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(Română) Bahamas, câștig la dublu: turism și jocuri de noroc!

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Baha Mar Casino – a kaleidoscope of Caribbean culture and entertainment

-Oana Mihalache

For old figures in the gambling industry, casinos in exotic locations are real oasis for relaxation and escapism! Surrounded by beaches, with views towards the sea or the ocean, in an impressionistic mixture of green and blue, but also with many facilities meant to amplify the magic place – these are the coordinates of the famous casino Baha Mar Casino, in Bahamas. Live entertainment, games to suit all tastes and income levels, but also a range of facilities that offer clients an unforgettable experience, all mixed with the adrenaline of winning.

The casino is now described as the most prestigious place dedicated to gambling in Nassau, which is the capital city of Bahamas. On the casino’s official website, a part of the description awakens the curiosity: the nightlife experience there is described as a kaleidoscope of culture and entertainment”. As the biggest casino in the Caribbean, Baha Mar Casino stands up to its reputation: it covers over 30.000 square meters and offers slot machines, table games, and the gambling experience is amplified by the magnificent view towards the ocean and windows from the floor to the ceiling. The gambling experience at Baha Mar Casino can be best described in the following way: 1.140 slot machines with games like Stepper, Video Reels, Wheel of Fortune, Electronic Table Games and Poker; 119 table games with 4 varieties of Blackjack, Single and Double Zero Roulette, electronic table games, but also  poker; a High Limit gaming salon with 22 table games, but also 4 private gaming salons – with games like Blackjack, Midi Baccarat and Single Zero Roulette. On top of that, at the gaming tables players can also have acces to 8 types of proprietary games, such as: Blackjack Switch, Free Bet Blackjack, Casino War, Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker and Caribbean Stud Poker.

The casino was opened in April 2017 and is now opened daily from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., a timetable during which players can not only enjoy an unique gaming experience, but also rejoice the advantages of a luxurious resort. Before describing these facilities, the first and foremost bonus of this resort are its 1.800 rooms – spacious, made for long relaxing sessions, offering views towards the ocean and surrounding islands. Also, even though gaming nights can be exhausting – due to the desire to have fun and to boost the adrenaline, during the day guests can relax at a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, a golf American player considered to be one of the best in the world. For those who love to play tennis, the resort also includes a tennis field – called Racquet Club. For those who would rather relax in a passive manner, one of the six pools awaits them, which are surrounded by smooth sand and where they can enjoy all the spoils they can think of – cocktails, tents under which they can stay under shadow, delicious meals and not only. Those who visit this resort will be treated like stars or even like royalty – in the parking lot there is a personal valet waiting for the guests, who also have access to a fitness center, fitness, can choose between Asian, Chinese, British or Bahamas cuisine.

The resort if right in the middle of a very attractive area, thus visitors cannot afford to miss seeing places like the Pirates Museum in Nassau, Pompey Museum, the private Blue Lagoon Beach – in case they were lucky at the gaming table to afford such a spoil – but they can neither miss adventures like a Kayaking session, a visit at the Tropical Gardens, the Clifton Heritage Park or dicing among the marine species that can be seen in the Atlantic waters.

Investments in the resort reached $3.5 billion – an investment project which proved to be an ambitious one for what was projected to be the main attraction in the Bahamas islands. This resort is about to become even more popular than the famous Atlantic Casino Resort, the most popular one in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, at least until this year. The resort was built with financing from the Chinese government, which at the moment has many other ongoing investment projects in the Bahamas, including a redevelopment plan of downtown Nassau. This help came following the initiative on the part of the Bahamas authorities – who claimed that the resort would contribute by more than 10% to the GDP and bring 7.000 new jobs on the island. Basically, the resort is now owned by Chow Tai Fook Enterprises – based in Hong Kong, and the mortgage is held by the Chinese state through the national bank Export-Import Bank and by China State Construction Engineering.

Initially the project was started by a consortium formed by Sarkis Izmirlian, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment, former CEO of Las Vegas Sands and other investors – but they did not manage to finish the ambitious construction. The project was initially launched under the banner “Las Vegas on the Beach”, but because of repeated delays, other resorts soon took over the market. The main competitors of Baha Mar are Atlantic Casino, but also other attractions on the US east coast and across Florida. Due to this reason, Chow Tai Fook could attempt a marketing trick and tempt Chinese players on this side of the Caribbean. Until then, the potential of this resort can only go up, and the Chinese investments in this area are for sure on our radar – next to other projects “to be followed”.

Vegas reloaded in Canada: Grand Villa Casino

-Oana Mihalache

Even if the most recent debates involving Canada have revolved around the signing of the economic agreement known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with the European Union, which came to once again show the importance of interconectivity at both a regional and a global level, we must say that the gambling industry is sensitive enough to the economic fluctuations in the region. In the case of Canada, this industry appears to be strongly influenced by the US market, thus opening a new casino at its border is an indicator of the increased competitivity between the two countries, with advantages for both. Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby is more than just a casino, with a high potential to attract clients from the USA, but also to revamp Canadian gambling – through luxury, games variety and other attractions that we will further describe below.

In order to better understand the importance entailed by the grand opening of this casino, located in the British Columbia canadian province, close to Vancouver, it is neccesary to first mention the magnitude of the gambling industry in Canada. Total incomes from this industry reach $15 billion, and the number of employeed who work in this industry is 40.591, to which the new casino added more than 200.

Inaugurated in September 2016, the casino was built by Gateway Casinos, one of the biggest gambling operators in Canada – with 12 casinos in their portfolio. According to its CEO, the construction of this new casino meant an investment of $32 million. Located in the eastern part of Rogers Place, the new casino has 600 slot machines, 42 table games and 7 restaurants. This is how a short description would sound like, but this new canadian gambling attraction offers much more than that.

A holistic approach: a casino as a micro-universe dedicated to gambling

To all this we add the 1.100 game machines, the 6 poker tables and the room that is dedicated to poker. Players can also enjoy the perks of having access to two bars, and those who want to spend many days at this casino can check in at the hotel, in one of its 200 rooms. For players who usually like to raise the stakes in the game they play, while benefiting from a private space, the casino features the Cypress Room for their own enjoyment. Moreover, the conference center makes this casino an ideal destination for business meetings or private events.

Among the games that players can enjoy at Grand Villa Casino we note Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette and Sic Bo. The casino is open non-stop and for a boost of authenticity, clients are also able to enjoy live entertainment, which means that the general atmosphere is a relaxed and friendly one. If you want to recharge your batteries or relax your muscles after a tensed gaming session, the fitness center is the ideal place.

One thing is for certain, namely the fact that this casino will not lack clients – located next to Rogers Place and Winter Garden, a space dedicated to events, the new „Mecca” of gambling in Canada will surely attract a considerable share of the 1.5 million visitors of the two mentioned attractions. Basically, Grand Villa Casino replaced the old Baccarat Casino, which was closed for good after the former’s opening, and a great share of its employees were hired at the new casino. One of the novelties brought by Grand Villa is the way in which it tackles the dependence issue, promoting an initiative called GameSense, that allows employees to be instructed on how to offer specialized advice to those with issues in this regard. On top of that, a part of the incomes brought to the government of the province in which it is located will be directed towards a new treatment center for those who are gambling addicts.

According to the operator, the new casino will attract a more stylish clientele and bring a boost of elegance to this area of Canada. Keeping into account the predictions that seem to reveal a grow of the canadian gambling industry in the context of raising incomes at a national level, we can quote him and assert with certainty that indeed, Grand Villa Casino is not just about gambling, but also more about entertainment and it is set to establish a smaller duplicate of Las Vegas in Canada.

Grand Casino Marriott The place where gambling becomes experience

 

Grand Casino Marriott gathers fun, emotion, luxury and safety. The games are various and are tailored to clients’ desires, with 7 tables available for American Rolette, 9 card games, Black Jack and Oasis Poker,4 Texas Hold’em or Texas Casino. VIP customers have a private gambling room, discreet and comfortable. Moreover, the casino has a wide range of minimum bets for everyone’s pockets.

Game experience deserves superlatives

The casino is situated in the Marriott Grand Hotel Bucharest, on Calea 13 Septembrie, no. 90, Bucharest. Opened since 2001, Gran Casino Marriott represents a special experience for passionate gamblers. It has  700 m2 and about 20 tables for different kinds of games: Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Texas Hold’em,  Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Triple Chance Poker and so on. An amazing thing is the fact that the Texas Hold’em tours are organized in the casino, from Monday until Thursday.

There are about 64 machines and the newest of them in the field. The casino operations take place nonstop, since the employees number allows this : there are over 350 of them.

Off-gaming activities for clients

Those who want their experience to continue after the games must know that the interior offers an elegant bar where they can enjoy a meal or a snack in the intimate buffet. VIP customers can stay in private in the dinner booth. The casino wants to permanently mantain the unique atmosphere, that is why they have a dress-code for their customers, that is elegantly casual. For this reason there is also proper protocol, and guests have transportation provided to and from the casino. Guests parties, organized once a month, choose culturally different themes, being really exotic experiences. The main goal of the casino is to adapt to customers’ needs who benefit from a stylish buffet,  a-la-carte restaurant, a VIP room.

The casino operates nonstop for the passionate gamblers and not only, who are over 18 years old, initial registration being made on an identification card and a photo. The players must know that bets on the Roulette table start from 1 Euro. Besides Euro, the games take place in local currency – lei. Inside the casino, customers can change their money in lei, but credit cards are also accepted.

The casino’s General Manager aims, together with those in the leading positions, at keeping the company at a hight level and the casino in top 7 of the casinos that exist in the country. In his opinion, Casino Marriot is one of the best casinos in Romania, and he says that an advantage is the classic style of the construction, unlike the other casinos that opted for a more modern one. One thing that differentiates Casino Marriott of the other casinos is its long existence on the market, having over 10-years old experience.

Atlantis Paradise Island Casino – Bahamas, a haven of gambling

When day turns to night on Nassau Paradise Island, the excitement continues at the Atlantis Casino: Spanning a seven-acre lagoon’s crystal-blue depths, with skylights and windows bringing the outdoors inside, the Atlantis Casino is a masterpiece of innovative design.

Breathtaking sculptures courtesy of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly infuse Temple of the Moon and the Temple of the Sun with vibrant, gaming energy. At the Paradise Island Casino, resort guests discover a world class gaming experience featuring 90 table games—including Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat & Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker and Let It Ride. The Bahamas largest casino also offers over 850 of the newest slot machines each equipped with a state of the art player tracking system. And it’s easy to become a rated player on Paradise Island. Guests just insert their room keys into any slot machine or present it at any table game and they begin earning complimentaries such as discounted room rates and invitations to sports book events and gaming tournaments.

WORLD CLASS GAMING ON PARADISE ISLAND

Resort guests can sun on powder white beaches, swim in crystal blue waters, take in a Bahamian sunset and once the evening begins—dive into the Atlantis Casino. Crowned by life-size, ancient Atlantean vessels, the excitement of the table games at the Paradise Island Casino is legendary. From the international flavor of the Baccarat Lounge, adorned with its Chihuly glass chandelier to Blackjack action pulsating with energy near the Temple of the Sun, there are table games to meet every expectation. Paradise Island’s Casino features Las Vegas rules and experienced dealers and croupiers and 90 table games including: Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Let It Ride Poker and Caribbean Stud Poker. With every flip of every card and every roll of the dice, our casino table games deal vacationers a winning combination of luxury and Caribbean atmosphere.

ON PARADISE ISLAND THE SLOTS ARE HOT

Experience the thrill and excitement of the largest selection of slots in the Caribbean. Atlantis Casino is home to the most dynamic and exciting slot action on Paradise Island, offering resort guests over 850 of the newest slot machines—from The Cleopatra and the Black & White Wild Jackpot to the Coyote Moon, the Good Fortune and the Sand Dollar. At Atlantis, each slot machine’s equipped with the latest in ticket/ ticket-out technology and state of the art rating system for your convenience. With denominations ranging from 1¢ to $100, our slots will satisfy even the most discriminating players. Whether you are a high-roller or a casual player, Paradise Island is the place to play!

TOURNAMENTS AND EVENTS

Guests of the Atlantis Resort wade into a lush tropical paradise where our experienced dealers and croupiers will guide you through an unforgettable gaming experience. On Paradise Island beginning players and high rollers alike quickly discover a world class casino gaming environment—featuring racebook and year round events ranging from blackjack tournaments to slots championships.

RACE & SPORTS BOOK PARADISE

Let the excitement of the games begin at Paradise Island’s Pegasus Race & Sports Book! Pegasus offers wagering on all major international sporting events and racing events—from football, baseball, basketball, hockey and boxing to soccer, championship golf and live simulcasts from U.S. racetracks. Resort guests can immerse themselves in style, luxury and comfort as a brilliant expanse of screens transports them to the center of the action and brings to life all of their favorite sporting events. Five betting windows, nine individual player terminals and an inviting player’s lounge complete this winning experience. It’s racebook heaven and it’s open 11am to 11pm, 7-days a week.

GAMING BEYOND THE ATLANTIS CASINO

In addition to the excitement of the main casino, the Atlantis Resort offers guests a range of exceptional gaming experiences in tropical outdoor and upscale indoor locations. From the poolside ocean views and sophisticated Blackjack, Craps and Mini Baccarat of Cain at the Cove to the Bahamian sunset backdrops and Blackjack, Roulette or Mini Baccarat of Seaglass—it’s a part of the Paradise Island experience that’s not to be missed.

HIGH ROLLERS & RATED PLAYERS AT ATLANTIS

On Paradise Island High Rollers and Rated Players get the special treatment they deserve. Atlantis Rated players earn discounts and complimentaries for Rooms, events, shows and all the unique attractions of Atlantis Resort and Casino. If you’re a rated player at another casino, simply contact one of our Casino Hosts for complete information and to get started as a High Roller at Atlantis Paradise Island.
High-rollers and Rated Players can experience the ultra luxurious accommodations at Atlantis Paradise Island like no one else. Stay in one of the resort and casino’s 41 Super Suites or Villas located at Atlantis, The Cove, The Reef and the One and Only Ocean Club.
For High-rollers and Rated Casino Players Cain At the Cove can be private haven amongst the activity of Atlantis Paradise Island. Cain at The Cove features beach and poolside cabanas each with personal butlers, luxuriously appointed amenities and so much more.
As a friend of Atlantis Paradise Island, High Rollers & Rated Players receive special access to live performances and special events.

Crown Casino, the place where the excitement never ends

From the far off Australia, Crown Entertainment Complex promises to its clients all over the world, gambling amateurs or not, that within this entertainment centre they will never be bored. Here we can find Crown Casino, the largest casino on the Australian continent.

The 40 restaurants, coffee shops and bars inside the large gambling complex, prove that the group respects its promise. To such a space, such awards. Any client can win a million Australian dollars playing on electronic machines with progressive jackpot.

The casino, as a veritable gambling operator is paying great attention to its clients. Therefore, it extended the facilities for the clients with disabilities. This attitude shows the respect of Crown Casino carried for its clients and also great social responsibility

With a large number of gaming within a dynamic and sophisticated environment, the managers of the casino invite their clients to place their bets in a huge space. The main gambling room has over 500 meters length. There are also thematic gambling rooms, meant to meet the needs of every player. The electronic games lovers can choose the favorite one out of a number of 5000 machines within Teak Room. The glitter of Strip Boulevard is present in Crown Casino, and for those who prefer this particular atmosphere, Las Vegas Room offers an unforgettable gaming experience.

The wealthy clients who prefer intimacy are provided with a private space, Mahogany Room. Here the exclusivist services and opulent luxury are in great shape. With the most competitive programs and one of the highest table limits in the world, within the private rooms, the clients have the possibility to bet high stakes on Baccarat, Blackjack, roulette or Pai Gow.

The excitement never ends around the 300 gaming tables. The clients can bet on Blackjack, roulette, Craps, Pai Go, Sic Bo or Baccarat. Big Wheel, Rapid Roulette, Rapid Big Wheel, MatchMaker, Three Card Poker or Vegas Star Roulette are also available on the casino offer. More, the players can try their chances to poker or Caribbean Stud Poker and can also try to win the big pot on Texas Hold’em. For those who wish to gamble on Pandemonium Pontoon , a derived formula of the well known Blackjack, there are additional bonuses. For those who wish to remember the childhood, Casino War is the perfect choice, since the game is very simple and only the most valuable card wins.

Crown Entertainment Complex, an entertainment center that competes with the international standards, welcomes its clients with parties and events for all. The concerts and shows, culinary festivals, carnivals, photo exhibitions, poker tournaments, exceptional movies broadcasted within the exclusivist cinema rooms, bowling, interactive games and exceptional shows are organized for the clients who choose to spend a lovely evening within the Australia subsidiary of the Crown Group.

The dressing code is also very important. It forbids sportswear and denotes the elegance of one of the most exclusivist casinos in Australia and in the entire world.

Dictionary – The language of gambling

Do you ever go to a casino and hear a whole bunch of lingo you don’t understand? Do you join a craps table and hear something about snake eyes and think you have just been insulted? What about online, do you know the chat terminology other players are using? If not, it’s time for a crash course in casino terminology! Following are terms you need to know. This is the first list from a more comprehensive and complete range that will help newcomers and even old pros learn the language of gambling.

A
Aces Up
Two pair, with one one pair being aces. For example, if someone holds AJ and the board is AKJ74, that person has “aces up” since they hold a two pair of aces and jacks.
Action
A wager of any amount placed while playing.
Action Jackson
Frequent and happy player.
Advertise
When a player advertises, he plays in a different fashion from his usual strategy in order to confuse his opponents. A player will generally alter their strategy so that they play more loose and are more apt to be paid off by their opponents when they hold a strong hand. Example: He is normally is not a loose player, he is just advertising by showing down those bad hands.
Aggregate limit
It’s the payout on a single game.
Aggressive
A player who bets and raises a lot when he has a good hand.
Ajax
Also known as Blackjack.
The hold’em starting hand Ace-Jack (AJ)
All or nothing
It’s a term used in keno. If ticket as ‘all-or-nothing’ you’ll win if all the numbers you chose are drawn. You can win also if none of your numbers is drawn.
All Paint
An “all paint” is a situation in which the board is made up of jacks, queens, kings or aces.
All-In
To bet all your chips, or to call with all your chips. If another player bets more chips than you have in a No Limit game, you can go all-in and stake your total stack against an equivalent amount of your opponent’s stack.
Alligator Blood
Used to describe a player who plays fearlessly when short-stacked and wins, or optionally, a player who plays for a long time short-stacked, winning just enough to keep them in the game. Also can be used to mean the complete lack of concern for other people’s well being at the poker table.
American Airlines
A hand with two aces in the hole (AA).
Anna Kournikova
AK. Because it looks pretty but it never wins.
Ante
Playing poker games such as Caribbean Stud or Trey Card Poker it’s a small portion of the minimum bet that each player needs to place before the hand starts. Apply to all Stud Games Tournaments.
Any Craps
Playing Craps is a bet placed totaling 2,3 or 12.
Any Seven
Playing Craps is one bet placed on any 7.
Arm
A legendary term used in the game of craps to denote a wise and skilled player which throwing the dice is able to alter the conventional odds of the game.
At risk
A players’ wager is ‘at risk’ when the game is starting. Whilst the roulette wheel is spinning or the cards are being dealt.
Aquarium
An aquarium is a poker room or game that has a lot of fish (bad player, who often loses a lot of money) in it.
Assassin
During tournament play, a player on a lucky streak who eliminates several/all opponents from play.
ATC
Short for “any two cards”.
Axs
Axs is a poker abbreviation for Ace-X suited. It means to hold an ace and a low card of the same suit. The other card is generally 9 or below. For example, a hand of A6 of clubs would fall into the category of Axs.

B
Baccarat
It’s one of the most ancient casino game around. It’s a classic casino card game wherein the aim it to make a total as close as possible to 9.
Backdoor Flush Draw
Three suited cards to a flush. For example, if you hold Ah 8h and the flop is Kh 8d 7c. You have three hearts, so you will hit a flush if you hit a heart on the turn and the river.
Bad Beat
A bad beat is a loss in which the losing player had the better odds on the winning player earlier in the hand. In general, the term is used when all the chips go in the pot when the losing player had odds. To take a bad beat means to be on the losing end of a bad beat.
Ballerina
Two two’s in your hand.
Baseball
A 3 and 9 as your hole cards. Based on the well-known poker game with 3’s and 9’s wild.
Banker
In a card games, dealer or the players who books the action of the other bettors at the table.
Bankroll
Indicates the player’s total amount of money he/she can gamble with.
Basic Strategy
Typically referring to Blackjack, this is a mathematically standardized way of playing in order to maximize the player’s chances.
Barber Pole
Placing wagers using a stack of various chips.
BB
Short for big blind or big bet.
Beer Hand
Generally a 2-7 offsuit, although some consider the 2-7 suited to be a beer hand as well. 2-7 Time for a beer Considered the worst starting hand in hold em.
Bet
To put chips into the pot.
Bet the Pot
To bet an amount of chips approximately equal to the amount of chips in the pot. In Pot Limit games, this is the maximum bet; however, the pot size in Pot-Limit games is calculated in an unintuitive way: All the money in the pot, plus (if you have been raised) the amount you would bet if you reraised.
Betting Limits
On a table game, is the minimum and maximum that you can wager on one bet. Wagering less than the minimum or more than the maximum amount posted is not permitted.
Bicycle
The poker hand A2345. This is the lowest possible straight.
Big Blind special
The big blind special is a term referring to when the big blind wins a hand with a very bad starting hand because he saw the flop for free. When nobody raises the big blind, the big blind is able to see the flop without having to call a bet. Since the big blind’s hand is random, he’ll often have a really bad hand like 38 offsuit. This player sometimes ends up winning the hand by hitting a lucky flop. For example, the big blind has 7s2h and everyone else limps in. The flop is 7d7h2c, giving him a full house, and almost certainly the best hand.
Big Chick
Hole Cards: One Ace, One Queen.
Big Dime
$10,000 wager.
Big Slick
A hand with an ace and a king in the hole (AK).
Binary
Binary is one’s and zero’s in poker
Bird on a Stick
The Holdem Starting Hand 72.
Black
It’s the typical $100 chip color.
Blackjack
A classic casino card game. The object is to beat the dealer by making a hand as high as possible without exceeding 21.
Blank
A card that means nothing to anyone’s hand. For example, in a hold’em game if the board is: As Ks Jd 8h, if a 3c came on the river, the 3c is considered a blank.
Blinds
These are the forced bets that take the place of an ante. The person to the left of the dealer must pay the small blind and the person after him must pay the big blind.
Bluff
To bluff means to make a bet that you hope is not called by your opponents. The aim of a bluff is to win a pot because everyone else folds.
Board Cards
The cards in the middle of the table that are shared by everyone.
Boat
It’s another term used to indicate a Full House.
Bobby Bowden
It is named after Florida State University’s football coach, the winningest coach in college football. FSU has lost a few games in recent years by missing a field goal.
Bones
Gaming dice.
Bonus
Extra chips offered to increase player’s bankroll in order to have more chances to win.
Bot
A bot is a computer program that plays poker. Bots are highly controversial since they are seen as a threat to online poker. If there were too many successful bots, the games would become incredibly difficult to beat. Bots are against the terms and conditions of online poker rooms, and poker rooms will shut down players they suspect to be bots.
Bottom Pair
A Pair consisting of the lowest card on the Flop and one of your hole cards.
Break
Betting a strong hand very forcefully in order to win a huge pot. Often, this means you will put your opponent all-in. This also can mean killing another player’s spirits by beating him or her into submission. For example, if a player consistently loses over a night and loses a lot of his/her money, that player may be considered ‘broken.’
Brick and Mortar
This refers to a land-based casino such as the ones on the Vegas strip.
Broadway
Broadway means a straight from ten to ace. This is the best possible straight.
Brothers
Pair of Jacks in Hold’em starting hand.
Bubble
The bubble refers to the placing in a tournament that are close to winning prize money but do not receive any money. For example, if 100 people enter a tournament and the tournament pays out money to the top 15 players, someone busting out around 16th or so would be said to have busted out on the bubble. When the tournament is at the stage near the bubble, players tend to tighten up a lot because they do not want to bust out and not receive any money. Aggressive players often take advantage of this situation and steal a lot of pots.
Buck
$100 bet.
Buckets
A pocket pair of fours.
Bug
In casino lingo, it indicates the Joker.
Bullets
Pocket Aces.
Burn Card
In a card game it indicates the card that after shuffling decks, is placed on the bottom of the deck.
Bust
When player or dealer exceed 21 in a hand of Blackjack.
Button
At most casinos, the players themselves do not deal the cards. Therefore, a button is used to indicate who is in the dealer’s seat. Except in the preflop round, the player who is on the button acts last in a round of betting.

C
Call
To place an amount of chips in the pot equal to the previous bet. It is necessary to at least call a bet to stay in the game; the other options are to raise or fold
Calling Station
Type of player who will call a lot. They do not think about other people’s hands, but rather just want to see if their hand will win. They do not bluff much and are not aggressive; they just call a lot.
Candy Canes
Another term for pocket sevens in Texas Hold’em.
Canine
The hold’em starting hand King-Nine (K9).
Cap
It’s the maximum that a player may wager on a specific game.
Case
The case (x) refers to the last card available of that rank in the deck. For example, if I hold pocket tens and the board is TAA4 and a ten comes on the river, that final card is considered the case ten.
Card Counting
It’s a strategy practiced mainly whilst playing blackjack. It consists in analyzing the percentage of high to low cards that have been played since the last time the deck was shuffled by the dealer.
Cash Game
This is the typical, non-tournament poker game where players buy-in and cash out as they please.
Chase
To call in the hopes of hitting a draw. This word often connotes that someone is a calling station and will call even with bad odds.
Check
To not put any chips into the pot, to decline to bet. If it is your turn to act, and there is no bet to you, you may check instead of betting. However, if there is a bet to you, then you must call, raise, or fold.
Check-Raise
To check with the intention of raising your opponent’s bet. This is a technique used to get more money into the pot (two bets instead of one), and is more effective at Limit Poker than at No Limit
Chips
Colorful tokens used to place bets at casinos, each indicates a certain cash value.
Chip magnet
A player who is a large chip leader, or who has won several hands recently. Pun from the term “chick magnet”.
Chip Sandwich
If an early position player raises and gets called (called but not raised) by one or more later players, you can “sandwich” the callers by reraising.
Chop
A chop essentially means to split the pot. It can be used in two situations: 1. If everyone folds to the blinds, the blinds may elect to have the blind money returned to them and proceed to the next hand. 2. A chop can refer to just splitting the pot between the players. Either the players hands are tied or the players agree to simply split the pot in half instead of seeing whose hand wins (this occurs rarely and only if the pot is very large and the players hands are of almost equivalent value).
Cold Call
This means to call a bet and a raise. An example would be if it is preflop and you are in late position, a person in earlier position raises the blinds and you call two bets flat.
Collusion
Collusion is a form of cheating. Players will work in a team to try to gain an advantage over the other players. They will somehow signal to each other what their cards are. They will then use this information to gain an unfair advantage. Collusion is illegal. It is sometimes hard for brick and mortar card rooms to detect colluders, but online poker rooms can track potential colluders because they can review hand histories.
Colt 45
4 and 5 of spades
Combination Way Ticket
A Keno term referring to a ticket where the same group of numbers is bet in multiple different ways, giving the player a better chance of winning with the same ticket.
Comps
Free Chips and Bonuses given to users as a courtesy and reward for playing.
Computer Hand
A starting hand that, on average, is the median of all other hands. Q 7.
Connected
When your hole cards are consecutive, (89, 45, etc). When someone is suited and connected they are holding consecutive cards of the same suit, (QsJs, 2d3d).
Copy
“A term from Pai-Gow poker. The same 2-card or 5-card hand”.
Counterfeit
Sometimes a card will come on the board that will hurt your hand because it makes previously valuable cards in your hand communal property. For example, suppose you hold A9 in a game of Texas Hold’em. The board is 5678. You hold a straight to the 9! However, if the final card on the river comes a 9, your hand is counterfeited. Now, everyone has a straight to the nine. Being counterfeited occurs a lot in Omaha Hi-Lo. Many times people’s lows are counterfeited by the board. Suppose you hold AAK2. The board is 367Q. You hold the nut low (A2367). However, if the river comes a 2, you no longer hold the nut low. Your low is A2367 still. However, someone with A4 in their hand will have you beat with a low of A2346.
Cowboys
Two King cards.
Crabs
To get dealt pocket 3’s.
Cracking the Nut
To win enough to cover losses, expenses, and leaving a sum left over.
Credit Button
A function button on Video Poker machines that uses the money already won but not yet paid out as a stake in a new hand.
Croupier
In games with French origin as Baccarat and Roulette he’s the dealer assigned to the table.
Cut
It’s the act of splitting and reintegrating the deck of cards after they have been shuffled. It ensures a fair shuffle.
Cycle
In video poker this is the statistical amount of hands that would have to be dealt to encounter the Jackpot -usually by Royal Flush – at least once.

To be continued in the next issue.

New entry on the Romanian gambling market


The 1st of April didn’t bring a joke, but the opening of a new casino. SPIRAL Casino opened in Piteşti, within the Muntenia Hotel and it is the most expensive hotel in this town.

The players can enjoy the most popular games in the comfortable environment of the Spiral Casino: Blackjack, American Roulette, Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Spiral Texas Hold’em. The slots have of course the latest Video Games and Touch Bet Roulette.

Aside de VIP room of the casino, the players have at their disposal an open bar and buffet.

”We came to Piteşti because there was a demand for a luxury casino. We are not afraid of the crisis, even if we feel it for real, but we are patient.(…) I can state that I bring Las Vegas to Piteşti”, declared Bahadir Erzaim, the manager of the casino, at the grand opening. He also stated that the investment amounted 3 million Euros.

Like Progressive Jackpots? You will Love Caribbean Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is a popular poker variant with rules that are similar to those of Five Card Stud Poker. The main difference between Caribbean Stud Poker and other poker games is that instead of playing against other players, you are playing against the house. Since Caribbean Stud Poker is a game where you play against the house, there is no bluffing involved, and it is more a game of chance than of skill. 

Caribbean poker is a poker game with progressive jackpots. The goal of the game is to have the highest hand. Caribbean poker is played with three to five players at a table and one deck of cards. Each player is dealt a five card hand, with two chances to bet. The layout of the game is very similar to standard five card poker. The inclusion of a progressive jackpot makes Caribbean poker a popular game at the casino. In a progressive jackpot the jackpot for the table will continue to rise as each hand is dealt.

To start a hand of Caribbean poker each player must place an Ante bet. The minimum amount of the Ante bet is determined by the casino. Each player must also place a bet towards the progressive jackpot if they want a chance to win the pot before the cards are dealt. This happens before every hand and ensures the jackpot will continue to rise. The dealer will then deal five cards to each player. Each card is dealt face down. The dealer also deals five cards to himself, with one card being face up for the table to see. Players are only dealt one set of cards. After their cards are dealt they can choose to fold or remain in the game. If they remain in the game, a player must double their Ante bet. The advancement of Caribbean poker is determined by the dealer’s hand. If the dealer has a hand that is Ace King or higher (based on standard poker hands) the round will continue. The player’s hand must beat the dealer’s hand to win the round. If the dealer’s hand does not qualify, all players receive two times their Ante bet, and have their progressive bet returned on an even-scale.

How Does Betting Work in Caribbean Poker?

Players have two betting options in Caribbean poker; betting on the single hand and betting on the progressive jackpot. In order to be considered in on a hand, the player must place an Ante bet. This bet has a minimum and is placed before any cards are dealt. After the cards are dealt the player has one chance to raise their Ante bet during the round. Players also have the option of betting on the progressive jackpot. This bet is completely optional and does not disqualify a player from the round. However, a player must bet on the progressive jackpot for the chance to win it.