bigfoot66
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January 18th, 2015 at 12:13:14 PM permalink
Quote: pew

International waters. 48 card deck?



Certainly possible, and I had TERRIBLE luck on the game, losing $500 very quickly, but I believe the game was fair. They were using IGT machines, and the cruise line (Crystal) is pretty high end, I don't believe they make much on the casino compared to cruise fares. Also I saw someone hit 4 Aces, and multiple people including my brother snapped the bonus quads meter while I was there.
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bigfoot66
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January 18th, 2015 at 12:18:43 PM permalink
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You should make sure the meters reset at the doubled amounts first:

50¢ denom: Four Aces should reset to $400 (not $200); Four 2s,3s,4s should reset to $200 (not $100)
$1 denom: Four Aces should reset to $800 (not $400); Four 2s,3s,4s should reset to $400 (not $200)
$2 denom: Four Aces should reset to $1600 (not $800); Four 2s,3s,4s should reset to $800 (not $400)

I would double-check these reset values for sure to see which denominations have the error; it might only be quarters that have the error.



Yes, I was asking for academic reasons, the cruise is over and I couldn't afford to play at that level anyway. I am 100% sure that the pay schedule was the same for all levels. It did not appear to be a mistake. On the last day I even commented to the pit critter who I had become friendly with that the VP paytable was very generous for a cruise and he agreed, so it may have been set that way intentionally.

I don't think that they are trying to maximize income from the casino, craps was 3x4x5x odds, BJ was $5 and 3:2 (and I think S17 but I could be wrong), etc.
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January 18th, 2015 at 12:22:04 PM permalink
Maybe that Dancer guy will make up a column on it!
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January 18th, 2015 at 12:26:57 PM permalink
Quote: bigfoot66

On the last day I even commented to the pit critter who I had become friendly with that the VP paytable was very generous for a cruise and he agreed, so it may have been set that way intentionally.

I don't think that they are trying to maximize income from the casino, craps was 3x4x5x odds, BJ was $5 and 3:2 (and I think S17 but I could be wrong), etc.



Regular 6/5 Bonus is generous on a cruise ship too, so he might think that's what they're offering. I would be shocked if it was actually intentional. Were any of the other VP games good?
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January 18th, 2015 at 12:46:14 PM permalink
Which boat? (PM if desired).
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January 18th, 2015 at 12:52:48 PM permalink
Quote: RS

Just remove all the A's. No way to hit four aces and no way to hit a royal. Although, players might start to get suspicious if they haven't seen an Ace is several hours of play...



I think you overestimate the astuteness/attentiveness of some people-- my favorite was when I was watching VP while waiting for somebody and they were playing JoB style on a DW game. Throwing out the deuces. Like an idiot, I tried to be helpful and point that out to get yelled at for my trouble.
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January 18th, 2015 at 12:54:01 PM permalink
Those who believe all cruise ships have bad pay tables on VP machines are wrong.
Yes, most of the VPs are pretty bad.
A few years ago, I went on a cruise and was surprised to find out they had FPDW at $1/$2 level.
I played at $2 level hit four deuces twice. No tax, no W-2G, so sweet!
It's even better than Las Vegas!
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January 18th, 2015 at 1:04:11 PM permalink
Nice find! Score one for the good guys. You know if you played the $2 denomination you would have came up ;) The Carnival Miracle had nothing like this.
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January 18th, 2015 at 1:45:36 PM permalink
Thanks! Unfortunately I totally bricked and won't be going on another cruise with them for a while, but it was a good find.
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