How to Tip at a Casino

Casion dealers, cocktail servers, bartenders, valet and more, all generally make less than minimum wage. They pay their bills, eat and live on tips.
Tipping can be a touchy subject for some. For some reason, people that do tip at a restaurant or for a taxi ride, think they should not have to tip when visiting a casino. The most common excuse is that the casino should be responsible for paying their employees more, not the customer. But, that obviously doesn't make sense if the same person tips at other establishments that have below minimum wage hourly pay for their employees.

Why are the standards different for some people when they are in a casino? My only thought is that maybe the casino is an unfamiliar place to them and they don't really know what is customary or fair. First, let me tell you, almost every service position in the casino is a below minimum wage job. Dealers, cocktail servers, bartenders, valet and more, all generally make less than minimum wage. They pay their bills, eat and live on tips.

Many people spend years playing in casinos without knowing that they should be tipping certain employees. While most people know to tip the cocktail waitresses, there are other employees that take tips as well in an Oklahoma casino. If you want the rundown on who and how much to tip, here is an outline for who you should be tipping.

Tipping is a topic that is always debated. Most can find common ground on how much to tip for a pizza delivery or a beer at the bar, but for most, tipping in casinos is a total mystery. There are a large number of casino patrons who do not realize that they should be tipping at all. On the other end of the spectrum, there are players that may be tipping too much. Of course, as is the case with all forms of tipping, your own discretion will be the deciding factor.

There are a handful of different people that you will need to consider when it comes to proper tipping etiquette in casinos. In this article we are talking about casino specific employees, like waitresses/waiters, dealers, and slot machine attendants. You will also have valets and bell desk workers to consider tipping, but these are more closely related to hotel work than they necessarily are to casino play itself.

Who do you tip at a casino?

Knowing who to tip is good practice and common courtesy at a casino in Oklahoma. Just as you would first learn the rules of gambling before you hit the casino, you should learn the etiquette of gambling in a casino. Many casino employees rely on tips, with the tips being the majority of their pay, even up to as much as 65 percent! So, be on the lookout for the following employees.

At a casino, there are so many moving parts it can be hard to keep track of who you should tip and who you don’t have to tip. A good rule of thumb is as long as the casino does not stop them from accepting tips, you should probably offer a tip. These individuals make meager salaries and their livelihood depends on tips. Here are just some of the individuals you should offer a tip to at the casino.

How much should you tip a casino dealer at a game table?

Casino table games include a wide range of games at a casino, including but not limited to craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker. Basically, any game with a live dealer is considered a table game, and there is a certain tipping etiquette for table games. In general, you should expect to tip your dealer somewhere between 15-20% of the amount you buy in for during the course of your gambling sessions. However, that total will go up if you win big at the table or are gambling at one table for a particularly long time. Conversely, it is understandable if you do not leave a big tip if you quickly lose a large sum of money.

The amount that you tip, of course, is relative to how large of stakes you are playing. With that said, you should use day to day economics to be reasonable. For example, if you are playing $25 per hand blackjack and win $500 on the session, a $10 tip would be logical. In fact, many wouldn’t even tip in this situation. If you are playing $1,000 per hand and win $5,000, $10 or $25 would still be acceptable. You would not increase the tip tenfold because the win was tenfold. As a general rule, consider the work volume, the quality of the dealer, and then look at the amount won. $5,000 won on $1,000 wagers is only 5 bets, while $500 won on $25 is 20 bets. Everything is relative. If you won $5,000 on much smaller bets, then yes, bumping up the amount is reasonable.

During live tournaments, there are plenty of opportunities to tip the floor staff. However, this one is up to you to decide how or if you would like to tip. Many tournaments now take money out of the prize pool to tip the staff and dealers. There are gamblers who believe this is their tip, and others choose to tip on top of the money taken out. This situation is entirely up to you and what you would like to do. Some people like to see what many around them are tipping and follow suit. In this situation whichever you choose is acceptable.

How much do you tip casino cashier?

As you get ready to finish your trip to the casino, you’ve got one more tipping dilemma to get through. You may wonder when you take your winnings to the cage to cash out if you’re supposed to tip the cashier or not. This one is one more that goes both ways. I know a lot of people who have never tipped a cashier in their life. I know some that have occasionally tipped and some that tip every time.
Usually, those that tip will throw a few bucks (not a lot) to the cashier for their help. The best system I’ve seen used is the “toss the ones” system. If they get paid out $254 dollars, they tip $4. If they get paid out $81, they tip $1 dollar. If they get paid out $80, they may or may not tip $5. Personally, this is the system I like.

It is best practice to tip the cashier a minimum of a dollar whenever you make change. Even if you are playing slots with no dealer, you can still tip the cashier that handles your transactions and, if you win, you can tip the slot machine attendant. It is expected that you tip the slot machine attendant a small percentage of your total winnings. Many people are unaware of this common practice, but it is still expected. This is why it is very important you learn tipping etiquette before you go to the casino. Then, you will be following the best practices and are giving the employees the tips they deserve.

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