Eighty-Sixed

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The term “eighty-sixed” or 86’d in a casino context refers to the act of being removed, banned, or barred from a casino. Originally a general slang term used in various businesses, especially in the food and beverage industry, to indicate refusal of service or the removal of an item from the menu, in the casino world it specifically means that a person is no longer welcome in the establishment.

This can happen for a variety of reasons. A player might be eighty-sixed for cheating, winning excessively (particularly if suspected of card counting in blackjack), being disruptive, or for any other behavior that the casino deems unacceptable. The term implies a permanent or at least a long-term exclusion, rather than a temporary removal.