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Using casino chips or slot tickets for tipping...

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Kisby, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. Kisby

    Kisby Low-Roller

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    I've done this. I know that using chips is common, but I've also used slot tickets with a few bucks on them for tips, such as maid tips in my room. Is this tacky or OK?
     
  2. jamesxnj

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    I have never seen a bartender frown with a chip and doubt housekeeping does not like loose change and small titos...a tip is a tip.
     
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  3. airball1996

    airball1996 High-Roller

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    Why would it be tacky?
     
  4. JeJas

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    I saw many times cocktail waitresses cashed slot tickets. I am sure most of times (usually a few dollars) those are tips.
     
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    I dunno.

    The only time I use chips as a tip is for CWs when I'm playing a table game. Everybody else gets cash.

    Leaving a TITO for housekeeping seems kinda tacky unless it's more than you would normally tip. Like a $2.32 TITO says "This is too small an amount for me to care about but it's fine for you," or "I could just throw this away, but I'll give it to you instead."
     
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  6. DaiLun

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

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    IMHO, I'd never thought about it, because

    1)I rarely play table games and don't regularly carry $1 chips
    2)My TITOS are rarely that small.
     
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    The only reason I could see it being a problem is if the hotel has a policy against employees gambling or redeeming tickets. Back in the old days it was encouraged but I don't know about now. In any case, rich or poor, you can't go wrong with cash.
     
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    I used red chips to tip the waitress at Western for a can of beer, it didn't seem to bother her during the course of the evening. TITO for housekeeping does feel sort of tacky
     
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  9. Sfgiants13

    Sfgiants13 Low-Roller

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    I can’t remember where or when I read this but I thought housekeeping staff at some places aren’t allowed to touch titos in the room. I guess If they are put in the tip envelope there’s no issue but what if it’s just left on the bed or counter? I would imagine there have been instances of someone thinking it’s a tip but someone just left it out.
     
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  10. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    I use chips and titos when tipping on the casino floor but I wouldn't use them for Housekeeping. Just the optics of Housekeeping cashing titos would be awkward imo.
     
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  11. booker

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    At the Stardust just before it closed, I offered a TITO to a person on the casino floor and they told me that accepting it would put get them fired. Things may have changed. I've never had an issue tipping with chips.
     
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  12. Aces and Eights

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    Cocktail waitresses are already on the casino floor, and they probably have a way of cashing chips and TITOs without having to go to the cashier. Unless they do the same for housekeeping, it's probably a little inconvenient for them to go to the cashier for a few bucks during the day. I wouldn't think that a lot of people leave chips or TITOs for them.
     
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    LOL, expired TITO? :)
     
  14. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I leave my loose change that I've accumulated over my trip as a tip for housekeeping. It usually amounts to about $5 - $10 and I leave some fives and ones with it to make it about a $20 tip. (I don't use housekeeping during my solo stays).

    I write a note that says "For Housekeeping - Thank You!" and put the loose change in a small ziplock bag along with the paper money. I don't like carrying coins on me.

    Now I'm thinking I hope I didn't offend them, never thought that it could mean I'm looking down on them.
     
  15. Kachow

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    We put tip money in an envelope and write “For Housekeeping” on it and leave it somewhere they will not miss it. Usually $5 a day or sometimes $10 or $20 if we are in the Tower Suites at Wynncore because it seems they always do such a thorough and fine job. I pretty much always tip CW’s chips if playing tables or cash if playing slots. I rarely have small bills on me while sitting at a table.
     
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    I’ve gotten into the habit of stopping at the change machine before I go to the room at night and getting ones and fives for the next day for tipping housekeeping and CW’s etc. I have small envelopes and write ‘for housekeeping ‘ so they know it’s for them to take (not every room has envelopes these days). My husband sometimes adds his pocket quarters to the envelope, Smaller coins go home in the suitcase in a baggie.

    I’ve never given a TITO because I always thought it was against casino policy, but based on responses here, I may be wrong about belief.
     
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  17. thecarve

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    Nah, you’re good. I think if you left them a pile of change and TITOs that amounted to $3-4, it might be a bit of a slap in the face. But it sounds like you do it like I do, leave some foldin’ money as a “regular” tip and then leave the change and 36¢ TITOs as a little “extra” if they want it.
     
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    Tacky or not, they won't turn it down!
     
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  19. YukonSloMo

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    Cash
     
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  20. Multifarious5

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    You're golden Electro, don't worry. Many, many moons ago I cleaned rooms. On any day I'd prefer loose change that added up to $10+ versus $3 in bills. (Though I was always was appreciate of anything! $3 always made my day, but $10+ way more.)

    A lot of people don't even tip, much less a generous tip like that. I would have been tickled pink! :) (Not sure about TITOS for housekeeping though, that I usually prefer cash.)

    On TITOS, waitresses CAN (and often do) speak up if it doesn't work. I always chuckle when someone doesn't tip and says "I only have a hundred" and she replies nicely, "I can break that for you if you like".

    As long as it's what you'd tip in cash (or more) , I think it's fine.

    28 cent TITO. Not ok.

    $1.48 TITO for a drink? I think it would be fine, but ask them if worried. I am willing to bet they're fine with it, as long as the amount is OK.
     
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