Las Vegas Sun

August 8, 2022

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Letter to the editor:

Tip pooling isn’t right

Regarding Jimmy Wike’s letter about tip pooling:

If Wike wants to tell trade secrets then he should tell the whole story. My husband is a veteran craps dealer and has worked for many years on a “keep your own” crew. It was never house policy to include your supervisor. It was done on the down-low. In fact, it was frowned upon. This was essentially hush money for the supervisor turning a blind eye to the hustling that was going on nightly. Everyone made money, no one complained.

The house did not come at the end of the night and take all your money, then decide how much you should make. Rarely, in the 20 years that I’ve been dealing has a supervisor helped me to make a toke. I’m doing the grunt work. I’m the one being abused while the supervisor walks away. I’m the one sucking up the smoke. That’s why we have always made more money. When a dealer gets tired of all the abuse, they go on the floor. Sure it’s a pay cut, but it’s a trade you make.

Bottom line, what Wynn Resorts is doing is illegal and now we have a judge who agrees with us. We are fighting for our livelihoods and for the future of all tipped employees.

Lisa Randall, Las Vegas

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