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How to Tip a Dealer at Live Blackjack Table

Staff Writer 02/01/2018 Blog 2 views

To quote Malcolm S Forbes, you can always judge a character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. No context illustrates this notion better than the gambling etiquette and the attitude that the player displays during the session. In the gambling community, the art of tipping has become a norm and the indicator of civility which every player will need to adopt and master, especially the ones planning to join VIP tables. If you want to look like you belong at the exclusive Blackjack table, adopting the mannerism of high rollers and learning a thing or two about tipping basics would, therefore, be in order.

Why do I need to tip?

The dealers are providing a service for you, and their professionalism, efficiency and friendly disposition should not go unrewarded, regardless of the Blackjack hand outcome. A lot of players associate tipping with their own success at the Blackjack table and they reward the dealer only during the winning streak. The gambling etiquette requires the player to tip the dealer at the Blackjack table as a response to their efficiency and disposition – if the service provided is exceptional, the dealers should not be punished for an unfavourable hand but complimented for their professionalism and skilful card dealing.

How to tip a Blackjack dealer and do it classy?

Most live Blackjack tables include the tip button as an integrated game interface option. The traditional way to thank the dealers for their services is to simply present them with a chip by clicking on the tip button.

An alternative way of tipping is to place the bet on the dealer’s behalf. There are two different ways of doing this; one option is to place a chip for the dealer on the line circling the betting area, positioning it only half way inside the betting circle. If the bet wins, the dealer is entitled to both the original bet and the winnings. The other option is to place the chip on top of your own wager, which entitles the dealer to collect the winning amount while the original bet is returned to the player.

Another option is to wait until the end of the dealer’s table session and tip them as they are getting ready to leave the table. This is preferred by a lot of players as it does not divert your attention from the game and allows you to stay focused on the strategy while the game is in progress.

What is the norm?

If you still decide to tip the dealer by sharing your winnings with them, the standard is somewhere between 1% to 5% of the total payout.  As your stakes increase and your winning streaks are prolonged, the percentage can increase to level up with your success at the Blackjack table.

As mentioned, your tips should not be relative to the success of each Blackjack hand and one should always plan the budget to also include the tipping.

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