graphics and sound effects.

Video pokie: A slot game that has 5 reels and displays regular 2D graphics.

Wild symbols: A symbol that is able to substitute itself for any other symbol to create a winning combination.


Ante bet: The initial chip that players stake before the cards are dealt.

Blackjack: An initial two card combination of an Ace and a Ten, Jack, Queen or King which leads to an automatic win.

Bust: A situation when the player’s card total goes over 21 and he automatically forfeits the hand.

Chips: Tokens that are used to place bets on a blackjack table.

Dealer: The virtual person who represents the house and deals the cards.

Double Down: Placing a bet equal to the original stake for an additional card.

Face Cards: The Jack, Queen or King card which have a value of 10 in Blackjack.

Face Value: The original value of the card.

Hit: To force the dealer to deal an additional card.

Insurance: A bet that the player has the option to place in case of the dealer having an Ace as an Up Card. Insurance wins pay 2:1 if the dealer has a blackjack.

Push: A situation where the dealer and the player have the same card total and all bets are reimbursed.

Shoe: A device in which cards are shuffled and dealt.

Split: An action that creates two independent hands from a single 2 identical card hand.

Stand: A command to end your turn and trigger the dealer’s turn.

Surrender: To forfeit your hand and subsequently forfeit half your ante bet.

Up Card: The dealer’s card that is faced up and can be seen by the player.

Other Casino Terms

American Roulette: A Roulette game with a total of 38 numbers (00, 0-36) on the roulette wheel.

Column bets: To bet that the ball will land on one of the numbers within one of the three sets of columns on the roulette table.

Discard: To reject cards from the first five hand poker combination and draw new ones.

Draw: To replace the held cards in a video poker hand with new cards.

European Roulette: A Roulette game with a total 37 numbers, (0-36) on the roulette wheel.

Even/Odds: A bet type in roulette where players bet on whether the ball lands on an even or odd number. Payout 1:1.

French Roulette: A game of Roulette in which there are 37 numbers on the wheel and which consist of extra bets rather than just inside and outside bets.

Inside bets: The betting area on the Roulette table that is covered by numbers.

Joker card: A wild card in video poker that is able to replace for any other card.

Outside bets: The betting area on the Roulette that surrounds the numbers that include categoies.

Red/Black: A common bet type in roulette where players place bets on whether the ball lands on a red number or black number.

Roulette Table: The table on which players place their bets on a Roulette game.

Roulette Wheel: The wheel on which the croupier drops the ball after all bets are placed on the Roulette table.

Row bets: To bet that the ball will land on one of the numbers falling within one of three sets of rows on the roulette table.