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Slots Tipping Attendants on Slot Hand Pays???

Discussion in 'Slots' started by CindyS, Dec 15, 2015.

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  1. CindyS

    CindyS Low-Roller

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    What is the customary tip (or percentage?) to the Slot Attendants for Hand Pays on Slots or VP machines?
     
  2. paperposter

    paperposter VIP Whale

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    depends on your jackpot some do none

    20$ to 100$

    20$ on a low hand pay is nice 50-100$ on a few grand in good in my opinion
    but you will find all differnt answers also how much did you really will.

    one place i play keeeps actualy keeps count of dollar in by points so if i hit a 1200 jackpot but it cost 1500$ i give nothing and they understand.the attend can see it.

    some of the highest high limit slot places people give nothing like at wynn bellagio and mgm ive noticed people giving zero.

    so theres no correct answer
     
  3. Sonya

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    I don't like the expectation of a tip for a hand pay. Simply because they don't know if that win puts me ahead or is just a meager dent in my losses. ;) The only time I've ever felt obliged to tip for a handpay was when a slot attendant pointed out a VP machine that was "good" and I hit a royal on it. I gave her $20. But when I'm just playing along and get a royal and they come with the last $20 broken down into 5's and 1's so I can tip, I'm pretty likely to just put it all in my pocket with a hearty "Thank you!"

    Like paperposter said, it depends a lot on whether you are up/down and the size of the jackpot. I would suggest you do whatever feels right for you.
     
  4. Gaggles

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    If I hit a $2000 Royal it's usually after I've lost that much. Plus, being from Canada they take 30% on the spot. Suddenly I'm still down despite a $2000 hit. Generally $20 should be enough and I think should also be the basement for counting out some money for each of, em as they come by the pair to pay you. On some occasions I have tipped $40-50 each for a $4000+ Royals. However as previously mentioned, to each his own....
     
  5. tringlomane

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    Somewhere between 0.5% and 2% seems reasonable to me. The bigger the jackpot, the lower the percentage should be. My first handpay will likely be $20, unless it's $4000 or more. But if it wasn't for casino forums it might have been zero. I wouldn't have assumed that this was "customary behavior".
     
  6. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    To me, the percentage makes ZERO sense. Their work is pretty much the same for a $1200 handpay as a $8000 handpay.

    Next, I may well still be thousands of dollars in the hole. Where were they when I was giving away my money?
    And, even after the handpay, I may well give most or all of it back. Will they be helping me?
    When I wanted a drink, where were they - yea, I know, not their job.
    It is their job to do the handpay. They get paid to do that.
    And, by the way, there are still tax implications. Are they going to help me with that part?

    In the end, I often give $10 or $20. If I have to wait forever, and drop a few hundred on a nearby machine waiting, then maybe nothing.

    But a percent? Help me understand the logic.
     
  7. DaiLun

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

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    I believe in "paying the luck forward". I typically give $20 to each of the attendants that pay me off (knowing full well that they are pooling the tips).

    I also tip my cocktail server $5 the next time she comes around.
     
  8. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    A flat percent for all amounts is bad I think. I just expressed it as a percent range to give a comparison to your win.

    $20 is decent in a lot of scenarios until the handpay is approaching the $5k mark. People likely start to feel a little more generous by that point. But from the"amount of work" standpoint, you're right for most handpays, it makes more sense to be flat.
     
  9. IM ALL IN

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    I'm mostly a $10. Depending on win loss. If it's a $4000 handpay, I'll give a $20, then I'll give my cocktail waitress at least a $20, and then put a couple hun in my purse in a DO NOT TOUCH section to give to my host...and on and on and on...On some $1200 payouts, I'm probably chasing so I need that extra $20 thanks. I think the one time I got a $10,000 I only gave a $20 for them to count out the money, gave my waitress a $50 and saved money in the DO NOT TOUCH section for my host. Only so much to go around.
     
  10. ruralhipster

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    I typcally tip the rounded off portion between 2-10 bucks depending on speed of handpay. If it takes me longer than 30 minutes for the money to hit my hand they get nothing.
     
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    I hit $7699 last week on a handpay. As the music blared announcing my win forever, I had to run off two homeless people while waiting for an attendant. A cocktail waitress came by....congratulated me, asked if I would like a glass of champagne, and said she would get an attendant....and she did. She was back before the attendant and waited until they came even after I gave her $100. I gave the handpay attendants $25 each.
     
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    I give $10. No more, no less.
     
  13. Snidely

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    I give $20 to the person that hands me the money and $20 to the bartender if I know him/her.
     
  14. rockefeller

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    I agree about the not tipping a percent. But let me ask you this...when you go to a restaurant do you tip a certain percentage? If so, why should you tip say $20 on a $100 check, and also tip $200 on a $1000 check. Assuming you aren't ordering bottles of wine and having them opened and poured, you are receiving the same amount of service but are just tipping higher based on the food being priced higher. While I am a good tipper I have never understood this concept from a logic standpoint. But back to the gambling and tipping, tip what you feel comfortable. When i am playing poker there are times i don't tip a dealer even when i am winning, and other times i tip a dealer at the end of their shift at my table even if i lost, simply based on their friendliness and speed in which they deal, not based on if i win or lose.
     
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    Hit my first handpay at a local casino last week. First thing that came to mind regarding tipping were the bartenders that take such good care of me and the waitresses at that same bar who provide awesome service. I spent a total of $80 on a $1680 payout. If it were a casino I never/rarely go to, I would probably set a number aside, say it was $80 again, and give some solid tips to bartenders/servers/CW's hoping to set the tone of hooking me up with great drinks and fast service.
     
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    +1.
     
  17. CindyS

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    Thanks everyone for the great responses. I have been going by my intuition and giving a $20 spot tip to the attendants. There is a slot area cleaning lady at Caesars that if she is working and I hit, I give her $20 because she is a sweetheart and always acknowledges me whenever she sees me and smiles and says "I hope you win"
     
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    I have a local casino that has very low level hand pays.
    I have received a hand pay for wins as small as $230 (granted a penny machine but still).

    My normal tipping on slots is as follows:
    Anything over $1000 I tip $20
    Anything over $2500 I tip $50
    Anything over $5000 I tip $100.

    All this is based on a speedy pay and friendly attendant. I have tipped more when the person is very over the top friendly and less when the person seemed to not care or fake excitement for my win.
    I do not factor in if I am up or down as the slot attendants have no control over this (Only the person setting the pay back % and myself have any impact on that) and their starting wage is based on the assumption that they receive tips.
    Just like it is a waitress job to bring food to my table, unless they are bad they will always get a tip from me because getting tips is factored into the starting wage. The amount will vary based on the service.
    If I don't have my money within 30 minutes (regardless of the amount) I do not tip anything as I consider that very bad service
     
  19. DRPinVA

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    One of these days...sooner or later...I'll actually GET a handpay so I can answer this question. :cry:
     
  20. br549

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    LOL. Me too.
     
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