How To Treat Dealers When You Visit Casino Sites

A trip to a Las Vegas casino might not be possible right now, but we can still visit the best casino sites in our own countries. A night at the casino is a great way to relax after a long week at work. 

But I know that it’s intimidating to visit a casino if you’ve never been to one before. I blame the films – the idea that you’ll be mixing with the elite from secret government services is enough to put any of us off.

Luckily, it’s not like that. I recently wrote an article about what not to do in a casino, but here I’m going to talk about what you SHOULD do in a casino. Specifically, how you should treat your dealer, especially in the exclusive casinos, e.g., Les Ambassadeurs. Rumour has it that membership at Les Ambassadeurs is £25K a year! So, if you’re going to places like that, you need to read up on etiquette.

Whenever you visit a casino, you must respect the dealers because they’ll make your experience fun. But if you don’t respect them, they might give you a hard time.

Here are a few tips to help you get it right:

Dealers Usually Expect You To Bet Their Tips

Tip your dealer the same way you’d tip a waiter or waitress in a restaurant. Even though dealers are often well off, it’s not because of their wages alone, but because of their wages PLUS their tips. Their employers expect them to make money through tips because it incentivises the dealer to create a better customer experience.

Tipping is less of an issue in the UK, where we don’t really have that sort of tipping culture. However, even the best casino sites, like Les Ambassadeurs, expect you to tip the dealer something. The differences between tipping in cultures like the US vs the UK is just in value. People are expected to tip service staff more in the US depending on their performance, 20% means they’ve done a good job and 10% means they’ve done a poor job.

In the UK, we tip between 5% and 10% depending on service. It’s not that we’re tighter in the UK, but that our service staff have higher wages, so their take-home pay doesn’t reflect how good they are at their job to the same degree as Amerian service staff. Both approaches have their pros and cons. 

But that’s not the end of it. Unlike any other types of tipping (e.g., in restaurants), there’s a twist when it comes to tipping the dealer: they like you to bet their tips.

There are two options here, so I’ll give you a brief rundown of the different approaches and when to do them. Do bear in mind that most dealers prefer option two.

  1. All you need to do is pass a chip their way for the amount you want to tip. This option doesn’t involve betting their tips at all. If you choose to do this, it’s customary to do it at the end of your play as you’re preparing to walk away with your winnings, or empty-handed.
  2. You place a chip down for the dealer, and you make it known that you’re wagering their tip. How you do this depends on which game you’re playing, e.g., in blackjack you’d place the chip outside the betting circle. When choosing this option, don’t go for bets with outlandish odds; choose bets that have a decent chance of winning. 

Generally, dealers will prefer you to bet their tips, but this isn’t always the case. In the UK, the best casino sites will pay their dealers well, so betting the tip means they get more cash if it wins but can still afford to live if it loses. In other countries where staff rely on tips, it’s worth asking the dealer if they’d like you to bet it.

Get In Tune With Them

You shouldn’t visit the casino expecting to win. The house always has an edge. Still, many people struggle to contain their excitement when the adrenaline is flowing, and this can lead to temper tantrums when the cards fall in just the wrong way. Don’t take it out on the dealer because, what many people don’t realise, they actually feel for you.

That’s right. The dealers are watching your game with anticipation. Like most people, they want the good guys to win and the bad guys to lose. They can’t influence the game in any way, but they can make your experience more enjoyable.

Watch your dealer for body-language cues about your play. They’re not allowed to give you any instructions, but they are watching and feeling. If you notice them becoming more twitchy or angsty, look at your behaviour a second; have you lost money? Are you spending too long at the table? Maybe their twitchiness reflects the fact they think you need to walk away? Perhaps you’re about to place a silly bet, and it’s making them nervous?

Don’t Treat Them Suspiciously.

Contrary to what the movies have told us, most casinos don’t lose money to outside scam artists. Nope, they’re much more likely to lose money from insiders, especially dealers. It’s so common that some casinos require dealers to show their hands to the security cameras when they leave the table. They have to clap, turn their hands over, and shake their arms out to show they’re not concealing any chips.

But you don’t have to worry about them stealing your chips. The casinos keep a sharp eye on their dealers, and, if you’re playing with a reputable casino, you can guarantee they vetted the dealers properly. I wouldn’t be surprised if the UK casinos run DBS checks on their dealers. So, it’s not your place to worry about it, and that’s a good thing. It means that you can devote your energies to getting on with the dealer and on with your game, which will help you play better and win more. 

Summary

When you visit a casino, you need to understand what dealers expect from you and how they work. It helps you get the most out of your play and helps make a fun and comfortable atmosphere at the table. 

A man with a floating Queen of Hearts to represent a dealer at the best casino sites