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!
Well Rod I give you anything you want to know about it but first off I would like to say as also a fellow coder thanks for the userprofiles module for DNN. I have a few posts over there still awaiting an answer from you by the way. =) Ok now I am a firm believer in Karma so I tip on every pot. A dollar a hand is good but I like to bribe my fate a little and try 10% on every hand. Now that for me goes for big pots too and you are right a bit on my analogy on the stock broker because there are different kinds of brokers. Also right on the casino taking money for a house rake but a lot of the rake goes back into what is called a players pool. This money is used to create things like big freerolls or bad beat jack pots and other misc give aways. As far as tournaments here the house takes usually $5 per entry fee for the house and $5 for what is called dealer appreciation. Now some people think that that takes care of dealers but some times it does not. To break it down a bit look at 20 dealers dealing a tournament that has 200 players. Now that might look like the dealers will get 50$ a piece but the way it breaks down is money / downs / dealers. Downs are how many times a table is dealt in half an hour so lets say it takes 100 downs on a big tournament to complete it. That would be $1000 / 100 = $10 a down. Now let's say i only dealt two downs that means I made $20 when in a live game for the same amount of time i could make $40. It seems like a lot but they take 30% from us so from every dollar we pocket only 70 cents.Now for the other questions. There is no time limit to what we call the "Hit and Run" method. That is where you sit and wait for a big pot then rake up and leave. Players want to see this happen because they want to try to get their money back but is perfectly ok. In fact it can be a good method if you can keep hitting a profitable hand then leave daily. The thing I would try to do is usually play a couple rounds before I rack up and leave. Not trying to get people to pissed off at me so that when I come in again they might let me "Hit and Run" again. =)Feel free to ask me any other questions bout the other side of the table Rod. I'll be glad to answer.
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