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Cash Out Counter - Tip Etiquette?

Discussion in 'Casinos and Card Rooms' started by justsomedude, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. justsomedude

    justsomedude Well-Known Member

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    So, I was playing the 1/2 at Ameristar last night, and sat down with $160. When I left, the same lady who chipped me in cashed me out at the player counter. As she noticed my winnings (clearly remembering what I came in with) she gave me a big high-five, congratulated me, and then tapped the "can." I never noticed it before, but there it was, a metal tip can (just like the dealers have) at the cash-out desk.

    What's the protocol here? Use a percent? Or a flat 5 dollars (on winning nights)? I was caught off guard and dropped two $5 chips in. She gave me a grin and "thank you," and that was that.

    On my way out I figured the $10 was about 4% of my profit (2.5% of my total take-home). Is that fair? I've never run into this before and am curious what the protocol is.
     
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    That was a great tip, guy.
     
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    Hmmm. I've never seen a tip can at a casino cashier's window before.

    I tip at the cashier's window only if the cashier has done something special for me, like retrieving extra or better condition chips on request. Other than that, it's never even occurred to me.
     
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    Precisely why I was caught off guard. Sucks that they put it right in your face; as if to make you feel guilty if you don't touch it. Maybe I'll just stick to a fiver on winning nights, and leave it at that.
     
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    "No thanks. I've got plenty of chips already but I appreciate the offer." Something like a bowl of pennies near a cash register.

    Or just ignore her. IMO she was out of line. Did she ask for the tip before cashing you out? That's just wrong.
     
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    I'm by no means an expert at casino etiquette, but I agree that that's rude to ask for a tip when you're doing anything.

    The dealers sit at your table, deal your hands, interact with you, get to know you, etc... The cashier? Um, like said before, if she gets you a nice mint souvenir chip from the back, or does something "wow", then by all means, give her a little something.

    $10 (or even $5) IMHO is too much. A dealer gets $1 or so for a winning hand, and they spent several minutes dealing and shuffling, etc...

    If I decided to tip the cashier, I think a buck or so max? Cashing me out takes less than a minute. Less work than the dealers. A waitress gets a $1 tip, and they come to my table, take an order, hike back to the bar and bring me back a drink. Worth a buck for sure! Cashier, IDK...?
     
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    You got played...If I have an odd number like $1001 or whatever I'll leave'em the extra buck or two, but never more than that. I get annoyed when people expect a tip for doing nothing so I would've laughed at her when she tapped the can.
     
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    I will tip the cashier an extra $1 chip or two if I'm holding extras and had a winning session (the table game dealers always get tipped during play or when leaving the game).

    In your case, I would have just smiled and tapped the can for fun, too. "$160, please."
     
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    I'm really curious if she just had the "Hustlers Code"?
     
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    OK. I got suckered. Lesson learned... thanks guys!
     
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    You tipped and you got suckered? I guess it depends who you ask. You had fun winning the money. That's mission accomplished to me. Winners can tip. Ballers do tip. Asking was rude though. You're cool in my book brah.
     
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    For the longest time after seeing casino, the movie,
    I thought it said Ginger had the "Hustlers Cold".
    I then wanted to gamble until I was tired, and had a cold.
     
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    Supposedly, some casinos forbid their employees from hustling tips.
     
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    My recent trip to Vegas... I caught that cold.. Played 40 hours in 4 days, slept an hour/two each night. By the time I got back home, I was bedridden for several days hacking up casino gunk that had accumulated in my body! :)
     
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    Chip Gunk.
     
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