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Yesterday I went to Turningstone Casino to play 1/2 cash (my first time at a Casino.) I did fairly well, started with $200 and ended with around $500. Whenever I won a pot, I was, uncertain whether or not to tip or how much I should tip. When I won pots over $20, I tipped $1, over $50 I tipped $2 and the pot I won over $120 I tipped $5. I am unsure if I'm tipping too little, too much, too often? Is there a general rule to follow? Feedback would be helpful.

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I would say you're tipping way too much. If you are only playing once a month and this is something that is just fun for you its okay to tip big on huge pots or kick a buck on small pots.

If you're playing very regularly that shit can add up. If you were playing full time and you tip on average about 4 bucks an hour you're tipping about 8k a year. Which for a lot of people could be a pretty big chunk of what they make.

Its not to say you shouldn't tip at all but if you are a regular in the game you are helping out more than you think. Card rooms need regulars to keep games running and if games are running dealers can get more hours and steady work. So for me I'm not gonna tip a buck on very small pots and only gonna tip more than a buck if I stack someone I'm deep with.

As far as a casual players go I think tipping a buck on most hands that see a flop or turn is fine and couple bucks if you stack someone is more than reasonable.

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If you track how much you tip for a series of games, you will be surprised at how fast your tips add up. You don't need to tip enough to make-up for the whole table. You surely don't need to tip so much that the dealer makes more than you do.

Good dealers deserve to be paid but they are just part of the overhead (cost of playing - rake/drop for house + jackpot/promotions rake if any + tips). All that takes about $200.00 per hour from a regularly run game. Look around when you are at the table. See who goes bust each hour or re-buys (hope it's not you on your next trip).

If you are playing 5 to 10 hours per session, those tips could add up to $30 to $80 per session. Long term very few players can beat the $1/$2 blind NLHE for $30 per hour. Tipping to much and you will be going broke very soon.

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$1 or $2 is standard... occasionally i will get $5 tip if someone wins a $150-200 pot at 1/2 NL.. the biggest tip i ever got was a green $25 chip in a $700ish pot.. I've only been dealing 1/2 NL for a few weeks tho.. I'm used to dealing just MTTs and 1/4 spread fixed limit Omaha and O8.

Occasionally I'll get stiffed on a pot or a payout on roulette or mississippi stud table game, but it's all good.. sometimes someone doesn't realize or are so happy they just won they forget, or are unaware they can tip. Or someone is stuck a lot of money and has a gambling problem.. they need the money more than I do so I don't take it personal if I don't get a tip or small tip because there are enough generous people that make up for it.

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$1 or $2 is standard... occasionally i will get $5 tip if someone wins a $150-200 pot at 1/2 NL.. the biggest tip i ever got was a green $25 chip in a $700ish pot.. I've only been dealing 1/2 NL for a few weeks tho.. I'm used to dealing just MTTs and 1/4 spread fixed limit Omaha and O8.

Occasionally I'll get stiffed on a pot or a payout on roulette or mississippi stud table game, but it's all good.. sometimes someone doesn't realize or are so happy they just won they forget, or are unaware they can tip. Or someone is stuck a lot of money and has a gambling problem.. they need the money more than I do so I don't take it personal if I don't get a tip or small tip because there are enough generous people that make up for it.

Spot on, Exactly my play.

Buck a pot

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I play $1-$5 stud and 2 weeks ago they moved the big stud game ($75-$150 $15ante) to the table behind me. If I win a big bot over $100 Ill tip $5 and the smaller the pot the smaller the tip. The "big game" behind me was arguing about why should they tip the dealer more than a $1 or $2 when they won a big pot. It blew my mind. I did see one guy tip $75 though. Other than that, it was a buck or two.

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I play $1-$5 stud and 2 weeks ago they moved the big stud game ($75-$150 $15ante) to the table behind me. If I win a big bot over $100 Ill tip $5 and the smaller the pot the smaller the tip. The "big game" behind me was arguing about why should they tip the dealer more than a $1 or $2 when they won a big pot. It blew my mind. I did see one guy tip $75 though. Other than that, it was a buck or two.

It shouldn't be dramatically different. Obv dealers are gonna automatically get bigger tips dealing bigger games, but to act that they should get a massive bump in tips is dumb. It's the same job, tip a 1-2 every decent size pot you win, whether its 1-2 or 5-10

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