Ah, the immortal question. How much do you tip when you go to a restaurant? The debate rages on.
Well, that discussion can now be branched out to casinos in Las Vegas, with dealers being tipped by gamblers at their tables and hotel employees being tipped for their service.
How much is too much though? How little is not enough? Let’s get down to it.
How Much to Tip Dealers?
Tipping is a contentious issue. Firstly, do you tip a set amount? Do you tip by a percentage of the bill? Or do you tip randomly depending on the quality of the service?
Different people have different perspectives but what do the dealers think when it comes to tipping at the casino floor tables?
It is customary for players to tip their dealer 10% of their buy-in before they or the dealer leaves the table. However, this is just a guideline. Additional tips for any wins that are paid out by the dealer are sometimes added.
Needless to say, the desire to tip the dealer above the 10% of the initial buy-in guide is not really there if the player is being wiped out by the house.
One user, MalteseFalcon, on TripAdvisor, states “I usually tip $1-2 on $5-$10 tables. Generally only when I’m winning. (Sorry, but if Mr. Wynn is cleaning me out, then his dealers aren’t going to get extra.)”
Ultimately, it is down to the individual. Tourists at the tables might not be aware of the tipping policy. In many European countries, tipping is not necessarily seen as the done thing with most establishments claiming the tip is included in the price.
On the contrary, there will be players that are feeling generous after a big win and some dealers have admitted to receiving tips stretching into the thousands of dollars after a player has won big at their table.
How Much to Tip Hotel Workers?
Who could forget that classic moment in the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York when Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin McCallister first checks into the Plaza Hotel.
Cedric the bellhop, played by Rob Schneider, delivers Kevin’s luggage to his room and before leaving puts out his hand to hint at receiving a tip. Completely clueless to the idea, Kevin hands Cedric his chewing gum instead.
Funnily enough, chewing gum is not a recognized currency in Las Vegas so it could be seen as quite offensive if you tried to recreate that scene in a hotel.
The standard tip amount for hotel staff is roughly $5 for their service. Room maids might expect more if the room they are cleaning is accommodating more than two people.
Once again, this will be a personal preference. If you feel a hotel worker deserves a higher amount in tips then feel free to go crazy. If you win big then share the love and pay it forward. On the flip side, if a hotel worker is rude or obnoxious then you are not obligated to tip them.
Who to Tip in Vegas?
Tipping is a minefield at the best of times. That’s only when you’re considering individuals such as waitresses, dealers, and cleaners. In Las Vegas, there are people employed in all sorts of roles carrying out all different kinds of duties. It can become confusing knowing when to pay who.
As mentioned already, bar waitresses, dealers at the tables, and room maids are the obvious workers to tip. They are directly involved in offering you a service and it is only fair their personal touch is rewarded with a financial thank you if you are benefiting from that.
Valet parking is another role that warrants a tip. This person will take the time to move your car and park it in a safe location so that you don’t have to worry about the security of your vehicle. Provided the valet doesn’t steal your loose change in the side door or leave dirty foot print marks on the dashboard, surely the peace of mind they deliver is worth a $5 tip.
Other individuals that should be considered for receiving tips include taxi drivers, tour guides, and receptionists. $5 – $10 is the suggested going rate but that is dependent on the quality and price of the service on offer.
Vegas Tipping Etiquette
Tipping in Vegas is not necessarily the same as it is across other parts of the US. Las Vegas is a beast in its own right and things are always done a little differently in Sin City – in Vegas, tipping is almost as common as saying hello.
Interestingly, there are slight differences of expectation between each individual being tipped.
Barbers will expect a 20% addition on the fee of the cut, cocktail waitresses will be looking at $2 per round and a concierge at a hotel will expect roughly $5 per favor. Food servers might also be anticipating 20% on top of the bill while coat attendants usually get a $1 to $2 tip per item of clothing you submit.
However, there are little stipulations. For example, bingo and keno dealers will not expect tips if you are playing the game for less than 15 minutes. If you are there longer, then only a $2 will suffice.
Card game dealers might expect a tip no matter how long you’re at the table, so be sure not to get the two mixed up!
There is no escaping the fact that tipping is a very individual thing. You tip what you feel the individual deserves. Only tip what you can afford based on your vacation budget. The decision is yours.