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Tales from Inside the Pit: Dark Superstitions at The Table

June 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Tales from Inside The Pit. Because sharing (gambling tips) is caring (until you win really big, then you'll keep that stash for yourself), our pit insider has a few tricks (but no cards) up his sleeves that he'd like to show you. Pay close attention. Or if you're already at the table and too drunk to read this, well, just bet it all and pick up a free drink before you leave.

Five years working in the casino industry may not sound like a very long time compared to other, long-time employees in this town. But I have found it long enough to experience a lot of superstitions by both gamblers and the casino. What I do not understand is, "Why?" Why be superstitious about something that is simply math? It has nothing to do with the dealers or the other players. Nothing outside of the game itself determines the outcome.

Yet there are hundreds, if not thousands, of gamblers who truly believe a particular dealer will be lucky for them or sometimes, unlucky. (Coolers, they're called.) They actually believe the dealer determines the outcome of the game. And they aren't afraid to voice their belief.

“How come you're not letting me win?” is one of my favorite complaints. What you need to know is that--the dealer controls nothing except for the speed of the game, and some of them can barely control that.

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Tales From Inside The Pit: A Dealer's Tips on Tipping The Dealer

May 22, 2015 at 12:52 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Tales from Inside The Pit. Because sharing (gambling tips) is caring (until you win really big, then you'll keep that stash for yourself), our pit insider has a few tricks (but no cards) up his sleeves that he'd like to show you. Pay close attention. Or if you're already at the table and too drunk to read this, well, just bet it all and pick up a free drink before you leave.

When it comes to tipping the dealer here are a few pointers. First, I must remind you that I myself am a table games dealer. I know that I might piss off a few dealers with this post but honestly, a few of them could use a dose of reality.

For those of you that don't know, the dealers usually pool their tips for a 24-hour period as only a couple of casinos allow dealers to keep their own tips.

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Las Vegas Tipping Guide

January 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM | by | ()

Tipping is a big deal in Vegas. Las Vegas is a very service oriented city and is known for having great service. We expect it.  There are people offering services at every turn and, in return for good service, there's usually a tip involved. Everyone treats tipping differently, but here's a quick guide to get you prepared for tipping on your next vacation.

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Tipping Dealers Doesn't Hurt Your Gambling Karma

January 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM | by | ()

We're not here to judge how people play at a casino. No two people are alike and that's okay. We do like to advise when we see something that strikes us as important. Over the weekend, one of our favorite follows on Twitter, @AnnoyedCsnoDlr, mentioned someone who didn't tip on a big win:

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Tipping At The Sportsbook: Yay or Nay?

October 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM | by | ()

Tipping is optional, but in Las Vegas feels as if it's mandatory. When we visit the bank, we always ask for singles for tips. Valet, cocktail waitresses, dealers, front desk attendants, bellmen, waiters/waitresses, concierge, maids and room service are just a few of the people expecting a tip at a casino.

As a gambler, this writer always tries to make sure that he tips dealers. On a craps come out roll, there is often a Two Way YO thrown out just to show the dealers that we know what we're doing. Craps can get crazy and this helps to motivate the dealers to keep an eye on our action. Many tippers believe in tipping as karma. Treat the dealers well and, hopefully, they'll return the kindness. A smile doesn't always do the trick at the tables.

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Two New Charges Surface in Vegas Restaurants

February 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM | by | ()

The other month we, and several other diners in Vegas, were in an uproar over the ridiculous unusual water fee at the Border Grill restaurant inside the Mandalay Bay. But, now we've discovered two more ridiculous unusual fees when dining out in Vegas, both of which affects the final number on your bill.

A VegasChatter reader tipped us off to the 21 percent gratuity added to parties of six or more at Jose Andres' China Poblano inside the Cosmopolitan. Now, normally, gratuity is 18 percent, but what's really unusual about the China Poblano gratuity is the breakdown.

Our reader found out that 18 percent of the tip goes to the staff, but the extra three percent goes directly to the restaurant for "training and incentives." It's not exactly a diabolical move yet we don't think we've ever heard of this before. And, considering that China Poblano is a casual dining restaurant, why the need for 21 over 18 percent? Tsk, tsk.

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