Casino Terms Beginning with P


Any two cards that have the same rank. See Poker Hand Rankings.


The tool (usually a long flat wooden baton) used in the Baccarat game to move cards on the table.


Not to bet, to fold.

Pass Line

In Craps, the line in front of the players for bets made that a point will be rolled before a seven.


In draw poker, a hand that does not need any more hands. In blackjack, an unbusted hand worth at least 17 points.

Pay Cycle

A theoretical expression that reflects the number of plays required for the machine to cycle through all possible winning and non-winning combinations.


The line on a slot machine window on which the symbols from each reel must line up. Slot machines can have multiple pay lines.

“Check out the Payline to see if you’ve won anything.”


Your payback; the return you see on a wager.

Payout Table

A posting somewhere on the front of a slot or video poker machine, that tells you what each winning hand will pay for the number of coins or credits played.

Pit Boss

The person who supervises all the games and casino personnel associated with a pit during a particular work shift. Pit bosses are in place to watch for cheating, settle disputes, and give comps to big bettors.

Place Bet

In Craps, a bet made after a point is established, for play on the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 – or any combination of the numbers stated.


In Craps, the number that must be repeated before a seven is thrown in order for a pass line bet or come out bet to win.


In a poker game, the amount of money that accumulates in the middle of the table as each player antes, bets, and raises.


A player is pressing the bet when they let winnings ride by wagering them along with the original bet.


A slot machine whose potential jackpot increases with each coin that is played. When the progressive jackpot finally hits, the amount resets to the starting number.


A tie hand between a dealer and a player; no money changes hands. A push at blackjack occurs when both the player and the dealer have a unbusted hands with the same total points.

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