Has anybody ever really won in the Casino?

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Originally posted by rexy69
I'm talking about playing the Slot Machines......I've always heard that the Cruise Lines count on the Casino revenue to help them make their quota for each sailing.
So, has anyone ever really won a substantial amount from playing the slots?
HHHHHEEEEELLLLLLLLLLOOOOO rexy69: Slot machines are a hit and miss proposition. Have won the second highest payout on a Wheel of Fortune once and won the second highest payout on another cruise line on a high roller slot machine. For the most part slot machines are long term losers. If you are there when the big payout is due fine. Otherwise long term losers. They are great for casinos. They don't need sick days or vacation days. It just sits there and when someone wants to play they play. If you wish to have success in the casino learn to play a table game. However, all table games are not created equal and there are many bad bets.
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Originally posted by Tiffany3838
I was on the MSC seaside last week and the 2nd night in there was a 15,000 winner on a quick hit machine on there free spin bonus there were a total of 6 winners on the quick hits ranging from 15k-3k and other winners on other machines however a gentleman I met said he was on the same ship only a week prior and didn't see 1 person hit a jackpot all week

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And that's exactly normal for slot machines.
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We did poorly on the first 2 cruises, but on the Escape we won about $10,000 throughout the cruise. Made up for past losses and more.
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Originally posted by VideoTech
Thank you , DKJRetired. It always amazes me how many of these urban myths are put about about slot machines, and how it seems so few gamblers bother to learn anything about how the machine they're playing really works, or how the human psychology tampers with our view of what's really happening as we gamble.
Another myth has to do with putting your sign and sail card in the machine. You are only hurting yourself. In Vegas, AC, etc all have laws requiring that prohibit the cards from having a connection to winning or losing. Cruise lines basically follow those rules.
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I always think threads/comments like this are so very subjective without the details of the denomination of the machine and how much the bet was.

My wife and I hit a few times every cruise for $800-1200 playing various penny video slot machines with bets around $2-2.50. Are we getting rich off that...no of course not. But a $2 bet paying $1000 is a pretty nice score and keeps you gambling on the casino's dime for quite a while.
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I have had good cruises and bad in the casino. In 2009, I hit a slot for $3,500 on the first night while onboard the Enchantment OTS. They took my picture holding the money, and it was posted all over the ship. People kept coming up to me and saying "You're the casino guy, aren't you?"

Two summers ago, I won more than $4k on a cruise, and just last week I hit Symphony for several thousand.

It isn't all winning, though. I lost $2K last year while on the Radiance OTS. I blame that stupid bathtub sized craps table.
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Any video poker enthusiasts here? When we went on the Crystal Serenity to Alaska last year they had good video poker 9/6 JOB and some quarter games with progressives. We did very well on that cruise. I recently returned from Mediterranean cruise, same ship, and they had downgraded the VP significantly. I could not find anything reasonable to play. Does anyone know if Crystal Symphony has the same bad VP?
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In December 2016 I sat down at a slot machine and intended to bet 30 cents.Instead I accidentally hit maximum bet and won $547.00 .I put away the $500 and kept $47 to play the rest of the cruise (my winnings were on night #1) .

From that $47 I won an additional $300 on various nights and brought it all home. In December 2017 I was on the same ship and on night #1 played the same machine and lost my limit for the day,By the end of the cruise I won close to $600.
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Originally posted by slygal
I recently returned from Crystal Serenity cruise where someone won $72,000 on a video poker machine.
wonder if it was the same person on the Celebrity Infinity West Coast cruise 5.17
A Guy won $40,000 and his wife won $30,000 in one night.
I heard they won over 100k during the cruise but not sure about that.
The Casino Host put the $40k in news letter and when I asked her about
it she told me about his wife winning too
It was also on a video poker machine
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I don't know if you would consider this a big win, but it was for me! A few years ago I got $800 on a Quick Hit machine, and I was not playing the max (probably $.75). This was at a time when I went on this much needed vacation on a shoestring budget, and this more than paid for my cruise. I was thrilled.
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I've had several hand-paid jackpots on slots over the past several years. It annoys me that they give out W2-G forms for wins over $1,200 just like back home. I can't say that I'm ahead of the shipboard casinos, but of the 15 cruises I've been on I've only paid for the first three. The rest have been casino VIP (very idiotic player, I think) invitations. Of course my casino donations more than covered the cost of those trips, but I'd have probably lost playing back home anyways, so it all balances out in the end.
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Yes, people do win (not me as a rule) because I've seen it. On a cruise earlier this year, a woman hit one of the penny machines for $10K (no idea what her bet was). A couple of days later, she hit a different machine for another $10K.

I've hit some hand-pays a few times on cruises, but I'm pretty sure I'm not up overall. I have my "entertainment" money and enjoy using it.
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