Cost of Tipping for a Card Counter

What is the cost of tipping?

Tipping is a personal decision and Blackjack dealers are not well paid. But it is important to realize the cost associated with tipping. One popular method of tipping is to tip all or part of the Blackjack bonus. For example, if you have a $25 bet, the payoff for a Blackjack is $37.50. Suppose we tip the $2.50 change. Or tip 50 cents after a $5 Blackjack. This seems like a small amount. But look at the chart. The green area is the SCORE that you give up by tipping this change. It is quite easy to tip away your entire advantage.

Sim details

  • Six decks, S17, DAS, Heads-Up, Hi-Lo, truncate, Sweet 16 and Fab 4 indexes, half-deck resolution, penetrations from 26-130 cards cutoff by the card
  • With and without tipping
  • Two billion rounds each, all sims use optimal betting


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