How much should you tip a dealer in a poker room? While the 15-percent line at restaurants is commonly known, no one ever gave us good advice for poker. We found one online article which actually recommends a 33-percent tip in some small cash games. That can feel like a lot, if your chip stack is small. But it errs on the side of giving.
We bring this up because today marks a day for giving thanks in the U.S. Some people say "thank you" is one of the hardest things for people to say in our society. So a tip for your poker dealer is one way to offer thanks in a physical way.
But in reality, Thanksgiving Day should be a time for thanking the One who provides all our blessings -- even the physical strength to sit down at a poker table and win pots.
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. - II Corinthians 9:11
Many people, groups and businesses use this time of year to perform charitable acts -- but many times they come across as self-promotion. We think there's a better way to be generous, in a way which will make God happy:
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:3-4
Giving thanks, as well as tips, can be every bit as effective in private.
What's that -- you say you see nothing to be thankful about? We disagree. We went through the Bible, and found dozens of reasons to be thankful to God. Read this Bible study article for the list, along with other thoughts about thanksgiving. And may you be thankful every day, not simply at a table with a turkey.