Some people joke that 'tips' should actually be an acronym, symbolising the words 'to insure prompt service.'
As members of the service industry, casino dealers rely on tips, which often account for a lion's share of their income. Therefore, tipping is generally a customary gesture to show your appreciation to the staff in live dealer casinos, just as you would do for a bartender or waitress. This includes brick and mortar casinos and online casinos with live dealers. The size of the tip typically reflects the quality and speed of the service you received, combined with the live dealer's overall demeanour.
Like a waitress, the dealer serves up the casino game to you, the customer. Live casino dealers must also have a great deal of training in practice in dealing, which can be a bit like an art form when performed well. Their duties include making change, paying out winnings and - unfortunately - collecting your money when you lose.
Notably, some casinos do not allow for tipping, but in most cases, dealer tipping is permitted and very welcome. In today's article, we'll explore tipping culture in typical brick and mortar casinos and online casinos with live dealers.
A History of Casino Tipping
Tipping practices vary according to culture and it's a still-evolving in many areas of the world, and on the world wide web. Notably, casino tipping wasn't permitted in the United Kingdom until 2005, whereas in the United States, casino tipping has been customary for many years.
Casino workers (not just dealers) rely on tips for approximately 50% of their income; sometimes more, sometimes less. In addition to dealers, tipping is customary for many other casino staff such as bartenders, concierge staff and valet drivers, among others.
In a general sense, live casino dealers online tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to tipping. Quite simply, it's much easier to blow off a person when you're not standing face-to-face, whereas it's much more awkward and socially unacceptable to fail to tip someone who's standing in front of you.
When visiting a casino, whether it's 'in real life' or online live dealer casinos, it's important to know the establishment's policy on tipping too. Some casinos prohibit tipping; others have tipping limits.
How and When to Tip in a Casino
Many are unsure of when and how to tip in a casino setting.
It's typical to provide a single tip to the dealer after concluding your time at the dealer's table or when they're about to leave to end their shift.
Tipping is also expected when you enjoy a big win. This is true not only for table games, but also for other games such as slots and roulette.
You don't typically hand out cash, as is common in a restaurant setting. In a casino, it's common to hand the dealer a chip or you may place what's called a side bet, where you place a bet and agree to give the winnings to the dealer.
Some dealers are unable to perform side bets, so in this case, they may simply accept the chip as a tip. The dealer can cash in the chip for cash or gamble with it while they're off the clock.
How Much to Tip in a Casino
Many are also unsure when it comes to how much money to tip a casino dealer. It's best to use your bet value as a general guide; the higher your bet, the higher the tip should be. A small amount would be expected at a table with a $5 minimum bet, whereas a high roller table with a much higher minimum bet would be associated with a much higher tip.
In terms of tipping percentages for a casino win or jackpot, 0.5% to 1% is nice starting point, though you can certainly tip much more if you're feeling generous.
You can also watch the other players to see how much they're tipping; this is a great way to get a general feel for what's typical in a given situation.
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