Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:36 PM
Great view point from the other side of the table, thanks for that!
Ok, so I do not often play in casinos (we play in our own home poker league and pass the dealer) - I have to be honest, I have no clue on tipping ettiquete and how much and when to tip the dealer (I live in Australia, I know the US tip at bars and resturants all the time, in Aus you don't tip at bars and you only tip for food if service is good).
I'm not sure about your analogy of the stock broker - an Execution-Only stock broker gets a small fee but offers no help on the trade. This is like a dealer, who should not be helping any player, merely executing the "trade" or deal. The payment is the house rake that you are paying to play in that venue is it not? This is a % of the tourney entry that goes towards the establishment. One might say it is the establishments responsibility to pay it's employees (I'm playing devil's advocate here).
So, please enlighten me as to how and when one should tip (I assume it is only on big winning pots and is it relative to the size of your current stack? Do you tip if you are short-stacked?) - although maybe this should be a new blog post - When and how to tip.... ;)
Actually, there's a couple of things I would love to know about playing in a casino - it's really intimidating the first time - for example, in a cash game, how soon after you sit down can you leave? Is it rude to leave after a big win? If not, how long to wait? Would love to here your comments as a pro dealer!