Has anyone ever hit a jackpot on slots on the ships?

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#21
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never won on a ship
only won at hard rock and coconut creek
cruzing in dec hope i have time to play on ship
going with dh family not sure i can gamble with them
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#22
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My wife and I hit for over $3800 on the Carnival Inspiration. I hit two $1000 jackpots on the same machines on back to back days. Had my wife quit earlier we would had been way ahead. All machines played were $1 machines.

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#23
Brooklyn, NY, USA
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My husband & I have both hit royal flushes on Poker slots, more than once on NCL. 2 years ago when NCL had progressives, I hit for over $10,000 on a 1 cent, $3 max progressive on ncl Gem. I played that machine the whole cruise, up and down, I had a hunch and 3 nights before the end of the cruise the machine hit.
#24
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Good news: My wife won over $300 on a penny machine on the Grand Princess. It was on the first night on a transatlantic. On the last day she won another $100 plus on the same machine.

Bad news: I am still hearing about it! And I have no idea how much she lost between the first and last day.
#26
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The shareholders of the cruiselines and the casino concessionaires are delighted to have as many players as possible reminisce about the time they won a big jackpot in a cruise ship casino. Moreover, those who were multiple winners are really adored by the "house' because they are the biggest losers of all for just as surely as night follows day, those who play the most lose the most.

I am not opposed to all gambling. I like to play poker, bridge for money, even bet at the track (where the odds are not applied uniformly to the universe of betters), but I can not fathom the mindset of those who spend their $ and time at the machines and the tables in cruise ship casinos. Except perhaps for the card counters who can eke out favorable odds against the house at 21. I have no objection to their gambling, mind you, because their play helps to underwrite the cost of my cruise. No doubt the casino revenue helps to hold down the basic price of any cruise.

I am incapable of wrapping my mind around the concept that someone could enjoy a game of chance knowing the odds were stacked against them. The response frequently offered by gamblers as to why they indulge, to wit, "it's fun" or "it's worth the expense for the entertainment it affords" often combined with "and I only play with a set amount of money" fail to convince me. How can someone have fun knowing they are sure to lose if they continue playing. In the long run there are NO winners in a casino except the house. Furthermore, I suspect the unpublished machine odds in cruise ship casinos are significantly lower than in other shoreside gambling meccas. No doubt they have the lattitude to adopt the most favorable regulations available just like cruise lines can flag their ships in countries with favorable employment and tax laws. Ergo the casinos ar not required to publish their payout odds or probably even adopt a minimum payout. Anyone care to bet?

In any case, keep playing. I like being able to buy a cabin on a nice ship for less than $200 /day. While you are at it, take a few more excursions, buy enlarged photos, and get some spa treatments.
#27
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When I look at how much some people spend on golf, hunting, fishing, movies, sporting events, etc., all for fun and entertainment, I just don't get it ! I'd much rather save my money and play SLOTS!
#29
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Originally posted by nseagirl
I can't wrap my mind around why someone who hates gambling is lurking around the casino board.
Because they want to preach their 'holier than thou' or 'I'm smarter than you' attitude.

You know the type of person - you see them in a bar and find any excuse to avoid them...

I enjoy my life - I like a smoke; a drink; a gamble; good food; cruising etc..

I'm as happy as a pig in muck - I pity people who want to spend their lives being miserable and preaching to others.

If I choose to spend my hard-earned on having fun, it is none of anyone else's business (except for my wife!)
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#30
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Originally posted by SteveH2508
Because they want to preach their 'holier than thou' or 'I'm smarter than you' attitude.
Amen! These are people who gain their pleasure from judging others. Besides, it is my money. Except for my wife, who has the right to tell me where, how, and how much I can spend on what?

As the old saying goes, "Shrouds have no pockets!" I came in to this world with nothing, and I still have more than 95% of it!

Shalom and good luck. Andy.
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#31
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I put 10 bucks in a WOF machine on Enchantment of the Seas...one spin ($3), got the wheel thinggie, spun that and won $1000! Cashed out, so my profit was $997!
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#32
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In 2000 cruise from San Diego to Florida - once we were out to sea, passing the casino, DH went in put three quarters in a machine and won $2500. Very nice but has never happened since - and, no request for social security number for tax purposes either.
#33
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Love reading all the "win" stories with the hope of it happening to me on my December cruise on Ruby Princess! I've won 2 slot tournaments with the payouts being $200 on one and $400 (NCL Star in May) on another. Hit a $600 jackpot on Celebrity's Millennium on a quarter machine. And for Owl61, I lost $1,000 on NCL's Sky last year but got comped a free cruise last weekend for my generous donations since I was up $800 at one point but did not quit! I only gave them $200 on the comped cruise and was able to drink for free.
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#34
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I was on a Royal Caribbean ship on the promenade at a bar with a lot of friends when my hubby went to the men's room but took a loooong time to come back - he has been playing a $1 slot and hit for like $100 which I promptly took away and went to casino and played a $1 fishing machine (I usually play .25 and under - love pennies). I hit the machine for $800 that night after about $25 and the next night I was showing someone the machine I had hit on and threw in $20 and hit for $3,000 - paid for our cruise and then some - have hit up to $1,000 many times - love slots!
#36
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Carnival Jubilee - Caribbean - Jan 1999 - I hit 400.00 then 1600.00 on the same machine, 10 minutes apart. Paid the bar bill with it (11 day cruise)!
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#37
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i like to story that hubby went to the bathroom
i'll have to try that
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#38
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Originally posted by jcacruiser
just off the Enchantment two weeks ago and won $500 on a Five Times quarter machine. Played the $1 Wheel of Fortune daily and won nothing, but, as usual, saw several other people hit spins for $1000 toward the end of the cruise. Also heard of someone winning $3000 on a Wheel of Fortune machine. Did MUCH better on 3 card poker!
My wife won on the EOS too! Hit $1000 on the Wheel of Fortune $1 machine. Thank goodness because I was down on BJ. It certainly helped the pain of paying off our excursions and bar tab. Going on Freedom in 5 days....hope we are as lucky this time.
#39
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I just got off of the Caribbean Princess and a lady won $1200 off of the penny slots.
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#40
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The odds and payouts also are controlled by who makes the machines. If the manufacturer that makes the machine also provides machines in Nevada, it has to be the same as the Nevada machine. That means that the lowest payout level is 75%, which actually sucks. If the NGC should ever find out that, lets say, a 10X machine on a ship acts differently or is somehow set lower than 75%, all of those machines would be locked up in Nevada until they could find out how it was done and correct it. I would bet on the cruise shipe they are set between 80% and 85% for $1 slots. The video poker odds you can calculate based upon the payouts. If Jacks or Better is paying 6 for a full house and 5 for a flush, those are about the worst odds you can get. Playing the slots and VP is usually a losing proposition, but if you are lucky and in the "right place at the right time" you can hit pretty good. Most of us lose, but it sure is fun!!!!
Taking my first cruise in 20 years with my wife and daughter, with other friends, and cant wait to play poker and hit the VP.