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Bright lights, big money, and tons of action - this is Las Vegas in a nutshell. We all see it on television and in the movies in one of the few instances that entertainment and reality actually mirror each other. After all, this is the city of entertainment. From The Strip to downtown, you'll find all sorts of fantastic casinos, clubs, shows, and restaurants all with their own themes. It's no surprise, then, that a city with such a focus on entertaining travelers from around the world has its own local language, focused on the many forms of entertainment available in this city. Here are ten prime examples of Las Vegas slang: 1. Long Haul(ed)
Usage: "Dude, you're 30 minutes late! I think your taxi long hauled ya."

Flying into Vegas on a red eye? You'll probably want to grab a cab when you land from that long haul of a flight. However, be careful not to get long hauled by the cabbie you just hired to take you to your hotel.

Getting "long hauled" is Las Vegas local lingo describing the practice of some unscrupulous taxi drivers of taking you well away from the quickest route to your destination, leaving you with a much larger bill when you finally get to where you want to be. In essence, it's being "ripped off" by a taxi cab or similar pay-by-time transportation service.

It's understandable if you fall for this the first couple of times you visit Vegas, especially at night. After all, you'll more than likely be amazed at all the bright lights and energetic people of this lively city; just don't let it happen again! Next time you need a taxi, check out Google maps for the quickest route to your destination, and tell your cabbie to take you there via your directions. If he or she tries to give you any gruff, tell them you want to see specific places along the way so there's not much room for argument.

2. Eye in the Sky
Usage: "Don't even think about it; every place on the Strip has an Eye in the Sky."

In Vegas, Big Brother really is watching you 24/7; or for however long you are in the casino. Eye in the Sky is a common Las Vegas slang term for the multitude of double sided mirrors, hidden (and not so hidden) cameras, and other skyward mounted monitoring systems. Put in place by casinos to allow their security staff to monitor the casino floor for thieves, unruly guests, cheating players, and dealers alike, the Eye in the Sky may seem nefarious at first, but its intentions are actually quite good.

3. Whale
Usage: "Whoa, look at that bet; he's a whale for sure!"

When you're a whale in Vegas, you're big with a capital "B." Not in physical size mind you, but the size of your wallet. Whales are the high rollers who will play a $100,000 roll of the dice without batting an eyelash. To be considered a whale in Las Vegas lingo, be prepared to play, win or lose, millions of dollars in a day; the general consensus is a minimum of half a million an hour would need to change hands between you and your dealers to truly be considered for whale status.

4. Juice
Usage: "Wow, that whale's got some Juice!"

As with many things in life, it's not what you know, but who. In Las Vegas, knowing the right people will get you service beyond compare; VIP rooms at upscale clubs, sought-after seating at fine restaurants, the best suites at the best hotels and, of course, presidential service where it counts: in your favorite casinos. That's what we call juice in Las Vegas slang!

5. Toke
Usage: "He gave me a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge toke."

A Las Vegas (casino) dealer might take a toke every couple of minutes, for 8+ hours straight if they do their job really well. While in some places "toke" is used to describe a form of illicit activity, in Las Vegas slang a toke is another way to say "gratuity" or more simply "tip." The best dealers, with big whales at their tables and a little bit of juice, will likely take a really large toke or two during their shift.

6. RFB
Usage: "They love me so much at Caesar's, they RFB me all the time."

Whales and those with lots of juice will be RFB'd all over Vegas. Short for room, food, and beverage, RFB is Las Vegas local lingo describing hotels camping rooms, food, and beverage service to their favorite players. Who gets RFB'd? In-fashion celebrities, those with LOTS of juice, and big spenders likely to make the hotel casino lots of money when they come to town, to name a few.

7. Getting Rated
Usage: "I was already getting rated a few hands in."

Want to get RFB'd without needing celebrity status? Then it's time to get rated. Casinos will regularly "rate" players by keeping track of their wins, losses, and total time spent playing to decide just how much they want to comp the player in the hope that he/she will keep playing. Even if you're not a whale, you can still ask to get rated; doing so will probably get you a few free drinks at the very least.

8. Candle
Usage: "I'm gonna light that candle on my next spin."

Not quite the romantic light that comes to mind when someone mentions candles, a candle in Las Vegas slang represents the light on top of a slot machine that signals a jackpot has been won. Many times, there are multicolored candles stacked on top of each other to signal not only a jackpot, but the lowest denomination a slot machine will accept. Check with the casino you're playing at for a breakdown of the different candle codes.

9. The Pencil
Usage: "If you want to get rated, you'll want to make friends with The Pencil."

The guys known as The Pencil (usually pit bosses) command power and respect in the casino. The Pencil typically has the authority to grant RFB's, markers, and other important items and services to players, even if they don't actually hold a pencil in their hand. You'll definitely want to have some juice with The Pencil if you want to see perks come your way.

10. Pigeon
Usage: "I think I lost count of how many times that pigeon lost."

A pigeon is local lingo for the guy you do not want to be: a loser who throws more money at his losses hoping to turn them into wins, only to continue losing over and over again. If you suspect you're starting to get pigeon tendencies, then it's time to stop gambling NOW!

These are only a few of the myriad of slang phrases you'll find in use while in Las Vegas. There are many more slang terms to learn while cruising the bright casino lights of The Strip, but armed with the above list you've got a great start to understanding Las Vegas slang.
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