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How to tip a host?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Spenard Gambler, Jan 13, 2016.

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  1. Spenard Gambler

    Spenard Gambler Tourist

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    It's my understanding that "technically" hosts aren't supposed to accept tips. I've read that many of you guys do it. How do you tip your host so you don't get them in trouble? Is it okay to mail them an envelope? Thanks.
     
  2. broncofn

    broncofn VIP Whale

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    I have them come up to the room
     
  3. firstkill

    firstkill High-Roller

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    cash in envelope, can get a free one from the cage
    chips from neighboring hotel
    chips from same hotel (their problem to cash it)
     
  4. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    $500 handshake
     
  5. JeJas

    JeJas VIP Whale

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    put $1000 cash and a thank you card (with your own name and player # on it) in an envelope and give to the host in person.
     
  6. BayouBengal

    BayouBengal VIP Whale

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    Buy a thank you card at cvs and put money in there. Seal envelope.
     
  7. Flowers

    Flowers VIP Whale

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    I am a good tipper for everyone from bell caps to waitresses to the people who clean the rooms but I have to confess I have never tipped a host, believing my strong play (for what I received) was sufficient. For this upcoming trip with my mom, however, both my host at Caesars and Wynncore have already arranged a great room comped (CET) and a RR (Wynncore) pick up for my mom (in addition to a comped room), with I think other things in store so I'l definitely tip the hosts this time (though I have never met my CET host).
     
  8. MGinCO

    MGinCO Low-Roller

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    Giftcards ??

    I gave my host @ Gold Coast, some local specialty jam.
    Another time, a little glass trinket box.

    Now, we talking GC here, not WYNN etc....
     
  9. IM ALL IN

    IM ALL IN Low-Roller

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    $100 hug.
     
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  10. darrenfromindy

    darrenfromindy Low-Roller

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    I believe that tipping a host is like tipping your insurance agent or nurse...it's unnecessary . They are professionals who are paid based on your theo loses. While I agree that a good host can sometimes go above and beyond...the reality is that they cannot over-comp you on a regular basis. Also, if you think these hosts are your friends...you're delusional. I learned this lesson 15 years ago when my bankroll took a huge hit. It is strictly a business arrangement and they have to follow comp guidelines. I give them a heartfelt "Thank you" for good service earned through my gambling.

    That said, a small gift card would be nice. Good luck!
     
  11. georgesken

    georgesken Low-Roller

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    Why would you tip somebody whos job is to try to extract as much money as possible out of your pocket without Getting you into trouble. Sometimes I See people complaining here they only get 100$ in freeplay but then they want to tip the person who assigned you the freeplay 100$... Maybe its because i'm european, but I totally don't understand this...
    For me, tipping your host is like giving back your comps to the casino.
    A Nice note or A Personal thankyou Seems perfectly fine to me.
    (Maybe for the Whales, tipping their host might make sense)
     
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  12. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    I "tip" my host if they provide (what I consider) higher than expected service.

    My host at the D used to put me in a suite (or a corner room) whenever available. My host at Caesars always puts me in the Augustus Tower. My host at V/P recently raised my FP to $600. My host at MGM, well, I give her chocolates because (IMHO) she's HOT.

    I don't tip cash (yet), but usually provide a box of Jinju Chocolates and (maybe) a gift card.

    Like I said in another post, if you're the type of person who "hates" tipping or only leaves $1 or $2 at a buffet, you just don't "get" how Las Vegas works.
     
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  13. Zaal

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    I've only been to Vegas a few times but I know that if I want superlative service from anyone that is making decisions about things that will effect my enjoyment during the vacation (at check in, waiters, room service, etc) I tip them. I don't have a dedicated host as of yet but if that ever changes, I'll be sure that he/she understands my appreciation via small tokens. Like I said, not a scenario I've had to deal with yet but it could happen as my bankroll has suddenly increased which will increase my play next time round.
     
  14. Spenard Gambler

    Spenard Gambler Tourist

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    Would the host get in trouble if I sent a gift card in the mail to him at the hotel?
     
  15. Slick

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    I've always given Nordstrom gift cards.
     
  16. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    If you like the service, feel free to tip. If you booked your offer online and he host didn't do much, then don't.

    If you do tip, you don't need to go crazy. Someone posted about tipping their host 2-5k. That's crazy. Anything more than $500 is ridiculous. Most of the time $100 is very generous.
     
  17. JeJas

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    DaiLun, I fully understand your point.
    But tipping a host is very different from tipping a waiter at a buffet or a restaurant in general.
    Tipping a waiter at buffet because you think his/her service was good. You don't expect anything in return (Nothing you will get even if you do expect anyway. )
    Tipping a host is more like a bribery, or an investment. Most likely you will get something in return. And hopeful the return is worth more than you invested.
     
  18. sailboat310

    sailboat310 Low-Roller

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    Tipping, is a personal matter. I know people who tip zero to people who tip over $10k per trip. Like others have said, it's dependent on the service levels you get. Not required, but always appreciated by the hosts.

    I can say that every player that I personally know with with minimum six figure credit lines all tip their hosts in cash. The higher the lines, generally the more generous the tips. Now granted, if they take a beating, no host will ever look for a single dollar.

    The reason is simple, at this level many players will generate a large theoretical base on which comps are based on. Now all hosts report to a boss who overviews their actions, but you'd be surprised at how much harder your "tipped" host will work for you for those great concert tickets, fight seats, penthouse/villa reservations, and/or the trips with low or no play fully comped and for those few lucky vmbers, the private jet.

    Obviously in Vegas, money talks. I'm sure any host will respond to a tipping players request prior to his no tipping clients. Now is that right, probably not, but I'd say a person is quite naive to think that they'd be treated exactly the same.

    Now I'd say for the vast majority of players who get free rooms and some food and beverage comps, a $50 to $100 will go a long ways to having a good working relationship with a host. You should definitely see a faster turn around time on requests. If not, then don't tip. Simple as that.

    Don't sweat the details. A single nights hotel comp is more than $50. Try investing that $50 for better service.
     
  19. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    Why would someone tip 10k pre trip? Makes no sense.
     
  20. LV_Bound

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    For the whales it makes sense to go above and beyond but not for the average Joe.
    For the average Joe the hosts are doing what they can to keep you coming back without getting in trouble.
    If they determine you are more trouble than worth they will be happy to toss you aside.
    Its sort the same relationship with strippers and lap dancers.
    Run out of money and see how quickly their attitude changes.
     
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