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Tipping Slot Attendants In Las Vegas

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

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The debate on whether you should tip your slot attendant or not rages on. Many people feel if they hit a jackpot, regardless of the size, they should tip the slot attendant because he or she was the one that paid out the jackpot.

Others suggest that tipping the slot attendant is a waste of money and will never do it. These people feel that the only thing the slot attendant did is put a ticket in the machine and count out your cash.

The debate has raged on for years. Here are both sides to the story.

Yes, You Should Always Tip the Slot Attendants
Slot Attendants generally work for minimum wage. A lot of their income is based on tips. It is very hard to survive in Las Vegas on minimum wage.

Their have been casinos in the past that have tried a no tipping policy. Every time those casino policies have failed. The cocktail waitresses, the slot attendants, and all other casino personnel have no incentive to be friendly, prompt, and courteous to the casino patrons.

The casinos that have tried to the no tipping policy have paid higher than minimum wage to their workers, but it was still not enough.

Most slot attendants will tend to be courteous, even if you do no tip them. The problem though, is that in order to survive the slot attendant needs to receive tips.

If you go to the same casino to play on a regular basis, a repeat customer, then you should always tip the slot attendants. They can point you out too machines that tend to pay off more often. They can get you paid out faster, and they will let the cocktail waitresses know that you tip so your drinks will come more often without waiting.

Tipping slot attendants is simply the right thing too do.

No, Don't Ever Tip the Slot Attendants
I gamble my own money, I get lucky and win $500, and now I am suppose to tip the slot attendant who simply paid me the cash? It is a scam. Maybe in the old days, before all of this new computer generated tickets, I would consider tipping the slot attendant.
In todays world the casino could just as easily have the machine spit out a ticket and then I could take it to the cashiers' cage to redeem my earnings. Instead, the casino wants to verify that the win is authentic, and then have the slot attendant pay me my winnings.

The slot attendant will then stare at you, hoping for tip. For what? The slot attendant did nothing but take 3 minutes of her time to pay me my earnings. Did the slot attendant pitch in on the money I put in the machine? No. Did the slot attendant give me money last week when I lost money?

Just because I won a $500 jackpot does not mean that I am ahead $500. I may have lost $700 before I won the jackpot. That means I am still down $200, and the slot attendant wants a tip. I don't think so.

Many people who like to tip say "well the slot attendant pointed out the good machines too use". I call hors manure on that. Each night the slot attendants play a game of numbers. They point many customers to many different machines. Most of them will lose. Out of all of these customers, one may hit a jackpot. The customer then thinks they won because the slot attendant pointed them too the machine originally.

It is a scam. The slot attendants do not know any better then you do which gaming machines are the best too use. It is all luck.

If I have to tip a slot attendant to keep him or her happy then I will simply spend my money elsewhere. Slot attendants do not deserve a tip and never have.

Further Thoughts on Slot Attendants

Whether you choose to tip the slot attendants or not is a very personal choice. You should decide for yourself whether you want to tip a slot attendant. You should never feel forced to tip a slot attendant.

If you win a jackpot and don't tip the slot attendant, and then receive poor and rude service from the slot attendant, quit playing. Cash out your machine and find a floor supervisor or manager. Explain to them how you won a mini-jackpot and was going to keep gambling here but instead you are taking your winnings to a different casino to play because you are tired of the slot attendant who is very rude too you, simply because you did not give her a tip.

If this happens multiple times a casino will then either retrain the slot attendants in customer service skills or fire them.

A slot attendant always needs to be polite and courteous to players regardless of whether they receive a tip or not. Casinos want players to keep playing after they win a jackpot, not pack up and move to a competitor's casino.

As for the other casino staff such as cocktail waitresses and blackjack dealers, if you tip or not is up too you. I tend to give a large tip too the cocktail waitress the first time I see her. I then usually receive many drinks and get them without waiting. I also do not have to stumble with placing 2-3 quarters in her hand each time she brings me a new drink.

Tipping is very personal, at the restaurant if you are not a regular tipper but you always eat there, then be prepared to have mucus in your food. As For Slot attendants, the only thing they can do is be rude too you. If your slot attendant is rude, cash out, talk to a floor supervisor, and then move onto a new casino.

If you feel that you have received excellent customer service in a casino and want to tip the person or people, then go right ahead. Good tips can encourage great customer service. On the same token, if you feel a customer does not receive a tip then do not tip them. Image Credit: (Flickr/sophistechate)
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Apr 29, 2010 9:07pm
I haven't been to Vegas for years, but as far as I know, it's always been appropriate to tip, especially for advice. At local casinos they won't offer you any advice on what machines to play. In Vegas, they told you, and you generally did really well with their advice. If you gave them a tip, they would tell you where to try next.
Apr 30, 2010 12:34am
I usually tip. I ALWAYS tip the cocktail waitress or bartender very nicely!
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