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