Black Jack Dictionary

Black Jack Slang

If you are not a frequent player or haven’t played at all, casino term scan be hard to understand or not that clear to you. In order to guide you trough this special language, spoken in the land of Slots, Cards and Sportsbooks we have summarized the most common terms and phrases. You need to know them when opening an account and choosing a game.


Bankroll: The amount of money you have to spend on your blackjack session.

Basic Strategy: A proven strategy which you use to increase your advantage in the game.

Blackjack: Besides the official name of the game, also refers to two cards which equal a total of 21 – known as a natural blackjack.

Cut: Splitting the deck of cards and putting them back together again.

Deal: The act of distributing cards to the player by the dealer.

Double Down: To place a second bet on the blackjack table based on the cards in hand.

Draw: Receiving another card.

Early Surrender: Surrender your bet before the dealer checks for a Blackjack.

Face Cards: Cards with a ‘face’ in a deck – ie. Jacks, Queens, Kings

Hit: Requesting another card in an attempt to reach 21.

Insurance: Insurance on a bet should the dealer have a face up card that’s an Ace.

Split Hand: When you are dealt a pair, you have the option of splitting the cards to form two separate hands.

Stand: When you hold on 17 or higher. Also known as Stay.

Surrender: A decision to fold your hand and receive half your wager back.