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Some Tips About Tipping

29 December 2012

By John Marchel

Tipping in the casino is an important item visitors to those establishments should be aware of. The fact is most employees in the casino industry are paid at minimum levels. You than might wonder how they can make a decent living being a dealer. What happens is dealers normally get two pay checks on payday. One is a salary check from the casino and another is a “tip check.”

Players often tip dealers either in cash or casino chips. It is the same a food and beverage servers at casinos. They also receive tips from casino patrons. For most casino employees, these tips provide the extra income to make a decent living.

There are different ways to tip dealers, most of the time it depends on what game the player is at. For example, at blackjack a player might throw an extra chip to a dealer after winning a big hand. Another way to do is to make a bet for the dealer.

What the player does is put a bet in the normal players spot and than place another chip in front of it, which indicates that is a bet for the dealer. If the player wins the hand he or she gets paid and the dealer will match the additional “dealers” bet, which is a win for the dealer. However, if the player losses, their bet and the dealers bet goes into the house tray. The player lost and the dealer lost also. Most dealers will tell you they like to see a wager for them, that way they have the opportunity to win twice the amount of the bet, and they don’t mind taking a chance.

What about roulette? After a nice win, a player might ask the dealer what their favorite number is. Then the player might put a chip on that number and indicate that a bet for the dealer. If the dealer number shows up, the dealer wins 35 to 1 for that bet. If it doesn’t appear, it all goes into the tray, just like in blackjack. However, the dealer will recognize you as their new best friend, and one to take care of while playing.

What do you do when playing craps? As a winning streak starts to develop for the player, he or she could throw out a small wager on the hard ways and announce “Hardway six and eight for the boys (or girls).” If the hardway appears, that would be a nice tip for the crew. Another way of doing it is to place a small wager next to your bet on the Pass Line. This will tell the craps crew that you are making a bet for them. If the player wins, so does the crew. Some player will leave some odd denomination chips at the table for the crew after they get colored up when they leave. That is also a way of tipping the crew.

Dealers will not cheat for you because you tip them, but they certainly can help you during the game. They will alert you at craps if you forgot to add odds to your bet which you normally do. Or take C&E on the come-out roll. They might suggest splitting a pair of 8s at blackjack. They will take care of you while playing, mostly because you are a “George,” (a good tipper).

Bet - You Didn’t Know

• In casinos in England, Australia, and New Zealand tipping dealers is against the law.

• When playing roulette in France, with the single zero wheels, the house edge is 2.7 percent. However, if a player wins a single number bet and gets the thirty-five chips, it’s almost a “must” to pay one of the dealers a tip.

• Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote his famous novel “The gambler” in 1867 and he finished the entire tale in just three weeks to pay off his gambling debts.

• At one time in the Playboy club in London, the croupiers had their pockets sewn shut to prevent pocketing of any chips.

• Canadian law prohibits casinos from serving free alcohol.

• Did you notice there are no males serving drinks on the casino floor.
John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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