Friday, February 17, 2012

To tip or not to tip?

More often than not, players are caught in a dilemma of whether they should or they should not tip the dealers. The term tip, for one, is usually performed when a customer is satisfied with the service. But as for casinos, giving tokes or tips can be very difficult when someone is losing. Thus, the question, is tipping necessary or not?

Tipping explained

The term “tip” is actually an acronym. It stands for “to insure proper” service. In both land-based and online casinos, tipping is considered as a personal act. It is up to the player whether he or she decides to give a simple token to the dealers. Yes, it is purely optional. As a matter of fact, dealers do not really expect to get tips even if the player wins the jackpot. This is part of casino etiquette, but really, it does not push someone to observe it religiously.

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How much should you give?

There is no definite amount when it comes to tipping. But generally, this would range from 10% to 20% of the bet made. 

Guidelines in giving tips

Players can give tips in different ways. First, they can give it directly to the dealer to ensure that the person receives it. However, there are instances wherein the casino divides all the accumulated tips. 

Players may also leave their bets on the table if they are in a hurry or hesitant to approach the dealer directly. Yet, this approach is usually discouraged for someone else might pick-up the tip.

Lastly, the best way to reward a dealer is to bet with them. In other words, this means putting two bets—one for the player and one for the dealer. Although dealers will also lose if the outcome is not that good, engaging and involving them into the game is something that cannot be ignored. Here, it is more of the game’s social aspect that matters, not the monetary reward. 

Winning and bigger tips
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Tips usually come whenever a player wins. However, this does not mean that the player should give bigger tips each time he or she wins. Similarly, a player should not expect a dealer can help him or her in getting the prizes. Dealers do not influence the outcome of a game and if they do, they would be immediately sanctioned by casino owners.

There is nothing wrong in tipping dealers. As mentioned, it is a voluntary act. But neither can anyone condemn a player who refuses to give tokes.