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We've now been on three Carnival cruises, and I've noticed the best time to gamble and win, is from day 3-5 on a seven day cruise. Just wanted to know if anyone else has noticed this while gambling?
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Are you talking about slots or table games?
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We've now been on three Carnival cruises, and I've noticed the best time to gamble and win, is from day 3-5 on a seven day cruise. Just wanted to know if anyone else has noticed this while gambling?
The best time to go is when the ships are in port as the casino is closed and you can't lose any money!!!!!!
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The biggest losses I've seen were at the tables at Blackjack. I saw a couple of guys on two of the ships winning $50-$100 per hand, a least $1000-$1800/ night during day 3-5. Then get dropped for almost all their winnings or more by day 7, but I've also seen big losses at the slots.
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[quote="upsman1986"]We've now been on three Carnival cruises, and I've noticed the best time to gamble and win, is from day 3-5 on a seven day cruise. Just wanted to know if anyone else has noticed this while gambling?[/quote

That doesnt really make any sense. What matter does it make what day it is? You are either lucky or you arent. You probably just happened to be catching people having luck.
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The slots usually seem to be looser so you win more the first night and give it back the last day/night of the cruise
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While saling on the Miracle a couple of years ago, my wife, won over three hundred dollars on the first night playing the slots. I don't think we put more that $2.00 in the machine before it hit, which more than paid for our on board expenses.
Just remember, the casino, like photos, drinks, and all the other shops on board are there to produce revenue for the cruise line. If you treat the casino more as "entertainment" than a place to "strike it rich" you're better off. After all, "you need to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away know when to run".
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Any day that you have money that you don't need any more


I enjoy the casinos but keep in mind that the ships operating in international waters are not regulated so anything goes. Play for fun and if the price starts getting too high find something else for a while.
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I have never seen anyone hit it realy big on a ship slot machine, but I did see a man hit a few thousand on one in April. A few years ago we were at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. One aisle over from us we saw a man hit $8.6 million on a dollar machine - biggest jackpot I have ever witnessed.

Last year on our Halloween cruise, I hit a few hundred the first night and put it to the side. We played on our winnings the rest of the cruise and were still up a little bit, towards the end of the cruise. My husband decided to drop a few dollars in a dollar machine and on the second pull, hit $500. That paid for our sail and sign for that trip.
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When we sailed on the Holiday I won $250 the first night. A lady next to me won $1500, she ended up putting hers back in I chose to take mine and leave. My husband won around $200 and put that on our sign and sail. We never have hopes of winning big, just having fun
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First 4 days I couldn't hardly lose, the last 3 days I lost all I had won. My advise, stop after day 4.
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I believe it is all a matter of luck for the most part. The biggest jackpot I have won was $1800.00 on the last night of an 8 day cruise. As far as blackjack goes, you can win or lose anytime just depends how good you are at playing.
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The cruise lines do not adjust the slots. First of all it would take longer than the time that they are closed. It just boggles the mind how many people think there is a " best time " to play a machine, or sit down at a table.

There is no best time. Either you will be lucky and win or unlucky and lose. It is exactly that simple. The casino is there to make money for the cruiseline. Even a small house advantage on a game is huge money for them.

The casinos on the ships use Las Vegas Rules. That means that the payouts have a certain minimum. If I remember right ( and who knows its early ) the slots will pay back at least 85% over the life of the machine.

That does NOT mean that if you put in $100, you will only lose $15. It simply means that the house can expect a 15% profit off the machine over the life of it. I have seen with my own eyes a machine hit top jackpopt 3 spins in a row, then not hit a darn thing for a year.

As for the tables, there are too many things that can change the outcome in blackjack. Do they have the endless shoe? Did someone take a hit that they really shouldnt have? Number of players, number of decks and so on. Belive it or not the way and number of times that the dealer shuffels the cards has an effect.

Anyway you look at it. Have fun, dont bet more than you can afford, when you are up, GET UP, if you lose quickly, GET UP.

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The machines that are 100% computers, and not mechanical, are probably very easy to adjust. My guess, just a guess, is that the payout is bigger the first night because they want people to think that it's easier to win than it is!
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You would have to replace a chip from the board. There is no " settings dial " to set the payout. All slot machines are computerized these days. The wheels are there for you to look at something while the payout is revealed.

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The slots are controlled by an EPROM (Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) chip. The casino would have to pull the EPROM from the machine and insert another one (of the same type of machine) in order to change the payout. The EPROM payout is set by the manufacturer and not by the casino. Swapping EPROMs is something that cannot be done without permission of the Gambling Commission in Las Vegas and is too much work on a cruise ship.

What they will do is move machines from one location to another in order to change how the overall payouts occur. There are better and worse locations for machines.

There are no "better" times to play machines but be aware that cruise ship payout percentages are lower than almost all land based casinos.

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I hit the first night for over $200.00 and then the next day for about $275.00 and the third for about $125.00 more and only spent $40.00 of my own monies. I was smart, when I hit I would put it up, the take out $10.00 to loose, but hit again, I brought my money home!!! Oh I almost forgot I won all this on the same slot machine over and over. All I could say the whole trip was ding ding ding WHEEL OF FORTUNE!!!!
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With today's technology, I trust no one anymore. I don't want to hear about not enough time to set the slots. I'm one of those who thinks that if you can unlock a door from space, why cannot hit another button to make a certain part break down? Money is money, put enough on to table, most will turn a blind eye.
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With today's technology, I trust no one anymore. I don't want to hear about not enough time to set the slots. I'm one of those who thinks that if you can unlock a door from space, why cannot hit another button to make a certain part break down? Money is money, put enough on to table, most will turn a blind eye.
OK: Then there is a guy in a little room who watches the monitors and hits the payout button when he sees someone he likes.
He only works on days 3 - 5 on the cruise.

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My wife hates when I say this, but if a car's door can be unlocked from space, why can't an engine breakdown from someone pushing buttons in a "little office?" Too many computer chips in cars, machines, and other items to trust anyone these days. They can change payouts on a certain night with a blink of an eye, trust me.
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