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How do I tip my slot host?

30 November 2009

Thank you so much for the helpful advice regarding tipping slot hosts. We have a wonderful slot host in LV and wanted to say thank you. We were not sure if it was allowed.

Thank you again for your help.

Each casino has its own rules regarding tipping slot hosts, but as a general rule hosts are prohibited from accepting any cash tip and gifts worth more than, say, $25.

Players have made homemade cookies and pies for their hosts. You can also pick up pastries from the coffee shop at the hotel for your host. You can check Jean Scott's book The Frugal Gambler for more ideas about how to give a gift to your host and stay within the casino's guidelines.

I think the best thing you can do for your host, however, is to write a letter to your host or your host's boss and say how much you appreciate your host's efforts on your behalf and how your host is one of the reasons you keep coming back to this casino. Your letter may help your host get a raise -- and that's a gift that keeps on giving.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots