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Old 02-28-2011, 01:21 AM
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how much do you have to spend to get to the 1500 point level? Something about this just doesnt sound right. Carnival even has the employees remind you to put the card in. They want that card in the machine for a reason! I dont think they save money by not putting coins in the machines. The employees are there anyway why not let them put the money in. I am a very trusting person, but something about this is wrong, I am just not sure what it is.
Had my math wrong with this. It is 1 point per $2.50 played on the Slots. I was thinking it was 1 for $1. I was wondering why my points were lower than what I thought they should be.

Anyways, to answer the question of how much do you have to spend...It depends on what is being considered as spending. I'll explain.

Say you put 75 cents in and won $4000 and then played it all out on the machines instead of cashing it out. The point count would have reached 1500 by then ($3750 in). This is commonly referred to as "playing on the house's money". In theory you would have only spent 75 cents of your own (out of pocket) money.

That's rarely going to happen in reality, and there are all kinds of mathematical scenarios to this. There is no definitive answer to the question due to the variables involved. The bottom line is to reach 1500 points on the Slots you need $3750 of play through.

Look HERE for the point accumulation details. They say "coin in". It doesn't actually mean putting a coin in. It means Credits played as well. The Ocean Player's Club has been a mess for many years concerning the details about Membership and Benefits. They spun off the Carnival player's to the Carnival Players Club a few years ago. The main Ocean Players Club is still the same though and is inclusive of Carnival Players. This was done due to the varying programs amongst the member Cruise Lines.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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oh well then for $3700.00 you deserve a free drink!
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:41 PM
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For small time gamblers like my wife and I (we plan to lose about $100/day each), it would be impossible to get to the 1500 point level. Our last cruise was a 9 day cruise and on the last day I finally reached the 600 point level where I got $10 'free'! How funny is that? I only had to spend $500 to get my 'free' $10 (which lasted about ten minutes). For us the casino is another expected expense of the cruise. We don't really spend any money on other things (maybe that's why we don't win) but that's whats so great about cruising - everyone has a different way of having fun.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:16 AM
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For small time gamblers like my wife and I (we plan to lose about $100/day each), it would be impossible to get to the 1500 point level. Our last cruise was a 9 day cruise and on the last day I finally reached the 600 point level where I got $10 'free'! How funny is that? I only had to spend $500 to get my 'free' $10 (which lasted about ten minutes). For us the casino is another expected expense of the cruise. We don't really spend any money on other things (maybe that's why we don't win) but that's whats so great about cruising - everyone has a different way of having fun.
Am the say way with limiting how much out of pocket to lose per day. Even smaller for me at $50. I doubt I will be getting a "Free Drink" card either unless I meet a really friendly machine. Even then I don't think I would spend that much time in the casino to play through enough.
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I am the same way, I know how much I am gonna play and when it is gone so am I. Is there really a lot of people that play 3700.00 on one cruise. I love to play the slots but that is a whole lot of money.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:43 AM
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Well, I play more money than you all say you do but even I probably would never see that kind of point level. That and I don't play the slots (maybe some video poker but not much) I am a table game guy so I don't get machine rated. Even if I did and managed to win $4000, I sure would play it out in hopes of getting a free drink card... that is crazy. $4000 would by a LOT of drinks and you would still have money left over... It's clear that the casino is only trying to make it look like they are giving you something when they really are not...
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:37 PM
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One thing that should be noted by everyone is that the soft wear that tracks your play is completely different and independent of the soft wear the generates the payout.
It's called an RNG or random number generator(google search will explain it.)

The cliff notes version is when you push the button it picks a "number" which determines what the outcome of that "spin" is.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:40 PM
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Had my math wrong with this. It is 1 point per $2.50 played on the Slots. I was thinking it was 1 for $1. I was wondering why my points were lower than what I thought they should be.

Anyways, to answer the question of how much do you have to spend...It depends on what is being considered as spending. I'll explain.

Say you put 75 cents in and won $4000 and then played it all out on the machines instead of cashing it out. The point count would have reached 1500 by then ($3750 in). This is commonly referred to as "playing on the house's money". In theory you would have only spent 75 cents of your own (out of pocket) money.

That's rarely going to happen in reality, and there are all kinds of mathematical scenarios to this. There is no definitive answer to the question due to the variables involved. The bottom line is to reach 1500 points on the Slots you need $3750 of play through.

Look HERE for the point accumulation details. They say "coin in". It doesn't actually mean putting a coin in. It means Credits played as well. The Ocean Player's Club has been a mess for many years concerning the details about Membership and Benefits. They spun off the Carnival player's to the Carnival Players Club a few years ago. The main Ocean Players Club is still the same though and is inclusive of Carnival Players. This was done due to the varying programs amongst the member Cruise Lines.
Dwayne,
You may be right about your figures, and I am not a mathmatician, however, I know what I took for casino money ($800) and I left with almost $300. I finished the week with around 2000 points. Just thought you might like to know.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:38 PM
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Dwayne,
You may be right about your figures, and I am not a mathmatician, however, I know what I took for casino money ($800) and I left with almost $300. I finished the week with around 2000 points. Just thought you might like to know.
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Thanks and I know. That is what I was trying to explain about play through. I've managed to get pretty close to 2000 points and still be pretty much even with money. It doesn't happen all the time though. It's been getting more difficult to find friendly machines. Heck, if I stay close to even I am happy as I just enjoy playing.

One reason my points have been lower the last few cruises is because I leave my card in one machine and will jump up and play some near by ones a few spins. Some of the machines still take quarters (or they did) so I get some and keep in a bucket for be-bopping. Since my card isn't in I don't get any points for that.

Congrats by the way! You were the first one to report back about getting the free drink card.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:59 PM
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I wonder how many drinks I would have had to consume to cover my losses? lol
 
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