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FleaStiff
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July 31st, 2012 at 9:57:01 PM permalink
Summary as of 12/15/12
Madeira Beach (Near Tampa): Tradewinds Casino Boat
Fort Myers Beach: Big M Casino
Riviera Beach (Palm Beach): BlackDiamond Casino Boat
Port Canaveral (Cocoa Beach): Victory Casino Ship

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Anyone have the latest information on Florida?

I know there is a boat out of Port Canaveral (Cocoa Beach). Victory Gaming.
Anyone know if its roulette wheel is European or American?
Just what is Megastar8 electronic roulette? Any special tricks to it?
I've heard their craps tables are 5x odds and that they have three tables.

Florida's legislature seems equally bought, so nothing new has been passed regarding those "Destination Casinos" that were making headlines but never happened. Its still Disney's lobbyists prattling about Family Values wanting to protect its market share rather than have major developments that will siphon off kid toting parents to casino equipped resorts. The Seminoles still want but don't really have zones of exclusivity. Meanwhile Tampa is the fourth largest casino in the nation and all the Seminole properties are raking in money hand over fist.

Anyone have status reports on:

West Palm Beach
Port Richey
Elsewhere in Florida?

The Big M Casino boat still operates from Moss Marine in Fort Myers Beach but does anyone have recent trip reports? It would seem to be hard pressed to compete with the 24 hour Indian casinos. BJ is dealt really fast. Some high limit tables. Craps is Each and Every Cruise Thursday evening thru Sunday Evening only. Trying to emphasize alcohol and dancing but its mainly a slots boat and slots are available 24 hours a day 25 miles away. Craps crew talks alot.
odiousgambit
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August 1st, 2012 at 12:13:30 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

The Big M Casino boat still operates from Moss Marine in Fort Myers Beach but does anyone have recent trip reports? It would seem to be hard pressed to compete with the 24 hour Indian casinos.



No Craps or Roulette on land, so maybe the boats have that going for them. They might also offer better Blackjack, do I remember someone saying Seminole BJ means 6-5?
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dlevinelaw
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August 1st, 2012 at 3:34:35 AM permalink
Seminoles are 6-5 at $5 tables but 3-2 on all others, but rules, even at higher limit tables tend to be 8d h17 das no rsa no surrender.

I just read an article that a new west palm boat, the black diamond, will begin operating soon.

The only other interesting news is the isle in pompano beach has a new organic roulette, craps, and sic bo combination table with an actual wheel and dice, 12 seats, and $10 minimums.
CrapsForever
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August 1st, 2012 at 5:45:07 AM permalink
Victory Casino Cruise (Port Canaveral) - "Best Floating Casino in Florida" - 3 Craps tables, 1 Roulette Wheel, Blackjack, Sportsbook, etc. $5 Minimums. 2 trips everyday (7 Days a week) morning and evening sessions. $10 to board, get a players card and use to acquire points for free boarding, food, etc.

Black Diamond Casino Cruise (West Palm Beach) - Delayed opening (yet again). They claim they'll be opening in mid-August.

Big "M" Casino Cruise (Fort Myers) - Stay away from this dump!

Isle Casino (Pompano Beach) - Interlock "Electronic" Organic Craps, Sic Bo, Roulette. 12 station terminal. $5 "total" minimum on weekdays, $10 "total" minimum on weekends. For the $10 minimum, your total bets on one roll have to equal at least $10. For example, you can bet $5 on the 5 & 9 each and that satisfies the $10 minimum requirement.

In my personal opinion, play craps on boat cruises with extreme caution....nothing is "regulated" since they play in international waters.
Craps is the most "Jekyll and Hyde" casino game ever invented!
dlevinelaw
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August 1st, 2012 at 6:07:07 AM permalink
Quote: CrapsForever

In my personal opinion, play craps on boat cruises with extreme caution....nothing is "regulated" since they play in international waters.



I'll be taking the victory boat some point in August, please let me know if you've seen anything sketchy.
CrapsForever
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August 1st, 2012 at 6:28:29 AM permalink
Quote: dlevinelaw

I'll be taking the victory boat some point in August, please let me know if you've seen anything sketchy.



Victory Casino Cruises is very solid. The dealers are pretty good, however there is one dealer who begs for tips who is a bit annoying...I refuse to play on the same table he deals.

The players are very cool and laid back; great comaraderie among players. I have never seen "Monster" rolls there however I have never seen a Monster Roll on any cruise before neither...
Craps is the most "Jekyll and Hyde" casino game ever invented!
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August 2nd, 2012 at 6:52:04 PM permalink
New Casino boat (The Trade Winds Casino Cruise Line) coming to Madeira Beach, Florida the weekend of August 24 - 25.


http://www.tbnweekly.com/pubs/beach_beacon/content_articles/073112_bhb-01.txt
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FleaStiff
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August 3rd, 2012 at 10:17:14 AM permalink
Quote: CrapsForever

New Casino boat (The Trade Winds Casino Cruise Line) coming to Madeira Beach, Florida the weekend of August 24 - 25.


Madeira Beach appears to be about ten miles South of Clearwater, twenty miles South-West of Tampa, about ten miles West of St. Petersburg and
about twenty miles NorthWest of Bradenton.
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August 3rd, 2012 at 12:15:10 PM permalink
I have been to that area many times; it is part of a string of coastal islands. The pier this boat will sail from is on the south end of Madeira Beach, at John's Pass, just across the pass from Treasure Island. The area is known as John's Pass Village. It has a decor of a "faux" fishing village, with a bunch of T-shirt and souvenir shops and such, but I have to put "faux" in quotes because several fishing boats go out from the pier for half-day, full-day, and overnight fishing trips. My wife and I have taken the half-day trip several times, bringing our catch back to be prepared as our dinner at the Friendly Fisherman restaurant right on the pier. There is also a Bubba Gump's right next door.

The dock and fishing boats are owned and operated by the Hubbard family, and the pier itself is known as Hubbard's Pier. The have operated there for decades since moving up from a different Hubbard's Pier location in Pass-A-Grille, at the south end of that string of coastal islands.

There have been several gambling boats sailing out of John's Pass over the years, but I have never tried any of them. If this one survives until my next visit down there, maybe I'll give it a shot.
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August 3rd, 2012 at 8:19:23 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

Madeira Beach appears to be about ten miles South of Clearwater, twenty miles South-West of Tampa, about ten miles West of St. Petersburg and
about twenty miles NorthWest of Bradenton.



I used to play on the boat there. It isn't as "close" as those miles indicate. A bit of a trip getting there and you are better off having a hotel room than trying to return to Tampa when the ship comes in. I recall in times gone by you had to reach the 12 mile limit/line before the casino opens vs. 3 miles on the Atlantic coast but things change. I don't know now.

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