Useful Online Casino Terminology


If you enjoy online gambling you will undoubtedly stumble upon some terms which are used as more or less a standard all over the online casino industry. In order to fully understand the different casino bonuses and the terms and conditions that applies to the bonus offers, it is very helpful to be acquainted with the most common terms. For this reason we have gathered a list of the terms that you will be likely to be confronted with when you are playing online casinos:

  • Baccarat: A card game that originated in France. There are several versions of Baccarat; punto banco, baccarat chemin de fer and  baccarat banque.
  • Bet: The term for the money wager on a casino game.
  • Bonus: In online casino, bonus refers to the added casino games credit that a player is given by the casino. There are several types of bonuses which are usually given when a player makes a successful payment into their player account. That are also a number of free bonuses where no payment is required.
  • Blackjack: Sometimes called Twenty-One. It is a comparing card game where the player plays against the dealer and not against other players. Blackjack (21) is achieved when the Ace and a value of 10 card is dealt (Ace + 10, Jack, Queen or King). You beat the dealer, win, if your cards are closer to 21 than the dealer’s. If your cards have a total value over 21 points you bust.
  • Cashback: A promotional concept in internet casino. The player will usually get a certain percentage back from his/her wager during a specific time period (promotional campaign period).
  • Chips: Tokens of different monetary value (real money or promotional value) used for casino wagers in land-based and online casinos.
  • Complimentary Points ( Comps Points ): in online casino Complimentary Points are a loyalty value item usually given to a player valued by consistent wager at a specific casino.
  • Credit: an online casino players balance of player funds. This may also include promotional funds such as bonus added to the real-money balance.
  • Currency: monetary units used in different nations or financial regions. In online casino, a player can usually choose which currency to wager in. Most major currencies are usually accepted such as British pounds (GBP), U.S dollars (USD) and European euros (Euro).
  • Deal: in casino, to hand out/give cards in casino games.
  • Deposit: in online casino, to fund your player account with real-money. This is usually done by using credit/debit cards or electronic wallets.
  • Deposit Bonus: a promotional value added to a deposit into an online casino account used for wager in casino games.
  • Deposit Method: different types of payment solutions to make electronic payment. In common use for funding online casino accounts: Credit/Debit cards (Mastercard, Visa), Bank Transfer, Electronic wallets (Moneybookers, Neteller, Click2Pay), Electronic Vouchers (Paysafe, Papaya, UKash).
  • Edge: in casino, to hold a win advantage over others in casino games. Usually refers to the casinos (house) advantage over the player.
  • Exclusive Bonus: a unique promotional offer which can only be gained at a certain place. Many of the exclusive online casino offers can only be found at
  • Expanding Symbol: in slot machines (land-based and online), a symbol which will grow/over-take other symbols on the slot reel when it appears in combination with other symbols or in specific positions on the reel.
  • First Deposit Bonus: a promotional value added to a casino player’s wager account balance when successfully completing the first-ever deposit. Also known as First Deposit Match Bonus and Welcome Bonus Offer. The First Deposit Bonus is usually added by a fixed percentage of the deposit amount. Examples: 100% up to $200, 50% up to £150, 150% up to €500.
  • Free Bonus: a promotional offer which is given to a new player without having to meet any deposit or funding requirements.
  • Free Spins: in slot machines, free round(s) given to a player, usually rewarded when certain symbols appears in certain combinations or positions on the slot reel.
  • Free Spin Bonus: a promotional offer consisting of a set number of free spins on a certain game or an achieved bonus of free rounds when playing slot machines.
  • Gamble Feature: in slot machines (land-based and online), some slot machines has a gamble feature which will be available once a player hits a win on the reel. The gamble is usually a 50/50 win or loose gamble where the player will predict one out of two possible outcomes. If the prediction turns out to be correct, the gamble is a win and the wager is doubled. The player can collect the winnings and return to the reel or gamble again. If the prediction fails, the player is returned to the reel.
  • Games Provider: in casino, a producer of or a platform provider of casino games.
  • High Roller: a casino player that bets high amounts on casino games.
  • High Roller Bonus: a promotional offer designed to attract/suit players that gamble with larger than average amounts.
  • Insurance: in Blackjack, if the dealer unfolds an ace as the dealer card, the player can take an insurance which will minimize the loss if the dealer’s second card is of value 10 which will form a Blackjack (21).
  • Jackpot: the highest possible win on a casino game.
  • Jacks or Better: a bet type in poker which only allows the player to bet if the player holds at least a pair of Jacks. Also a popular video poker game with the same bet type concept.
  • Jurisdiction: in casino, a regional legal authority and regulator. A casino needs to be licensed by a Jurisdiction in order to offer a gambling service.
  • Lobby: in online casino, usually refers to the games index of a casino software client.
  • Maximum Bet: the highest bet allowed to gamble on a casino game.
  • Minimum Bet: the lowest bet allowed to gamble on a casino game.
  • No Deposit Bonus: in online casino, a free promotional offer that are given to eligible casino players that does not hold any deposit requirements.
  • Odds: a casino’s/bookmaker’s probabilities prediction on a player’s chance of winning a wager.
  • Operator: in online casino, a company that handles the operation of one or several online casinos.
  • Payline: in slot machines (land-based and online), a slot machine have different winning line across the reel. These are called paylines. On average an online slot machine has between 5 and 25 paylines.
  • Payout Percentage: in slot machines, the programmed percentage that a slot machine will pay back minus the house-take.
  • Payout Table: in slot machines, a sheet describing information about winnings.
  • Pokies: Australian slang for video poker machines.
  • Progressive Jackpot: in online casinos, a Jackpot that increases by value until it’s won.
  • Random Number Generator (RNG): in internet gambling, a software which generates random numbers used in casino games.
  • Reel: in slot machines, a mechanical or virtual reels that shows the symbols in a slot game.
  • Scatter: a symbol in slot machines which multiply winnings and/or trigger bonus games.
  • Slot Symbol: symbols used in slot machines.
  • Wager: in casino, a bet on a casino game.
  • Wager Requirements: in online casino bonuses, a play-through requirement to unlock/convert  bonus-money into real-money.
  • Wild: a symbol in slot machines that substitutes for other symbols when it appears. By substituting for other symbols the wild can create a winning line(s).

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