The shadowy figure perched behind tinted glass is actually 42-year-old Peter Abbay, who bartends at the popular West Hollywood bar The Belmont.
"Peter has the easiest job on the show," a source revealed to the National Enquirer. "He's paid to sit in a chair behind tinted glass, twirl a pen in his fingers and pretend to call Howie when it's time to make a deal."
"He jokes that sometimes it's so monotonous that he'd like to throw something at the contestants to hurry them up!"
Before his stint on Deal, Peter had a recurring role as Logan on the daytime soap Another World. He's also appeared in a few movies and on House, M.D. and Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd.
According to the Enquirer, Peter ranked second In 2005 on The Beverage Network's list of "Top 10 bartenders to watch."