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Soliciting a tip from a slot player in New York

26 July 2010

What is the difference between a gaming floor supervisor in a New York lottery governed casino informing the jackpot winner that the gaming attendant can accept tips and the cashier at the cage setting out a tip jar at his/her window?

If informing the guest is being labeled soliciting, how is it different from a tip jar? Some patrons are not aware that the gaming attendant who is taking care of the jackpot can accept a tip. The cage cashier has a window and sets out a tip jar.

Thank you,
A NY gaming attendant looking for answers

Dear Attendant,

I like riddles. Too bad you already gave the answer: One is allowed, the other isn't.

The only difference I can see is that the tip jar is a passive solicitation for a tip (providing the cashier doesn't make a comment about how empty the jar is) and telling the patron that an attendant can accept a tip is an active solicitation.

I suggest you ask your supervisor or your local state representative for the legal justification for the restriction. It's possible that the slot-enabling legislation prohibits actively soliciting a tip, but allows -- or doesn't address -- a passive solicitation.

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