Hey, I have not personally seen any poker or side betting on any of the modern cruises that I have been on. It's not to say it isn't there but I have not seen it. However, when you get to islands such as Nassau, They do have those areas in the casinos there. There is a normally a dollar amount of chips you have to pre-purchase to enter them. However also, there are cruise lines that I have yet to try. I never seen those areas on the Mariner though. They do have Carribbean Poker and other card games to play and the normal table is $5 and up from there.
Tyler, Texas - which is in between Dallas and Shreveport,LA. It is considered East Texas. We really miss Florida, and are trying to get back there. My husband is a golf professional, and they are a dime a dozen in FL.
It would also make cruising cheaper since I could knock out the airfare.