I know that most cruise ships do not (yet) play regular poker style games. BUT, I have heard some card games for small stakes can often be found in the Card Room on a ship. Having said that, does anyone know if those games are on the up and up, or if delicately fingered hands so to speak, show up? I have heard some say yes, some say no. Opinions?
I haven't seen any card games occurring in the library or any other area of the ship. If there are some going on in someone's cabin, then I wouldn't know about it nor would the ship's crew.
I seriously doubt any "professional" books a cruise to try to scam some unsuspecting vacationer out of his $25 or so. Most people on the cruise are average Joe's on vacation and not going to get into a poker game in someone's cabin where the opening ante is $100 or more. The people you see in the casino are usually not even well versed in blackjack or craps, and are only spending budgeted "entertainment" money.
I've never seen any poker games (other than Caribbean Stud and Let It Ride) on a cruise ship. I would love to be able to play some sanctioned Texas Hold-em or other poker game while on a cruise, but I doubt it will ever happen. However, the Sun-Cruz gambling boats which sail daily from several Florida ports do offer Hold-em & Omaha games (low-stake), and no-limit tournaments twice a week.