Be in the know with Online Casino Lingo

For many, playing games in an online casino is a popular pastime. But, with so many different games to choose from, and an abundance of fancy animations and great graphics, it can be hard to keep tabs on everything, let alone decide what you want to play.

But fear not, because whether you choose to spin the wheel of Roulette, try your hand at Blackjack or try your luck at a selection of online slot machineswe’ve compiled a list of some essential casino terms, so the next time you play at an online casino site, you’ll feel like a pro.

Read on to familiarize yourself with casino lingo.

Active payline

In a slot machine, an active payline is built into the mechanics to help you win on the reels.

All in

If during a game of poker you bet all of your remaining chips in the pot, you go all-in.


A banker is another term frequently used to describe the dealer or croupier.


Your bankroll is the amount of money you have set aside to play games. It should only be what you can afford to lose.

Cascading Reels

A bonus feature in slot machine games, in which symbols land on the reels when a winning combination has been hit, replacing symbols and increasing your chances of creating more matches.

Casino Rewards

Many online casino sites offer bonuses or additional prizes that you can collect on the promotions page.

To pay

When you or the casino site add funds to your account, it’s called a deposit.

Expanding Wilds

In most slot games, wilds are a bonus symbol that can help you with your game. An expanding wild is a bonus wild that – you guessed it – expands across the reels, giving you the possibility of getting even more winning combinations.


Anyone on what appears to be a “winning streak” or doing well in the casino is considered “hot”. Similarly, a “cold” streak is a term used to refer to someone who is not doing very well.


The house is another term for the casino, and the house edge is the advantage the casino has over the players in each game.


A jackpot is the biggest prize offered by the casino. Some games have their own jackpots, and others are linked to networks, giving them the potential to be progressive and increase based on players’ wagers.

Live dealer games

Live dealer games are an aspect of online casino where you can play all your favorite games in real time, streamed directly from a specialist studio and hosted by a real professional dealer.


A game mechanic that multiplies wins when activated during qualifying games.


The probability of winning a game is called odds.

payout percentage

This is the average return rate that casinos pay over time, expressed as a percentage based on all bets placed.


RNG stands for Random Number Generator. This is software used to ensure that online gaming remains fair and unpredictable.


Bets made in land-based and online casinos are called wagering.

There are plenty more casino terms to get your hands on, but now that you understand some of the essentials, do you think you have what it takes to try your hand at some games?