We come from England
and have been visiting Las Vegas since 2003. We love to
play Bingo and play at least four times a day and always
stay for 14 nights.
We play Bingo in
England quite often but there is one subtle
difference—we do not tip our Bingo agents. When we win
in Vegas, we always give a tip because we’ve seen other
people doing it. I don’t mind giving them this money.
Why and when did tipping start?
Also in England, when
we play electronic Bingo we have a card like a credit card
and the winnings just go into your Bingo account. Then you
collect at the end of the session from an ATM in the Bingo
hall. Would this ever happen in Las Vegas? —R. Wilkinson, Winsford,
Happy belated 10th
anniversary of your visits to Las Vegas! How fun it must
be to take your Bingo playing international. I have only
played Bingo in the USA, although I have visited Monaco
and enjoyed casino gaming there. I even hit a nice jackpot
on the slots—although the chimes and flashing lights
announcing my win went on far too long!
Tipping in the
service industry has been going on for a long time in the
USA. Restaurant servers, hairdressers, taxi drivers,
doormen, bellhops, Bingo runners and many others rely on
tips as a regular source of income.
It appears that we
adopted the tradition of tipping from your country.
According to Wikipedia,
the practice began in Tudor England. By the 17th century, it was expected that overnight
guests to private homes would provide sums of money, known
as vails, to the host’s servants. Soon after, customers
began tipping in London coffeehouses and other commercial establishments.
As far as the
credit/debit card for Bingo gaming goes, I can’t really
provide much information for you, as I am not very
experienced in casino gaming. But it certainly sounds like
a great idea! —Aunt
Dear Aunt Bingo,
like to know your advice of what I should have done on
what happened at a Bingo hall that I attend every
Thursday. During a session a Bingo caller was calling
Bingo. Standing next to her was the person who usually
calls the Bingo all night. They were calling “Mirror
was seated in the front row not playing that game and
watching them. I noticed that they looked at each other
and the person standing next to the caller took a ball and
put it in his pocket. Afterward, I asked the women about
what I saw and was told there were two G-51s.
short break, the caller started to put up all the numbers.
As they lit up on the board she realized that the B-1 was
not in the game. There must have been at least 10 people
that saw this and no one said anything so he continued to
call Bingo all night knowing that B-1 was missing.
really don’t know why no one said anything; maybe
because they may not be allowed to go back. What should we
have done? —Maribel,
is the craziest mess of a Bingo session that I have heard
about in quite some time.
understand your letter correctly, this Bingo hall was
taking people’s money and running Bingo with an improper
set of Bingo balls (missing the B-1 ball and having two
G-51 balls). This would mean that any players with B-1 on
their cards had no chance of winning and those with G-51
had a greater chance of winning than other players. This
made the Bingo unfair and in essence fraudulent.
amazed that, according to your letter, 10 or more people
knew about this yet did nothing. How can this be? If I was
a player, I would be outraged and demand my money back. If
I was a worker, I would stop the games immediately and
correct the problem.
on Earth could so many people just sit by silently and let
this happen? —Aunt
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