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Tipping the dealer.

Last edit: n580564x on Monday, 24th June 2013 12:56 pm
Last response by jinx73 2nd July 9:36am

Just had this discussion with my Dad, Brother in law and Brother about tipping dealers (When to tip, how much I tip). I was surprised at the range of answers I got back. We are all avid poker players by the way. My Dad basically says he does not tip when he wins anything under $100 and tips $5 flat for anything higher that $100 and if he wins for the session he leaves another $10. My Brother tips $2 on every hand under $50, $5 on any hand above that. My Brother in law does not tip at all until he leaves the table and he leaves $10 or $20 depending on how much he enjoyed playing with that dealer (he feels that the dealer doesn't deserve to share in his winnings since he is not giving him part of his money back when he loses. LOL). I myself tip 5% every hand I win out of habit, My family seems to think that too much. Am I over tipping? Should I tip only on certain amounts? When do you tip? why do you tip?

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 Okie21 responded on Monday, 24th June 2013

I usually play 1-2 NL and tip $1 on small to medium pots, $2 or $3 on bigger ones. No tip if I win a couple of bucks on blinds, because I tipped once and the dealer threw the chip back at me and said, "I don't split pots with players that I like." If I take down a huge pot I'll throw as much as $5 back.

 n580564x replied on Monday, 24th June 2013

Wow! I was arguing that you should tip more and they thought I was crazy. BTW I usually don't tip on hands I just win the blinds.

 shantytownbrown responded on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

I play and tip the same as Okie21...
No tip for any pot under a $100?? Can't agree with that...
I have forgotten to tip and I always feel guilty...toss the guy/gal a buck or two "with my apologies"...I don't know, its like bad poker karma or something for me...

not that it has made any difference lately...if you are in vegas in just shy of 2 weeks, find me at a poker table, and enjoy the open ATM!!

 n580564x replied on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

I will be out in Vegas from 07/21 to 07/28, I play at the South Point, Orleans or MGM. In my opinion the 3 best poker rooms in Vegas.

 nullzero00 responded on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

"Am I over tipping?"
I don't think you could ever over-tip in any situation. Put yourself in the tippee's shoes - would you ever chase after someone and say "sir, you gave me too big of a tip! Here's some of your money back, since i was only worth about 22.3%."

 n580564x replied on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Having had a job in the service industry (server) as a teenager I agree to a certain extent. You don't want to tip to were you are losing money. I feel guilty not tipping when i win, so we will see how i decide to handle this in the future.

 Blakjackkid responded on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

After every bjack, I put a $1 bet out for the dealer. Also, on double-downs and splits, if there's a bet out already for the dealer I will double that bet as well.

 n580564x replied on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Thanks for the reply BJkid.

 Heresiarch responded on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

I normally play $1-2NL or $1-3NL.

No flop, no tip. Maybe about 5% on everything else. I'd say I'm a light tipper, but there's a surprising number of people that don't tip at all. Generally the people I see tipping the most are dealers themselves, who obviously benefit from the skewed perspective that gives. $2 a hand works out to about $60/hr in tips; that's damn good money. And you want to up that to $5?

I think it's better to tip while playing rather than at the end, as it can help keep the dealer happy while you're there. Since you're going to be tipping anyway, wouldn't you rather have the dealer happy with you? Likewise, tipping the same on every pot makes more sense to me than tipping a portion of the pot.

 Okie21 replied on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

I like the no flop, no tip idea. I usually do tip if there was some pre flop action that folded to my raises, but that is something to think about.

 n580564x replied on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

I will for sure include the no flop no tip rule! Thanks for the idea.

 coybotjr responded on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

So is Vegas different. Here in MN, the casinos pool all the tips given in a day between all the table and dealers and then spread them out evenly. After I found that out I stopped tipping completely. Not that I don't want to, but because I don't want to have it just go to a big pool of tips.
Do the tips to the dealers in Vegas go directly to them or no?

 Heresiarch replied on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

In Vegas poker rooms, tips given directly to a dealer are normally kept by that dealer and not shared or pooled.

In Vegas casinos, all of the tips for table-game dealers are gathered and then split over everyone that worked either that shift ("shift-for-shift") or for all three shifts ("24-hour"), pro-rated by hours worked of course. The specific practice depends on the casino. If you're curious, you can ask a dealer if they pool tips shift-for-shift or 24-hours. I vaguely recall discussion of a 72-hour system somewhere, but hell if I remember where.

If a dealer is keeping the tip you give him, he'll be allowed to stick his hands in his pockets and crap like that. If a dealer is required to pool tips, you'll see them go through strange clapping and hand-shaking rituals, which are designed to demonstrate to the Eye in the Sky that they're not palming any chips for themselves.

 wpsteel66 responded on Thursday, 27th June 2013

I read that this post relates to poker, but I will comment on craps.

I always tip during my play and at the end of the session regardless of winning or loosing. I will tip a little more if I walk away with more than the buy-in.

 jinx73 responded on Tuesday, 2nd July 2013

Just to add, $1-$2 for a regular pot, up to $5 for a nice one. From poker dealer blogs I've read they'd be happy if everyone did that, imo 5% is too much.