Rumor: Player Tips $200 After Hitting $1.1 Million Jackpot at Golden Nugget

It’s a too-familiar story, but a million-dollar-plus jackpot winner at Golden Nugget is rumored to have left a $200 tip. Face, meet palm.

The player won $1.1 million on the Crazy 4 Poker progressive.

That’s not the rumor part.

Took a few years, but this sucker finally paid off.

Golden Nugget employees and others (who wished to remain anonymous) shared word of the painfully small $200 tip.

Cue the asshats chiming in with, “At least he left them something!”

To which we tend to respond, “Oy,” or something similarly clever.

One source said the player is a Las Vegas local, so they should “know how this works.”

We also hear the player’s wife won $5,000 on the winning hand (known as an “Envy” bet in Crazy 4 Poker) and tipped zero.

How Las Vegas works is many casino employees rely on tips for their livelihoods. Yes, it’s a
fundamentally flawed system, blah, blah, blah, but it’s the system we’ve got.

Fun fact: As a nod to its history, Golden Nugget uses a camera from 1946, the year the casino opened.

The subject of tipping, or not, on large jackpots has sparked some lively debates in social media.

We recently shared on Twitter that another winner, at Circa Las Vegas, tipped $200 on a $120,000-plus jackpot.

The responses to the Tweet were, how do we put this diplomatically, wide-ranging.

Many (sadly, most) of the people who responded to our Tweet rationalized the $200 tip, with many saying they’d have tipped nothing.

This inspired a listicle on our podcast, which we’re going to share again for posterity.

Top 10 Excuses for Not Tipping

1. “Employers don’t pay enough.”
2. “Tipping is optional.”
3. “They didn’t tip me when I was losing.”
4. “Tipping is a tool of oppression.”
5. “I have to pay taxes on my winnings.”
6. “These people already make a lot of money.”
7. “They didn’t do very much.”
8. “I didn’t have any cash.”
9. “We don’t tip in my country of origin.”
10. “I’m a clueless bonehead.”

In the defense of the clueless, it’s true large jackpot winners don’t get their winnings in cash. That’s the only excuse that even marginally works here, and it should be noted there’s no time limit on tipping. It’s perfectly acceptable to come back hours or even days later to tip the crew.

We’d love to hear that’s what happened with our $1.1 million winner! We’ll wait.

At this juncture, we usually get the question, “So, what’s the appropriate amount to tip?”

The answer is a trap, of course, as there’s no amount that’s going to satisfy everyone. It’s not a set amount, and while some suggest a percentage of the big win, that’s rather absurd as the gratuity could be outragious.

For example, just a 2% tip on $1.1 million would be $22,000. While casino staff wouldn’t get upset about such a tip, um, no.

While we’re an advocate for generous tipping, we don’t personally tip extravagantly. We aren’t
talking about ridiculous tipping here, we’re advocating reasonable tipping, and that’s highly
subjective.

What’s a reasonable tip for a $1.1 million jackpot? We’ll put it this way: It’s more than $200.

You can’t spell “tip” without “tipsy.” That’s it, that’s the whole photo caption.

We also get this question a lot, “Who should I tip?”

Again, it’s up to you, but here’s our answer: Anyone who made your experience better. If it’s a
table game win, the list includes dealers, cocktail servers and the folks who bring your money. With slots, it’s servers and slot attendants.

Don’t feel obligated to stop there, however. Bathroom attendants, valets, security guards and
cage cashiers all contributed to your unforgettable night, feel free to lavish them with cash as you see fit.

And don’t forget about selfless bloggers whose words and poorly-focused photographs keep you connected to Las Vegas between visits. We wouldn’t accept a gratuity, of course, but that shouldn’t prevent you from offering.

Here’s the question that’s the foundation of all this: Why tip?

First, it’s customary. Las Vegas runs on tips, it’s woven into the culture. If you don’t believe in
tipping, or can’t afford to tip appropriately, you need not visit Las Vegas and its casinos. You should also probably avoid leaving your home, as tipping is a thing everywhere in America. Pretty straightforward.

Second, it’s karma. While it may not make logical sense to give away money when it’s “optional,”
tipping isn’t driven by logic, just as visiting a casino isn’t driven by logic. It’s about mojo, and what goes around comes around. Your gratuity is a statement of your appreciation and generosity, an investment in achieving your next big win.

Tipping is simply the right thing to do.

If nothing else, the subject of tipping is a wonderful conversation-starter. How someone views
tipping says a lot about them as a human being.

Here’s a useful analogy: Big tippers are dog people, poor tippers are cat people. (That sound you hear is us ducking.)

The ultimate goal is to be considered a “George,” casino slang for a big tipper.

Better yet, be a Benjamin. Inflation and such.

77 thoughts on “Rumor: Player Tips $200 After Hitting $1.1 Million Jackpot at Golden Nugget

  1. Michael Alexakis

    Tipping is my favorite thing to do, it makes me feel better than the person that I am tipping. I get treated very well, people remember when you help them out, they appreciate that you care about others. In all my decades of playing poker, I truly have never met an asshole who tips the dealers big, I might be the only one if you ask my wife that question. At my local I tip the people who work at the board calling names, the dealers, the floor managers, security guards, and especially the chip runners. 1.1 million win? At least $3,000 to the dealer, plus something for the others who gave you service on a freaking huge night. When I win a jackpot for $5,000 I give out $25 chips to employee’s that I know but were not working when I hit. I hope this lucky person goes back and does better, it will make him feel good…

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    1. wolfdog

      Well, I’ve won a lot of handpay Royals, but none paid anything close to $1MM. Still, $200 is about what I’d tip on that win, as well.

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  2. Scott W Herstin

    whattayacrazy??? the house wins, got it? So he beat the house this time, good for him. can we be happy for him instead of beating him up? Really? It’s up to the employees and employers to work out a contract. Not the winner’s business. If he wants to give back he should do it knowing he’s a loser in the long run. And what about his personal financial condition? No mention of that. good for you guys for you largesse. It’s none of your friggin business what he tips.

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    1. Richey

      Totally disagree with your mind-numbing ignorant opinion. $200 on a $1.1 million win is an insult. It makes all of us look bad. I am a regular Vegas visitor, and I do not want a stereotype to develop where we are nothing but slovenly horrific tippers that are only looking for freebies. Vegas needs to get back its style, it needs its attitude. Bad tipping will not get back that attitude.

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    2. Vincent

      Your article is all about people should tip. You even go a step further by saying people should stay at home or not visit Las Vegas if they can’t tip. Yet the second they do your quick to point out it wasn’t enough, the person is cheap. U can’t have it both ways. Be grateful the person tipped vs tearing them apart for tipping. If the person receiving my tip doesn’t appreciate it I will gladly not tip again.

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      1. Scott Roeben Post author

        Wrong Scott. This logic is murky. Simply, if you can’t afford tip or don’t approve of tipping, you don’t need to visit Las Vegas. I’m calling out crappy tipping, and staff are always grateful.

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        1. Richard Swift

          While I do believe in tipping, I don’t get your logic that when a successful business screws its employees by paying them lousy wages it is the customers’ responsibility to make up for it? I wonder who made more income, the winner or the casino.

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    3. Angela

      Ppl like u are the problem when someone works for tips that is how the live. They’re not asking for freaking half. One a 1.1 jackpot a couple thousand wound be great u sure in the hell not gonna miss it. A dealer,server,attendant,etc… are providing a service to u and u should tip accordingly if u had a good time u should tip well. It’s not that hard if they weren’t there then u wouldn’t be there u wouldn’t have won or ate ect..

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    1. J J

      Yes…. dealers make significantly less than minimum wage. There are two reasons why dealers and casino employees remember a guest….a lovely person who tips when playing win or lose and those who are entitled and think they are supposed to win as soon as they sit down at a table and treat the dealers like sub-standard creatures….

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      1. Lib Tardslaya

        No they dont. Dealers average 19/hr plus tokes. The guys shouldve tipped around 1000.00 .The person bringing me money provided no service other than paying me. they had nothing to do with a random outcome

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        1. VegasDealer

          I don’t know where you got your information, but it is WAY OFF. Dealers hourly rate is less than half of your figure. Many dealers make don’t even make that much after tips.

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    2. Ashley

      Are you serious! 1.1 million and your asking about what the dealer makes. yes the dealer makes less then minimum wage, we work off TIPS and your saying you wouldn’t have tipped much! please never go into another casino, or a restaurant at that since they make 2.14 an hour and live off tips as well.

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  3. Bud Light Guy

    “It’s a too-familiar story, but a million-dollar-plus jackpot winner at Golden Nugget is rumored to have left a $200 tip. Face, meet palm.
    The player won $1.1 million on the Crazy 4 Poker progressive.
    That’s not the rumor part.”

    But it is the rumor part, you just said it!
    Agree with lots of your article this time – tipping is subjective and take care of anyone who makes your experience better (especially the GG staff, from restroom attendants to dealers), but I still don’t agree with tip shaming. Get the word out about tipping, but don’t judge others for the amount they tip. See you next week.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      The jackpot is confirmed, which is not the rumor part. The other part is true, just no way to officially confirm, so it’s a rumor.

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  4. Big John

    “How Las Vegas works is many casino employees rely on tips for their livelihoods. Yes, it’s a
    fundamentally flawed system, blah, blah, blah, but it’s the system we’ve got.”

    I agree with your comments about mojo, karma, whatever: Sharing the wealth in small ways will come back to you in the end.

    Let’s say I win $1 million, I’d tip the table dealer $500. It’s not my job to tip them a mortgage payment for doing their job all the same. Sure, their attitude and friendliness might convince me to tip $1K, but I’m not splashing around thousands just because they did their job, a job they’re paid for whether I win or lose.

    How much does the house tip the dealer for wiping out the table, repeatedly, during the course of a shift? The odds are against me, I beat the odds, and now I’m supposed to make sure the dealer makes enough income to afford a house full of kids? I don’t think so.

    So I’ll tip less than 1% of my winnings on a $1 million jackpot, and I won’t feel the least bit guilty, no matter how many rumors may swirl, or how much non-winners will bitch about it. If you took a job dealing cards all day, scooping chips or refilling TITO slips in slot machines, you’d better not have taken the job on the hope that the small percent of winners are going to subsidize your income. That’s a poor life choice.

    By the way, I’m not tipping the dealer more than $1,000 on a $1 million win, but I’ll tip the janitorial staff a hell of a lot more. Those folks have the crappiest jobs, no pun intended, and if the job is done well, I appreciate it a hell of a lot more than the labor by some disinterested dealer who is bored with his tedious life, and is too good to be cleaning toilets 40 hours a week.

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  5. the Fredo

    “It’s a fundamentally flawed system, blah, blah, blah, but it’s the system we’ve got.”
    This is all one has to know and explains the diverging reactions. Get rid of the flawed system, pay all workers properly and a tip will be what it should be: a nice extra, not a needed part of the wage.

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    1. Emperor Juan

      Correct, but instead we let corporations be corporations, and there aren’t a lot of options for barely skilled labor.

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  6. David

    When i receive decent service, I tip at least 20%. When i receive great service ill tip more. When i receive crappy service, ill stiff em or leave a message on the receipt explaining why i didnt tip. Maybe the winner received crappy service. I have seen people hit a slot jackpot and instantly like 5 slot employees all show up all expecting a tip, that is one method of tip hustling and frankly, players do not like it.

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  7. Chris Robinson

    I have personally tipped one thousand on a jackpot of 24k on ultimate Texas holdem. The dealer was very appreciative as well as the pit staff

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  8. MrBuzzkill

    Here’s a secret. ALL of the grunts who work at Vegas casinos are your cheerleaders. They all want you to win. The house edge and its haul have nothing to do with them. They only get extra cash when you win. Don’t confuse the house with your dealer. They have 2 vastly different goals.

    Vegas is a unique tipping environment. I love tipping and Las Vegans are very relaxed about accepting gratuities. Everyone here who performs a service for you is usually at ease with tips, But I travel a lot, and I can tell you that is rare. For example, I am the only customer who tips his dry cleaners in Kansas City, and I’ve had doormen at Chicago nightclubs run after me through the club to return a tip I gave at the entrance.

    So, I can understand when those cultures come to Vegas and don’t fit the local culture. They’re not always being stingy. Some are honestly embarrassed to tip. But this issue isn’t new to Vegas. It hasn’t changed in 120 years. Still, I’ve had bartenders downtown grumble at me for leaving them just 20%.

    Perhaps the one group that I tip the most is Uber drivers. I rarely tip less than 100% in cash because the app tops out at 18% or so. They put up with a lot , and they can’t just walk away from me like a waiter can.

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  9. Donald Henry

    Lol 20% tipping should not apply to casino winnings. I can understand tipping 20% on anything else, such as restaurant service, etc, but 20% on casino winnings is insane. You’ll get $200 or $500 from me and you better be happy about it Anyone expecting a bigger tip from casino winnings are just entitled leaches who should be paid more by the casino instead of relying on tips.

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    1. Dealer

      Lmao yeah screw you you call us entitled leaches if we want more then 200 or 500 in a 1.1 million dollar jackpot hell we expect more we are the reason you got the damn jackpot we are the only ones hoping you win when you are in the casino we live off tips and make 4.25 an hour we can’t change that our boss is not going to up our pay because your a dick and don’t want to properly tip your damn dealer and if that’s how you feel stay the fuck out of them

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      1. cupidstunt

        You are NOT “the reason” somebody gets the jackpot, that’s luck and skill. If you’re doing your job correctly, you have absolutely NO CONTROL over whether or not someone wins.

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  10. JP

    I think I fall in the middle ground when it comes to tipping if I ever hit a jackpot this huge. I think $200 is too low but some of the numbers I was seeing people propose for this win were way ridiculous too high. To be honest if I ever hit something like this I would probably in the $3000-$4000 range. I’d do $2000-$3000 for the dealer and $500 each to the person bringing the money and server. Maybe more for the server depending on how fast and friendly they have been. I would definitely be a lot more loose with my tips the remainder of the trip as well, especially when I get good service.

    Interesting side note to this. Out of curiosity I asked my fiancée how much she would tip on a $1M win and she said $200. She is not a gambler at all and will usually only throw like $20 in a slot machine, throw a bit on the sports games, and maybe do another $20 on roulette on a trip to Vegas (my wagering is substantially higher lol). I think in some cases people just don’t understand the etiquette if they don’t gamble often, but if these were Vegas locals they should have known better. I of course told her that $200 is a bit on the low side for that kind of win.

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  11. Terry Kelly

    The real question is “how much is too much or too little” . As a small $ slot player I have won several Royal Flushes on VP that pay $1K….I gave the bar tender $20. He seemed pleased. So if I won a major jackpot on a slot is there a percentage that is suitable to appease all the people who would be holding their hands out???

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    1. Debbie

      Depends on service I have had to beg for drinks. If they are good at what they do when I receive the money he or she will get the best tip of all remember taxes they take out which is a disgrace

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  12. jace

    On a million win 200 is a poor tip. BUT how much of a hand pay did this person receive, I guess the tip is based on the hand pay at the time of the win.

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  13. Bill

    I work in a casino as a porter and I clean a section of the casino plus 2 men’s rooms and the men are slobs and it’s my job to keep it clean and 95 percent of them make a mess and walk out without tipping even a dollar
    I once saw a oriental woman win 22,000 on the crap table
    Cash out and not tip anything

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  14. Doug Worden

    A good general guideline is this :

    1% is a good tip
    2% is a great tip
    3% is a “we’ll talk about you forever” tip

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  15. KJ Johnson

    I fully agree that you should tip and be as generous as you feel. I also believe the receiver of the tip should acknowledge the receipt of it. Isn’t that part of the process? Many times I’ve tipped and got no reaction in return. At other times I’ve gotten a big smile and more for a small tip. Can’t judge a person’s tipping simply based on the amount of the payout. It involves, mood, people involved, atmosphere, level of service, etc… I’ve tipped when it wasn’t deserved, because it’s Las Vegas. I tip more when I feel it’s been earned. I can see a small tip on a large payout. If you do the minimum at your job, that’s what you should expect. If you do your job and then some, not only should you expect a big tip, but you will likely get it, because you earned it.

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  16. Jeff Batdorf

    I had a $10,000+ hand pay once and I tipped each of them $100 each. They were then very nice and offered security to walk me to my car since I was carrying so much cash.

    One of my favorite things to do when playing table games is always saving $5-$10 in chips for the dealer before I walk away, even if I’ve lost my allotted dollars for that game. They are almost always surprised when I throw my last chips their way rather than cashing them out. It’s not their fault I lost, but if I was entertained and enjoyed myself, then they deserve it.

    My question would be, when did they get paid? I’m sure it was a check and not cash. If I only had a couple hundred in cash on me, I would have given to them, but then promised a return visit with something more substantial.

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  17. Mr Pheer

    After I flew to Vegas, and I tipped the cab driver, then the doorman at the hotel, the girl at thr front desk, the bellboy that took my bags to my room, the concierge, and then went to dinner and tipped the hostess and waitress, then went to play slots… but didnt have any money left.

    Normal people just cant walk around tipping everyone with their hand out.

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    1. Dealer

      Please explain who all had a hand out because this is all about the dealer that he fucked over. We not asking for 10k or anything but 200 on a 1.1 million that he would NOT have got with out the dealer its ridiculous and the people taking up for him are just as bad stay the fuck out of a casino if your not going to tip properly

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  18. Scooter

    I’ve seen em take over an hour to pay out a big progressive table win! I was going to take a picture of the cards with my phone while waiting, and they all became hostile! I’m to the point that I could care less if and when Las Vegas runs out of water!

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  19. J J

    Yes…. dealers make significantly less than minimum wage. There are two reasons why dealers and casino employees remember a guest…. 1) a lovely person who tips when playing win or lose and having a great time and 2) those who are entitled and think they are supposed to win as soon as they sit down at a table and treat the dealers like sub-standard creatures for, what was it that was said in another comment?? Oh yeah, “poor life choices”…. I have a BSEE and had a top secret position with the military and I’ve been a dealer for almost 20 years…. talk to me about my shitty life choices??? Yeah, okay, my dude…. most dealers I have known have higher degrees in a vast array of fields… one guy was a security officer with a PhD in Astrophysics and used to work at the JPL… who has the worst life choices?? Those who choose to be dealers or those who choose to play at a casino designed to not let you win and gamble their jobs, homes and families away??

    Most casinos in Vegas are a pool joint…. which means that that measly $200 will be split between every dealer that worked that day. If it’s a big joint, that could literally means PENNIES to the dealer who actually dealt the winning hand’s income, certainly NOT a mortgage payment.

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    1. Angus

      The point of shitty life choices is valid. If you’ve held a TS clearance, degreed, your buddy is an astrophysicist- but you choose to deal cards and enjoy second-hand smoke all day. Consulting my common sense, you’ve made a shitty life choice.

      Vegas exists on tips, understood. I pay my share. Just a bit incredulous that people with some ability CHOOSE a profession knowing compensation is far below what they could earn elsewhere in the economy.

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      1. J J

        @ Angus…

        I don’t work in Vegas (thank God), I don’t work in a smoking casino (thank God) and I don’t split my tips with other dealers…. what I make, I keep (thanks to wonderful people who tip me based on the entertainment I provide and I can be VERY entertaining!)

        After retiring from an exceptionally high-demand and stressful job in national security, it’s really nice to go to work and play games for a living. Those games provided for my family, paid off multiple cars and two homes and I didn’t take my job home hoping I didn’t make a mistake that could cost lives.

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    2. Jack N.

      Anger management. Use it JJ. You choose a lousy job that’s beneath your skills and you lash out at others for it? Yowza.

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  20. terry birman

    yes i do cocktails and over the years the tips are getting less and less—kerry packer was a class act—and a few others—-I expect zero and if a guy gives me a tip on a bottle of beer –I saw it is ok keep the dollar and stop hitting on me terri

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    1. project design

      Good subject…..that big a win is like real estate transaction, might want to get some advice…..loved the 1%-2%-3%….works for me…slot staff tend to be pretty cool and worthy of a rare “big tip”..yes, janitors, wait staff etc, here’s the big deal with Vegas in last 20 years…..my experience with bar tenders can be iffy….they control the potion, very often sluggish on service and indifferent, even arrogant as the good time gate keepers….with many, “do not leave loose 5’s sitting around on the counter” they will snatch it!…..food tipping can be bad in Las Vegas, as many waiters are taught to slip the expensive orders into entree’s…ie; potato dishes are a rip off and when thinking its just whipped potatoes = can show up as $75 bucks on the bill<~~~~$2.00 in potatoes and 2 minutes preparing, completely nuts!

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  21. TheMultiplex

    I’m a local, and until I saw the tweets I had no idea it was customary. If I had been in the highly unlikely situation of winning any kind of jackpot I’d have cashed out and walked away not knowing (but I don’t gamble very often, maybe 3 times a year).

    That being said, tipping culture is, frankly, immoral. It’s not the customer’s job to personally subsidize the employee’s wages. Especially when blind luck is involved. But it’s a deeply ingrained part of our culture so you need to participate almost all the time until the culture changes. But to think a $200 tip is too low when the employee did the same amount of work regardless of the jackpot size is delusional. Doesn’t matter how much they won, I guarantee the employees didn’t somehow magically provide that much extra service. At this point, the more I read people commenting on this debate, had I won that jackpot I can’t imagine tipping more than $100 (assuming I had it on me in cash or chips). Doesn’t matter if I’m suddenly a millionaire, doesn’t make it my moral obligation to suddenly gift someone thousands of dollars because they happened to be there when I won.

    I’ve seen a couple posts above mentioning that dealers make “significantly less than minimum wage,” which also doesn’t appear to be true. Unless the department of labor has it wrong the tipped minimum wage is $1 less per hour and only if the employee is receiving health benefits. This isn’t like some states where people only make $2.13 an hour if they’re tipped. I don’t see anyone tipping the janitor at a movie theater, but somehow I’m supposed to lavishly tip a slot attendant because the random number generator said I won. They both make minimum wage and work hard. Get real.

    Didn’t the state’s casinos just pull in a record amount in gambling revenue last month? But it’s the individual gambler who is the cheapskate…

    This is a dumb debate. Who cares if it’s customary, that’s not a reason to get upset if someone doesn’t want to just give someone free money. Outside of restaurant servers and similar, people need to stop tipping entirely and employees need to demand better wages because of it. Hell, same goes for servers too. If you enjoy tipping, and the warm feeling it gives you, that’s nice and all. But you’re a sucker for picking up the slack from the employer. You’ve been fooled into paying their wages and somehow thinking it’s an act of charity and good karma. There’s a reason we’re one of the few countries with a tipping culture like this, because most people recognize it for what it is. A scam.

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  22. Scott

    I hit a bad beat jackpot for 4500 last week and tipped $450. My wife was also at the table and got a table share of 900. She tipped $90. I hate cheap people.

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  23. Steve

    Dealer only doing their job? They are the ones making sure your bet was out when you were talking to someone else. They are the ones that don’t skip a spot and then it’s called a dead hand. And if they player didn’t give ever player at the table something. I’m thinking $500 for each player. They would not have gotten that royal. And his wife got a $5000 envy bonus. These are the players who can’t understand why the game they want to play is closed because there aren’t enough dealers to open everything

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  24. Ja Nice

    So let me ask everybody a simple question. How many times do you get tipped by the casino when you go there and lose? That answer would be NEVER! I never tip and never will. You’ve gotta be kidding me. And I have never once received a tip on my job after working 30 years in pharmacy.

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  25. Roberta

    I like tipping when I am doing winning. I believe I am a compassionate human being and should treat others well. I find this discussion interesting as I have always thought about what I would tip if I ever won something large like that. My thought now is $5000 for that large a win. And if I kept playing I would generously tip more than I normally do with my play. If the dealer isn’t someone I would consider fun or kind, I know I am still tipping for the others that are since they split tips.

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  26. J Man

    So here’s maybe a devil’s advocate comment but not so far from what I do…

    I tip a modest but decent amount whether I am winning or losing – as long as the dealer or other staff member provided the service I tip. Cards like ice … you still get the same tip.

    So given tips aren’t going down when I lose, why should they go up when I win? Tip should be on level of service – winning is irrelevant. Surely I was the one who put money at risk so I should keep the win? The dealer should still get a tip … just the same as normal, and just the same as when I lost a stack the day before.

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  27. Mark

    $200 is low for the dollar amount won in this instance and should have been more. Tipping should be done and the tip given should be adjusted given the circumstances involved. Often times I have tipped (decent to really good amount) only to receive a weak or even non-existent acknowledgement which makes me think the recipient didn’t appreciate my effort. I understand they are working and providing some service but the fact is I, or someone else, had to earn, save, invest, win (less any taxes owed) the tip money I just doled out so at least say thank you or acknowledge it when given. Employers should be paying a higher wage regardless of the tips given and are largely to blame for the conundrum.

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  28. Stefanie

    To start, I won a $23,xxx hand at Sunset Station once and tipped $1000. They were very happy and even the dealers at Red Rock knew about it when I was there the next day. Five years later, the dealer who dealt the hand still remembers me.

    Now, some of the reasons…this was a scheduled holiday weekend trip that I had booked to stay at Red Rock. I ended up getting to go a day early so I booked a comp room at Sunset. I won $500 in the short time I played the night I arrived and was actually just waiting to see if the buffet line went down. I got $16,000 after taxes and figured $800 was a good tip but threw in the extra 200 because I won the night before so I was doing fine. The whole reason I was playing Pai Gow was because of it’s proximity to the buffet. Sunset is strongly a locals place but the staff have always treated me well. They remember me each trip. Side not, the “locals” players are not always so friendly and seem to think that jackpot is theirs. Be nice!!

    Additionally, my brother has been a dealer for about 30 years and a couple of my best friends are also dealers or floor supervisors. My best friend is a poker dealer and I know for a fact that his base pay is like $5.15/hr. They work for tips. In poker, he keeps his own. Most of Vegas table games is a tip pool. The few big tips make up for the hours of them “losing”. Them losing is when you are losing. Most players don’t tip when they are losing, so, like others said, they WANT you to win.

    That being said, at one of my local casinos I already know that if I hit a jackpot I am NOT tipping; or, not tipping that much. They are a bunch of A-holes! One dual rate (deals and supervises) actually tells dealers not to talk to me. They bad-mouth you, don’t rate you, and tell you how stupid you are for some of your choices. I am not exaggerating. I used to still tip because I didn’t want the good dealers to suffer. Now I tip less and I tell the good dealers which dealers/supervisors are causing me not to tip. I figure I will let them teach the A-holes who a tip business should work. lol There are a couple of poker dealers who go out of their way to ruin my playing by doing things like showing my mucked cards, commenting on my personal life, saying I’m “running my mouth”, etc. Those dealers I don’t tip and I tell the players that I pay a rake/fee for a fairly run game so I am not going to tip when the dealers don’t even try to make that happen.

    TLDR: I strongly believe in tipping but there are circumstances where it may not deserved.

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  29. Michael Bluejay

    If you’re gonna chastise the player for not tipping enough, you really ought to say exactly how much you think he should have tipped, minimum.

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  30. Michael Bluejay

    This is my revised tipping advice that I published on Easy Vegas:

    $1200: $20 tip
    $5000: $50
    $10,000: $100
    $20,000: $200
    $50,000: $300
    $250,000: $500
    $500,000: $750
    $1 million: $1000

    Thoughts?

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      1. Michael Bluejay

        In your previous reply, you said that $1000 for $1M “feels right”. Did you change your mind?

        I’d like to hear from other players, also..

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  31. Jerry Springer

    There is not a single thing a dealer can do (legally) that will influence your winning or losing.
    If you have great service at a restaurant, THAT is something that the server provided and you can tip them for.
    But a dealer? Just for standing there dealing cards? No. NOTHING is guaranteed. Now IF they provided nice conversation, or actually talked you into taking a card that led to your winnings, or provided something, then yes. But if you have a dealer that stands there like he is miserable and never talks, you are just supposed to give him/her money because there were in the right place at the right time? NO.
    A tip is not a tax. The author needs to revisit what a “tip” actually is.
    Tip jars and expectations have gotten out of hand lately. Tips are rewards for exceptional service.

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    1. Michael Bluejay

      Tips are NOT rewards for exceptional service. They’re to ensure that poorly-paid workers can make a living wage. The system/culture is that both the employer and the customer shoulder some of the cost of paying the worker. If the employer shouldered all of the costs, you could expect service quality to plummet. Tipping isn’t done for great service, it’s done as long as the service wasn’t *bad*. You might not like this culture and tradition, but that’s our culture and tradition.

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  32. Vegas Dealer

    You are correct that a dealer has no control over which cards you get. BUT, that is not the reason that someone should be tipping them. They perform a service that (if they are a good dealer) enhances the experience you have at table games. They are there to teach the game, give advice, supply small talk or even engaging in full conversation. Table games is a social game and a good dealer should be social. When I hear someone say “why should I tip them, they don’t tip me when I loose”, I don’t think it is thought through. One could make the case “I got horrible service at the restaurant last night, why should I tip for the good service tonight”. At table games when you loose, tipping is not really expected (as is most of the time). So when there is the much more rare occasion of larger wins, tipping is more expected. More so, when the dealer has given exceptional interaction.

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