Shill

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A “Shill” in a casino context refers to a person employed by the establishment to play games, especially poker or table games, using the casino’s money. The primary role of a shill is to fill up the tables and stimulate action in the game, making it more attractive for other, real players to join. Shills typically do not keep the winnings they may accrue; instead, their winnings go back to the casino.

Their presence is intended to create an atmosphere of higher activity and excitement, encouraging others to play more. Shills are different from “prop players” who play with their own money but may receive compensation from the casino for their role in encouraging games.