I play in Portland, Oregon where for legal reasons the dealers are "volunteers". They don't get paid a wage by the house, the only money they make is from tips. I've been trying to tip around 7.5%. I don't want to be a big tipper and I don't want to be a small tipper. I want to be an average tipper. So how much should I be tipping? I'm especially interested in the opinion of any dealers out there, especially any from Oregon. Thanks.
So I've done a little more research. According to this article dealers in Portland average between $20-40 an hour. (Tax free too. Anyone interested in how Oregon poker works should read the article). Most of the tournaments are low stakes, between $50 and $200 buyins with a $15 door fee. Last night I cashed for $435 ($370 profit, I tipped $30 of that). There were 36 players and the prize pool was $1800. There were 3 tables and the tournament ran for 5 hours. Total hours dealt for all dealers was ~(5+4+3) == 12. So for a dealer to make $30 an hour dealing this tournament I should be tipping 20%? That seems very high to me. But for a $100 tournament this drops to 10%, which makes my 7.5% seem more reasonable. Maybe I should be tipping based on how many hours I've played instead of a percentage? I'm probably overthinking this but what else if poker good for if not overthinking.