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Glossary Of Terms

Banco The banker.
Banker In Punto Banco, whoever currently holds the shoe is designated the banker. The shoe is passed around the table counterclockwise to the right of the dealer every time the bank hand loses. This is of ceremonial importance only. In former versions of the games the banker had certain advantageous drawing-and-standing options and had to cover the wagers of the other players.
Banker Hand The banker's hand is a two- or three-card total, which pays off any wagers bet on its success at 19 to 20, or 0.95, should it be closer to a total of 9 than the player hand.

Bankroll The total amount of money you are willing to risk at the casino.
Cut-Card A plastic yellow card (not a playing card) is provided for the player who, at the dealer's invitation, inserts it into the stack of cards after they have been shuffled. Following this "cut," the cards are placed in the shoe ready for dealing. Its use counters any possibility of a dealer stacking the deck in favor of the players, allowing them to win money swiftly and splitting the profits with the colluding croupier.

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Extra Cards and Decks
Yet another potential method for cheating is the "ace up the sleeve," where a player has extra cards in his possession and attempts to place those cards in his hand at opportune times. He can obtain these cards by retaining them when folding a prior hand. The exchange would involve some sleight of hand, but wouldn't require a magician's skill to get away with it, especially in a party setting. This tactic can be offset by simply verifying that players turn in the same number of cards as they're dealt, which is easy in the straight-up games that I describe in this book. Also, you should periodically count the deck to make sure it contains all fifty-two cards. All this should be a matter of routine, not only as protection against cheating, but to check for honest misplacement of cards.

Alternatively a cheat could easily take a card out of the deck and toss it under the table, as if it had fallen there by accident. Taking an ace out of an Omaha game would be a particularly effective tactic because it would allow the cheat to play a wider assortment of low hands. Again, this kind of cheating can be thwarted by counting the deck now and then.
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