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Old May 3rd, 2009, 10:34 PM
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I posted one earlier but no comments. How are the casinos at sea, what is the time they open. Also is it smoke free.
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The casino usually opens right after sailing. On sea days the slots open early, 9-10 am, then the tables open around noon. Smoke free casino, I could ony wish.

I find the slots are loose early in the cruise, tighten up in the middle, and then get a little loose to the end. Tables, well it's all luck there. If its meant for you to win then it will happen. Last night of a cruise on the Freedom in 2007,right before the casino closed a lady hit $175,000 on a dollar progressive. So anything can happen.
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I think Bob ans this before for me - but just want to make sure....

The slots / tables - do they take cash or or s&s card? or both?

Also - is there a bar area where you can drinks from while gambling?
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They accept cash, sign and sail, or the shirt off your back. And yes, there is a bar in the casino.
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They accept cash, sign and sail, or the shirt off your back. LOL And yes, there is a bar in the casino.
Bar is usually right outside the casino... not one you can go to and play video poker while sitting at the bar.
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Yes you can drink while playing, but it's not like in Vegas. The booze is there, as long as you show your sail & sign card to the servers, and you can drink as much as you want.
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Bar is usually right outside the casino... not one you can go to and play video poker while sitting at the bar.[/quote]

Actually, on the Conquest there is a small sports bar (Tahiti Bar) that is connected to the casino where you can play video poker at the bar. I played video poker there while while waiting my turn to enter the slot tournament.
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Bar is usually right outside the casino... not one you can go to and play video poker while sitting at the bar.
Actually, on the Conquest there is a small sports bar (Tahiti Bar) that is connected to the casino where you can play video poker at the bar. I played video poker there while while waiting my turn to enter the slot tournament.[/quote]
That's different and nice... I wonder if the Triumph will have one... 21 DAYS!!
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The casino is awesome! The Holiday casino is not smoke free, but hardly anyone smoked in there. The times open were pretty much from the time you hit the 12 mile marker (international water line) until you hit each port call. They close the casino down while your at the port call so you will get off the boat basically (what the casino mgr told me).
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Default Play the casino the last evet ninght on the cruise!

Years ago I read an article that suggested that most cruise line's casinos will pay off more on the last night than any other time. Here's the reasoning I read: The cruise line wants you to leave with happy memories, and to enhance that expericne the slots will pay off more often within the last twelve or so hours than any other time on the trip. We've always followed this advice and I can honestly say that we usually break even or win a few bucks by playing on that last night (usually enough to off-set our daily casino binge from each day). So then you leave feeling like you've not wasted a lot of monies and had several hours of entertainment over the course of the trip and it cost you little, if anything, for the entertainment.

The earlier post mentions the pay offs at the beginning of the cruise is similar... I can see that happening because they (cruise line) wants you to gamble and feel that it's lucritive to do so from the beginning. If you went into the casino the first day or so and lost a lot of money then you're less likely to return to spend more money and perhaps tighten your money belts for the remainder of the cruise because you over spent in the casino the first few hours or couple of days.....

If you enjoy the casino, have fun and remember to keep it in moderation (something my husband isn't good at *sigh*)....
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Been on Pride, Legend and Miracle - all same class ships. Bar right in casino, sports bar next to it with video games built into bar top. They do have 1 or two nights of smoke free. Casino opened at 9 a.m. on all sea days. They conveniently will take cash, sail and sign card and they have an atm at hand to further remove you from your money. A few days into our cruise on the Legend hubby struck up conversation with lady sitting by herself near Lido bar looking PO'd. Told us that her husband had gone through cash they had with them for shore excursions and the like --$2,500 in the casino!!!! So give yourself a spending limit of what you can afford or you'll be regretting you ever walked in there
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Seems to me that the casino doesn't have to pay like one say in Las Vegas. After all its only open when the ship is at so if you lose you cant walk down the street to another one
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Find it interesting that folks feel ship pays better at beginning and ending of cruise. I am an avid slot player and have been for years. Slot machine pay outs are controlled by a Radom Number Generater computer chip. Winning or losing is simply a matter of luck. I can see no way other than changing the chip in each machine that payouts are better or worse at anytime during a cruise. And it is not a simple task to change the chips. I have won (and also lost ) at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the cruise. I do find a lot of folks tend to exaggerate a bit on whether they won or lost. I bring a set amount of money for the slots and allot it by each day of the cruise. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose but I ALWAYS have fun doing it. Just my humble opinion.
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Everything I've read is that slot machines can be "set" to pay out more often, or less often. The industry term is "loose". Some casinos in Vegas advertise their machines as being more "loose" than others. These machines are situated physically in the casino where they can be noticed and create excitment then they pay out.

It's all a matter of programming. But you are right, Master Chief, the results of a previous spin has no bearing on the results of the next one. It's a brand new ball game everytime.
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You are most certainly correct Buckybruce. Some machines do pay more than others and the term "loose" is exactly what that means. What I was referring to was the day to day changing of the RNG chip so that one day a machine is loose and the next day it is not. If you can find a loose machine anywhere stay with that machine until it stops paying. Most machines pay between 94% and 98% over a period of time. But that period is a long one, usually a year, and it would take a hugh bankroll, lots of patience and a great dedication. And cruise ships have a reputation of not being loose! So bottom line for me is: don't play more than you can afford, have a great time, and if you hit a big winner, take it and move on. The biggest mistake I ever made on a machine was playing after I hit it for about $300. I know better now. Keep cruising
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Find it interesting that folks feel ship pays better at beginning and ending of cruise. I am an avid slot player and have been for years. Slot machine pay outs are controlled by a Radom Number Generater computer chip. Winning or losing is simply a matter of luck. I can see no way other than changing the chip in each machine that payouts are better or worse at anytime during a cruise. And it is not a simple task to change the chips. I have won (and also lost ) at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the cruise. I do find a lot of folks tend to exaggerate a bit on whether they won or lost. I bring a set amount of money for the slots and allot it by each day of the cruise. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose but I ALWAYS have fun doing it. Just my humble opinion.
I agree slot machine payouts are controlled by an RNG. I'm in the casino every day during a cruise, and have won/lost at the beginning, end, middle, of our cruises. I have never noticed any particular pattern of wins/losses on certain days. It is just a matter of being at the right machine at the right time. If a machine is hot, I will continue to play until it "cools" down. If it appears to not be hitting at all, I move fairly quick. The best thing is to have a set amount of money you are willing to lose, and go and have fun! Just part of the entertainment on a cruise. There have been several times when I had much better luck on a cruise ship than I did in Las Vegas. Again, it is just luck!
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