What would be the typical buy-in for these events? What are the value of the prizes involved? Lastly, are the tournaments accomplished in one session or over several? I assume the promotions are held in the evening, after the late night seating for dinner.
If memory serves me right, the buy-in for blackack & slots tournaments is usually $10 per entry. You can enter as many times as you want @$10 a pop. There's no strategy involved for the slots tournaments, except to get the right machine and have a strong hand for pressing the button. In the BJ tournaments, on the other hand, you see all kinds of betting strategies from conservative play to betting it all to somewhere in between. It's a lot of fun for not much money! As for me, I've never won anything but a t-shirt.
Since I've never been a winner, I can't recall what the big prizes were (other than the "I Won on Carnival!" t-shirt). The blackjack tournaments have seven? players for each round (after which the current leaders' names are posted), and continue until nobody else wants to try. Same for the slots tournaments, I think.
I made the final table on a HAL cruise. The tournament was in the afternoon on a day at sea, and you could enter as often as you wanted for (I think $10). The players with the seven highest scores then played 6 or 7 hands together, with the objective to end up with the most money after the last hand. The prize was $500, I think second place got a token prize (non-cash), and we all got a T-shirt. It was fun, especially since I made the final table, and I would recommend it if you are a gambler because a $20 buy-in really isn't much to stake for a potential $500! Good Luck, and remember -- always split Aces and 8's!
MaryC....I would agree; that is a prize worth $10 per chance, indeed. I have played in one or two tournaments, but not sucessfully. I will give this a try as well. The casino on the Star Princes looks quite nice. Will board her Saturday the 18th. I would trade my good luck at the tables for good luck with the weather. I like the odds better for a favorable outcome. (No gaurantee's in life however).
Won BJ Tournament on Grand Princess 12/2000, the first time I tried and took home over $700. It's been downhill ever since!!!! Got a nice certificate and sweatshirt with the money, that paid for one of our berths, that week.