vigorish

[vig-er-ish]

noun Slang.

a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.

Origin of vigorish

1910–15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit
Also called vig [vig] /vɪg/.
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  • Big gambling layouts know within minutes if a table is not making its vigorish.

    Vigorish

    Gordon Randall Garrett