NASCAR and Sin City collide: Gambling terms for the race fan

NASCAR heads to Sin City this weekend, or "Las Vegas" for those who aren’t familiar with gambling.

Speaking of gambling, here’s a list of terms that are interchangeable between gambling in Las Vegas and NASCAR racing. 

Beginner’s Luck

Vegas: New players often hit a winning streak when they start gambling.

NASCAR: What Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, and the other 84 rookies are hoping for.


Vegas: Dice table game.

NASCAR: What Chad Knaus does when he learns the No. 48 failed inspection.

Doubling Down

Vegas: A betting option in blackjack where the player’s opening two-card hand is turned face up and the player’s original wager is doubled. 

NASCAR: What Kurt Busch is doing on Memorial Day weekend at the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600. 

Eye in the Sky

Vegas: Slang for video surveillance cameras. 

NASCAR: Slang for spotters. 

Gross Winnings

Vegas: The total payout to a winner.

NASCAR: The total payout to a winner who a fan doesn’t like or otherwise deems as unlikeable or gross. 


Vegas: In blackjack, to take another card.

NASCAR: What Danica does to the wall.


Vegas: In poker, the final card dealt in a hand of stud or hold ’em.

NASCAR: What women cry when they see Kasey Kahne. 


Vegas: A generic term which encompasses all card mixing techniques used to prepare a deck or a shoe for continued play. 

NASCAR: What’s Tom Jensen does, every day. 

Stud Poker

Vegas: One of the basic forms of poker.

NASCAR: When drivers such as Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, and Dale Jr. get together to play cards. 


Vegas: A player who makes extremely large wages.

NASCAR: How Bill Elliott pronounces the word "well." Example: "whale, you know…"