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  1. Question Casino Host etiquette ?

    I'm traveling with a buddy who is getting comp'd at T.I. tomorrow. Full ride with suite, food and even gambling credits. Is there a standard for tipping the casino host? Is this even done? If not tipping, what is the usual sign of appreciation?

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    they can not take cash.
    no tip is needed.
    If the host went above and beyond the free nights and food such as free show tickets, you could give the host some type of gift, maybe a nice bottle of wine. (don't forget to have the clerk at the store put a gift sticker in the box , buy the gift in Vegas).

    I once took a box of chocolates for the host. The check out clerk in the vip check out took care of all the room charges himself. I never saw the host. I went home paying 0 and he went home with a box of chocolates

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamcatcheril View Post
    they can not take cash.
    no tip is needed.
    If the host went above and beyond the free nights and food such as free show tickets, you could give the host some type of gift, maybe a nice bottle of wine. (don't forget to have the clerk at the store put a gift sticker in the box , buy the gift in Vegas).

    I once took a box of chocolates for the host. The check out clerk in the vip check out took care of all the room charges himself. I never saw the host. I went home paying 0 and he went home with a box of chocolates
    You need to be careful though! I took two very nice bottles of Oregon wine to our host at the Mirage. I found out on our next trip from another host at TI that the host at the Mirage doesn't drink, as is very religious. To this day I don't know if he was offended or if he even took them home and served them to friends.

    A tie, a gift card, or something that anyone can use might just be better than a bottle of wine.

    Kurt

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    Gift cards are nice. If you know what hobbies the host enjoys, a gift card to a store that caters to his favorites would be nice. I have a host who is an avid golfer. I plan to take a gift card to Sports Authority.
    Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride.

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    Default casiNO host NO tip

    Did you know that casino hosts earn commission based on what you lose in their house? So just remember that being a high roller or having a casino host courting you to visit is just another kinder way of saying "loser". everything casinos do to entice visitors to feel important is done because it makes them money. if it cost them money, they wouldn't do it.

    enjoy
    andrea from las vegas

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    Talking Everything that CASINOS do is to make money.

    Everything that grocery stores do is to sell groceries, everything car dealers do is to sell cars. So if you're going to buy groceries anyway use coupons, if you need a car try to get it when it's on sale or they're running a cash back gimick and if you're going to Vegas to gamble and you sometimes lose, then you might as well have a host and get the room and whatever else you can for "FREE" (gambling losses!!) If you always win or break even as a lot of people claim then you don't need a host, but if you go with a gambling budget that usually ends up in the machines or lost on the tables then a host may get you your room or meals without ADDITIONAL cost.

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    All above suggestions are great. If at the last minute you decide you would like to give a host or anyone cash as a gift, disguise it buy wrapping it up in a gift box. That way it looks like a regular gift.

    Steve

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    That's a great idea Steve! I was just mulling over what I was going to do for my host in Jan.and I believe I will do something like this. Thanks,LOL,Polar

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    Default Tipping Hosts

    I was told by a few hosts who work for the MGM/Mirage hotels that they are not allowed to accept cash as tips.

    As much as they probably do want you to lose the bottom line is, win or lose, you still receive the same comps. In the last 3 years we have made 12-15 trips. We have been extremely lucky, having won more than we lost overall. And we always get the same treatment - player's suite, food, shows, limo, drinks, etc. Our only expense is the $400. for the flight (maybe I should ask them to pick that up also, never really thought about it).

    We always tip our host - she does set everything up for us. I usually spend around 150. I have gotten her a gift certificate at her favorite restaurant, a gift basket with 4-5 bottles of wine (as mentioned earlier, make sure he or she drinks wine), a couple of boxes of high end chocolates giftwrapped, an assortment of her favorite flowers sent to her home on her day off, etc. Based on info from another host, she truely enjoyed everything. I was also told that only 50% of their people do tip them. It's just a nice gesture and, for what you receive, it's really pretty inexpensive.

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    Yeah, I realize that losing gets you good host service. But our hosts at the Rio and Harrahs have done a lot of extra things for us and I think they deserve some reward for it. Sometimes, I e-mail them and ask questions and they always let me know what gives. They have even checked out questions about other hotels for me. I use my hosts to get info that I might otherwise be able to get from a website or phone call to the hotel in question.

    I don't get too expensive with my gifts; just enough to let them know that I appreciate the little extras they do for me. And, I don't get them something every time I am in town. Around Christmas is usually my gifting time.
    Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride.

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