Dwayne(Island Cruz) mentioned on another topic about winning money on the ship's casino to pay for on board account. I have not been that lucky maybe a couple hundred, usually down a couple hundred, I don't gamble big, so I don't win big.
But I was once going on a Sothern Caribbean and managed to do two days and stayed at the El Conquistador (it was on General Hospital during a Luke/Scorpio adventure in their spy days) and that is why I chose it. It was way more expensive then I usually budget. It is beautiful, a little ways out of San Juan, but gorgeous. I was cruising solo, and I went to the casino at the resort and won over $1000 !! That is big for me, and it totally paid for my hotel, as Dwayne said I took those lovely $100's to the desk, paid my hotel bill, relieving my credit card, and still had more money to enjoy my RCCL Southern Caribbean cruise.
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I have not paid for my whole cruise, but I have managed to pay off the sign and sail account on a couple occasions. If I hit the craps table on a good night when it is hot, I can pull in $2000, but that is rare. My last cruise we had a good night an I walked up $975... which put me up about $400 for the cruise. Unfortunately this was the second to the last night of the cruise so I didn't have an opportunity to build on those winnings.
But yes, I agree, its nice to be able to go to the GSD and pay off the bill and walk off owing nothing. Although lately I have been letting them charge my credit card so I can get the miles....
I have seen someone hit a royal flush on Caribbean Stud and get presented with the "giant check". That would be great to have happen... I just don't have the patience for that game.. its like watching paint dry.
I have been lucky enough to win a couple of jackpots on the video poker machine, but not many. Only once was I able to pay for my cruise. I was sailing solo. Went down to the casino before dinner and hit a royal flush for $485, then hit $800 on the slot machine. I went and had dinner, then went to the disco. The next morning I didn't feel too spiffy, so I went to the medical center. He gave me a shot for sea sickness even though I told him I had never been sea sick in my life. By dinner time I felt horrible, I went back to the medical center and had 105 degree temperature. He gave me some antibiotics and I went back to my cabin. By the time the cruise was over I was feeling better, but had not been able to spend a cent because I was so sick. That was the only cruise that I have ever come out ahead in the casino.
I did quite well in the casino aboard the Carnival Triumph last month - well enough to pay the cost of the cruise and to book a repeat for next year! This has never happened to me before (the casino luck )
Still one can hope for a repeat performance. It was a joy to be able to play table games for low table limits for a change. Our New England casinos (on reservations) usually have much higher limits and thus reduce an unlucky players gambling time (and fun)!
Well, I go to the casino, put my money in the slots, leave empty; pretty much my gambling luck. I don't spend much so I don't expect to come out ahead...Gambled before I went in the service and never when I was in and I guess I continued that way.
I don't gamble very big, usually just the quarter slots and occasionally the dollar slots. I won $750 on the Holiday with my first roll of quarters once. That was the first time I ever won big. The next time was on the Celebration on the dollar wheel of fortune slots. That ship was very kind to me, $1600 the second night, and $400 more the third night. I socked that away and just played the quarters and nickels after that for fun.
Usually I just stay about even or am down a few hundred. I was down a few hundred after the first night on the Elation. My friends were playing the two cent slots trying to win a BMW. I sat down and was just chatting with them and sorta feeling sorry for myself. I decided to give it another try (I had blown most of my gambling money for the week), so I went to the cage and got one roll of dollar tokens. I went to the row of machines behind the "MegaCash" machines and dropped two in the ones that have the two token for max play. I got it all back and plus some extra playing money for the week.
I was only gone 4 or 5 minutes, and when I walked back with the overflowing bucket of dollar tokens my friends almost fell off of their stools. I couldn't believe it either.
I just like to play for fun and budget myself now with a daily amount to play with. I must say I have had better luck on the older ships than the new ones. Sometimes I think they have the slots so tight so they can pay for the ship!
And what is up with old ladies rubbing my head and sending me drinks in the casino?
It puzzled me until I saw an episode of Andy Griffith where they were rubbing Opie's head for luck. I love the older (than me) ladies in the casino. At least if they rub my head and win, they send me a drink.