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Old 08-03-2005, 07:35 PM
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Does anyone know the payoffs/odds of winning on things such as slots on cruise ships, namely the Elation? I was just wondering, been to Vegas and was wondering about how much they set the machines to pay out... good or bad...? Thanks
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:39 PM
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Didn't pay me anything.
Okay, I won a little in the slots but I gave it all back before I left. You got to know when to quit...

I think the odds may have been posted in the casino, not sure.
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:29 AM
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Although I do not gamble, interestingly enough I know the answer to this question. Since there is no gaming commission that oversees casinos on cruise ships, there is no way of knowing exactly how much slot machines return. But, industry insiders believe it to be between 80-92%. This is much lower than the 85-98% return that is typical of US land based casinos.

I can't tell you where within that range that the Elation falls, but suffice it to say, compared to gambling in Las Vegas, your odds are much lower of coming home a winner.


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Old 08-04-2005, 05:16 AM
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I absolutely love to gamble. Casino's, Horse Races, Football games, you give me a bet and I'm a taker. I just can't see myself in the Casino on the Ship. I can go place a bet a home or play the slots in the Indian Casino, or even drive a little further and play in Mississippi. Hope I don't get drawn into the Casino on board. I want to see the Ocean and the Pool and The shows and EAT!
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Old 08-04-2005, 05:51 AM
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I was also wondering about the Elation's casino, and all the rest of it too. If I can ask, when are you going on the Elation? My husband and I sail on Sept. 18th, it's our first cruise and I am so ready for it. We've done alot of investigating etc....but I'm sure there's nothing quite like actucally being there. Only 45 days and counting...........
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Old 08-04-2005, 02:41 PM
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Im heading out on December 18th on the Elation, I wonder how many children will be on the ship since its around Christmas time.??? Hopefully not too many :>
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Old 08-05-2005, 06:37 AM
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We have never won more than a few dollars on the slots in the casinos on the ships, but this past June I had friends/clients on the Fantasy, he won over $7,000 on the 4 night cruise. I asked him how much it cost him, and he stated first time he put in $20.00 in "Wheel of Fortune" slot, and won $2000 right away. Went back the next night dropped around $50.00 and walked away with $4,000, the last night for the fun of it went to same slot machine dropped $20.00 more and won $1000. But I have always told him he has a lucky horseshoe attached to him. He buys the scratch off lottery tickets and always wins, whether it be $5.00 or $200.00 he never looses.
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:25 AM
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Hi, we recently sailed on the Elation and must say it was a wonderful experience. The staff is great. Our cabin steward was pleasant and was very friendly. The wait staff is equally pleasant. Alcohol is priced about average; the drink (fountain) cards are the way to go if you are traveling with children. Guys, this was my first cruise and I was looking for reasons to stay home but I will tell you it was GREAT! Moreover, there is no reason to pack a suit or tuxedo you can rent on the ship if that is your desire. The casino is tighter than Vega’s but what the hell you are going to get bored. Some of the shows are outstanding a few were mediocre but overall the entertainment was good. The food is outstanding. We dined in the formal dining room once then decided we liked Ivan, the maitre de, in the Inspiration Dining room so we ate in his facility daily. He is a pleasure to talk to. I have read that some travelers are concerned about the added gratuity to their sail and sign card or their fountain card. I believe now, as I was of a similar opinion, that this is actually a fair system. We enjoyed the Elation tremendously and encourage taking a few minutes from your alcohol-induced stupor to talk with the crew they very interesting and work extremely hard to make your vacation pleasant. As I, proof read this I said there are going to be a few put there who believe I am an employee of the cruise line rest assured me am not we rented cabins U-155 and 157. The only person whom I did not like was the super shopper. I will say he is a pain in the backside.
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:41 AM
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The dining room I meant to refer to was Tiffany's not Inspiration. Sorry for the confusion
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