Guide to Tipping in Las Vegas

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When you visit Las Vegas, you'll find services being provided that may be much different from what you experience in your hometown. There are casinos, restaurants, hotels, and transportation, the costs of which may involve tipping. In addition, visitors wonder if tipping standards are the same as back home.

A variety of people in Las Vegas will be there providing a service to you that will make your stay more pleasurable. Tipping is a simple thing and rewarding those services is expected. A couple of dollars to anyone who is helping you out normally does the trick. But it gets confusing sometimes because there are so many people providing services, including those you might not think about, so here are a few tipping guidelines. And, as with back home, don't feel compelled to tip when the service is bad but don't hold back when someone has done a very good job, either.

Gambling and the Dealers

A good rule of thumb is, if you're winning and the dealer is making the experience enjoyable, you tip. If they are bothered by the thought of conversation, don’t tip. Some dealers will keep an eye on you and help you get as close to winning as possible. You can tip during the action or you can tip as you leave the table, that's entirely up to you. Ask the dealer about their preference for tipping as you can offer chips or money. Some are gamblers and some are not.

Poker Dealers

If you win a pot, send a chip over to the dealer. They deal the cards and they have to put up with annoying behaviors from some of the players. A good dealer can split pots and keep the game going while a bad dealer can let things get out of control. Most Las Vegas dealers are very knowledgeable, so drop a few chips in their pocket.

Casino Waitresses 

While you are gambling, waitresses will come around with drinks. Tip them regardless of luck. Drinks are free and these women typically will keep coming back as long as you are kind to them. A dollar or two per drink is fine.

Taxis

Tipping a taxi driver $2 is customary below fifteen dollars. If you have a driver who is taking the long way to your hotel, for example, make sure to point it out. Don't tip anyone who long hauls you, or doesn't drive safely.

Bellmen

Tip $2 per bag up to about ten or twelve dollars. Tip a little more if they spend time showing you all the amenities in your room and how to use them.

At the Buffet

It is customary to tip one to two dollars per person in your party for drinks and the clearing of dishes. Some buffets have eliminated beverage service and have made it self-serve as well, for that you tip $1 for the clearing of plates per person in your party.

Restaurants

Always tip 15 - 20 percent for good service and more for great service at a Las Vegas restaurant. Remember, there is no need to reward waiters, bartenders, and expediters for their poor service. However, if a server makes your dinner legendary, go ahead and reward them for the good work.

Spas

Tipping is customary at spas. At most day spas, it's appropriate to tip 15 to 20 percent. So when you have a $100 massage, tip $15 if the service was average, and 20 percent or more if the therapist provided outstanding service. Some day spas add a service fee, but most do not. You can either offer the tip directly to the therapist in cash or add it to your bill. A few spas leave envelopes in the room to encourage tipping.