Blackjack glossary - terms and expressions
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121 Blackjack terms & expressions

This Blackjack reference explains terms & expressions used by players and casinos around the world. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but here you can read up on those expressions that you'll most likely encounter when playing Blackjack. You'll probably find that you can play the game knowing only a handful of the expressions listed here. But if you are interested in knowing a bit more about Blackjack and its interesting and colorful Blackjack terminology, then by all means, read on. Enjoy!

  • Handheld Games [Card Games]
    Any card game where the players cards are dealt face down and the players are required to pick them up and sort them in-hand.
  • Hard Count
    Action of counting coin (hard) currency. This is usually done in a special room under tight security - counting the change from slot machines.
  • Hard Hand
    In blackjack, any hand that does not contain an Ace valued at 11. (Depending on your hand you can value an Ace 1 or 11 to suit you).
  • Hard Hand
    A hand either without an Ace or a hand with an Ace valued at 1 point. Also see Soft Hand.
  • Heads Up
    Playing only against the dealer. No other players are at the table.
  • Hearts
    One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing the clergy.
  • High Roller
    A player that wagers big bets.
  • Hit (Black Jack)
    To get another card from the dealer to add to your hand. Along with deciding whether or not to stand on a total card count, taking a hit is the most common decision a player must make during Blackjack.
  • Holding Your Own
    Neither winning nor losing, just breaking even.
  • Hole Card
    The dealer's face down card. It is a term taken from Stud and Hold'em poker.
  • House Edge
    The 'House Edge' is the casino's inbuilt advantage/profit expressed as a percentage of the player's original bet. It's a statistical calculation of the expected player loss relative to the initial betting amount. A 0.5% House Edge, for example, means the player should expect to lose $0.5 for every $100 bet. It's the wagering advantage of the casino (house) over the player in a particular game, usually gained by paying out less than real odds would require. Simply put, The house edge is the difference between the true odds and the odds that the casino pays you when you win.
  • House, the
    The establishment where a game is being held.