We all know that tokeing (tipping) the dealers by making a bet for them works wonders. I have found a way to give the dealers an additional toke that cost nothing and adds to their gratitude. Give them a compliment. When we praise someone for their efforts we commonly refer to it as “Paying them a compliment.” The word pay is used because you are giving something of value. Every person I know likes to be appreciated and praised when they do a good job. It's human nature and you will be surprised how much a simple sincere compliment can do to get the dealers on your side.
Here is what I do when I am playing craps. First of all when I get ready to shoot I put an extra dollar on my pass line bet. The extra dollar that capping my pass line bet is used to place another bet on the line for the dealers when I win. Then I make a dollar bet for the dealers but I wait until just before I get ready to pick up the dice and then I throw down a dollar on the pass line and announce that the dealers are on the line. I do this as a little fanfare to make sure it gets noticed.
When I do win my pass line bet I can be sure that at least one of the dealers or the boxman will thank me for the bet. When this happens I say, "Your very welcome. I know all of you work hard and you deserve it!" I can't tell you how many times I have had a dealer say, "Hey say that louder so my boss can hear it." At that point I usually will repeat it a little louder and it always elicits some sort of affirmative response for the crew.
When I get ready to roll, again, I’ll make a comment about trying to keep the roll going to makes us all some money. I tell them that the extra dollar on my pass line bet was a perpetual toke for the dealers.
If I seven out early and don't win, one of the dealers usually thanks me for the try. When that happens I again say "You dealers work hard. I'll try to win you some money next time" or something along those lines.
I try to make sure I pay the dealers a compliment or at least thank them when I leave the table or they are being replaced by another dealer. When I’m playing poker I always tip the dealers when I win a pot. I also make sure I thank the dealer being replaced even if I haven’t won a hand while they were dealing. It lets them know their work is appreciated.
Many players only tip the dealers when they win. It’s understandable that they don’t want to give away money when they are losing. If this is the case you can still thank them when they leave or give them a compliment while they are dealing. It cost nothing and pays back tremendous dividends. Give it a try next time. Remember that sometimes a kind word can be just as valuable as money.
Art Aronson is a tenured bottom-line professional sports handicapper. He is the best ROI handicapper in the business. He is not your typical handicapper.
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