Why Are Casino Dealer Tips Called “Tokes”?

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by in Gaming, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Casinos. No Comments.

Tips are the grease that lubricate the gears of Las Vegas.

Seasoned gamblers know “toking,” or tipping, is a great way to not only thank dealers for their stellar service, but they also ensure a dealer will watch your back (and your bets) during your play so you’ll get the most from your visit to the tables.


No matter what you call them, tips can make you very popular in Las Vegas.

While we’ve heard the term “tokes” for tips for some time, we never actually thought about why that term might be used.

Apparently, “tokes” is short for “tokens of appreciation.”

Of course, given that’s the case, “toking” someone isn’t exactly proper grammar (better than “tokening,” however), but proper grammar isn’t what lubricates the gears. Tokes are. So, toke generously when you’re in Vegas. And everywhere else, come to think of it. Read our Tips on Tipping in Las Vegas.

Now, you know.

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