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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Definition of a "Feldman"

So you ask, what is a "Feldman"?  A "Feldman" is a term that I made up a few years ago in honor of an associate who enjoyed trips to Las Vegas.  "Feldman" was a nice guy, but was not really into gambling.  Instead he just liked to hang around with us in casinos and watch us play blackjack.  One of his moves was "comp riding."  We would play blackjack and he would stand behind us watching.  When the waitress would come around he would alway try and hustle drinks from her.  Usually this act worked and he got his share of free drinks, even though he was not gambling.  One of his moves was to collect the tip from each of us who ordered a drink and then give it to the waitress.  Of course, guess who conveniently did not tip?  That's right, Feldman.  So not only was he "comp riding" but he was not even toking for the free drink.

So in honor of "Feldman" and his sneaky ways, I have designated anyone who stands around in casino watching other people/friends gamble for more than one minute to be officially known as a "Feldman."

Next time you are in a casino take a look around you.  Look at how many people are standing around watching other people gamble.  These people are "Feldmans."

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