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Blackjack Tips: Tipping

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Today’s blackjack tip should go without saying, but sometimes these things need to be said anyway. If you are playing online blackjack at home, the only money you need to spend is on your wager. You deposit money in your account, wager with that money, and then make a withdrawal after you win all kinds of money (hopefully). That is all you need to worry about when it comes to money. Not so for playing blackjack at a brick and mortar casino.

If you visit a brick and mortar casino to play blackjack, remember that you will need to do some tipping. So who should you tip? Well, almost everyone. If you use valet parking, you need to tip the valet attendant. If you’re staying at the casino resort and a bellhop carries your bags to your hotel room, leave that person a tip. On the casino floor tips are also expected.

While you’re at the blackjack table, cocktail waitresses will come around and give you free drinks. Many people don’t tip for those free cocktails, but it is polite to do so. Leaving a small tip for the complementary drink will get the cocktail waitress on your good side, which could lead to better service. Even if it doesn’t, though, it’s polite. And that brings us to the blackjack dealer.

When you play blackjack at a casino, you should tip the dealer if you are winning money. If you lose your shirt, no one expects you to hand more money over. However, if you have a good run and make some money playing blackjack at the table, you should leave a tip with the dealer when you leave. Some players tip as they go.

Players who tip as they go can just place on the table and tell the dealer it’s for them. Another way to tip is to place a bet for the dealer. Even if the hand loses, in which case the dealer gets nothing, they usually appreciate the gesture. Tipping the dealer is not only polite, but it leads to a more friendly and helpful dealer, which make the blackjack experience more enjoyable.

Online Blackjack Advantage: No Tipping

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

As I have said before, there are many advantages to playing online blackjack rather than playing at a brick and mortar casino. For one thing, you don’t need to travel to an online casino, pay for lodging or food. There are no hookers or drug dealers trying to talk you out of your money (well, probably not, depending on where you live).

Another advantage of playing online blackjack is that at an online casino, there is no dealer. Why is that an advantage? It is for a few reasons. First of all, even though it’s irrational, new blackjack players are often intimidated by a dealer, especially when it seems that they’re trying to speed up the game. They feel rushed and pressured into making a quick decision, which can lead to mistakes. When playing at an online casino, you can take as much time as you want, pull out your blackjack card, study it, call a friend to ask for advice, take a nap, and then decide to take a hit. It doesn’t matter because there is no dealer waiting for you, nor are there other players at the table.

Another reason that playing online blackjack is better is because no dealer means that you don’t have to tip. You may not know this, but you are expected to tip at a blackjack table at a brick and mortar casino, especially if you’re having a hot streak. If you didn’t know this, then you were probably right when you thought the dealer was unhappy with you. How much you should tip depends on who you ask – mostly it’s personal preference – but you tip more if you’re betting more and in the end, tipping can increase the house edge.

With online blackjack, however, there is no dealer, so even if you wanted to tip, there’s no one to give it to. I’m sure if you contacted customer service and told them that since you made a lot of money you want to give some to the casino, they would probably laugh and assume it was a prank. When you play at an online casino, there is no tipping, which means you hold on to more of your winnings. In a land-based casino, even if you only tip in one out of every 100 hands, that adds 1% to the house edge. By playing online blackjack, you get to keep that 1% (or more).

Therefore, if you are new to the blackjack game, don’t have a whole lot of disposable income, or simply don’t like tipping, playing online is the better way to go. Online blackjack is easier, less stressful and it saves you money.