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mikes0805
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December 6th, 2015 at 7:44:41 AM permalink
Jon is a great guy; he used to be the manager of Nation Casino Marketing for Harrahs New Orleans. I'm not sure what he can provide via Royal Carribean but he was very generous in his tenure with Caesars.
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March 18th, 2018 at 5:15:03 PM permalink
PRINCESS (Ruby Princess)
Mostly 6:5BJ with 5$/min, some with 5+1 sidebet. All CSM, I believe.
Late-ish on some days, they opened a 25$ 3:2 CSM that had an incredibly awkward rack since most people were playing 500+ and the largest denomination was three columns of 100.
6:5 Interblock machine that ran 3-500.
Machines gave points at 5$/pt; allegedly, 5000 points is enough to automatically qualify for a 7-day inside cabin, and I can personally confirm that 9000 is enough to automatically qualify for a 10-day ocean-view. (Points have no use beyond giveaway qualification and future offers.) Napkin math indicates that, assuming you're paying normal sale prices on the cruise, you're better off playing the 6:5 machine instead of the 3:2 CSM, due to different rates of point accrual. (Or maybe I should've tipped more or something.)

Also had 3CP, Baccarat, I think PGP and LIR, and 1-2 Texas Hold'em on a digital table.

Princess is also good for manufactured spending, if you're into that kind of thing. No fees assessed on casino charges, and it's processed as a normal sale, not a cash advance.
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March 18th, 2018 at 5:28:45 PM permalink
Quote: Venthus

PRINCESS (Ruby Princess)
Mostly 6:5BJ with 5$/min, some with 5+1 sidebet. All CSM, I believe.
Late-ish on some days, they opened a 25$ 3:2 CSM that had an incredibly awkward rack since most people were playing 500+ and the largest denomination was three columns of 100.
6:5 Interblock machine that ran 3-500.
Machines gave points at 5$/pt; allegedly, 5000 points is enough to automatically qualify for a 7-day inside cabin, and I can personally confirm that 9000 is enough to automatically qualify for a 10-day ocean-view. (Points have no use beyond giveaway qualification and future offers.) Napkin math indicates that, assuming you're paying normal sale prices on the cruise, you're better off playing the 6:5 machine instead of the 3:2 CSM, due to different rates of point accrual. (Or maybe I should've tipped more or something.)

Also had 3CP, Baccarat, I think PGP and LIR, and 1-2 Texas Hold'em on a digital table.

Princess is also good for manufactured spending, if you're into that kind of thing. No fees assessed on casino charges, and it's processed as a normal sale, not a cash advance.



Tf? I was just on that ship last fall and no IB machine. Very cool!

By any chance, have you been on any of the Carnival ships out of Long Beach in the past year?
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March 18th, 2018 at 6:04:16 PM permalink
Casinos have three primary revenue sources; alcohol, excursions, and the casino. They have a captive audience in international waters so you can count of finding the worst rules in any casino throughout the world.
"I should have bet black." - Winston Churchill .
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March 18th, 2018 at 6:10:42 PM permalink
I'm not sure how much longer that info will be valid; when I checked the ship layout a few weeks ago, it asked if I was sailing before or after March 31, 2018. Given that, I wouldn't be surprised if the machines got changed fairly frequently. The IB BJ was empty most of the time too, and had non-critical errors on three days... not encouraging. (And forgot to mention in the main post, but all drinks in the casino on Princess have to be paid for. No comped drinks, even water. "You have to pay for bottled or tap is free." ...What.)

Nope, but I have a 'free' one via TropLaugh I have to redeem by June, so... I'll get back to you in a few months?

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Casinos have three primary revenue sources; alcohol, excursions, and the casino. They have a captive audience in international waters so you can count of finding the worst rules in any casino throughout the world.



On the other hand, 7 days with room, food, and entertainment for two for about 400$+exposure of 25k's not bad. WoO's BJ calculator gives about a 2.05%HE (uncertain about the number of hands you can split to, or RSA so I'm erring high), or an expected loss of 512.50. 25k's fairly reasonable at the green chip level for a 7-dayer, those 6:5 tables are often pretty crowded on the Strip, and they give a lot less back for the action. How much do those people spend on other expenses in Vegas for 7 days too? (Though, admittedly, us at WoV probably aren't at those tables.)
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March 18th, 2018 at 6:37:10 PM permalink
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Casinos have three primary revenue sources; alcohol, excursions, and the casino. They have a captive audience in international waters so you can count of finding the worst rules in any casino throughout the world.



Not all the time. A guy on another website said that he won like $10,000 on a lucky slot machine in a Cruise Casino in open waters whereas he lost like $5,000 playing in his local land based Casino IIRC.
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March 18th, 2018 at 6:47:21 PM permalink
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I'm not sure how much longer that info will be valid; when I checked the ship layout a few weeks ago, it asked if I was sailing before or after March 31, 2018. Given that, I wouldn't be surprised if the machines got changed fairly frequently. The IB BJ was empty most of the time too, and had non-critical errors on three days... not encouraging.



I've seen more errors on these machines than any other.

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Nope, but I have a 'free' one via TropLaugh I have to redeem by June, so... I'll get back to you in a few months?



I'm in the same boat (pun unintended) from another Trop property. Probably going to do the Inspiration in May. Can't wait to see "la bufadora" for the hundredth time!
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FleaStiff
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March 18th, 2018 at 6:49:35 PM permalink
>>>>. A guy said
Hah. You should hear some of the things I've said. Not a word of truth at all.
>>>he won $10,000 on a lucky slot machine
He was perhaps lucky, the machine wasn't.
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March 18th, 2018 at 7:15:19 PM permalink
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I'm in the same boat (pun unintended) from another Trop property. Probably going to do the Inspiration in May. Can't wait to see "la bufadora" for the hundredth time!



Hah! I was in Ensenada on Friday; decided to just be lazy and do a bus tour instead of my usual get lost and wander on foot for five hours. (Plot twist: Walking to Balboa Park in San Diego is really far, especially when you head southeast from the port for over a mile first...)

Was deciding whether or not La Bufadora was worth it... looked at it from like ten different angles on Youtube (including a few drones!), been there, done that, move along.
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March 18th, 2018 at 7:39:04 PM permalink
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Was deciding whether or not La Bufadora was worth it... looked at it from like ten different angles on Youtube (including a few drones!), been there, done that, move along.



It may actually be worth it if you enjoy cheap booze. Many of the shopkeepers around the attraction will give you free shots of tequila and mezcal just for appearing to be interested in their wares. Nothing like owning a vomit-stained "blowhole" tee and not remembering how you acquired it!
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