F - Glossary of Terms

Fab Four. A term coined by Don Schlesinger used to describe the top four surrender plays that vary from basic strategy based upon the hi-lo counting system.

Face card. A jack, queen or king.

False shuffle. The shuffling action by a cheating dealer which preserves the original order of the cards or some pre-arranged order of cards that the dealer has set up while shuffling for a certain purpose (ie to deal himself a natural, to deal a winning hand to an accomplice etc).

Fibonacci. Any series of numbers in which the two preceding numbers totaled together equals the next number in the series. An example would be 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55. There are a number of betting progressions which utilize a Fibonacci series.

Fill. The replenishing of chips by the casino at a table game or to replenish the money or tokens in a slot machine or other kind of gaming machine.

First base. The player's seat farthest to the right at a blackjack table, from the players's viewpoint. This is the first player to receive cards when the dealer deals the cards.

Five-card Charlie. Any five-card blackjack hand that totals 21 or less.

Flat betting. To wager the same amount of money on each bet made during a playing session or a portion of the playing session.

Flea A low-stakes player who usually plays at the table with the lowest minimum bet in the casino.

Floating Advantage The concept whereby, in multideck games, the advantage we associate with every level of a True Count floats down the TC, the deeper we get into the pack of cards we're dealt, i.e. the deeper into the shoe the respective TC is encountered. The concept was indirectly implied first in Revere's Playing BJ a a Business and later on suggested by Uston, Snyder, and others. According to Don Schlesinger, who, in a series of BJF articles in 1989, reprinted in BJ Attack, first defined and researched the concept, "As a pack is depleted, the same True Count garners extra advantage, said advantage becoming especially interesting at those vey levels where the shuffle is most likely to occur". Alas, Schlesinger established that "the FA is of more theoretical than practical import".

Flooring (Floored indices, or indexes) : A practice which reduces every "precise" index number to just an integer. When Flooring, all the index numbers are taken down ("floored") to the nearest smaller integer. Examples: +2.95 becomes +2, +1.05 becomes +1, +0.10 becomes 0, -0.05 becomes -1, -3.99 becomes -4. (Notice that flooring positive numbers is identical to truncating them.) Of course, an index number which has been calculated to be "precisely" an integer, does not change: +3.000000 remains as +3. [See also: Rounding; Truncating.]

Floorman. A casino employee who supervises a portion of a pit, usually under the direction of a pit boss.

Fluctuations. This word describes the ups and downs of your bankroll; sometimes abbreviated as "flucs".

Front loader. 1. A dealer who exposes his hole card to a player seated at the table. 2. A player who intentionally manages to see the dealer's hole card and uses this information for his own play or relays it to a teammate playing at the table.

Front loading. To glimpse the dealer's hole card and use the information for playing your hand.


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