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4 minutes ago, c-boy said:

there's the spirit.  The Countess (d w) plays frequently, occasionally I will accompany her.  Some times I partake in the jovial atmosphere and play.  If I win, it's drinks for everyone on me. :classic_biggrin:

 

Thanks! I will play sometimes just for fun, obviously I'd like to win but I realize that a lot of people play and only a few will actually win 🙂 I mean, I'm on vacation, so what's a few extra dollars here and there? 😄

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4 hours ago, nukesubsailor said:

The only gambling I do with Princess is on whether I will die or go broke booking cruises first.  Every time I hint to the wife that she might want to quit Bingo, she points out that she once won a $4,300 jackpot.  I estimate that after not winning on one more cruise she will break even between what it cost to play and her winnings.  Oh well, if she plays Bingo in the afternoon on a sea day, then I can sneak in a nap in our cabin.

As long as she's having a good time playing, and you get your naps in it's a win-win.  For me, losing isn't a win-win.  Even if I won, I'd cash in and never go back.  I'm lucky at others things, just not gambling.  We leave for Australia next week, never been, so, we spend money on traveling, can't do it if I gamble it away...especially on a maybe.  Happy napping....

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If want to play bingo, do I need to bring my own dauber?   Also, do they give any prizes other than money?  On Royal Caribbean, if you're the "bingo commissioner" (you verify that every ball is there and that the machine is working), then you get a bingo tshirt and a free drink.    I think they used to give a bingo seal (stuffed animal).   Do they do that on Princess?   I rarely win money, but I do enjoy it, though I've convinced myself not to play every day.  🙂

 

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I have played bingo for years on Princess, I only play the last day when someone will win.  Now that they have pads for bingo, feel you must use a pad to win.  I have not won since they started using pads.  Did win 2 times over the years, playing on the last day. 

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I enjoy playing bingo on the ship.  I live in Las Vegas and rarely gamble here.  I have won on the ship before and will not spend the money and gamble in the casino or bingo if I cannot afford to lose the money.  You will be making yourself miserable if you cannot afford to play.  I do it to relax and have a good time with my kids.  Bingo on Princess is a lot cheaper than Royal Caribbean ships.  If you like to play bingo, go play and enjoy yourself.

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On 1/10/2019 at 8:22 AM, nukesubsailor said:

I don't play Bingo but my wife does.  She states that the players who have played everyday will ask who ever wins the jackpot on the last day if that is the first day they have played.  I imagine that if the answer is yes, the winner will be held in scorn.

 

 

It is amazing that most bingo players both on the ship and here at home that vehemently deny the bingo is actually a form of gambling.  Whether one gets enjoyment out of gambling (bingo, one armed bandits or other) is not material.  I have known a few gamblers in my life and I love it when they like to brag about how much they won but are very silent on what they lost.  We were on a cruise a few years ago with a group of friends and had one avid gambler amongst us.  He would come to dinner several nights and brag about how much he had won that day until the last night.  He would not tell us but from his actions he lost it all that sea day in the casino and more.  So much more in fact that the casino gave him a free 7 day cruise which he did tell us at dinner.  One thing to always remember is that the house always wins.  Therefore it is down to how much one is willing to pay for the enjoyment.  

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Just got off the Royal and only missed two Bingo games on my 14 day (split up into two 7-days, so there were two large (over 2K) Jackpots on the last sea day). Leading upto the "must go" the jackpot needed to be had in 50 numbers or less, which is possible, but not probable 😉

 

I use the pad, plus they give you a single game square for each of the 4 games. You do not need a dabber, we marked with pens and the casino people selling had pencils available if you needed one.

 

First week I won a consolation jackpot on my single card, Second week I won another consultation jackpot, but on the pad. Best part was our Bingo caller Catalina from Argentina (Cash Cat). I have two sets of plastic cat ears that I won with my "jackpots", I almost like them more than the money.😻

 

I enjoy playing, even when I don't win and I actually came out a bit ahead for once, lol. To each their own. YMMV

 

Cheers,

 

Deb

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On 2/2/2019 at 11:53 AM, pris993 said:

I have played bingo for years on Princess, I only play the last day when someone will win.  Now that they have pads for bingo, feel you must use a pad to win.  I have not won since they started using pads.  Did win 2 times over the years, playing on the last day. 

 

I have often wondered if one can do that. The last day they say the big prize must go so I had wondered if it was kosher to just play on that one day for the chance to win the big one if it hasn't already been won.

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1 hour ago, Thrak said:

 

I have often wondered if one can do that. The last day they say the big prize must go so I had wondered if it was kosher to just play on that one day for the chance to win the big one if it hasn't already been won.

Believe me they pack them in on that last day - since hey started using the tablets it is just not as much fun anymore - we stopped playing about a year ago

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At the places I used to call bingo at I asked how many wins they had at 50 numbers.  Running 4 sessions a day with a hundred people or more they would have one at that level every 8 months or so.  And if you play on a ship there are many people getting a machine with 64 cards or more on it.  The machines are going to get the vast majority of the wins versus people buying a few cards. 

 

It isn't rigged - doesn't need to be - but our games paid out around $1000 a session and the organization took in about $4000 after we paid for materials and parlor rental.  Guaranteed win for the house.  And on ships they charge triple what we did.

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On 2/4/2019 at 2:38 PM, Thrak said:

 

I have often wondered if one can do that. The last day they say the big prize must go so I had wondered if it was kosher to just play on that one day for the chance to win the big one if it hasn't already been won.

It is gambling, they will gladly take your money on the last day, without any request that you played earlier in the week.  I do it all the time.   There may be some passengers that dislike it but I call being a smart cruiser.  

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On 2/4/2019 at 4:43 PM, callmedeb said:

Just got off the Royal and only missed two Bingo games on my 14 day (split up into two 7-days, so there were two large (over 2K) Jackpots on the last sea day). Leading upto the "must go" the jackpot needed to be had in 50 numbers or less, which is possible, but not probable 😉

 

I use the pad, plus they give you a single game square for each of the 4 games. You do not need a dabber, we marked with pens and the casino people selling had pencils available if you needed one.

 

First week I won a consolation jackpot on my single card, Second week I won another consultation jackpot, but on the pad. Best part was our Bingo caller Catalina from Argentina (Cash Cat). I have two sets of plastic cat ears that I won with my "jackpots", I almost like them more than the money.😻

 

I enjoy playing, even when I don't win and I actually came out a bit ahead for once, lol. To each their own. YMMV

 

Cheers,

 

Deb

OMG.  I remember Cat from two years ago.  She is a riot!!

 

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On 2/4/2019 at 5:38 PM, Thrak said:

 

I have often wondered if one can do that. The last day they say the big prize must go so I had wondered if it was kosher to just play on that one day for the chance to win the big one if it hasn't already been won.

I usually play last day and one other.  Not two sessions in a day though.  Last cruise was my first where the tablet was being used.  Not sure if I play in future.  Tablets won all the money.  MJ

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On 2/4/2019 at 10:10 PM, LeeW said:

At the places I used to call bingo at I asked how many wins they had at 50 numbers.  Running 4 sessions a day with a hundred people or more they would have one at that level every 8 months or so.  And if you play on a ship there are many people getting a machine with 64 cards or more on it.  The machines are going to get the vast majority of the wins versus people buying a few cards. 

 

It isn't rigged - doesn't need to be - but our games paid out around $1000 a session and the organization took in about $4000 after we paid for materials and parlor rental.  Guaranteed win for the house.  And on ships they charge triple what we did.

We always play bingo and purchase the most expensive because it is always the best deal. We do win and we do not. One time that we did win we had six cards and one electronic pad and one free single card. I won on the single card. My wife won the final jackpot once. I see bingo as the only game that I see now way it can be fixed. Fixed to do what? I have seen the big jackpot won and asked after it was over. Bet that does not happen very often. He said it happens every few cruises.. The cost of a Bingo game is way less than the donations at the slots. At least with bingo, it lasts a while. I see those with many cards not win. So, yes you have better odds, the more cards you play. No way does that guarantee a win. What makes me most happy is if I am the only one who got bingo. No splitting the winnings. Those who do not like playing when there are not that many. Check this out. The last bingo on a small ship and the jackpot was $100.00 Why only $100.00? There was my wife and me and one other couple. That was it. Cost $20.00 to play one game. It was cover all. We won. So you never know!

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