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Glossary of Terms

Below are some of the more common blackjack terms used by reporters and authors in their articles that appear in the Blackjack Insider newsletter. Use this as a reference.


BJ checker = device used by the dealer to check her hole card

cc = cut card

csm = continuous shuffle machine

das = double down after pair splitting

dd = double deck

doa = double on anything

d9 = double down only on two card 9 or more

d10 = double down only on two card 10 or more

EV = expected value. The amount (expressed in dollars or percent) a player should win (or lose) based on the player’s statistical advantage (or disadvantage).

eits = eye in the sky casino surveillance

fake dd = six deck game disguised as a double deck game

h17 = dealer hits soft 17

ls = late surrender

nm = no mid game entry

nrs = no resplits

pen = penetration = The fraction (or percentage) of cards in a pack that the dealer will deal before reshuffling. Usually the pen is designated as a percentage (for example a game in which the dealer deals 4.5 decks out of 6 decks has 75% penetration). Sometimes, however, the penetration is stated as just the deck(s) of cards that are not put into play. For example, "a 0.8 penetration in a 2-deck game" means 1.2 decks are played out prior to shuffling and the penetration is 60%.

pc = Pit Critter – a euphemism for casino floor supervisors

ploppies = common name for clueless blackjack players

rat hole your EV = stick chips in your pocket to make it look like you are not winning

rc = running count

rsa n = resplit aces up to 'n' times

rule of 6 (RO6) = In single deck blackjack games, 6 – n rounds will be dealt to n players.

sd = single deck

sr = surrender

sweaty = when a floor supervisor worries about a game

s17 = dealer stands on soft 17

tc= true count

Wonging = A term used to indicate back counting and playing only when the count is favorable.

6d = 6 decks

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