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Tipping the slot attendants?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by VegasChic-, May 17, 2014.

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  1. VegasChic-

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    Hi all....I was wondering if everyone generally tips the slot attendant for a slot hand pay, and if so, how much as a general rule if they have one?

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  2. bdautch

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    I got raked over the coals by a friend for failing to do this. My theory was, if I'd been allowed to cash in the ticket normally (i.e., through a machine or a cashier, like with sub-$1,200 wins), I'd have done that. And then there wouldn't have been anyone to tip. In retrospect, I guess I could have given the guy a $20, but there's still no way that I'd give him any kind of a serious tip (i.e., a C-note).
     
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    For some reason, this is always an incredibly contentious subject. Hopefully this thread won't end the same way most of these tipping (especially slot attendants) threads end.

    For me, a friendly and quick attendant gets roughly 1% of my jackpot. Attendants that are slow or completely lacking in personality get less...or nothing.

    Were I to hit a ridiculously large jackpot, I doubt I'd give 1%. I definitely wouldn't give a $25,000 tip if I hit the Lion's Share, for example.
     
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    OOOps....not looking to start something here!

    I only have had one hand pay is Vegas, and looking back, I realized in my excitement at the time, I didn't tip.....I feel kinda bad about that now! I do feel that this is a personal thing and I'm not against those who don't, but if you do...I was curious as to if there was a going rate so I'm prepared this time!!! I'm from Canada and they already take 30% off for taxes so just wanted to get an idea of how much more I should be taking off! 1-2% sounds reasonable to me if that's the going rate!
     
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    I've tipped 1%, but I've only had handpays in the 1k-4k range. Sometimes they hand pay you with two people, so I give something to the second person as well.
     
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    If I ever get a hand pay due to a $1200+ jackpot, I'm likely giving a $20. So somewhere in that 1% range.

    I wouldn't feel too bad about tipping if you weren't aware that's the "custom". If it wasn't for reading this forum, I wouldn't know either.
     
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    ive gotten hand pays , under 2 grand ive given between 20-40$ they have to do paper work and get u paid.

    i perfer just under wins unless its a big jackpot
     
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    Around here a lot of people do tip the slot attendants on a hand pay... but I think in general most people don't.

    Whether you do or not, its like all other tipping: you have to tip who you feel deserves it for an amount you are comfortable with.

    Don't feel obliged to tip anybody because they have their hand out or you saw somebody else tip them if you don't feel they deserve it... or if somebody tips somebody a certain amount don't feel you have to match it - I have seen people give the guy who opens the cab door $5 whereas I would never give them that much and instead just do $1 and even then only if they are actually friendly and smiling and say something to me.
     
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    Talking to most of the gamblers that I know one percent sounds about right. At one casino up here they are the fastest at paying hand pays and I always tip more to them because of it. When i say fast I mean they are at your machine in less then 2 minutes and they always reset the machine so you can continue to play while waiting for the cash.
     
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    Have been tipping 20 dollars on wins of about a grand.
     
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    One lifetime hand pay ($1,250).
    Tip: $20.

    Don't get carried away, it's not a % tipping situation any more than tipping at a table game is.
     
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    I'm a good tipper in Vegas and in life in general....when I get exceptional service. Which I have to say in Las Vegas is most of the time. I've always had a bit of a hard time tipping for a hand pay because especially in todays age, there is little need for it. I say that because if you're using a players card, they should be able to pick up when you hit a jackpot over $1200 and electronically issue (by e-mail or snail mail) a W2-G.

    If you're not using a players card, the machine could identify that and notify an attendant for a hand pay.

    As a side note...I honestly wonder if they expect a tip for this service? Years back they used to always give you the last hundred in $20 bills but the last few years I've gotten all $100 bills and then any change. And I sure won't be giving a $100 tip for a $1200 jackpot.:poke:

    Also....you can ask for a check instead of cash. They prefer of course to give you cash but I do ask for a check if we're towards the end of a trip....it's so much easier to carry home than a wad of Benjamin's....like that's a "problem":evillaugh

    So....I've had lots of hand pays where the attendant is slow and not overly friendly and I tip nothing. If they are quick to get back to me w/ the W2 paperwork and the money and joking and having fun, I tip a $20 for $1200-$2000 and if I hit something around $4K (typical for $1 VP RF) I tip $40...so 1% is a decent rule I guess but it's not like I'd get carried away if I hit some thing like $100K because I'm not tipping $1K to anybody for anything. Well....ok, maybe the escort or hooker after I won the $100K:wink2::evillaugh
     
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    Well I've never had this problem lol but I think you could look at it like the drinks are free but you tip the cw...she provided a service. You hit a 1200 plus jackpot and now the slot attendant is providing a service...filling out paperwork, resetting your machine, and providing you with
    your money...why wouldn't you tip?
     
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    Only had two hand pays. $1500 and $2000. Tipped $20 each time.

    I'm tired of tipping those taxi door opener people.
     
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    I've had 26 hand pays and the reason that number is high is because at Main Street Station, even a $1,000 Royal requires a hand pay and except for 7 of them, they have all been at MSS. 14 at MSS were legitimate handpays.

    I tip $20 to the attendant. Since I only play bartops, it's the bartender who gets the better tip. Usually $40-$60 on $1,000, or $2,000 if I am playing at a bar where the bartender knows me. I've left $100 on a $4,000 RF for a favorite bartender of mine on several occasions.

    At a place where they don't know me, $20.
     
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    I see where you are going but I don't think it's as easy to just issue a W2-G. Because people don't keep their info updated with the casino they will want to see ID. Some people will opt to withhold taxes and some people will want a check. I've heard folks say that it should be as much as 10% for a tip but I think $20 is more than reasonable. The rap on casinos is they are happy to take what you lose and breaking their necks to keep what you win and the push for big tips for attendants plays into that.
     
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    Plus they need to verify your identity. Even if a card is in the machine it doesn't mean that it's the person playing the machine as some people accidentally leave their card in the machine.
     
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    Does anyone know for sure if slot attendants are treated as tipped employees for wage purposes? Do they split their tips with each other?

    I understand tipping dealers, cocktail waitresses, bartenders, servers, valets, bellmen, etc. Tipping the slot attendant (especially a $20) seems basically like tipping the casino cage to me.
     
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    I can only speak about my main casino, MSS and there the slot attendants share the tips. They pool just like everyone else.
     
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    I tipped $40 on my last $ 1300 handpay and I know I prob gave too much, but was feeling good. What kills me is when you go to the cashier and cash in chips and they look at you like they expect a tip when you're scooping up the bills. Just cashing in chips doesn't mean you're ahead.
     
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