You are not required to tip when you win a jackpot, but we highly recommend doing so. If you hit a decent jackpot (say you won a $20,000 jackpot), you will look mean, stingy, or selfish if you don’t tip some of the casino staff, especially the person who delivered the jackpot or money.
There is no exact amount or percentage, money, or portion that is considered a proper tip when you win a jackpot.
As with other service industries like hotels, restaurants, and clubs, you must choose what you think is the right amount of tip when you land a sizable jackpot.
Of course, if you win a minor jackpot (for instance, an amount less than $100), no one will roll their eyes at you if you fail to give a tip. It is customary for winning gamblers to tip cocktail servers, food servers, and even dealers when they hit a significant win or enjoy a winning streak. The same should be true for when you win a nice jackpot.
The most important thing is that you are not under any pressure to give a large tip whenever you win a jackpot, no matter its size. After all, you are not in a contest where you want to seem more popular or favorable than other jackpot winners. You have put in your money, hard work, and losses into your gambling – and it is time to reap the fruits in the form of a jackpot without feeling guilty about not tipping or giving out a smaller tip.
However, casino workers usually expect a big tip, especially if you strike a sizable mega jackpot, so you must think about their feelings, too. Of course, they will be thankful for whatever you give them in the form of a tip, even in the tens of dollars.
To avoid any awkward moments, we recommend that you plan your tips before you enter the casino. In this way, you will avoid giving out too much money in the heat of the excitement that comes with winning a jackpot. As a general rule, you should have some small bills (singles, $5s, $10s, etc.) handy so that you don’t rely on the jackpot payout to pay your tips.
Slot players typically should tip when they get a hand pay jackpot. You must pay the attendant when they come to verify the jackpot. The attendant usually comes back and counts your jackpot money.
If you win a jackpot win that exceeds $1,200 on a slot machine, you will receive tax forms from the slot attendant. You will need to complete these forms before you can receive your jackpot hand pay. This will serve two purposes: to ensure your gambling winnings are reported to the IRS and for your security.
There is no set amount that you should tip when you win a jackpot. It is upon your kindness to decide how much you think is an excellent tip to give to the casino employees. However, most people playing slots use percentage-based tipping when they win small to modest slot machine jackpots.
From experience, we have seen that most jackpot winners set aside 0.5% to 1% of the payout for tipping.
So, as an example, if you win a $10,000 jackpot, you should be prepared to give between $50 and $100 in tips. But this is not a fixed percentage.
Most slot players have percentage tipping systems that they use whenever they win a jackpot. For the majority of players, the preferred tip ranges from half to two percent of the jackpot amount, but the average is usually one percent of the payout.
Meanwhile, some slot players utilize a graduated percentage system, whereby you calculate the tip based on a sliding scale. For instance, most people pay one percent of the jackpot if the payout is less than $1,000.
The tipping percentage usually decreases as the jackpot increases, such that the tip percentage for a payout of $1 million is only 0.01% or even lower. The graduated percentage tipping system is usually used by high-roller players who are likely to win larger jackpots because they place high-limit slot machines.
It really depends on your generosity and the size of the jackpot win. We highly suggest that you tip your slot attendant 1% on larger jackpots. For instance, tip your attendant $20 for a hand-paid jackpot of $2,000 (two thousand dollar jackpot)
For smaller jackpots, you should consider tipping 2% of the payout. Of course, the amount of the tip will depend on the level of service you get. The idea here is that you don’t want to feel that you are overtipping or undertipping. but don’t forget that most slot attendants and employees a paid minimum wage.
It is typical for the jackpot tip to be shared among the casino staff, but that is not always the case. The rank of the employees who get the tip and their share typically vary from one casino to the next. In most cases, senior casino employees like the floor supervisor or pit boss, as well as security personnel, are not included in tip sharing. For one thing, the employees in the two categories are not allowed to accept tips from customers.
Generally, it would help if you tipped your cocktail server, hotel staff, wait staff, valets, and employees who make change for you. If you have a favorite dealer(s), you should also consider tipping them.
It is customary for players of poker, baccarat, craps, blackjack, and other table games to tip casino hosts anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of their buy-in. If the table minimum or poker buy-in is $100, you should tip the casino host between $15 and $20 when you land a big win.
But when it comes to winning a jackpot, that percentage can be seen as unacceptably high. Just as with the rest of the casino employees, the host should get a tip that is around one percent of your jackpot payout. So, if you land a jackpot worth $10,000, you should give the casino host around $100, which is pretty generous if you ask us.
No rule prohibits you from tipping the cashier at the casino when you win a jackpot. However, most players tip the casino cashier the least, usually a few dollars.
We have seen most players tip around a dollar for every $81 payout for jackpots worth $1,000 or less. You would be better off using the graduated percentage scale to calculate the tip for larger jackpots.
In countries like the United States, you must pay a federal tax (and sometimes a state tax) on gambling winnings exceeding $1,200. Unfortunately, you cannot deduct the amount you tipped the casino employees when filing your tax returns. The casino will give you an IRS W-2G form that indicates the exact jackpot payout and doesn’t account for any tips you pay afterward. As such, you won’t be able to deduct any tips from your jackpot winnings for tax purposes.