The federal corruption trial of former Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett centers on carnival gambling. Lovett is accused of taking bribes to protect pop-up carnival gambling that came to Savannah during busy holidays like St. Patrick's Day. Federal prosecutors and their witnesses say carnival gambling has terms all its own. Here's a guide to carnie vocab.
"Mr. Heart" - Carnival worker and paid FBI informant William Holtz testified Tuesday that "Mr. Heart" is the nickname given to the "boss man of a carnival gambling operation. In the Lovett case, that's Randall Roach Sr., who owned Randy Roach's Magic Midway.
"Paying the patch" - Magic Midway worker Emerson Healy testified Monday that "paying the patch" is the carnival gambling term for paying for protection. "Up in New York, you pay the mob guys," Healy testified. "Down here, it's usually the police."
"Razzle Dazzle -- a.ka. "Razzle." Prosecutors and carnival workers testified Monday and Tuesday that the game is a scam, nearly impossible to win. "You got a better shot of hitting the lottery Powerball than you are of winning that," carnival worker Holtz testified Tuesday.
"Duker" -- Carnival worker Healy testified Monday that's the name for the carnie who lures players in to Razzle Dazzle by offering a free round.
"Obs" -- Short for "obligations." Healy and Holtz testified that's the term for the money used to "pay the patch" for protection. Each worker at the gambling operation gives a portion of their profit for "obs," the carnival workers testified. For a full day, it was $100. For a half day, it was "$50."