Tipping in Live Play

The great thing about playing poker online is that you don’t have to know any etiquette rules.  Sure it’s nice when you can complete your turn in less than the required amount of time, but that’s nothing to remember compared to what you need to know in live poker.  And tipping is one of the sketchiest parts when it comes to live poker etiquette.

The first thing you need to know about tipping in live games is that you definitely need to tip dealers.  That’s because dealers are much like waiters in that they rely on tips to make a decent wage since the casinos themselves don’t pay dealers good enough.  Sure they make enough to live off of, but a good dealer can make the game go much smoother and they should be rewarded with the service they are providing. 

Now that the decision of whether or not to tip in live play has been made it’s just a matter of knowing how much to tip in which situations.  If you’re someone that plays limits of $2/$4 and you win something like a $10 pot then you obviously can’t tip too much or you won’t make any profit.  If you flip the dealer a quarter or even 50 cents in this situation then you should be alright on the tip.

But if you’re somebody that plays stakes of $10/$20 and you win a pot of $300 then it might be a good gesture to tip somewhere in the range of $1 - $5.  If you win an extremely large pot then it is a good idea to tip even more depending on how generous you feel that day.  The key is to make sure that you make an effort to tip though so that you’re not shorting someone that doesn’t make a whole lot of cash to begin with.

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