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Tipping in Las Vegas – Who? And How Much?

Tipping in Vegas. It can be confusing who to tip and how much, especially for those coming from places where tipping isn’t customary. Not thinking about tipping in advance can create an uncomfortable situation or lead to poor service. Tipping is the lifeblood of the Las Vegas service industry, many relying on it for the bulk of their salaries. 

We want to help you avoid that disapproving glance and take care of those who take care of us! It’s important to plan ahead for tipping activity so it doesn’t take you by surprise and so you have the correct knowledge and currency denominations to tip in Las Vegas with confidence.    

Our Las Vegas tipping guide below outlines acceptable tipping amounts. Feel free to go bigger to make someone’s day, or more importantly, to accumulate good karma. We are firm believers that the slot machines know how much you tipped… or didn’t.

See Also: Las Vegas packing list items that are commonly overlooked. 

Below is a position by position breakdown, from how much to tip on a slot jackpot in Vegas to how much to tip your dealer.

How Much to Tip Slot Attendants on a Handpay Jackpot in Vegas

You hit a slot jackpot in Las Vegas! Congrats! Now your slot attendant is counting your handpay and you’re having a mini panic attack deciding how much to tip. You don’t want to overdo it, but also don’t want to be stingy.

How much should you tip the attendant on a handpay jackpot in Las Vegas?

We recommend tipping in the .5%-1% range ($10 to $20 on a $2,000 jackpot) but it’s common for folks to tip slightly more, up to 2% on small jackpot handpays depending on the level of service recieved.

The key here is to not feel pressured to over tip on a slot handpay, especially as the jackpot amount increases. For instance, it would be absurd to tip 1% on a $10 million MegaBucks jackpot. That would be a $100,000 tip!

Play the slots with a plan. know in advance how much you plan to tip the attendant on both small jackpots as well as the big one should it hit.

How Much to Tip Cocktail Waitresses in Vegas

Free drinks while gambling is one of the best aspects of Las Vegas, but how much should you tip the cocktail waitress? Ensure sure the drinks keep coming by tipping your server at least $1 per drink, alcoholic or non. If I know I’ll be at a table or slot machine for a while and have been getting great service, I’ll slip in a few $2, $3, or $5 tips every few drinks as a thank you and to keep motivation levels high.  

How Much to Tip Casino Dealers in Vegas

Las Vegas casino dealers rely on tips to make a living and without tipping, they would make minimum wage in most cases. How much should you tip dealers in Vegas?

While playing table games, I like to tip as I play, throwing the dealer $5 – $10 dollars after a big hand or nice run of hands. Generally, I don’t wait until the end of my session because, if I’m down, I’m less likely to be generous. Reward the dealers that give you a GREAT experience and scale your tipping back when service or their attitude doesn’t meet your expectations.  Trust us, tipping for great service as you play will improve your enjoyment of the game. 

How Much to Tip Street Performers

You are not obligated to tip a Las Vegas street performer anything. Although they work for tips, they are not able to set a price for their services. If you do choose to pose for a souvenir photo, tipping a few dollars up to $5 at most is appropriate.   Oftentimes, you will be aggressively pressured to pay more, up to $20 per person. Don’t be shamed into giving more than you feel comfortable.

Related: More on street performers, and other Vegas scams here

How Much to Tip Bellmen in Vegas

I always get to the Hotel before check-in and store my bags at the bell desk until my room is ready. How much should you tip the bellman for stowing your bags?

It’s appropriate to tip a $1-$2 per bag upon pickup unless of course, they go above and beyond, you can always adjust upward.  The same tipping structure is applicable for the delivery of bags to your room.

How Much to Tip Hotel Housekeeping

Too many Las Vegas Visitors skip this tip. After all, you won’t even make eye contact before the maid has to clean the room after your weekend of debauchery. Housekeeping staff deal with a lot of disgusting situations. Make their day and leave something, anything, behind. We recommend $5 per night or more… depending on what you put them through.  

Note too that a different person could clean your room daily. We recommend tipping your Las Vegas housekeeping personnel daily as opposed to one lump sum at the end of your stay.

How Much to Tip Ride Share Drivers

Your first interaction when you get into town, the driver that will take you to the action on the Strip or downtown. It’s appropriate to tip around 15% – 20% of the base fare amount.  

How Much to Tip Shuttle Drivers

Typically, dropping a few singles into the tip jar when exiting the bus at your destination is sufficient.

How Much to Tip Restaurant Servers

A tip based on service received. I recommend starting at 20% of the final bill and going up from there if you had an exceptional experience. If all or part of your meal was comped or a coupon was used, don’t be cheap, tip on what the full amount would have been.  

You are also not obligated to tip when ordering “fast food” even if there is a tip jar present. If a great experience is had, any money thrown into the jar is appreciated by the team.

How Much to Tip at Buffets in Vegas

Due to the self-service nature of buffets, you can scale your tip back and leave a few bucks a person. 

How Much to Tip at the Hotel Front Desk

There is no need to tip when checking into your Las Vegas hotel unless you receive an unprecedented level of service or an upgraded accommodation that was not expected. Some Vegas travelers will use the $20 trick, sliding the front desk worker $20 upfront, in an attempt to obtain an upgrade. More on how to execute the $20 trick in Vegas and if it is worth trying here. 

How Much to Tip the Valet in Vegas

I don’t drive a car in Vegas, because I am pretty consistently inebriated. For those of you that use Valet service, consider $3-$5 an acceptable tip per interaction. Some choose to split the tip between drop off and pick up or they choose to fork it over at pickup.  

Related: Should you rent a car in Las Vegas?

How Much to Tip Tour Guides in Vegas

Whether you are going for a tour to visit the haunted sites around Las Vegas or taking a full-day trip out to Bryce Canyon or the Hoover Dam, we recommend tipping your tour guide between $5-$20. The tip amount can be determined by the cost and time commitment of the excursion and the experience provided by the guide. Many don’t tip at all, you can’t go wrong if you choose to.  

Panhandlers

We recommend you don’t “tip” or give money to the homeless individuals lining the strip with “Need Money for Weed” or related signs. Instead, direct a donation to a local charity supporting that population.

Nightclub Staff

It’s not my scene. I wouldn’t even know what I would do in a nightclub. Like, what are you supposed to do with your hands?  I’d look like one of those wacky inflatable arm guys you see at car dealerships. I’d rather just throw dice all night. You’re on your own here, but I’m sure plenty of tipping is involved.  

The key is to be prepared for tipping situations in Las Vegas before you hit the town. One of the most common mistakes travelers make is feeling pressured to tip too much. Go to Las Vegas armed with the knowledge, and correct bill denominations, needed to tip appropriately for the service you receive so you, and they, are happy.

Your final lesson in Vegas tipping. Hand the tip to the recipient’s hand. Don’t be like the creepy guy that used to slide a tip into my back pocket as I bagged his groceries. That is now frowned upon. Unless you’re at a strip club.

Tipping in Las Vegas doesn’t have to be stressful. Simply plan for your likely interactions, and carry plenty of small bills. Have a great trip to Las Vegas!

See Also: A complete list of free things to do in Vegas!

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Gab-A-Lot

Saturday 29th of August 2020

Regarding Street Performers: yes, it’s most appropriate to tip $1 to $5 to an action figure, or a cartoon character(most of them are WAPs anyway), but the pairs of shirtless men or feathered show girls/naughty police that do a routine series of memorable poses always suggest a $20 tip each(they are coached to do so by the company providing the costumes and they have to pay a “stage fee" regardless how much tips they made) so don’t be shocked or think you are being scammed, it is up to you how much you want to tip but those guys and girls do work for it

Al Sahlen

Saturday 17th of February 2018

Good info. I make sure to tip the housekeepers well. ($5 minimum/ night) At the end of the day, I want to come back to a nice clean room and I've found that by the 2nd or 3rd day, the level of room care goes up a lot if you're tipping along the way. I always factor tipping into my Vegas budget. Who doesn't like to feel like a high roller.

Jake

Saturday 17th of February 2018

Absolutely - I feel so guilty for not getting on board with tipping them earlier. I've even heard stories of tipped housekeepers leaving "extras" like champagne, etc. Its never happened to me but here's to hoping!

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