From “Action” to “Color Up,” we will go over a number of Blackjack and casino terms in part one of our Blackjack terms series today. I’ve spent some time trying to come up with a list of terms of fun I think you want to know. They are listed in alphabetical order, so scroll around if you want.
Action – It means almost what you think. If a bet is “live” has effect. This term is often used when someone puts actual cash in the range of use.
Back Counting – A back counter is someone who does not sit at the table and who to count the cards. An example would be two friends who play on foot. One sits down and the other is around the table.
Bankroll – Ah, that’s a classic. A bankroll is the amount of money you have to play with. It is the main ingredient in money management and the better you are a bankroll in the management, the better you are. A bankroll is for a session of gambling, of a calendar month, a season in sports or whatever other time term you want.
Bar – No, not the kind that you served drinks. If you get blocked, you are out of luck. A barred player is one who is removed from the casino for good. It’s “being 86ed.” As
Basic Strategy – In Blackjack, this is your garden-variety strategy, which is designed to help you to have a good time and stay in the game.
Blackjack – This is the game we’re talking about. If you do not know how to play, check out the Quick Start Guide Blackjack on this website.
Burn Card – is After the cards are shuffled and cut, is the first card “burned”, which means it is discarded. This is an old anti-cheat mechanism, and it is still used today in brick and mortar casinos.
Bust – If your card number in Blackjack goes over 21, you’ve blown up. If you bust, you lose. Ideally, hope you in this case, the dealer often and not you.
Card Counting – It’s a strategy to try to figure out what kind of cards in the deck are left. Players who employ this strategy bet bigger when the remaining cards in the deck are larger and put less when the remaining cards in the deck are smaller. There are many card counting techniques and we talk more on this site about card counting in blackjack.
Cold deck – Cold deck is the same as in a cold table craps. It just means that the deck sucks for the players. If you count, you know when the deck is cold because it is overloaded with smaller cards.
Color Up – When you are ready to leave the table, you can click the color. Let’s say you have 20 red chips ($ 100), you can could to color up for a black chip. Casinos try to color the players, because it keeps them constantly fill tables with additional chips. As a player, it’s easier to go with fewer chips.
We will be in part two of our series with blackjack terms again “Comp.”