re: Poker & Casino Poker Question
Originally Posted by NoWuckingFurries
Don't you get wet? How can the dealers work for their tips? Does this mean that the casinos don't pay their dealers enough money, so the dealers have to rely on tips to feed their family? I am not aware of whether tipping of dealers is allowed in the UK, but I know that the casinos I have used in the UK do not permit tipping of dealers. Surely if a dealer is "working for their tips" then it implies that they are doing more for people who tip them than they are for "the stiffs"? I'm a bit confused - help me out here...
I only get wet when there is excited action :P
As far as working for tips, this is standard in the United States. The poker room I work for pays me less than minimum wage and the tips are what are my main source of income. They really don't see tipping as a possibility for a dealer to "stack the deck" to make a good tipper win, they see it as incentive to dealer faster and more accurately, because the more hands/table dealt = more tips for the dealer and more rake for the house. I had an insane tip yesterday: Guy wins a decent $300-$400 pot in 1/2 NL $200 max, the winner is a dealer at a different casino about 3 hrs away. I know he is a good tipper and I am mentally prepared for a red bird ($5 red chip) (and of course would be very pleased with this) but he throws me 7 RED BIRDS. Thats a $35 tip from a $300-$400 pot, which is insane! I was shocked and said, "Hey man, thanks a lot, I really appreciate it!" He just nodded and said "Of course". On the contrary to that, I have shipped people $2000-$3000 pots and didn't receive a tip, so it all really evens out I guess. I love dealing though, it is a fun way to improve my game and making good money doing it.