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What Is Tipping the Dealer?
In traditional poker games, players often show gratitude for the dealer.
Players do this by giving dealers some money in the form of poker chips off the table. This is standard behavior and encouraged.
So How Does Tipping the Dealer Work in Poker Games?
There normally is a visible dealer on the poker table. Often you tap/click on a button, and you tipped the dealer. Often poker games show this action to other players.
Games often will have the dealer say thanks as well.
Should You Tip the Dealer in Poker Games?
Here is the deal (pun 100% intended). There are zero reasons to tip dealers in poker games. Tipping the dealer in poker games is pointless and a waste of chips.
There is no dealer. The game deals the cards for you, and no person has anything to do with this.
So when you tip the dealer in poker games, you are giving chips back to the game and not to a person.
I have seen one poker game in the past that let players be dealers on the table. In this game, tips went to that player when people tipped at tables.
This game is a unique case, though, and I have not seen any other poker games do this.
It is a great idea, and I wish more popular games would copy it. This gives a real reason to have tips at poker tables, and it also benefits players.
Why Do Games Let You Tip the Dealer?
My guess is the developers know this a way to get players to lose chips and maybe buy more. This idea makes sense, and I don’t see any other logical reason for doing this.
To be a bit fairer, maybe they add this in because players have an urge to tip dealers even when they are not there?
Some superstitious players believe giving the dealers a tip gives them good luck. Some people believe this to be true at live poker games as well.
I know some people even demand a new dealer if things are not going their way. I think this is quite silly, but people believe what they want, I suppose.
But What If Tipping the Dealer Gives Me a Better Chance of Winning?
No poker game I know would rig the game and cheat like this. I don’t see a poker game like Zynga Poker trying something like this.
These free to play poker games make money from people buying chips and plenty of people buy chips.
They don’t need to mess around with the cards and the odds as most people are bad players and lose their chips.
Also, how would a system like this even work?
What if everybody at a table tips the dealer? Does the person who tips the most get the hand rigged in their favor? It sounds silly when you think about it.
Tipping the Dealer Review
- Poker players tip dealers as a sign of gratitude or professional respect.
- You can tip dealers in poker games.
- Tipping dealer is poker games does nothing and is a waste of chips.
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