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Video Poker New to VP

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by TriggerMN, May 12, 2015.

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  1. TriggerMN

    TriggerMN High-Roller

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    I'd like to try my hand at bartop video poker the next time I'm in Vegas. What is the etiquette on getting free drinks? I usually see receipts sitting by each player. When at the machines, I'll usually tip a dollar for every beer. Can I just throw a couple bucks on the bartop and assume this is the same as tipping a cocktail waitress?
     
  2. sigsev

    sigsev Low-Roller

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    Yes. If the bartender leaves a receipt in a glass you can just put the tip in there.
     
  3. grosx2

    grosx2 VIP Whale

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    Not to hijack, but this sort of goes with the OP's question on etiquette....when playing at the bartops, do you tip when you receive each drink, or wait til the end when you're leaving?
     
  4. sigsev

    sigsev Low-Roller

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    I tip when I receive a drink.
     
  5. Suekel

    Suekel VIP Whale

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    There isn't necessarily one correct way to do it, but I think this is the norm:

    You sit down and if the bartender comes over right away just order your drink and then deal with the machine. If it takes a minute, use that time to insert your player's card and money in the machine, and then order. When they bring your drink, if they see that you are playing (generally at least $20 and $1.25 per bet) they will ring your drink up as comp and most of the time put your receipt in a glass in front of you. Add your tip to the glass (for me, $1 is bare minimum, and if I'm somewhere nicer like Cosmo I'll do $2, or $5 for my husband and I combined). If you don't have your money in yet and they try to charge you, let them know you are going to be playing.

    It's a good idea to tip when you get the drink vs at the end. It lets them know you are not stiffing them, which will keep them coming back, plus often the bartenders frequently change over, go on break etc, and will collect their existing tips before leaving the bar.

    Wynn/Encore is the only place that does not comp drinks for bartop VP, so be aware of that. And please don't try to play the game of pretending to play long enough to get your free drink and then cashing out, or otherwise trying to trick the bartenders just to get a free drink. They've seen it all and know when that's happening. It also makes you look like a chump.

    A great place to play is Cosmo - they have excellent craft cocktails, will comp better brands like Goose or Ketel, and the bartenders are great. One cocktail can easily run $15 there, so playing is the smart choice if you plan to have more than 1.
     
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    Jonnyvegas Low-Roller

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    Can you get away with playing slow. Say like a hand a minute and still get comped drinks?
     
  7. 44inarow

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    Depends on where you are what your relationship with the bartenders is like. At Lift Bar, they know me and know I tip well regardless, so they don't care if I take breaks to watch the game, mess around on my phone, etc. At other places they might want to see somewhat more consistent play. The bigger part, in my opinion, is to make sure you put in enough money, bet the max, and let the bartenders see that you're playing.

    Agreed regarding the tip amounts, although I'll tend to tip a couple bucks more if it's some sort of fancy complicated craft cocktail (the guys at Lift Bar make me these concoctions with like 6-7 ingredients sometimes, so I'll tip $5 for that). If it's just a beer or a simple mixed drink, then $1-2 is fine.
     
  8. Suekel

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    Generally, yes. Don't be obnoxiously obvious about it, but plenty of people, myself included, do this. I had a VP bartender once tell me "Drink fast, play slow!" I'll usually play 4-5 hands and then stop, sip my drink, talk to my husband, look around etc to slow myself down.

    Bingo. This goes a looooong way. At Sully's Bar at Bally's they will comp drinks for our friends who are not playing at the moment, because they know us and know we take good care of them.
     
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    Those receipts are normal, if you look at them it'll say something like" bar comp", it's best to tip with each drink so they know you're a non-stiff, put the tip money in the glass, if you leave it sitting on the bartop they wont be sure it's for them, a buck a drink is fine but $2 will be noticed.
     
  10. wanker751

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    I go to the bank and get a $100 or so of $2 bills.... you for sure would be noticed then! Some people say nothing but there is so much joy other people have of getting them it is amazing. I had a slot tech give me a hug over one!
     
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    My standard MO is about 100 hands an hour and 2 beers that retail ~$8 per hour. I've never been asked to play faster. As long as you tip decent and occasionally play, you should be good.
     
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    I do the $2 bill thing too! It makes it way easier to carry around tip cash and I find that I get noticed way more often. Before my last trip I went to the bank and asked for $2 bills and the lady asked me what I wanted them for while she was counting them out. When I said, "Vegas!", she immediately inferred I meant for strip clubs and started laughing hysterically!
     
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    lmao! "Imma make it rain 2 dolla bills yo!"
     
  14. azbob

    azbob Low-Roller

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    Venetian doesn't comp the drinks for bartop VP either. We always tip at the end of our session rather than drink-by-drink.

    One other tip is if we are at machines on the floor, we will double up on the tip for the first drink service which typically ensures we get a least one more round.
     
  15. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    What??? When did this happen??? Were you told that this is new policy?

    You sure you aren't confusing things with Wynn/Encore, are you? I had this delicious beer twice gratis at Venetian's Sportsbook on April 27th playing the mediocre 6/5 Super Double Bonus (96.87%).

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  16. boondocksnt5

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    I was at the Venetian/Palazzo last month and had no problem getting comped drinks playing bartop VP.
     
  17. pd54

    pd54 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the updates guys. Look forward to playing some VP when I'm next in Vegas. Gave it a miss last time.
     
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