We dealers are very particular about how we use the jargon and slang that we learn in the casino business. Here are some terms you may not know.
Acorn: A beginner craps player that a dealer intends to gently teach how to tip, as well as how to play.
Agent: A cheater who is the partner of a dealer.
All day hardway: A regular hardway bet, as opposed to a turning (hopping) hardway bet.
Barber pole: A bet that isn’t correctly stacked with the large denomination checks on the bottom and the smaller denomination checks on the top.
Big red: A one-roll bet on the seven.
Bird: A twenty-five cent check.
Breakage: The difference between what a bet should pay and what the player will get paid. E.g., A three-dollar place bet on the five should pay $4.20. Since few modern casinos use dimes, the player will only be paid $4. The player suffered twenty-cents "breakage."
Bridge: When a dealer positions checks on top of two equal stacks of checks. In craps this should only be done when positioning odds laid on a don’t pass or don’t come bet and:
1. When the payoff for the lay is the same amount as the flat bet.
2. By bridging the dealer can pay the odds and the flat bet by sizing into one of the bottom stacks of checks twice, with the same color checks.
Carpet joint: A plush Las Vegas strip type casino.
Cash register: The name given to the point number boxes. It is referred to as this because it is considered a secure area where players should not reach into or throw their checks into.
Case bet: A bet consisting of a player’s last money.
Check: Sometimes spelled "cheque." What most people outside the casino business refer to as a "chip." It is a "check" because it has intrinsic value and can be bet or exchanged for cash anywhere in the casino. "Chips" are used in roulette because the have an "assigned" value.
Crossroader: A professional gambling cheat.
Dead money: Checks (usually losing bets) that belong to the casino and that should be collected by a dealer.
Dirty stack: A working stack that contains one or more incorrect denomination checks.
Don’t side: Wither bets made on the don’t pass or don’t come; or a woman’s posterior.
Full Lay: The most odds a player can lay on a don’t pass or don’t come bet.
Full Odds: The most odds a player can take on a pass line or come bet.
Gate: To hit the dice after they are thrown, but before they stop. This is done with the intention of nullifying the roll.
George: A player that tokes the dealers.
Grinder: A player that constantly makes minimum bets.
Hand-in: When a player gives the dealers a tip without betting it for them.
Hustle: To solicit a toke from a player.
Jackpot: A confusing situation that allowed a player a chance to win on two bets for the same money or the player had a chance to win, but not lose.
Juice: Either someone of importance that can be used to get hired; or the commission paid on a buy or lay bet.
on a buy or lay bet.
Lammer: A quarter sized plastic button. Lammers usually are labeled either: "off", "on",
"buy", "lay" or numerical amounts.
Last come bet: A new come bet that wins because of a seven-out for the pass line.
Leak: To cheat on one’s spouse.
Lump: An unskilled dealer that requires constant supervision.
Moving bet: A term that is used to describe come and don’t come bets because they have to be picked up and moved to the point number boxes.
Natural: Either a dice total that causes bets on the pass line to win or lose on the come-out roll; or a player that bets for the dealers without being hustled.
Overlay: A term used to describe a lay bet that is made after the player has laid full odds on a don’t pass or don’t come bet.
Past post: When a player makes or increases a don’t pass bet after the shooter has come-out on a point.
Press: Either to double a bet; or to increase a bet.
Prove: To stack a bet, change or payoff in stacks of five or less, so the players and employees can tell how much it is.
Short stick: A technique used by the stickman that involves not pushing the dice all the way to a lady shooter for the purpose of seeing down her blouse.
Six and eights: A woman’s breasts.
Skinny Duggan: A person regarded as a loser or unlucky in general. Or a seven-out.
Society checks: Large denomination checks.
Zuk: Same as toke. Also called "zuken."
(Dale S. Yeazel is the author of "Precision Crap Dealing" (this article is a partial excerpt from it’s glossary) and "Dealing Mini-Baccarat." They are E-books on CD-Rom available for only $20 each (plus tax) at Gamblers Book Shop and Gamblers General Store in Las Vegas. www.geocities.com/lump450)