The fine artof tipping

Sep 12, 2005 2:25 AM

It’s fun to win when you play. And it’s fun to share your good fortune with those who help.

Even if you’re down a little bit, if you win a nice pot and begin to "get well," it’s nice to tip the dealers.

If you aspire to be a professional poker player, you’ll need to decide on a tipping policy.

Some poker players think of the toke as one of the costs of doing business; others look at it as a necessary nuisance; a few others are very generous; and some don’t toke the dealers at all.

My ideas about tipping have changed over the years. Of course, these are my notions and you can do with them as you please.

Just a little while ago, a dealer reminded me, "Johnny, you used to tip me half of the pot!"

As I might have noted before, my first poker playing nickname was not "Oklahoma Johnny," but in my salad days it was "Crazy Johnny," and I would often tip the dealer the whole pot.

I’ve "re-thought" that generous policy, although I will do it on occasion, usually when I’m happy with the game and it’s still fun.

One of the reasons that I stopped tipping so much was that I was being laughed at, not by the players, but by the dealers themselves.

I believe somewhere in the Bible it says, "The workman is worthy of his hire. In other words, I believe that a workman should be paid a fair price for his labor.

When I was in the construction business, I always had the best employees and I always tipped them an extra dollar above union scale. The unions didn’t like it, but I always had the best workmen.

That extra dollar was always well-spent. These workmen of mine always produced the best craftsmanship, and the owners of the buildings — my customers — loved the work of these true artisans.

I thought it would take me 10 years to establish the reputation that I wanted as a quality contractor, but my workmen/partners got me there in three years!

Was I tipping my partners (the workmen) or was I just rewarding them for good work? I think the worker should be paid a fair price, plus a little extra if they do good work!

Poker Tip of the Week

If you have ever been to college, you’ll understand what I mean when I say, "Spot your prof."

When you are spotting a professor you are trying to anticipate what he will be asking you on the exam.

It is the same way when you are playing poker. You are trying to outthink your opponents at the poker table.

You "spot" them by figuring out what they’re going to do next.

Then you’ll be pleased with yourself when you know what they’re going to do before they do it. That is, when they turn over the winning hand you’ll have identified it in your mind before they reveal the poker hand.

Until next time remember to stay lucky.