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Table Games How To Tip Your Dealer

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by HurricaneMikey, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. Nevyn

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    In theory (I have never dealt, nor observed a dealer doing this intentionally), they can also:

    1) Deal faster, which lets the HA eat at you more
    2) Stop giving advice on marginal hands, and or stop giving you the courtesy "are you sure" pause when you're about to do something stupid.
    3) Get you generally distracted (by waitresses, conversation, anything else), which along with the game speed could lead to mistakes or missed opportunities.

    Now, none of those tactics would bust you instantly, but Mikey didn't really say they could auto-bust you, just that they would do everything in their power.
     
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  2. Gaylord Focker

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    When playing craps, I always consider it good karma to consistently tip the dealers.

    Fun tip:
    If there is an attractive female on the end of the table, throw a chip down 'for the boys' and ask them for the short stick.
    It's a fun little 'inside joke' with the dealers - the next time the woman is throwing, the dice might be pushed a little further away from her so she has to lean over further to reach them, if you know what I mean.....(as if the stick won't push as further as it usually does, get it?)

    Every time I've done it, it creates good vibes with the dealers, they always oblige and it makes for more fun at the table. Try it next time....
     
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  3. Breck

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    Not sure if this has been mentioned already but here in Colorado tips are NOT spread across the casino staff. If you're working blackjack the dealer keeps all the tips, craps they are spread across all the staff working the game except for the boxman. I really like that, it really gets them into the game and makes it much more enjoyable.

    Questions for casino staff:

    Do your tips generally stay roughly the same amount from week to week? Or are there sometimes when some really drunk whale starts dropping $5,000 tips, leading to much larger than average tip for your paycheck?
    Which leads to my next questions, what's the largest amount you've seen tipped? Both outright, by throwing a $5,000 chip, or as the result of a bet, such as putting down a $500 boxcars bet at craps that hits?
     
  4. rockefeller

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    I never tip while playing, I wait until the dealer is ready to move to another table. I tip them then because I tip based on service, not on if I win or lose. They don't cause me to win or lose. Instead I feel I should be tipping based on their service such as their friendliness, speed of dealing, and how they handle different things that may come up. It is suppose to be entertainment and they are providing a service so again, I personally prefer to tip based on their service and not if I win or lose since they have nothing to do with me winning or losing.
     
  5. blackjacknut

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    I've been playing at the Monte Carlo for years and have come to know the dealers very well. Therefore I tip throughout my play at the table. Knowing the Black Jack dealers as well as I do gets me certain "perks", like showing me the burn card, reshuffle if the card count is really bad, etc. The dealers have become "friends" of mine therefore I treat them well and I get treated well.
     
  6. eksantirik

    eksantirik High-Roller

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    Preferential treatment from the dealer, to the advantage of player is bordering "collision" between the dealer and the player. These two things you mentioned could be held against you and/or the dealer by the eye in the sky. Next step is the dealer showing you his/her hole card, which is extremely advantageous to the player. If that happens, get up and run away!

    If you can get all these stuff done, along with counting, with your own skills; worst that will happen is you get banned. But, if you constantly tip the dealer and he/she constantly favors you, then it could be considered a felony.
     
  7. blackjacknut

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    Before you get too worked up over this...the dealer also asks the Pit Critter for permission to reshuffle, never been denied. Now I can't reshuffle on demand but in an 8 hour session I've gotten about 4 reshuffles. I'm very well aware what collusion is and by far my treatment is far from it. I don't want this to come off snarky as it is not meant that way but I get treated the way I do because I have a 6 figure credit line. Appreciate your concern but no need to be, it's on the up and up.
     
  8. eksantirik

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    OK, sounds good then. I over thought.
     
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    I am a $5 craps player and tipping can get expensive if you play a lot. I do not like to place bets for the dealer when shooting just because it seems like I 7n out immediately. I always tip 1 - 5 at the end even if I loose. I prefer, if I have a really good session,to announce "This is my last hand and it is for the dealer."
    It cost me $36 and I have handed the dealers $70, $98 and $150. It is fun getting the dealers involved knowing it is their money and if they want to press or collect. On a 23 day road trip between Vegas and Laughlin, I spent 115 hours at craps tables. I finished down $679. That included $595 tips for dealers, $68 tip cocktail waitress, and $38 put up for people that have never played craps to teach them the game and let them throw the dice.

    I always find it fascinating when a shooter is hot and someone yells out $1 hard for the dealer. The dealer isn't going to make the player any money. I am more likely to place hard way for the shooter.
     
  10. Backagain1

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    So I am guessing I did it wrong recently. A dealer was helping me learn how to play craps. I only played 20.00 because I was so confused. After I won a bit I handed him a 5.00 chip - he looked at me weird and did not reach out his hand. I then put the chip on the table in front of him and walked away. So did I tip wrong?
     
  11. Fet297

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    All money must be placed on the table. Dealers cannot exchange money hand to hand from a player.
     
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  12. XtremeD

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    You NEVER hand something to the dealer, you HAVE to leave it on the table.

    First time I went to Vegas was last year, got trashed, saw that chris angel show (didn't think much of it to be honest, then again it's not my thing) and had $40 left on me (only took x amount with me out per day). Walked into the Flamingo where I was staying and bet the $40 on a blackjack table, got 21, bet $60, got 18, dealer bust, in the end I had like $160 in 2 minutes, slid the dealer 2x$5 chips when leaving, the following morning (well, 5 hours later maybe) it was about 8am, person I went to Vegas with was still out cold so I stumbled my hungover ass down to the BJ table with $100, started with a $25 bet, got 21, then bet 50, got 20, then bet 100, got 20. In the end it was about 45 minutes and I won somewhere around $800 USD in about 40 minutes. I slid the dealer a $25 tip after, keep in mind I was also tipping the waitresses $2-$4 sometimes $5 at a time if the drinks they were bringing me were stronger than they're probably supposed to be :D

    Is that being a cheap tipper or a good? or an OK tipper? I'd say its decent considering
     
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  13. LBTRS

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    My dilemma is that most dealers, outside of the poker room, are not friendly and just go through the motions. They do nothing to enhance the game or my enjoyment of the game. When I do get a decent dealer I know that my tip is going to the 80% of them that suck. I tip, however, I would tip much more if all the dealers got to keep their own tips.

    For some reason, most poker room dealers are friendly and work hard at keeping the game enjoyable.
     
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  14. thecarve

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    Wow...sounds like you need to find greener pastures.

    I seldom encounter less-than-friendly dealers in LV.
     
  15. rutgers

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    Oh, they exist ... Last time I played Mississippi Stud, the dealer would barely grunt any type of acknowledgement. That was a short-lived session.
     
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    @ home, I would tip the croupier every few wins or so, by tossing a chip over and say 'chip for the croupier' or 'chip for the house'...
    Would that be appropriate and understood in LV?
     
  17. pokerbucketlist

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    For UTH can I place a $1 above my ante bet for them?
     
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    Yes, but you must then also bet the blind for $1.
    The ante bet has no house edge (except that it pushes when the dealer fails to make a pair+).
    The HA is on the "blind"...and that edge is huge...but it's mostly off-set by the huge player edge on 4x & 2x bets on the 'play' bet.
     
  19. pokerbucketlist

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    And then if I wanted to I could also bet $4 for them if i 4 bet etc?
     
  20. texasaggie07

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    What do people do when they hit a "big" hand for a couple thousand? How much should you tip? What if you hit a jackpot hand? What is reasonable and what is considered really poor (like hitting royal for $20k-$50k)?