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Tipping your CW - Amount?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Dean Martin, Nov 13, 2013.

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  1. Dean Martin

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    I've felt for a while that $1 was a little weak...10-15 yrs ago it was fine but lately I feel like it's time for a raise for the CW's. Another thread here gave me a great idea....get some $2 bills along w/ your gambling money before you leave. The last few trips when my wife and I are playing together, I've even been tipping a $5 for both drinks.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. user3657

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    For a bartender in vegas my tip is standard 2$. For two drinks its either 4$ or 5$, depending on service. Then from there it it will keep going up depending on if I wait or not. Then for my last drink if service was good I give an extra 5-10$.

    Next trip, they are your best friend and know your drink :thumbsup: I never drink, even at events/bbqs etc but in vegas I drink like a fish.
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    I think the $1 is just fine for a fairly-crowded table. She's making roughly $4 to $7 every time she makes that delivery.
    Now, when it's just me or me and one other player?
    I'll tip $2, assuming the drink is right and it didn't take more than 5 minutes or so to get it after ordering.

    I also tip more when she figures out it's time for my next one without my having to order it. That usually warrants an automatic $2...but sometimes more.

    If she has a good sense of humor and makes me smile or laugh, she'll get an extra $5 when I'm getting my last drink.
     
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    I usually give $2 tips to the CW, especially on the Strip. You seem to get better attention from them. However, I have noticed $5 tips at Bellagio and Wynn was needed to get special attention.
     
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    I usually tip $3 or $4 on the first, I agree $1 is low these days. However, after the first drink I let her decide her tip. If she is reasonably fast I continue the $3 range, if not I drop down to $2. If she is slow and of intemperate disposition I hit her with the old Washington 1 and move on.
     
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    I tip $1 for every drink, no more, no less. Even if you figure a bottle of bud light to be $5, it's still a 20% tip. Very fair. I certainly don't think a tip of $2-3 per drink is out of line, just not necessary. And for me personally, I may easily have 15-20 drinks per day on the gaming floor, so the extra dollar or two per drink would add up quickly! Regarding denomination, going out of your way to get a stack of $2 bills when singles are so readily available seems a bit pointless to me, but to each his own. :beer:
     
  7. mdee

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    $1 per drink is enough because I only drink water and most of the time they
    already have small bottles on their tray. But I like using $2 bills for other tips.
     
  8. bubbakitty

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    I too drink as the fishes in LV and usually at the Orleans as it is "home" and the driving has ceased. They come by quickly and they come by with full or once full trays. I agree with the earlier poster, a $ (usually a coin) is ok and appreciated by the waitress and usually they will get the 20 from me for the day / night while gaming at tables / machines (not bartop).

    What amazes me is there are still those that think "complimentary" means the tip is included in your free drink. That is when I will tip the 2 or 3 $ as it is embarrassing when in close proximity. And eye contact with the server usually finds appreciation. To each his own.....and I am solely a brew drinker so the high end bottle or double tends to not apply.
     
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    This is where $2 bills come in handy.
     
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    we do the $2 bill thingy in vegas and get great results...the cw's enjoy getting these and remember where we are sitting...thus a bit quicker service... :beer::beer::beer:
     
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    We'd probably be ill if we know exactly how much we spend on CW tips over a weeklong trip. At the casinos we frequent, good service is the norm anyway, and most of our tips are still $1. Occasionally we tip up to $5. Several months ago, after reading how much $2 bills were appreciated, I got a bunch to pass out to the CWs. I'm afraid more than a few reacted like handing a silver crucifix to a vampire! No more.
     
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    Did not expect that. May have to change my plan.
     
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    They get one dollar and one dollar only. If they don't like that, they can give it back. No one ever has and they always say thank you. They always come back.

    Do the math sometime.
     
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    $1 a drink from me and they seem pleased, especially at the places I go.

    For those that think $1 is not enough, I ask, enough for what?
     
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    If you could have a consistent correlation between CW tip and service level everyone on the board would agree to tip more than $1 per drink. But there isn't. So $1 is just fine in my book.
     
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    90% of the time my husband and I are ordering together, and I will tip $5 for the two drinks. I will then tip between $3-$5 for each subsequent round, depending on how friendly/efficient the bartender or CW is. The places where we hang out enough to get to know the bartenders a little, and they recognize us, I tend to tip more. Last year my husband won $1000 on VP at the Casino Bar in Bally's and the bartender (I think it was John) was so genuinely tickled for us and fun about it, (made us special "celebration shots" without our asking) we gave him $50 before we left the bar.

    For me there is a minimum of about $2 per drink, but the personality of the person serving and the fun factor of the experience plays a huge part and can make that go up a lot.
     
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    Interesting! I used to use the $1 coins and always felt compelled to say it's a dollar not a quarter.
    The reaction I get with $2 Bills has always been positive. Usually multiple thank-you's and a good
    number of the people on the receiving end say how much they like them and that they collect them.

    Who were you passing them out to?
     
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    Just the usual everyday (and evidently superstitious) cocktail waitresses. I made sure they knew it was a $2 and not a $1 and was totally surprised by their reactions.
     
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    Yes, there are exceptions. Nice VP win earns an extra nice tip. Friendly bartender earns extra tip.
     
  20. uli_1515

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    I tip 5 to start then 1 or 2 per round after. Depending if wife is with me. The 5 I think helps to get Grr back faster for that first one. Because lets be honest the first is always the sweetest.
     
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