Could anyone who just got off the Pearl after her trans-Atlantic crossing post what the blackjack rules are on the Pearl? On the Star last winter they were very good. Only about 1/3rd of 1% house edge(.34) for anyone who played perfect basic strategy. I played at the $5 and $10 tables for about 15 hours on that Star cruise. Bet about $8ooo total in the 15 hours, playing perfect Basic strategy and ended losing only $100. My wife & I will be on the 2/2/07 cruise to the Southern Carribean on the Pearl. Hope the blackjack rules are as good.
I'm just curious as to how the rules have varied where you have played. Wherever I've played blackjack, the rules have been the same... whether on cruise ships, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, etc. Only exception possibly for single deck blackjack where some casinos pay out 6-5 instead of 3-2 for a blackjack.
We must live & play in different worlds. Blackjack rules vary widely. Even in the same city. For example in Los Vagas the rules vary all over the lot. On the strip they are almost always very bad. Downtown and in the locals casino's some very good. Even in the same casino they vary from table to table. Dealer hitting or standing on soft 17 is the most glaring of differences.
Just got back from the Key West/Cozumel cruise on the Pearl. Blackjack rules are very fair, dealer stays on all 17's, split up to four times excluding aces (once). Pay out 3 to 2 on Blackjack (or choice of even money if dealer is showing ace also). I played at the $5 table 3 nights and the $10 dollar a couple nights. Overall bet about 3 grand and lost ten dollars (was up one to two hundred til the last night).
My wife & I will be on the Pearl for the 9 night Southern Carribean cruise on Febuary 2, 2007. Glad to hear the BJ rules are that good. Sounds like a house edge of only about 0.35%, which is about as good as one will get on a 6 or 8 deck shoe. Which is about what your results were. Pretty cheap intertainment if one likes to play BJ.