Gambling Lingo: Entertaining Talk in Casinos
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Betting and Gamblin’ Money
• Cage: The friendly casino cashiers and lots of moolah are located here.
• Cheques: The correct term for playing chips used at a gaming table.
• Foreign: These are cheques from another casino.
• Barber Pole: The colorful name used for more than one denomination in a stack of chips.
• Coloring Up: When you take those five-dollar chips and exchange for larger denominations, possibly hundred-dollar chips, then you are coloring-up.
• Case Bet: A player’s bet that contains all remaining chips on the table or ‘all in’.
• Hold: Betting monies that are placed in the gaming table slots. The dollar value is generally stated as a percentage.
• Toke: More than a ‘tip of your hat’, this is the gratuity paid to a dealer or casino employee.
• Vigorish: The casino’s fee/commission paid during specific wagers in the games of baccarat, craps and/or sportsbook.
• Sleeper: A forgotten table bet originally wagered by the player and/or dealer.
• Grind: This term is used for playing it out on a consistent basis at the tables. This player is ‘grinding’ out planned bets based on knowledgeable probabilities of the game.
• Dirty Money: The losing bets gathered by the dealer.
The Name of the Player
• Shill: Describes a casino employee who plays the tables to garner business for the casino.
• George: A generous tipper both to table dealers and other casino employees.
• Tom: On the other hand, is a non-tipper.
• RatHole: A player who slowly puts away chips during play to give the appearance that he/she is not ahead of the game.
• Mechanic: The term used for a dice/card cheat who utilizes sleight of hand while playing.
• Railbird: An observer who hangs around a gaming table. His intention may be to ‘lift’ chips from other non-suspecting players.
• Eighty-six, 86: You are outta there, man. Casino rules allow the exclusion and/or eviction of Undesirable gamblers.
• Agent: A player who forms a partnership with a dealer with the intention of cheating a particular casino.
• Pips: The spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds found on a deck of cards. The kings, jacks and queens sure are pretty, but the lone Ace gets the top prize, don’t you agree?
• Croupier: It is French, mon ami, for the dealer of the gaming table. Mais oui!
• Comp: As in freebie, these are the dining, beverage, hotel rooms and benefits received by casino players based on their wagering and time played.
• Sawdust Joint: Name used for a not so elegant casino offering low table and slot betting minimums. Yes, it’s a dump, but you can play cheap!
• Crossfire: Not the TV program, but the dealers chatting it up about everything else but the live game that is ongoing in front of them.
• Daubing: Utilizing a dab of oil or other element to ‘mark’ the back of the cards for easy recognition during the game. This cheating tactic is not meant to offend the many bingo players worldwide who practice daubing on a regular basis. :-)
• Eye in the Sky: Watches the action as the casino staff surveys the floor.
I’ll be watching out for all casino players, the next time we meet in CasinoLand.
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