No Tip for You!

by , Aug 18, 2006 | 9:50 pm

Defending champ Jamie Gold’s first reported not-good: He supposedly promised the dealers a $1 million tip if he won, and he did, but he didn’t deliver. First, we have reports from a WSOP dealer on Pokerati, and now “coonie” has put up his first-person account of stiffage on PokerBlog.

Bad form, to say the least. But a complete final-table snubbing? Either poker players are assholes as a race, or they are making collective commentary. When “the house” (Harrah’s) is already taking an over-substantial vig … and selling the shit out of everything in the near vicinity, it’s understandable — not necessarily right, but understandable — that the players decide, you know what, we’ve given enough … I earned this money.

With dealers reporting a huge pay decrease and veterans declaring their disinterest in returning and players already complaining about the quality (and quantity) of dealer scabs … this is probably one of the very first issues Pollack & Co. will have to look at. And how they handle it … well 2007 will be the real test of corporate poker influence, and whether it will improve or corrupt the game.

My suggestion: Go to a “no tipping” vig. Take out enough from the prize pool to adequately compensate dealers by the hour. Then, if a player wants to personally reward a specific dealer, it’s on them — appreciated, but not expected — to find that dealer and thank them with a tip.

And if the WSOP institutes a dealer toke for extra chips … then you’ll really know the sanctity of poker is gone, or at least irrelevant.


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5 Comments to “No Tip for You!”


  1. Tulsa
    says:

    Dan: Me=curious. Who reported it before you?


  2. DanM
    says:

    eric, i don’t understand your question. who reported what before whom? that dealers got stiffed? not sure … it’s been all over the internet.


  3. Tulsa
    says:

    Who reported that he would give one million as a tip. Near as I can tell, it was you.


  4. DanM
    says:

    I reported what some dealers reported to me. But when I made a mention of it in the media room, the others acted like it was old news … like everyone knows that already. someone (i’m not sure who) said ESPN captured the pledge, but I have no confirmation of it.

    the dealers definitely believed they had a million coming their way if he won. i’ll see if we can’t figure out where they got that idea.


  5. DanM
    says:

    eric, i checked with one of the vociferous dealers, and here’s what he says about where/how the rumor got started:

    http://www.pokerblog.com/frustrated-circuit-dealer.html#new

    (scroll down to about the 10th comment.)

    by the way, i also heard that TBR promised a $1 million tip if he won. i heard it from a little voice in my head. granted he is a liar whenever the need fits, but still … let’s just pretend it’s true — meaning he disappointed not only the batfaces and his family, but also the WSOP dealers.