Tipping / Money Matters, Las Vegas
If you are sitting at the machines or the tables and the waitress comes and asks you if you would like a drink don't forget to tip her. Yes the drinks may be free but if you don't tip the waitress she won't come back, but if you tip her one dollar for each drink she will return.
like the handgun and the bullet which are inseparable. the modern casino invention of the paper voucher to print your winnings at the slot machines and then you can encash it to it's partner, the Modified Automated Teller Machine that has a separate slot that accepts the vouchers and where you can slip it and then the machine churns out dollars and cents of your approximate winnings. These modified atm's are numerous and can be found anywhere in Las Vegas Casinos everywhere so that you don't need to go to a cashier to encash your winnings (but you can still encash the paper voucher to the cashiers in the casinos). Since it is also an ATM machine, you can also withdraw money at the machine as it accepts all local and international consortiums like Plus or Discover or Cirrus and more. The best deal here is that the maximum amount you can withdraw per transaction is $ 500. (like other ATM's, they also charge a withdrawal fee for every withdrawal you make.
one of the innovations in the Casino World is the invention of the Paper Voucher and the corresponding modified Automated Teller Machine (ATM) that can read these vouchers and dispense out cash. Playing the slot machines today has become so medernized that if you hit the jackpot or on a roll in a particular slot machine, there will not be coins coming out and clanking to the bottom of the slot machine but instead, the computer chip in the slot machine will compute your winnings and if opt not to gamble anymore, just press the touchscreen on the slot machine and viola! a paper voucher will be issued to you and you can readily encash it at the many modified ATM machines that accepts the paper voucher and you can convert your earning to instant cash!
All Casinos with slot machines in las vegas now use the automated paper voucher to print your winnings and then you can encash them at the atm machines.
in this economy and recession, the handy Automated Teller Machines have become more important as many people now have less credit cards and lower FICO Scores hence Cash is becoming king and besides the debit card, having an Automated Teller Machine Card has it's perks and here in Las Vegas, there are numerous ATM machines everywhere where you can withdraw spot cash and most of the machines are part of local and international consortiums like Plus, Discover, Cirrus, etc. But always remember that the ATM's have ATM machine use charges that ranges from $ 2 to $ 4 per transaction besides the usual bank withdrawal charges. the machines have different maximum withdrawal limits with sone only allowing $ 200 maximum withdrawal to others allowing up to $ 500.
As I've Learned as a Gambler, It is better to tip Cocktail waitresses 1 dollar but since the weakness of the dollar, better tip them 2 dollars since tipping is a must in the service industry and since in other countries there is a mandatory service charge from 10-20% included in the bill. This is actually not just a local custom here but anywhere (boy i've been to reno, atlantic city, biloxi, indian casino's in Wash State and NY and a lot more, even in Canada). I always get a kick out of people in the nickel areas complaining that they have not seen a waitress. These same people act like they are doing her a favor to give her 3 nickels. She has to do the same amount of walking regardless of whether she is bringing a coffee to the nickel area or a top shelf drink to the higher limit.
So now you will give her $2 a drink and They'll be back more often because they know you are taking care of them, they'll tell the bartender to make it a "good" drink (sit in earshot of a waitress station sometimes and listen sometime). Why? They tip out the bartenders at the end of the night for helping them. So they have some pull over the bartenders.
Bell Captain & Bellman:
The usual tip is $1-$2 per bag. The bell captain and staff are also a valuable source of information and can perform many services, such as arranging for shows or travel, so tipping an extra $5 is not unreasonable. Also, give $1 or $2 to the bellman who calls a cab for you.
Bingo and Keno Runners:
If you’re playing for an extended time, tip $1 occasionally. Even if you’re not winning, it’s appreciated
The standard tip is $1 per person if a server is helpful and gets your drinks.
Tips can be given directly to the dealer between hands, throws of the dice or spins of the wheel, and small side bets are permitted for the dealer. These can range from $1 to half your bet.
Hotel Courtesy Shuttle Drivers:
Although shuttle vans are provided by many hotels at no charge, don’t forget to tip the drivers at least $1 or more per person or $4-$5 per party.
$1 or $2 a day is sufficient, usually left at the end of your visit.
The standard tip is 15-20%, depending on the service
$5 to $10 for a party of two to four at a cocktail show only; $10-$20 for a dinner show for the same size group depending on service.
Restaurant & Room Service:
Waiters and waitresses usually receive is 15-20% of the bill, depending on the service. Some hotels add the tip to the bill for room service. Be sure to check when you place your order.
The customary rate is 15-20% of the fare. If the driver carries your luggage, you might add an extra $1 per bag. For short trips up and down the Strip, a few dollars is appreciated considering the driver’s wait in a cab line.
Valet Parking Attendants:
Valet parking at most hotels is free. A tip of $1-$2 each time the attendant takes or brings your car is appreciated.
Showroom Maitre d’s:
In a few showrooms, where seating is not reserved but remains at the discretion of the Maitre d’, a tip of $5 to $20 helps you get your desired seating.
Most of the customer service jobs in Las Vegas are on average lower paying positions and the employees who work in these positions rely on tips to make a living.
Las Vegas Dealers/Craps Attendants: If you are winning money make sure you tip the dealers. You have a choice to directly have them deposit the money as a tip or make a wager on their behalf. You can also leave the option up to the dealer. 5-10% of your winnings is usually a good tip for the dealers, but we will leave it up to your imagination on how much you win.
Slot Attendants: If you have a good slot payout, make sure to tip the slot attendants. It is not often I see these people tipped and they work hard for their money making sure they are repairing your machines when they have a malfunction.
Las Vegas is sometimes known as a city for "High Rollers," but many of us are just regular working-class people looking for a little fun without paying a high price tag.
Employees/ Locals that work in Vegas have the same dilemma, working-class folks just trying to make a decent living. I always try to remember that as much fun as I am having they are working. Even a little tip can go a long way.
These are not written in stone or anything, I just like to give a little something to let them know I appreciate it.
Bell Man $2-3 per bag
Bell Desk $2 per bag
Shuttle Bus Driver $2-3 per bag
Restaurant 10-20% (depending on the service)
Taxi Cab Drivers $3-5 or $2 per bag
Housekeeper $5-8 per day
Room Service (most hotels the gratuity is added onto the bill, but if you are feeling especially generous, like if of you won big at the BlackJack Table $3-5!)
Although times are tough and it’s tough on everyone. Especially those who work in services within the hotels, restaurants, transportation, and casino's. Tipping is the only way these individuals are able to supplement their wages. Lately, these individuals have noted that people are tipping less if not at all. Let's not forget these people work hard and make an honest living. So let’s not forget to remember how hard they work too. Show your appreciation
I can truly say that Las Vegas has a different shopping culture. It didn't matter how you look or how you dress, as long as you have the mighty dollar and the Gold or Platinum Visa or Mastercard, all the expensive stores welcome and greet you with a huge smile...
Unlike other places, when you are in a casual dress or in shorts shopping at an expensive store, the sales people don't treat you well as much as when you are dressed-to-kill. Sometimes, you are ignored...Have you experienced this? (I did. As a matter of fact, just recently when I was in Milan shopping at the Louis Vuitton at the Galleria).
In Las Vegas, your attire didn't matter. They know that it is a gambling city and when you hit the jackpot, it didn't matter how you looked! They can't tell whether you hit the jackpot or not, whether you won the big pot money, or you got lucky that night at the roulette!
Have you watched Pretty Woman? Do you remember when the actress went to the signature shops to buy coutoure dresses and she asked questions about how much the dress was and was talked down by the sales girl because she was in a street dress?
Well, that's in Hollywood. Image there is so important. But not in Las Vegas. Sales people are smart enough that they know there is no way they can figure out whether the customer coming in to their shop has money based on the attire alone.
They just have to welcome the customer. Whether the shop be at Prada, Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, Fendi, Tiffany's, Balenciaga, Cartier, Ferragamo, David Yurman or Rolex, Longines, Patek Phillip stores. The sales people here don't discriminate base on your looks or your attire! They all love your mighty $$$$!!!!
This is definitely not New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan or Paris where the brand name shops are used to dress-to-impress clients!!!
Since most big hotels charge a hefty price for in-room Internet access, we were happy to find a 24h Internet cafe at the Showcase Mall that was quite affordable. All we had to do was stick $1 in the computer to get it started, and that gave us 30 minutes worth of Internet. It was then possible to add some money for more minutes, and at the end they gave us a password that made it possible to come back and use whatever minutes we had left.
The Internet cafe's four computers are located in the Showcase Mall foodcourt (on the second floor), near the Starbucks. Showcase Mall is located at 3785 South Las Vegas Blvd, near the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (just look for the giant Coke bottle and M&M store).
This town runs on tips. Many workers receive minimum wage from their employers, so they depend on the tips to earn their livings. When they leave, the go home to families and mortgages. However, don't lead that to your thinking that you have to overtip. Keep it simple. 15-20% for most services is fine. $2-5 for valet is sufficient. $1 or $2 per bag if you need help from the bell staff is good. I've heard that lately, some of the higher end nightclubs are starting to become a little bit greedy and demanding with tipping. Stand your ground. If they are extorting money, take your business elsewhere. We do not want to encourage this sort of behavior. Also, if your service is not great, let the tip reflect that. As we travel the world, we are always reminded of what good service we receive in Las Vegas compared to other world class destinations. I think the tipping is one reason why. If they do a good job, reward them for it.
I had no idea about tipping when I arrived in Las Vegas. The best thing I did when a valet parked my car was to explain I wasn't sure how the tipping worked. I asked what sort of tip the (very friendly) person would be happy with. She told me a very reasonable amount and I was able to give a little bit more. There's nothing wrong with just having a conversation!
I've been going to Vegas for many years and have gotten to know personally quite a few of the waiting staff at the hotels and people in the service industry. The fact is $1 or $ 2 for a taxi cab ride just doesn't cut it. Of course I've always been big on good service, so the better their ettiquette, the more I compensate. Having said that, you don't need to empty your wallet every time you tip. You need to find a happy medium, something that you are comfortable with as well as correctly compensating the person for their service. What would you think is fair somebody giving you if you were doing their job? That's how I would come up with the right amount of tipping.
Everywhere I've been in Vegas (Which is nearly everywhere), valet service is free. Completely and totally free. HOWEVER I know more than a few valets get paid very little and some work on 90% tips. So, when it comes to tipping the valet, do so at the very least out of courtesy.
I've found that a five dollar tip works nicely enough in most cases; add or subtract as needed depending on the quality of service. Although, don't be too hard if you're waiting a bit for your car while on the Strip. You have to realize that there are probably a thousand other cars in valet and the valet parking spot is rather large because of this. In addition, you're more than likely not the only one there.
Bottom line: Although valet is free, tips are greatly appreciated and often needed. Also, try to be patient when waiting for your car at a busy casino/hotel. (ie. Anywhere on the Strip.)