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Las Vegas Gaming Glossary

Talk the Talk

Boxman — The craps table dealer who sits over the drop box and supervises bets and payoffs.

Casino boss — The person who oversees the entire casino.

Comp — Short for complimentary, or free. High-rollers get “comped” on drinks, dinner, suites and more.

Coupons — Redeemable for nearly everything from a free meal to a free pull on a slot machine. (Ask the hotel whether it has a coupon book.)

Drop box — A locked box located on live gambling tables where dealers deposit paper money.

Eye in the sky — You may remember this from the Barry Levinson film, Rain Man, in which the brothers played by Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman are accused of "counting cards." Every casino has a one-way surveillance system, with mirrors or dark glass concealing people assigned to watch the casino action to prevent cheating by players or dealers. There also are cameras behind the one-way mirrors that record action at the gaming tables. Smile!

High roller or whale — A customer with the reputation of wagering large sums of money in the casino.

In red — A comped customer's name usually appears "in red" on a maître d's reservation chart.

Limit — The minimum or maximum bet accepted at a gambling table, established by the house.

Marker — An IOU owed the casino by a gambler allowed by the hotel to play on credit.

Pit Boss — The person who oversees the dealers at numerous tables.

RFB Comp — The casino is impressed with a credit rating and has ordered that a customer be given free room, food and beverage (RFB) during a hotel stay.

Shoe — A container from which several decks of cards are dealt on the baccarat and blackjack tables, meaning the dealer slides the cards out of the shoe.

Shooter — A gambler who is rolling the dice on a craps table.

Spoon — A device used by slot machine cheaters.

Stickman — The dealer who moves the dice around a craps table with a hook-shaped stick.

Toke — A tip or a gratuity.

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(Updated: 04/29/11 CT)

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