Date: Mon, 9 May 1994 11:47:53 -0700
From: THOMAS L CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: case
On Sun, 8 May 1994, Dennis.Preston wrote:
The observation that 'case' also has a gambling/underworld sense of 'last'
matches data and memory I have.
My clearest memory of it (and
this is confirmed in some old data I have from the '60's) is in reference to
cards, particularly 'desirable' ones, and most specifically the 'case ace,'
the last ace in the deck in that hand.
Dennis has it remembered. According to The Dictionary of Gambling and
Gaming (also not in Georgetown's library), "case" refers to the final one
of a set. Case note is the last dollar of a gambler, case card is the
last of that set undealt, case quarter is the final quarter dropped into
a multiple-coin slot machine.