Fats plucked a sheaf of Martian bank notes from his pocket and tossed them to the croupier.
"The place shall be kept for madame," the croupier whispered.
"You have lost your stake, Monsieur," replied the croupier, with politeness.
Another turn, and that, too, chinked as it fell into the cash-box of the croupier!
The croupier announces, intoning as does a high-church curate, "There is seven hundred and forty pounds in the bank, gentlemen."
The croupier pounded three times with a little gavel and said, "103 sub-prime 5."
And the croupier, with a smile, pushed the two fateful cards towards the fair young Englishwoman.
He was shown to a table to the left of the croupier's booth.
The croupier shrugged his shoulders, and spun the wheel, with a bored air.
No sign of Steve there; he had to be on the other side of the croupier.
"one who clears the winnings from the table in gambling," 1731, from French croupier (17c.), originally one who rides behind another, on the croup or "rump" of a horse (a word of Germanic origin); hence extended to any one who backs up another; a "second."