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Blackjack Definitions

It can be intimidating to join in on the game when you're not sure what to do... don't let the lingo lose you! Here's our chart of commonly-heard terms around the blackjack table.

Action: A general gambling term which refers to the total amount of money bet in a specific period of time. Ten bets of ten dollars each is $100 of action.

Burn Card: A single card taken from the top of the deck, which the dealer slides across the table and is placed into the discard tray. The card may or may not be shown face up (which can affect the count if you are counting cards). A card is burned after each shuffle.

Hole Card: Any face down card. The definition most often refers to the dealer's single face down card.

Shoe: A device that can hold up to eight decks of cards which allows the dealer to slide out the cards one at a time.

Hard Hand: A hand in which any Ace is counted as a 1 and not as an 11.

Soft Hand: A hand in which any Ace is counted as an 11 and not as a 1.

Pat Hand: A hand with a total of 17 to 21.

Stand: To decline another card.

Hit: To request another card.

Bust: When a hand's value exceeds 21... a losing hand.

Push: A player-dealer tie.

Bankroll: The money a player plans to bet with.

Flat Bet: A bet which you do not vary. If you are flat betting ten dollars, you are betting $10 each and every hand without changing the betting amount from one hand to the next.

Comp: Short for complimentary. If you wave lots of money around, the casino may give you things like a free room or free food, hoping you'll keep losing money at the tables in their casino.

Pit: The area inside a group of gaming tables.

Head-On: To play alone at a table with the dealer.

Counter: Someone who counts cards.

High Roller: A big bettor.

Pit Boss: An employee of the casino whose job is to supervise players, dealers, and other floor personnel.

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