Since the beginning of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, players have enjoyed the ability to wager on the outcome of in-game events. This article will explore some of the secrets surrounding wagering in San Andreas and how to use them to your advantage.
Underground Bookie Lingo
If you’ve ever spent any time in San Francisco, you’ll know that all the characters speak with colorful language. The same is true for characters in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Here are some of the most common phrases you’ll hear while playing:
1-4-8 (Slang for $1.40)
If you’re the winning bettor of a football game, you’ll hear the guys talking about paying you in “1-4-8s.” A “1-4-8” is $1.40, which is short for the phrase “40 cents on the dollar.” So if you win $20, you’ll get $16. You may also hear people say, “I’ll take 50 cents on the dollar” or “Give me the 20, I’ll give you the 50.” The numbers 1 through 4 are often used as a shorthand for dollars when someone is gaming or talking about wagering in general.
If an arcade game demands cash to play, you’ll hear the characters refer to it as a “cash box.”
While it’s always nice to receive a gift card or credit from a generous stranger, it’s not as exciting to beg for money. So if you ever find yourself in that situation, you’ll need to say “check, please.” You can also ask if they have money on them or in an ATM, or offer to do them favors in return for cash.
All Fours (Hand of Four)
If someone is trying to shake you down for money, they might ask for your hand (the all fours hand sign) or goosie (slang for money). You can also say, “I’m all ears” which means you’re listening closely and are ready to do favors for the right person (think of Pinocchio).
When someone experiences an event and then later says “I knew it!,” they’re using the phrase “20/20 hindsight.” This is similar to the expression “On second thought…” or “Now I understand.” When you have 20/20 hindsight, you know precisely what would have happened if you’d done something differently in the past.
Over Under Sideways
In reference to a sporting event, you’ll hear phrases like “over under” or “sideways to death.” Essentially, these are terms used when a gambler is about to make a wager and doesn’t want to miss out on the action because he’s distracted by another offer or event that’s more exciting.
When someone is betting on horse racing, they might say that the odds are “long.” The phrase can also be used to describe situations where you have to wade through a lot of unnecessary information in order to get to the good stuff. So if a bookmaker is giving you the runaround and you want to cut to the chase, you might say that the odds are “long.”
Biker Bucks (Slang for Vending Machine Coins)
If you happen to live in a certain area of San Francisco and play a certain video game, you’ll hear the biker gangs there talk about using “biker bucks” or “vinyl buck” for candy machines and other vending machines. These are the quarters and dimes people use when playing arcade games.
If someone is watching your every move, especially when you’re playing cards or dice, they’re said to have a “dead eye.” This is because they’re completely focused on the game in front of them and aren’t distracted by anything else around them.
There’s a lot of slang in the world of gambling, but perhaps none is as unique and specific to the gaming world as “faro cousin.” This is a term used when placing a wager on the outcome of a horse race and then reacting to the news of whether or not your horse won. You can also use this term with reference to any other activity in which you’re placing a wager, then checking on the result. So if you’re using the bathroom during an NFL game, you might get asked if you’re the “Faro cousin” of whoever is sitting next to you.
If you play any kind of poker, you’ll hear the term “full house.” This refers to a hand where you have three of a kind (i.e. a royal flush) or a straight flush. Essentially, it’s a hand where you have all five cards of the same suit (i.e. spades, hearts, diamonds, etc.). You can also use this phrase to describe other situations where you have a trio of something or someone (e.g. a lover, a friend, or family member) which is exciting because it brings with it its own set of unique phrases and catchphrases.
When a bookmaker gives you the rundown of the odds (the spread) for a certain sporting event, you’ll hear them say “Odds are…” This is a term used when someone is about to make a wager and doesn’t want to miss out on the action because he’s distracted by another offer or event that’s more exciting.
There are many phrases and words used by people who bet or gamble. However, none of these phrases are unique to the world of gaming and can be used in other areas as well. This is because people who play games or engage in wagering generally use common sense and logic when making their decisions. So while there may be slang and phrases used when playing specific games, in general people use language and logic to solve problems.