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Idioms are amusing phrases that we often hear and use daily. They are unique to countries, regions, and cultures, which makes idioms very difficult to understand if you've never heard them before. It often sounds like someone is speaking a different language altogether.
The world of gambling is no different. You'll hear 100s of Idioms being used through casino halls and sporting events.
Check out our top 10 most popular idioms from the world of gambling.
The phrase first originated from racing events. It was common practice that the winner broke a wire as they passed over the finishing line.
The term 'Ace in the hole' along with many other 'Ace' related idioms comes from the popular card game of poker. In this game, the Ace is an advantage card to have in your hand.
This is a common phrase that was coined by commentators and live bookmakers mostly heard at horse races. It was initially shouted to declare that no more bets are being taken, and current bets are now void.
Originating from the early 1900s where it was common for the average gambling man to put his assets on the line or use his farm to cover gambling debts.
Initially used in Billiards when a player took over the table and sank all the balls in succession.
A phrase taken from tarot readers who predict your future depending on the cards you're dealt.
This idiom is now widely used in daily life. It originates from gambling when players would have to up their stakes to compete, such as in poker.
Many believe this idiom came from casino halls in Las Vegas, where it was once possible to buy an entire chicken dinner for $2, the same price as a minimum bet.
Another phrase originating from the card table.
The term 'Shell game' comes from a well-known gambling street scam where a shell would be hidden under a cup. The dealer would then move them fast so that you could not tell which was hiding the item. You'd then place bets as to which one it was under,
Our collection of the most popular gambling idioms is just a 'drop in the water,' there are 100s more for you to have fun learning and using. Be sure to listen out for them next time you visit your local casino, watch sports, or attend a horse track.