Venthus
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May 26th, 2015 at 11:32:51 AM permalink
The Norwegian Star had a lineup similar to what babs said back in March or so. No Spanish 21, i think though.
cyrus
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May 27th, 2015 at 3:44:06 PM permalink
I personally play PGP for the express purpose of getting drunk. For a given bankroll it has a very good chance of not busting out. I find it a good warmup game to milk the drinks for 1-2 hours with high probability of money remaining for other games.

Also depends on your time availability for all gambling in a day. You're unlikely to double or triple your money over just a couple hours. So if you want a sprint, don't do it. If you want a marathon, go for it.

As for not knowing the strategy, just take 30-60 min playing the wizard's simulator with correction. You could even do this while drinking if you want a "realistic" practice. :D You'll be solid on 90% of the hands you see from there forward. And for the tough choices like two pair, ask the dealer to set the house way.
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May 27th, 2015 at 4:40:32 PM permalink
I find that cruise ship dealers are surprisingly good. In the four cruises I've taken I have never seen a pai gow poker table. On Norwegian the drink service was awful in the casino. The dealer had to fill out a comp sheet for every single drink and get it signed by a supervisor.
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100xOdds
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May 27th, 2015 at 8:43:12 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I find that cruise ship dealers are surprisingly good. In the four cruises I've taken I have never seen a pai gow poker table. On Norwegian the drink service was awful in the casino. The dealer had to fill out a comp sheet for every single drink and get it signed by a supervisor.



I am going on Norwegian.
as a Caesar's Diamond, I get 20% off a cruise AND a drink card (only good for the casino bar).

I'm buying the cruise, and not from an free cruise offer.
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MathExtremist
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May 28th, 2015 at 9:15:09 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

well, my thought was to let the dealer arrange EVERY hand since I have no idea how to play it.


I'd think that having the dealer set your hand house way would slow down the game enough to make up for the slightly increased house edge due to suboptimal strategy (which is only 0.2%). In other words, you have a lower expected loss over a fixed timeframe by letting the dealer do the extra work. So drink up!
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May 28th, 2015 at 9:23:37 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

I am going on Norwegian.
as a Caesar's Diamond, I get 20% off a cruise AND a drink card (only good for the casino bar).

I'm buying the cruise, and not from an free cruise offer.



Casinos at Sea is their players' club. If you get signed up with them and play rated, you should start receiving offers directly from NCL for free cruises. I don't know what they offered you for post-booking incentives, but last time I bought 40 free play for 20 in advance of sailing, both for the slots/vp and for the tables, and they were easy to redeem. You just printed them out from home and redeemed them at the cage. You might call the contact number in the link and ask about getting signed up in advance of your cruise, see if there are any incentives they might offer.
If the House lost every hand, they wouldn't deal the game.
Venthus
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May 29th, 2015 at 7:03:16 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

Casinos at Sea is their players' club. If you get signed up with them and play rated, you should start receiving offers directly from NCL for free cruises.



If you're playing tables, you'll need to run a ridiculous amount; based on reports by other people and the numbers I experienced, you'll have to have a total, er, coin-in past six digits before you'll qualify for much of anything. 50$/hand BJ for several hours a day, for a week, net me a touch under 10$ in points and a surprised reaction from the desk that a flea would even try to ask for anything.

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