Tipping in Casinos: How To Do It

Tipping, however generous it may seem, can be challenging at times. You might keep wondering who exactly to tip, how much to tip them, what currency to use and more. This happens all the time in places like bars, restaurants, and public spaces where you get services. 

It gets a bit complicated when playing casinos in different parts of the world. Now, we have compiled a few tips that will help you understand how best to appreciate the people who serve you in casinos around the world. 

Tipping in Casinos

Tipping in Macau

Macau has established itself as a more valuable location for casino owners in pretty much the same way Las Vegas has been over the years. It actually boasts a much larger annual gambling turnover than Las Vegas,a place known for the world’s best casinos.Although the casino rivals those in Las Vegas, tipping culture remains adequately foreign. A ten percent service fee is often added to the restaurant bills and other costs when you eat in a casino. In other words, you may not be able to tip at that point. You can tip the dealers when you win at the casino. But it is not customary to tip, and you should not feel obliged to do so. That is why just a ten percent tip will often be adequate. 

Tipping in the Caribbean 

In the Caribbean, tipping is a pretty common and standard thing. Whether it is in Puerto Rico or Aruba, the Dominican Republic, or the Canary Islands, you will feel obligated to tip generously in casinos and other places like restaurants, bars, and hotels. Of course, you always must decide how much to tip your croupier.

Tipping in Casinos - Caribbean

You might choose to give away a considerable portion of your win or just payout before you and your dealer leaves the table. While it might be difficult to part with your hard-earned fortune, knowing how to tip is crucial in appreciating the efforts of the staff serving you in the casinos. You may win enormous fortunes, but offering tips will prove to be a great way to show your appreciation to the staff who are usually underpaid. 

Tipping in Australia and New Zealand 

Australia has always had Sydney’s Opera House as one of the main tourist attractions. However, the lavish casino resorts are spicing things up, bringing even more visitors to Australia. The casino experience is quite popular in the neighboring country of New Zealand. The two counties have similar rules regarding gambling, which inform the probable tipping culture. 

Dealers and other service professionals in Australia and New Zealand are highly paid. Well, tipping is not an obligatory thing to do. In fact, Australia encourages people not to tip the gaming staff, which is likely to be considered bribery and may quickly raise questions about fairness in the casino. Similarly, it is not customary to tip in New Zealand, but you can give a small gratuity as a way of expressing gratitude for stellar services. Tipping is a culture that has been introduced mostly by American tourists and it is taking shape. 

Tipping in the United Kingdom and Europe 

Gambling is legal across Europe, but for a long time, tipping was prohibited in the United Kingdom casinos. The servers in the casinos are paid liveable wages by law, making it unnecessary to receive tips. While that has since changed, tipping has not morphed into an obligatory thing to do. You can simply do it mainly out of goodwill after enjoying the casino experience and stellar services. Across the rest of Western Europe, tipping is acceptable but still not obligatory. The tipping culture becomes more prevalent in Eastern Europe. A point to note though; if you tip more than fifty percent in The Netherlands, France, or and Germany, it might be considered rude.  

Tipping in Monaco 

In luxurious Monaco, tipping is much like in France. It is not obligatory. Even when you get to visit the famous Monte Carlo casinos and gambling rooms, no one will feel entitled to your fortune as to demand a tip. However, you can give tips to your croupier out of goodwill and if you are willing to share your fortune with them. It is never obligatory, and the dealers in the casinos won’t think lowly of you if you do not give a tip. Again,  the dealers are paid well in these casinos where visitors even have to pay the entrance fee. 

Tipping in Casinos - Monaco

Wrap up

In a nutshell, tipping etiquette is a crucial skill to learn. Remember, different places worldwide have different cultures. Thus, you will need an understanding of how people in various places may receive tips. There are countries in the world where tipping is prohibited, no matter how well you mean. There are other areas where it is common, and you might feel the need to tip your servers. While tipping is not an obligation, it is a good gesture that shows you are appreciative of those who help you.  

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