When to tip in a casino is a difficult question. Although drinks are free in almost every casino, it is recommended that you tip the cocktail waitress when you receive a drink. The amount of the tip depends on the denomination you are playing. If you are playing dollars you would probably want to tip a dollar for a drink.
If you were playing at the $25 table, a little extra would be appropriate. How much you wish to tip is always up to you. When playing at the quarter machines a couple or three quarters is a fair tip for a drink. Big winners give bigger tips, but it's always your call.
I find my tipping habits have become more generous over the years since I feel, I'm going to drop it into the machine anyway so a good tip only means a few less spins but a lot more ginger ale will be coming my way.
Here are some helpful guidelines for most situations you’ll encounter:
• At craps, it is always a good idea to make a wager for the dealer(s). A buck or two on a hardway bet is an acceptable way to tip. Another way is to throw a $5 chip, or more depending on your level of play, on the table “for the boys” when leaving.
• At blackjack, make a bet for the dealer by placing a chip in front of your bet. If you are betting $5 to $10 a hand, a one- or two-dollar dealer bet is fine. If at the higher level, then a higher bet would be appropriate. I usually make a dealer bet on the very next hand after I get a blackjack.
• When playing roulette and I get a good win I will ask the dealer for their favorite number and put a buck or two on that number for them. If it hits that’s $35 for them. Another method is when I leave a table I will toss a few bucks toward the dealer and say “this is for you.”
• In keno, a few bucks when you are finished playing is a good way to do it.
• Bellmen and doorman customarily receive a $1 or $2 for each bag they handle for you. Hotel maids and housekeepers traditionally get $1 or $2 a day. I leave it on the pillow each morning. Room service is just like having a waitress serve you; so, 15 percent is the standard. (Be sure to review the bill first, some hotels add it automatically.)
• Many showrooms now have reserve seating, meaning that you will be given an assigned seat when buying your ticket. If it's open seating, a $5 to $20 to the maitre d' will improve your seating.
• $10-$20 to your waiter for dinner service for four people is an acceptable gratuity.
• At restaurants, waiters expect the standard 15 percent tip for good service. At buffets, severs usually receive $1 per head.
• Taxi drivers are given $1-$2 for fares below $10 and more if they help with bags. Limousine drivers are normally tipped 15 percent for their service. Its also nice to tip tour guides and bus drivers $1-$2 per person at the end of a trip.
• Valet parking attendants normally get $2 of quick service.
All tipping is based on getting good, prompt and friendly service. If it doesn’t meet that standard, feel free to adjust your tip accordingly. The reverse is also true. For that extra service received, be sure to increase the size of the tip accordingly.
Bet- You Didn’t Know
• The word “Tip” meaning a gratuity was originally an acronym standing for “To Insure Promptness.”
• In the early 20th century, roulette croupiers in Monte Carlo were barred from taking tips from patrons. However, management permitted winners to slip a few tokens into an added number 37 spot at the roulette table for the dealers.
• When all flights were grounded after 9-11, one limo company in Las Vegas booked two trips to New York City for $10,000 apiece. The drivers got tipped $1,000 each.
• In Macao, when a gambler wins, the gambling operator will take out some money for tips, it’s considered compulsory.
• In a poker tournament the manager, at the start of the event, usually calls out “shuffle up and deal.” In the UK, at the start of a bingo game the announcer will call out “Eyes Down.”
• In North Carolina, it is illegal for a bingo game to last over 5 hours.
• Since it opened in 1996, the “Big Shot” thrill ride on top of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has had over 20 million riders.
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