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Jackpot Tipping

Discussion in 'Slot Machines' started by Imnofool, May 21, 2019.

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  1. Imnofool

    Imnofool Silver

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    Most slot attendants are paid heavily on tips. Curious to hear peoples thoughts on tipping on jackpots.

    My views-- In general I do like to take care of people in the service industry. I will generally tip more than 20% at restaurants, I will tip $3-$5 per drink with waitress. I not only try to keep the room neat when leaving but also leave $10-20 for housekeeping when leaving.

    Nothing aggravates me more than someone gambling and then they don't tip the waitress. I sometimes open my mouth and say something to the person that didn't tip and most of the times I tip the waitress for the cheap SOB that is blowing money gambling but wont tip the waitress.

    Please keep in mind it is of the norm to tip on Jackpots, just like tipping on a bill at a restaurant, or a cab driver, or the bartender and so on. So YES you should tip an attendant.

    I tip between 5%-10% probably averaging around 7%. I just had a number of jackpots a few weeks ago and most jackpots between $1200-$2000 I gave $100.

    Again the attendants do get a lot of their pay on tips. Their hourly pay is normally higher than waitresses but still not super high. I always keep in mind the stuff they do such as watch machines, give change, cleanup and generally people are not tipping them for that type of work. Attendants have very minimal opportunity to make tips because jackpots are not going off every 5 minutes for the whole shift. I wouldn't be surprised if less than 50% of people tipped when a JP hits. Gamblers can be some really cheap people. They pump a machine full of cash, which is an inanimate object, but then wont take care of a human being.

    I don't think there is really any general rule for tipping, but it would be nice for some of the cheaper people that stiff them to put themselves in an attendants shoes. I mean seriously on a $1200 jackpot is it that difficult to give $40-$50. Im not saying people have to tip super high. I tip the way I do because I personally recognize their pay structure and want to also help make up a little from the people that stiff them.
     
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  2. tringlomane

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    It's nice to be generous, but generally speaking, people definitely don't tip that much on handpays. When I get my first handpay I plan to probably tip the more common amounts. $20 for 10-15 minutes of work for a handpay is pretty good in my book. If i got a real big handpay (I can dream!), I would definitely give more.

    I always thought these employees got at least $10/hr if not more as a base wage, and definitely at least minimum wage before tips. I may very well be wrong about that though. Indeed.com says US average is about $11/hr from people that report wages.

    My favorite slot attendant at Tunica Roadhouse worked weekday overnight shift. Yeah he was lucky to get maybe 1 or 2 handpays in a shift. So he probably was making close to $10 an hour. I threw him money from time to time for chatting with my drunk ass during slow times. I was really hoping to get a handpay on his watch before they closed just like how my first bartop royal came with Stan tending bar at TAG. And I don't think he got hired on at Horseshoe Tunica either. :( A shame.
     
  3. ted_nancy

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    This is not a great analogy to me. In all of the above, you're tipping for a service you requested and that is of value to you. Slot attendants who bring you a W2G are the exact opposite; it's not a service at all, it's a hassle imposed by the government that I would prefer to avoid entirely. To me, this would be more like tipping the TSA agent who scans your luggage at the airport or a cop for writing you a speeding ticket. That said, I do usually tip slot attendants.

    This is simply not practical for a high volume player... at these rates I would have given out $100k in tips last year... that's twice as much as my total gambling loss over that time!

    Just as an FYI... the paperwork for a handpay is nowhere near 10-15 minutes of work; it's more like 2-3 minutes, the rest is all wait time. I actually tip less the longer it takes, if I'm not getting any value out of the process, I at least want to incentivize them to minimize the pain.
     
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    Who came up with the idea of tipping attendants for jackpots anyway--the slot attendant's association? For the most part they refill the printers, push chairs in, and sign people up for the player's club. And occasionally they'll get a handpay or even more rarely talk. Wonder why they're not more chatty come to think about it... Anyway, I do give tips but it's kinda weird. Do you tip the folks who walk around and clean the machines and pickup used glassware? Do you tip the person checking you into the hotel or at the player's club desk? I would be in favor of the machine printing a jackpot receipt and I'll self collect my winnings at the cashier. But I'm sure the laws would have to change.
     
  5. DannyOcean11

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    I generally tip $10-20 on a $1200-$4000 handpay. The promptness and demeanor of the slot attendants can effect the amount I tip.

    Tipping is a personal thing. I would never tell anyone they are tipping too much(unless they were getting horrible service, perhaps). But 7%-10% on a handpay is not necessary and not expected.

    I agree with ted_nancy that slot attendants are mostly a direct result of government regulations. They don't provide the same service as a cocktail server or restaurant server or driver or maintenance cleaners in the casino. I sometimes give the cleaners cleaning up around machines I'm playing a few bucks.

    And I've never seen a slot attendant doing any cleaning.
     
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  6. Texas Steph

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    I agree that tipping is a personal thing.
    I haven't had but a few handpays, and I tipped $20 on only one. The other times I HAVE tipped, they weren't handpays or jackpots... but I was in the mood to do so.

    One instance was when I hit a quarter Royal at MSS a few yrs back, and took the TITO to the cashier's cage. She was super nice and congratulated me, I smiled and said thanks, and went off to play some more. Not 15 minutes later, I hit another quarter Royal. I went back to the cage and got the same teller, who was genuinely happy for me and we chatted for a bit while she got the cash ready. I tipped her $20 just because I felt like it.

    Another time, I hit a quarter AWAK at the airport, and cashed out a bit later for $503. I took the TITO over to the kiosk to get paid by the attendant, and when she handed me the money I gave her back the $3 (just because) and said thank you. She proceeded to look at the dollars in her hand and said "wow" in a bland tone, and then gave me a blank look.
    I know 3 bucks isn't much of a tip, but really?? If I had thought that was going to offend her I wouldn't have even bothered... and now because of her I won't try to tip another airport slot attendant again.

    I've also tipped the cocktail waitresses more than usual if they've been coming by often and I'm running good at the machine.
     
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    I had always heard that 1-2% was typical so went by that. Usually they always seem very appreciative of it, like they don’t always get something

    I did have a $15,000 win once and felt $100 was sufficient though

    I had a friend who worked at a local casino in Arizona about 10+ years ago as a slot attendant. He made over $90k per year there mostly from tips. Had a lot of regulars who he got to know who tipped him generously

    One thing though is this casino sets handpays to lower amounts than $1200 which is no paperwork just they come and unlock the machine and pay you. He said the attendants at the other casinos where handpays are $1200 don’t make as much and all wanted to move over to where he worked to make more. Some of the penny machines are set to handpay at $250 and would get tips off of those even.
     
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  8. ted_nancy

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    This sucks... I've tipped everything from zero to $200 (my first $20k jackpot) and I don't think I've ever gotten any sarcastic attitude. Maybe I'm naive, but they always seem genuinely appreciative of any tip. Or maybe they think I'll stop tipping at all (I definitely would) and they'd still have to process the paperwork anyway...
     
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  9. Imnofool

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    Ultimately an attendant is someone that does base some of their pay on tips. Me knowing that alone I am willing to tip. Of course there can be a debate on whether or not a specific occupation should have some of their pay based on tips. If that was the case I would agree certain occupations should receive a salary or higher rate in lieu of tips. Obviously that attendant did not write the rules that you have to wait and be taxed, so they shouldn't be treated as such. Without "jackpots" the casino industry would not be as popular, and yes indeed the govt needs to assess tax at some point. Whether tax is right could be another debate, I am sure I would side with no tax.

    A high volume player should even be more aware of tipping. I am not saying 5-10% is what should be done. I am fine with personal preference. Based upon your 100k you would have hit 1-2mil in jackpots since you were responding to my 5-10% #, thats more than enough to give a few good tips. I hit 23 jackpots over a couple days last week. Yes I did indeed tip $3000 or more, and I dont regret it. A $100 tip, whats that last me in a machine, maybe 3-5 minutes? Again id rather help out a human being. Yes im the person that may want to send some $$$ to the starving people commercial, but I try to keep a majority of my donations local.
     
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  10. ted_nancy

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    Tipping or not tipping is (and should be) a personal choice that each person can (and should be able to) make totally arbitrarily... none of the above makes any logical sense though.

    I would be happy to tip 5-10% of my NET annual gambling winnings... well, no I wouldn't, but I would feel like a bit of an asshole if I actually won a million bucks and didn't tip at all. Fortunately, I won't ever have to worry about that...

    You are certainly a better person than me... also, I need that money way more than the slot attendants and starving children, I have a video poker addiction to feed.
     
  11. tringlomane

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    In general, I can't recall a tip that wasn't appreciated either. But I really like to tip bathroom attendants and other cleaning people. They really seem more appreciative than most since they are probably lucky to get a few tips per shift.
     
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    on handpays, i generally tip $20 for each 1k in winnings. always a few bucks for each drink/smokes a cocktail server brings me. i usually don't have housekeeping tidy up the room. i speak to a few housekeepers every trip. they said they get paid per room they do per day, so.. i tell them to mark mine clean on their work and just leave extra towels. i leave them about $5 per day, and whoever is rooming with me, i make them leave $10 per day in the other room (2 bedroom).
     
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    Honestly, I feel as if this is more of a bragging thread.

    Hey guys, I tipped over $3,000 to attendants over the past two days. How much do you guys tip?!
     
  14. Imnofool

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    Seriously? The guy tells me that there is no way a high volume player can tip well so I throw out a number to prove you can be generous. Im not rich nor have lots of $$$ to throw away. I just recognize the fact that I blow money in the casino and can sometimes put money towards a better cause, to make someone happy, supplement someones income or whatever it may be. Im the furthest from someone to brag, you dont see me posting wins or doing trip reports (not that thats bragging ) but if i was a bragger I would be most definitely showing off all my wins.

    My intent was to start a discussion from another thread about tipping, Im glad thats what you get out of this. Comments like yours makes it so not worthwhile to take time to come to a forum and participate.
     
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    No, it's not being rude with my reply.

    You should expect some replies such as mine when you:

    1.) State that all workers who provide a service should be tipped. This will cause some disagreement. I mean, where does it end? The cashiers provide a service for me. My host provides a service for me. Everyone at the casino provides a service for me. Furthermore, from the very beginning, you state you tip more than 20% for restaurants, $3-$5 for each drink, and $10-$20 per room. That is more than the norm. So you should expect that some people will find it as bragging.

    2.) State you gave away $3,000 in tips. To add a cherry on top, you state that $100 is nothing to you because it would be gone in 3-5 minutes.

    It's not me being rude. It's like me starting a thread and saying, what's your guys bankroll? Mine is $40,000. Anything less is not fun.

    I should expect people to see it as a bragging thread.

    As you should expect your post and comments to come off as bragging. I never stated you are 100% bragging, I said it feels as if it is.

    If you can't see how your thread and comments could come off as bragging, I don't know what to say.
     
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    Nice! Complete derailment. Your #1 : yes indeed the point is to have a discussion and yes i am PRO tippingto the extent of campaigning for it.

    So glad you are here to police this and call me out for bragging on tipping, lol. From now on I will be the guy that brags about: not his winnings, not his car, but hes a tipping bragger! Lol wtf. You really need to get a grip.

    PS yes it is considered ok to tip a host and even a cashier, oh but wait for it, I generally tip the host the most in one shot oh damn i just cant seem to stop bragging.
     
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    Well I mean that is fairly recent. Before TITO they were really a rather vital service, that was rather laborious. Filling hoppers, carrying coin bags around, making change and hand pays were more frequent.
     
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    I don't have a system on tipping or x amount of tip to give if I hit x amount jackpot, I tip base on the service that I recieved, simple as that.
     
  19. ted_nancy

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    I didn't say "there is no way" a high volume player can tip "well", I said it's "not practical" for a high volume player to tip "5-10%" of each W2G. The reason I say this is because I believe that the total W2G amount for a high volume player will be many times the size of their entire bankroll (in my case it's over 20x). It wouldn't be impossible for me to go into my retirement accounts and withdraw an amount equal to 2x my annual gambling budget to distribute as tips to slot attendants, but I don't view that as practical or warranted.

    For what it's worth, I didn't view your post as bragging, but I do agree that you can't really expect to start a thread about something as personal as tipping, express an opinion as far to one extreme as you have (e.g., if you don't tip $40-50 for a $1200 jackpot, you are "cheap") and not expect some push back and/or heated discussion. I hope this doesn't discourage you from participating, discussing different views on tipping habits was the whole point, no?
     
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    Who knew tipping would be such a hot button?

    That being said, I will be closing this thread down as it keeps getting derailed. Let's try to keep things civil and have a good time.

    Don't pizza when you should french fry.
     
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