Who Benefits When You Tip After a Jackpot?

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We’ve previously shared our recommendations on how much to tip after a jackpot, but some players want to go a bit deeper: Who actually receives the tips?

When you win a jackpot, typically the person that takes the information is not usually the person that does the payout. When I tip them, do they have a tip pool so that it’s shared? And I heard that the person that “supervises” the payout doesn’t get tips unless you give it to them directly, is that true?


Tipping is one of those things that can vary by casino. Tips can either be pooled, which evens out things like shift and day of the week to ensure everyone is equally rewarded, or can be individualized, which means those who earn heavier tips for various reasons get to benefit directly from those heavier tips by having higher pay.

How much do you tip ater a jackpot?

We polled players on Brian Christopher’s YouTube channel about the amount they tip. Roughly half follow the rule of thumb Brian Christopher has previously shared: 1% or $20, whichever is larger.

If you regularly hit a jackpot, that is certainly a reasonable question to ask, as you may find instead of tipping one person $20 you might want to tip each of them $10 if you’re learning they don’t share tips. Or, if you know it’s pooled, you can not stress about who you hand the money to, knowing it’s split.

Or conversely, you may wish to tip one individual or the other, and find that your tip either directly goes to them or doesn’t. There are pros and cons to each of the approaches.

Pooled tipping vs. individual tipping is one of those things that also comes into play when it comes to things like table games. Some casinos, you’ll see them drop chips into a table-side bin that doesn’t move when dealers swap in and out – in that case you know the dealers tips are pooled. But we’ve seen even locally examples of dealers carrying their own individual tip buckets, which means they get to keep their own tips.

So unfortunately we don’t have a simple answer for you, but it’s something casino employees are happy to be upfront with you about if you ask, and then you can make a decision on what makes the most sense for you.

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