vigorish

noun
vig·​o·​rish | \ ˈvi-gə-rish How to pronounce vigorish (audio) \

Definition of vigorish

1 : a charge taken (as by a bookie or a gambling house) on bets also : the degree of such a charge a vigorish of five percent
2 : interest paid to a moneylender

Examples of vigorish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In sports betting, the vigorish, or vig, is typically -110 for spread and total bets. Christopher Smith, al, "Why it’s impossible to win money betting on Alabama games," 17 Sep. 2019 Moreover, Ernst is on record as favoring the privatization of Social Security, which means turning over the most successful government program in history to Wall Street, so that bankers can extract their vigorish. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A Republican senator hints at gutting Social Security ‘behind closed doors’," 6 Sep. 2019 In terms of building regular traffic, state lawmakers have every urgency to ensure that customers pay no more than the usual 10 percent vigorish. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "A big idea that could give Illinois sports gamblers the best price," 17 May 2018 Fezzik said the sports betting math works like this: 52.4% is breaking even (because the casinos keep a small percentage of each bet as a service charge known as the vigorish). Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Is this the future face of sports gambling?," 26 Dec. 2017 Our guest on Beyond The Stripes tonight is rising star LB Nick Vigil (pronounced Vig, as in vigorish -il). Rhymes with squiggle. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Should Bengals trade for lineman?," 31 Oct. 2017 There was no need for a credit card reader, cutting point-of- sale system providers — and their vigorish — out of the equation. Daniel Roth, WIRED, "The Future of Money: It’s Flexible, Frictionless and (Almost) Free," 22 Feb. 2010 A more modern way to adjust the odds without the danger of a middle is adjusting the extra money, or vigorish, that bettors must pay. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Super Bowl Challenges Wisdom of Crowds and Oddsmakers," 27 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of vigorish

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vigorish

perhaps from Ukrainian vygrash or Russian vyigrysh winnings, profit

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“Vigorish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vigorish. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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