BTLWI
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December 5th, 2014 at 2:05:46 AM permalink
What kind of gifts have you guys given to your casino host before? Anything $50 and under doesn't have to be "approved" by her boss so that's about the range I'm looking for. I've been a "VIP" for about 1.5 years but didn't get her anything last year - never really thought of it.

She's a 50 y/o white female.
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December 5th, 2014 at 3:53:26 AM permalink
Quote: BTLWI

What kind of gifts have you guys given to your casino host before? Anything $50 and under doesn't have to be "approved" by her boss so that's about the range I'm looking for. I've been a "VIP" for about 1.5 years but didn't get her anything last year - never really thought of it.

She's a 50 y/o white female.



Regardless of what anyone claims, anything your host does is based on your play and play, in this case, is code for losses. If people want to believe otherwise or think that the host goes the extra mile for them then, I have a bridge for sale. If anyone has to think they're special to justify their losses who am I to burst their bubble? As one of our frequent posters likes to say "never wise up a chump". I'm certainly not calling anyone a chump for having a host or for tipping one, only for thinking they're special.

Your host should be the one giving you the gift. Think about that for a moment. Think about how a host gets paid by the casino. If I haven't talked you out of it, then let me answer your question.

Before you do anything, find out the casino's tipping policy. Do not give cash. It may be prohibited and it is awkward and tacky. The lady you describe should appreciate a gift card, chocolates, wine or a nice scarf. For some reason scarves always seem to pop up on these lists.

Is your tip a thank you, a bribe, you trying to follow protocol or a combination? I've mentioned in similar threads that a heartfelt handwritten letter to the casino praising your host will do wonders. Long after the gift card has been redeemed, the chocolates consumed, the wine drunk and the scarf has worn out or been lost, that letter will be remembered.
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FleaStiff
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December 5th, 2014 at 4:13:26 AM permalink
Quote: 1BB

I've mentioned in similar threads that a heartfelt handwritten letter to the casino praising your host will do wonders. Long after the gift card has been redeemed, the chocolates consumed, the wine drunk and the scarf has worn out or been lost, that letter will be remembered.

I feel its inappropriate but fortunately I'm too cheap to ever even have a host much less buy a host anything.
ahiromu
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December 5th, 2014 at 4:39:30 AM permalink
As with Flea I have no experience in this matter. However, I consider myself a good "tipper" in general so I'll comment with that in mind: If a host is just doing her normal job, giving you a room and/or food, a tip is not warranted. If you made her search on her computer for a half an hour (for what I don't know), or call people for 15-20 minutes, something that took up a chunk of her time, maybe something small is appropriate.

Edit: Didn't actually answer your question, got taken off task. I've seen "gift card, not cash" elsewhere on this site, not sure if it was 1BB.
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AxelWolf
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December 5th, 2014 at 8:37:31 AM permalink
Quote: 1BB

Regardless of what anyone claims, anything your host does is based on your play and play, in this case, is code for losses. If people want to believe otherwise or think that the host goes the extra mile for them then, I have a bridge for sale.

I absolutely disagree with this. You can tip/bribe your way to better rooms/comps/free play.

It's true hosts have some general guide lines, but oftentimes they are very flexible and will over comp. Tipping them gives them incentive to be more flexible with you.

Well tipped Hosts can even help you out in tricky situations and give you great information.

Some have even helped known AP's in gaming the system even after knowing the AP's are winning players.

If you are a regular losing ploppy a gift probably isn't needed.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
MrV
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December 5th, 2014 at 8:56:14 AM permalink
I gave my host at a tribal joint a bottle of booze.
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strictlyAP
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December 5th, 2014 at 9:05:38 AM permalink
ive given more then one host pairs of ferragamo shoes- it always gets me back way more then the cost
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December 5th, 2014 at 9:55:26 AM permalink
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ive given more then one host pairs of ferragamo shoes- it always gets me back way more then the cost



You give $600 to $1000 shoes and get what? Walk me through it.

Do you call the host in advance, make a request and tell the host there's a pair of shoes in it for them? Do you show up, ask for an upgrade, get turned down, offer the shoes and then have your request granted? How else would you know if the bribe worked? Do you present the shoes upon checkout and then remind the host about them on the next visit?

The point is how do you know if the shoes worked or if you could have gotten some things just for the asking? If you're giving away thousands of dollars worth of shoes chances are you're a high roller and are already being taken care of.
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strictlyAP
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December 5th, 2014 at 10:00:39 AM permalink
dm me if you want to have this convo
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Boz
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December 5th, 2014 at 10:37:32 AM permalink
Quote: MrV

I gave my host at a tribal joint a bottle of booze.



Did you then take it back?

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