LostWages, I've been on 4 Carnival ships in one year, but most recent was 18 months ago.Quote: LostWages
I've been able to memorize the Wizard Strategy simple exceptions by Jeff Pepper (only 18 cells to remember!). We're getting ready to go on a Carnival Cruise trip, and I verified that they do have 3:2 blackjack, but the minimum bet starts at $10. That's a bit rich for my pocket. They do have $5 minimum to play 6:5 blackjack or "21". I am going to play recreational with a modest bankroll of $500. This will be my first time on a live blackjack table.
Any advice from those of you with more playing experience?
Yes! I was on a Carnival cruise last month. I was playing UTH & chatting with the dealer. He said that he had never played a hand of poker before Carnival made him a dealer!Quote: gordonm888
3. Watch for dealer mistakes. The dealers are usually not the world's best
Couple things in response to Gordon's post.Quote: gordonm888
1. Remember the casino is open only when the ship is not in port and not within 2 hours of U.S shores.
2. Also, realize that the casino is completely unregulated and Carnival has been on a campaign to increase revenues from their casinos. Ask a wide-open leading question of your dealer such as "Is this game the same as the Blackjack game that I play in Las Vegas?" which gives the dealer the opportunity to tell you about any weird differences form conventional BJ. Heaven help you if they've deleted Queens from the deck, lol.
3. Watch for dealer mistakes. The dealers are usually not the world's best - for instance, they usually work another (non-casino) job on the ship when the casino is closed.