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Tipping Guide for Slot Players

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Many casino workers get the majority of their salary from tips. This is the way it is for those employed in the “service industry. Who I should tip and how much should I tip them has been a question that is asked by many players visiting the casino. In a previous article I wrote about tipping casino dealers. Most table game players will tip the dealers while they are playing by making a bet for them. Some will just tip their dealer when they leave the game. But what about slot players, are they expected to tip who should they tip?

Slot players usually tip when they receive a hand pay jackpot when the attendant most come and verify the jackpot and then come back and count out your money. If it is a jackpot over $1,200 the attendant will have the tax forms that you will need to fill out before you are paid. There are usually two or three people in attendance during a hand pay. This is for security reasons top make sure the correct amount of money is being paid to the correct person. This often leads to some confusion as to which one you should tip.

You don’t have to tip each one separately. You can give one person a larger bill and tell them to split it. I usually give the tip to the person who actually paid me the money. There is not set amount for tipping after a jackpot. Many players will tip somewhere between a half to one percent of the jackpot. For a thousand dollar jackpot this would be between $5 to $10 dollars. One thing I have noticed over the years is that when you do receive a hand paid jackpot they never bring you bills smaller than a twenty. I often wonder if they are just hoping that in the excitement of the moment you will hand them back a twenty dollar bill regardless of the size of the jackpot. When I am playing I always make sure I carry a couple five and ten dollar bills to handle this situation.

Tipping is a personal choice and your decision to tip anyone should be based on the service you receive. One criterion I use before tipping for a hand pay jackpot is the amount of time it took to get paid. If the service is prompt I may be inclined to tip a little more. If however I am waiting a long period of time I may tip less. I do take into consideration how busy the casino is at the time of the jackpot. If it is a busy Saturday night you have to allow for the fact that there may be others ahead of you.

The one person all players should tip it the beverage server. Many casinos offer free drinks to the players. But in some casinos those drinks are not free for the waiter or waitress. Because their tips are part of their salary some casinos require the waitress or waiter to pay a tax on each drink they order to take out onto the casino floor. If you order a drink and leave before it is delivered or you don’t tip the server you have just cost them money. Many players are not aware of this so the next time you order a free drink, please take care of the person serving you.

Until next time, remember:
"Luck comes and goes...Knowledge stays forever."

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