M - Glossary of Terms
MA. An abbreviation for multiple-action blackjack. Your hand is played out once. The dealer's hand is played out multiple times, starting with the same upcard each time. Standard blackjack strategy applies.
Marker. A post-dated check signed by a patron, payable to a casino, usually in exchange for casino chips.
Martingale. 1. One of the oldest betting progressions in existence. It requires a player to double the size of his bet after a loss and to continue doubling his bets until a win is achieved, resulting in a profit equal to the size of the original bet. It is impossible to win in the long run using this system. 2. Often used as a term for any system which requires increasing a bet after a loss. It is not a winning method of betting in any form.
MD. 1. The acromym for Michael Dalton, author and publisher. 2. The acronym for multiple deck.
Mindplay. A blackjack table that counts cards. Link to more information: http://www.blackjack-scams.com/html/mindplay.html
MGM. An abbreviation for MGM Grand, a casino.
Moderate Stakes. There is no exact definition, but it is commonly accepted that playing using a normal maximum bet of at least $300 but less than $500 is playing for moderate stakes. See also: Stakes.
Money management. A phrase often used by gamblers to describe how they handle their bankroll. To a non-advantage player, it may mean establishing a stop-loss or win goal. To an advantage player, it may mean considering things like bankroll, risk of ruin and the use of Kelly betting strategies.
Money plays. Call by the dealer to alert the pit when a player puts down money as a bet without wanting to exchange them for chips. Also said by the player to the dealer, declaring that he doesn't want the money changed into chips.
Monkey. A face card, probably a corruption of "monarchy." Shouted by some Asian players when hoping for a good card when doubling down.
MSS. The acronym for Main Street Station, a casino.
Muck. To remove small cards from the deck and replace them with ten valued cards and aces. It is cheating. The word can also be used to describe the opposite, which would be for a casino to remove high cards from the deck.
Multiple deck. A phrase used to describe games, usually blackjack, in which more than one deck of cards is used.