I've never understood how or why (well, I guess I understand why to an extent) people sweat tipping and want to tip as little as possible. I'm not saying you should tip away all your EV or do anything stupid. Although, counting cards, or any game where the player has a small advantage, tipping can
add up quickly if you aren't smart about it.
But in other games, particularly those where you have a nice edge, there's no reason to sweat the tipping. Let's say you have a decent play, $1 9/6 JOB where you can do 1000 HPH (for simplicity), and you get 4.46% cash-back, for an overall positive 4% win. At $5k in action per hour, that's $200/hour. The only hand you'll be tipping on is a RF which pays $4k and is worth 2% of your overall return. Some people tip like 0.5% of a jackpot which would be $20 in this case. Sure, that might be a fair amount to tip (who knows what's a fair amount?), but that $20 loss over a 40 hour span is essentially nothing, as your EV would have been $8k. Hell, if you wanted to, you could tip 50%
of your jackpot payouts to the slot attendant and still do very well, making $150/hour instead of $200/hour. (I'm not saying you should tip that much, but it goes to show how little of an impact tipping has if you're playing a decent or strong play.)
It's much more difficult in blackjack card counting. You have a small edge, you're making big bets compared to your hourly win-rate, and thus tipping what a dealer would consider fair is much different than what you can actually afford. If your max bet is $500 and your hourly EV is $100, you're not going to be able to find a tip amount that satisfies the dealer. Dealer bases it off of your $500 bet, and/or how much you win or bought in for, you base it off of your $100/hour in EV....and there's not really a "fair" middle ground. But then again, you're playing a pretty bad game to begin with.
But if you're not going to tip, don't be an a**hole about it (unless the dealer deserves it). Just color up or do whatever you do, grab your money, and go.
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