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"S" Terms

Shill

  1. Noun

    A house player who does not have any of one's own money at risk; a cardroom employee paid a predetermined rate to play and who is bankrolled by the house.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A shill is distinct from a prop because props provide their own bankroll and distinct from a stake player because stake players are paid based on winnings while shills' pay is predetermined. Shills may be required to play using a set of predetermined actions for certain circumstances, such as not calling a raise with a drawing hand.

    EXAMPLE: "I don't trust any cardroom that uses shills. I don't want to play against anybody who has nothing to lose and nothing to gain."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues




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