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Tipping the person that runs a sports pool?

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Joe Strummer, Jan 23, 2015.

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    I'm only in one Super Bowl pool --
    I've never won.
    My partner + I were wondering -
    "how much do you tip, if you win ?"
    10 % .......was our first thought.
    ........what's your thinking ?
     
  2. Fafa2e

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    If I win a quarter, i do not tip at all. If I win the final score (which is usually the largest payout) I will tip the buy-in to the organizer. So if the pool was $10 / square, I will tip $10.
     
  3. BayouBengal

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    Are you talking about a pool at a casino or like an office pool?
     
  4. RiddickBull

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    Tip a dick if you win.
     
  5. MWJ51102

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    If it's a 100% payback pool, then 10% is good. If they take out $ or give themselves free squares, then I give zero tip.
     
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    Lmfao ha ha
     
  7. Joe

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    Our 100 square pools are usually from a bar, so I tip nothing. They run the pool which in turn draws in the customers. Win/win.
     
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    Till this day I have NEVeR heard of anyone thinking about/talking about tipping on a SB pool.

    I guess if it was a bar pool and I liked the bartender who is doing the heavy lifting I would likely give a bonus tip to that person if I
    hit the big one.

    LOL tipping..
     
  9. MWJ51102

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    I work in a factory that is a mile and a half from end to end. It's not easy for the seller to go all over the place collecting for the 100 square board. Therefore I think a tip is necessary. If it's a small office pool, maybe not.
     
  10. Joe Strummer

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    I think this is a tough crowd ?........but I'm listening.....
    Yes, it's a buddy running it --- he throws a happy hour free party
    when the numbers get picked.
    *
     
  11. Breeze147

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    On most office pools I've been in, the operator takes a vig off the top of your win, usually 10%
     
  12. mrem3200

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    I am of the mindset that if you win (big winner, not second/third place) a sports pool you should give the person that ran it a little something (10% or so) for their effort. I run 4 pools a year and I would say that on average 1 in 4 does give me something. I don't get upset when someone doesn't and appreciate the gesture when they do. So here, among a bunch of gamblers, what do you think?
     
  13. Richard Alpert

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    I always send a thank-you note and a $20 gift card as a thank-you to the friend/coworker who runs our weekly workplace NFL pool, even in a losing season.

    Not a "big-spenders" pool by any means at just $3 per week entry. $50 bucks to the weekly winner; $100 to leader after week 9; $100 to leader at season's end.
    I believe it takes a lot of their time to organize everyone's picks, remind people who forgot to get their picks in, etc.

    Also, we have a tradition that upon winning a second week the winner brings doughnuts, cupcakes, etc. for all those in the office.

    RICHARD
     
  14. SteveAC01

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    I always give at least ten percent of my football pool wins to the organizer, unless it's a very small win. eg: If $200, I tip $20. If I win $30 to $60, I'll tip $5. If it's like $20, then $2 or $3 would be awkward, and $5.00 would be an overly large chunk.
    It's not always expected, but always appreciated.
    Happy New Year and many wins in 2017 from
    SteveAC01
     
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    Winner should give you a little something.
     
  16. BarelyHangingOn

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    As a person who ran a football pool for a few years you should tip a little if you win. Even though there are computers and email it's still work putting it all together and chasing people down for picks etc.
     
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    Tipping the super bowl squares pool? Never heard of this and would never do it myself.
     
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    There definitely is no consensus. A few years ago I won the final and another quarter of the SB box pool. I offered the guy running it a little something and he said he never accepts tips. He had been offered them previously.

    3 years ago I won the season and 2 individual weeks in an NFL pick em pool. I offered the woman running it a few bucks (it is a small pool I won around $200-$300 and I gave her $25 or $30) that was the first time in 8 years running the pool that she was offered anything.

    This year in the same pick em pool I won the season and 3 individual weeks, won $475 and gave her $40. That was the second time she was offered anything.
     
  19. jamesxnj

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    Ran a $10 pool at work for a few years.100 square type and I paid my own squares.Just too much trouble (Updating who is paid and everyone getting copies of sheets) and no tip from the big end of game winners..It's like non-gamblers who join these things and win have no clue..Same people who ask me about every Vegas or AC trip did I win or lose..None of your F'n business.It's never did you have a good vaca? Non -gamblers are just too straight for me to deal with anymore in work pools.
     
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  20. Rush

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    I ran the pools at work for 20 years. I never took a dime off of the top, and I never expected a tip. It's a good thing, too......the only tip I ever got was a soda!
     
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