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Old March 20th, 2007, 06:14 PM
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Default Gambling/Bingo on cruises

Merely curious, why do some cruisers like to gamble and why do some gamblers like to cruise? Also the bingo attraction, don't understand it. Can someone please explain the attraction to me, thank you. It must be big business on the cruise ships or they wouldn't offer it.

Not trying to be holier than thou. People have different interests, I realize. Just wondering.
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there are bingo games almost everyday on board. go to any game
and it usually standing room only. It is very expensive to play, I hate bingo and will never play it , but its a cashcow for the cruise lines.
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there are bingo games almost everyday on board. go to any game
and it usually standing room only. It is very expensive to play, I hate bingo and will never play it , but its a cashcow for the cruise lines.
It's funny ... but I can't understand why Bingo is so popular on a cruise ship. It is awfully expensive to play ... and for what you spend, at home you would get quite a few hours of play for your dollar. On the ship, it's what ... an hour?

Sounds like a rip-off to me.

I hear the slot machines in the casinos are pretty tight too.

Sounds like one would be better off doing their "games" at home where both the odds and the prices are better.

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The only time I ever walk into a casino is on a cruise. I consider it a form of shipboard entertainment. The only game I play is blackjack, since the house edge on this game is very small, and the cost over the long run is low.

On my most recent cruise, the entertainment got cheaper. HAL lowered the Blackjack minimum from $5 to $3. The change seemed to be well received. The $3 table filled up first.
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Living where I do, bingo and the casino don't interest me at all! The odds are even worse onboard than they are on the Strip.
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Like dining in the specialty restaurants it is a deversion from the day to day activities. Some people go to bingo parlors at home weekly or more, some love casinos. It is simply a matter of what activities you enjoy. For me, Bingo has never been a top priorty and on cruise ships it is just way out of line, price wise. JHanna lives in Vegas, of course gambling is not a novelty to him, but for some of us, it is just part of our nightly entertainment. I will admit, on our last HAL cruise the slot machines were tighter than any I have seen anywhere and I doubt I would enjoy the casino on any HAL ship. Other lines have a little looser machines, so you can play and have a good time for little money. The OP wonders why people do these things on a cruise, others may wonder why people spend 1/2 their day in the library when you can do that at home? It is simply a matter of what you enjoy. My husband, who loves playing craps and
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Living where I do, bingo and the casino don't interest me at all! The odds are even worse onboard than they are on the Strip.
Brings to mind something my father always used to say.

Dad hates gambling. Mom used to love it. So, once a month dad would take her to Atlantic City so that she could play her beloved slots.

After one particularly bad day at the Taj (mom lost), the three of us were walking on the boardwalk. Dad pointed up at the Taj and told mom ... "you know, that beautiful place wasn't built on winners. A lot of people had to lose to put that place up."

Good point, huh?

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Bingo was a hoot on my Alaska cruise. Parents brought their kids and the ships’ staff would interact with them. A lucky kid would get picked to mix the balls at the beginning and then get a souvenir to keep. Parents helped find the numbers and everyone enjoyed the excitement when the kids won. We all wore pajamas one morning (well the kids and staff did, I didn’t). Bingo costume fun – who knew! I’m about 60 w/o kids but had a great time. Did I win? That’s not the point is it?

I walked thru the casino a couple of times and happened on the blackjack tournament as it was beginning. The rules were simple. My approach was to bet everything every time and hope for the best. I got lucky and was one of the five finalists at the last table. I won a t-shirt. It was fun and my friends/family had a great time yelling my name to urge me on.

My advice ---- do fun things, enjoy those around you, try new experiences, dance, sing, eat strange things, make a memory!!!
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... "you know, that beautiful place wasn't built on winners. A lot of people had to lose to put that place up."

Good point, huh?
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