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    Can nickel mean 5000?

    Could "a nickel" mean 5000 in the following dialogue?
    It seems that it doesn't make sense otherwise.

    "$15,000. $16,500 with the vig. Turns out this guy's been calling in
    bets under three different names. Always calling around 6:00, 7:00
    in the morning when he's sure that the runners were covering the
    phones. He bet a nickel three times on the Grizzlies giving 3 1/2.
    Didn't have the sense to pay for a half point. Not that it would
    have made a difference."
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    Re: Can nickel mean 5000?

    Quote Originally Posted by maisha View Post
    Could "a nickel" mean 5000 in the following dialogue?
    It seems that it doesn't make sense otherwise.

    "$15,000. $16,500 with the vig. Turns out this guy's been calling in
    bets under three different names. Always calling around 6:00, 7:00
    in the morning when he's sure that the runners were covering the
    phones. He bet a nickel three times on the Grizzlies giving 3 1/2.
    Didn't have the sense to pay for a half point. Not that it would
    have made a difference."
    (Justified "Fixer")
    Well, according to this, (definition section 2, number 3), it can mean $500.

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    #3

    Re: Can nickel mean 5000?

    And "vig" is presumably some kind of betting tax - try Google.

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    Re: Can nickel mean 5000?

    Yes, it's short for "vigorish." It's what mobsters use refer to the interest or fee they charge for their services.

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    Re: Can nickel mean 5000?

    In the US, the five cent piece is called a "nickel." The term has since become colloquial usage for any phrase that involves the numeral five. For example, on the TV show M*A*S*H quite often someone referring to the 8055 unit would articulate it as the "eight oh double nickel."

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