Like sports analogies, there is gambling terminology every working woman should know.

Double down–In black jack, double down means doubling your bet to get one more card, in hopes of beating the dealer. Doubling down in the office means reinforcing belief and resources behind a certain strategy. “Ted doubled down on buying commodities this week” would imply not that he invested double than he used to, but instead that he is staking more of his money and reputation on the line on the hopes that commodities go up.

Stay–In black jack, staying means keeping the cards dealt, not asking for another card from the dealer. In the office, if someone says “I’ll stay,” it implies that they don’t want to accept any more risk or think that they have a winning position.

Hit–In black jack, hitting means that you want the dealer to give you another card. In the office, “hit me” means “give me more.”

All in–In Texas Hold ’em Poker, “all in” means that you are betting all of your money on the outcome of a single hand. In the office, if you hear that someone is “all in” it means that they are 100% behind a certain strategy or idea. In some industries, like investment banking, if someone went “all in” on a failed effort, their job could be in jeopardy.

Busted–Busted is what happens when you go all in and lose. Same as in the office.

Fold/Throw in your cards–In poker, folding is forfieting a hand because you don’t feel you could win. In the office, someone folds when they are unable to convince others of their point of view.

Bluff–In poker, bluffing is pretending that you have a better hand than you do. Same as in the office.

Check–In poker, a check means passing the first bet, allowing someone else to determine if they want to bet or not. It is usually interpreted as a weak hand. In the office, sometimes people when asked a difficult question answer “check,” indicating that they don’t want to answer it.

Ante up–In poker, an ante is the price to play a hand. Players have to pay the ante before cards are dealt. In the office, it often is used to signal the beginning of a conversation or that you owe for lunch. “Ante up, Jimmy. You got the turkey sandwich today.”

Call/See–In poker, call means accepting the bet on the table to continue to play or see another’s cards. In the office, this is usually used when determining the outcome of a competition, in combination with raise. “I’ll see your overtime tonight and raise you working Saturday.”

Raise–In poker, raising means that you accept the bet on the table PLUS the amount of the raise. It is assumed you have a strong hand to raise. Used in combination with call or see. Refer to call/see above.

Check-raise— In poker, a check-raise is a manuver when you pass the first bet (check), and then raise the next time betting comes to you. You do this when you want your oponent to think you have a weak hand, thereby tricking them into betting and playing a hand they wouldn’t have if they thought you had a strong hand. I’ve never heard in the office, but I believe it when Mr. Idgie says he’s used it.

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