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What is the right amount to tip dealers?

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by Eburke2020, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Eburke2020

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    What is the right amount to tip dealers when you’re playing blackjack and craps? I generally play at the minimum $10 tables and more than doubled my money on both today and was unsure how much to tip as I was collaring up.

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  2. Chuck

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    Anything is fine really. I mean, it's a matter of optics. If you bought in for $5,000 and doubled it and left $25, it would look cheap. If you bought in for $500 and doubled it, $25 would be fine.
     
  3. DRPinVa

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    i generally tip all along the way when playing craps or blackjack...a dollar bet for them here and there... if i'm winning of course, i sometimes have a tendency to tip a bit too much, $1 on the point pretty much all the time... probably adds up to $25-$50 over a multi hour session... i usually start with a $300 buy in... when i cash out, i'll usually leave whatever singles i have.
     
  4. Goldenknight

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    I typically just make bets for them during the course of play. I'll make line bets on craps for the dealers backed with odds, and throw up bets in BJ as well especially when things are going well. There's been some sessions where the dealers end up winning hundreds because the table gets hot.
     
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  5. Eburke2020

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    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks!
     
  7. danielamsterdammed

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    Many players seem to have the assumpion that you only tip when you win, why? You tip because the dealer is dependent of those tips, weither you are losing or not. He/she is sitting there for you, inhaling your smoke and listening for hours a day to your grumpy stories. You tip because its his/her job. You tip really well if the service is excellent. I also tip if the service is not good, i just get up and leave. I wish dealers would be able to keep their tips based upon their servicelevels. Ive had an amazing experince at the Venitian last year at a new carnival game 'high card flush'. The (i think phillipino) dealer was so extremely funny the whole table was crying with laughter. That is what wakes a vegas trip so worth it. Its not the money but rare moments like that.
     
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  8. NickPappageorgio

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    I typically tip along the way on good winning hands, and I save some at the end in case I'm not winning to thank them for their time. Unless they're just utter and complete jerks. But I've found those to be few and far between. What I tip varies on the win/level of service.
     
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  9. Southpaw33

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    I agree with tipping along the way. More when winning but always something. I’ve never tipped only at the end. Dealers typically like you to play the toke on your hand so they can win double if you win. Some casinos make the dealer take the money and not play it for them if you ask them how they want it...so I always just play it for them. Plus they can end up getting much more if you get a hand that you split or double.
     
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  10. KimiCoconuts

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    I always tip my dealers by letting them play along with me, bet for the dealer. Dealers remember me because of this, I do it basically every hand. I enjoy dealers and the interaction and I find it more enjoyable and I have their interest. Now, the exception for me if a dealer is being rude or short, then I stop tipping.
     
  11. topcard

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    Regardless of the table game I'm playing, I tip-bet for the dealer(s) at a rate of about $10 an hour...so, about every 7th hand or so in blackjack, and $5+$1 on the hardways 2 or 3 times an hour when playing craps.
     
  12. D E G E N

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    Unlike tipping for other types of service; wait staff, valet, where the tip amount is somewhat customary, imo for dealers they appreciate any tip as many players do not tip.
    Tipping only after your done playing is what some prefer.

    I prefer to tip as I play.
    For craps I typically tip on my hand by adding a $5 chip on top of my flat pass line bet with accompanying dealer odds on top of my odds bet (dealer's odds could be single, double, triple etc. all commensurate with my current mood and winning rack hopefully) Be sure to indicate to the dealer what is theirs and to offset it slightly on top of your bets. If you want to control their bet, indicate to dealer/box that you want to control their tip bet. If you don't they will immediately begin to bank it on a win. If the hand heats up I'll begin making other bets like a two-way 'piggy back' on the hardway(s) number(s).

    When you piggy back hardways and as on the line bet with odds, you typically have the discretion to do what you want with those bets (as long as they are 'On Top' of your bet) e.g.: put it into their toke bank or partially and play with any of their other won tip by replaying it on box numbers or on top of any of your existing come bets odds, (but again, be sure to let the dealer & boxperson know your intentions ahead of time to eliminate any problems). For instance on a point of 8 I'll toss $6 to the stick and say 'two way piggy back' hard eight. If it comes in hard I'll parlay their $1 piggy back to $10 etc. If it comes in soft those come down and they will be winning a tip on top of my pass with their odds on top of mine with my discretion to either re-bet their win or bank all or partial.

    On many different rolls I have worked a $1 piggy back into a good deal of money for the dealers.
    If the table is fun, dealers are good (which is why we tip, good service) I try to compound their winnings.
    As long as this does not slow down the table, which the astute dealer will not do, I find it's a great way to work a small tip into sometimes a rather large one on a decent roll and the dealers get a kick out of having 'ACTION'.

    Keep in mind that any bet in the middle of the layout or prop bets, have a much higher risk.
    Just my 2¢
     
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  13. 44inarow

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    As someone who mostly sticks to blackjack and craps, I have two separate routines. On blackjack, I'm usually playing $50-100, and will bet $5 for them. My usual times to bet are (1) on the first hand of a shoe, (2) when a new dealer comes in, and (3) when everyone else is doing it. On craps, I play $10 tables but with a lot of other stuff on the table, so usually about $75 on the layout in total. There, I'll put $5 behind my pass line bet when I'm rolling (and always back it up with odds), and then always make my hardway and C/E bets two-way; those are usually $1 or so each.

    As mentioned, there isn't really a "right" amount. I tend to bet for them as I go along, but then also toss the change at the end (i.e., if I'm coloring up and wind up with $513, I'll leave the $13).

    You know, I've heard this, but never actually seen it in practice. Where it comes up most often is when I'm playing blackjack and we get a push. I'll always ask them if they want to drop it or play, and I've never had anyone say anything other than "play it", usually pretty emphatically.
     
  14. Tesla

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    The procedure for dealer tips that I'm used to at blackjack is if your tip is separate from your own bet, the dealers have to pick up both bets. If you put the tip on TOP of your bet (like a $1 chip on top of your $25 chip) then you can do whatever you want. I ask the dealer if they want to "take em both, take one, or press it." If I double or split I'll keep the dealer in action on those extra bets as well. Tips stay up until I lose.

    How much and how often? If I'm betting black, I'll put $5 chips out there. Betting green it's $1 chips. I'll tip on the first hand, if I get on a good streak, or something dramatic happens like the dealer busting when I catch that 2 on doubled 11 or win both hands of a split. I try to keep it to 5-6 tip bets an hour although if I'm winning like crazy I'll tip every hand.
     
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  15. r2644446

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    I typically play 200 min double deck if i hit a blackjack or a split double down win ill ask for 100 in green and put 25 on top of my bet and let it ride until i run out of green rinse and repeat. Last trip dealers dropped ~5k over the course of 4 days.
     
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