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Tipping Your Host

Discussion in 'Comps' started by GROWLR, Feb 8, 2015.

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  1. GROWLR

    GROWLR Tourist

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    What are everyone's thoughts on tipping your hosts? I realize it's dependent on the level of service and the magnitude of the comps they provide you, but what is the general practice.

    In our case we often get the MLife mail offers for 3 free nights, $200 FP, and $200 RC. But when we book we call our host and tell her we need 5 or 6 nights total. She always comes through for us, so it's basically getting another 2-3 nights comped on top of the mail offer we got. She does this for us 3-4 times a year. What should we be tipping her for this?

    And what if we request and she manages to get us great show tickets, especially for a non-regular show at the property.

    I'm curious as to what everyone thinks.
     
  2. PayTriple

    PayTriple The Cucumber King

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    I'd give $100 each trip, for the extra comped room days.
     
  3. DaiLun

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

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    Here's what I have been tipping my host at the D, who always comes up with nice accommodations (even booked me the large suite on a number of occasions.

    I started out with a box of chocolates (from Jinju at Container Park), then, on her brithday, I gave her $100 Target gift card. This last trip, she provided me with the large suite and I sent her a $50 gift card since I told her that on my next stay I might not make my "play numbers". She said "No problem, you have enough past play to cover the one night".

    You are obviously meeting the play requirements, or she wouldn't be able to continue to do this for you.

    IMHO, a gift card would be appropriate. Up to $200.
     
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  4. Ortizme

    Ortizme Tourist

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    Great and timely question... My host has been quite generous the last two trips and I'd like to reciprocate.

    I am going to send her a gift card, but I wondered about where to send it--is it ok to send to her attention at the casino? Fwiw, I think a gift card with some local flavor where you're from (I will send a gift card for Legal Seafoods mail order--lobster dinner sent to you, as I'm from New England) makes a thoughtful gift.

    Other ideas from those of you who give gifts to your hosts? And best method of delivery?

    Many thanks.
     
  5. Lucky55

    Lucky55 Low-Roller

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    Our host at GVR has been great we send a $100 gift before we arrive.
     
  6. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    I've sent gift-cards to folks to their attention at the property and have ALWAYS been Thanked appreciatively. I'll be interested to see where this thread goes and there are others who feel tipping a host is ludicrous.
     
  7. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    I feel like tipping is appropriate if you feel that extra service was provided. If your host is just booking rooms for you based on your play then that isn't a big deal. But if they are making dining reservations, walking you into clubs, sending girls to your room, etc. then definitely tip.
     
  8. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    This is the way I feel as well.

    If my host is particularly helpful and/or responsive or comps me more than usual, I'll bring her something (usually a thank you note with a gift card). If she just books me the same thing I could get by calling casino marketing and doesn't ask if there's anything else I need or takes forever to return emails/calls, she gets a thank you and whatever my play gets her.
     
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  9. Kickin

    Kickin Flea

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    More importantly then what to tip for them sending girls to my room, how do I get in on some of that action in the first place? :evillaugh
     
  10. broncofn

    broncofn VIP Whale

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    Yes i believe in tipping your host. For example, i needed 2 extra tix for the aria super bowl party and she actually came thru for them. When i saw her outside while going out for a smoke, i tipped her $150 and said thank you. We had 2 great couches for the party but we only used 1 couch a little further back since it was better than the front row one she also got us.
     
  11. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    my host goes above and beyond, so I tip regularly, but not every trip. I don't feel like I have to tip every trip; I do it when it feels right.

    sometimes I take him out shooting dice and bankroll him. that usually costs me anywhere from 500-1k unless he gets lucky and wins. other times I've given him anything from a couple blacks to a couple of purples if I have a good trip. when I lose, he usually gets nothing. I also send him something nice for his birthday and Christmas.

    there's lots of threads out there on tipping hosts. everybody has a different philosophy and idea. might want to do some searches if you want to learn more.
     
  12. broncofn

    broncofn VIP Whale

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    I know you play bigger than most but i usually tip them depending on the acommodations they set me up with at the start of my trip. This past trip, i only had a regular room (usually puts me in a corner or sky suite) but she did come thru for the 2 extra party tix so i tipped her. Ppl couldnt believe i only had a regular room but since i had 2 connecting rooms (might be why i didnt get a suite) without the wife, it was fine with me.

    She still came thru in other ways and i believe the tip was worth it. This is the first time i did not tip at the beginning of the trip.
     
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  13. newmans

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    I tip my host often, but not every trip. I may double up to ake up for missing a tip on a trip. I've given gift certificates in the past, but cash is king. I know that players have given hard goods, but I think cash is the way to go. I've made bets as well.....hoping that it parlays into something bigger.
    If I tip my limo driver $20-25, my host is definately worthy of $100-$200. My host is responsive to emails and available when I'm in Vegas. He has always been able to bill back and comp concert tickets at other unrelated properties. I've also asked my host to help out friends going to Vegas(when I'm not there).
     
  14. Naturaleight

    Naturaleight High-Roller

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    I agree with those who have said if the host goes above and beyond for you, then a tip is in order. This involves booking additional rooms, or comping something your current play does not warrant but did from a past trip, or being responsive via phone or text to issues that arose during your trip. Usually I will give $100 bill in an envelope with their name on it.
     
  15. Casinoqueen

    Casinoqueen Low-Roller

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    My hosts take very good care of me and I appreciate them going the extra mile for me. I always give a thank you card with $200 cash in it when I'm leaving Vegas.
     
  16. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Let's see.

    Most of the offers are generated by the marketing department.
    The job of host is to get you into the casino. And get you to play. And to play as much as possible. The theory being that as you play more, the house wins more.

    So, in the end, the primary job of the host is to take your money. And, the casino pays them to get you there. And, I would guess they get bonused/measured on how much money they bring in.

    Okay. Got it.
     
  17. trig

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    I tip my host a grand within 30mins of arrival. 2-4 trips a year. He does anything I ask, which isn't much. Typical reservations, tix, limos, etc. and occasional other things. He makes a phone call, everything is comped off. Wifey is always happy. It's worth it to me.
     
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    My host is different. Several times I've hit a 5+ digit jackpot and he's told me to go home immediately.
     
  19. newmans

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    Not all hosts are compensated on losses. Don't get me wrong..........I understand that a host's job is to bring in people and keep them happy. Clearly hosts do not treat all their guests equally. I feel my host goes above and beyond. He takes care of not only me, but friends (with little to no play) as well. Vegas is a service and tipping town. I am happy to tip my host for the exceptional service he provides.
     
  20. DaiLun

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

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    Hosts get paid whether you win or not.

    My host told me this recently and she always roots for me to win.
     
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