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You get it in the form of "promotional" chips or slot credit.  You play like money, and winnings can be cashed in, but the promo can only be played, not turned back in for cash. 

 

Harris

Denver, CO

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17 minutes ago, TickledBlue said:

And if you order it in the cruise planner, you get an extra 10% promo chips or slot credit.

 

Can you use your OBC to purchase chips prior to the cruise in the cruise planner to get that 10%?

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47 minutes ago, ghstudio said:

 

Can you use your OBC to purchase chips prior to the cruise in the cruise planner to get that 10%?

Yes you can. I have purchased it for our upcoming cruise. Slots though. Not sure about chips.

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19 minutes ago, omeinv said:

When I did that once it was a 5% bonus, not 10%.  The only way to do it was in advance.  On board you just get the amount with no premium.

 

Harris

Denver, CO

Typical Celebrity consistent inconsistency.  I have been on cruises where they did make some offers onboard (I think these were longer cruises).  And on those, the percentage varied based on how much you were taking out.

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2 hours ago, omeinv said:

You get it in the form of "promotional" chips or slot credit.  You play like money, and winnings can be cashed in, but the promo can only be played, not turned back in for cash. 

 

Harris

Denver, CO

This was my expectation as well, but on Equinox two weeks ago, we were able to download OBC to slots, hit “cash out”, get full value and take the ticket to the casino cashier for $$$. Did it on several machines. 
 

We had also pre-purchased $55 in slot credits (for $50 through the cruise planner). In that case you had to play the $55 and could only cash out any winnings. 
 

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I, too received the offer pre-cruise for an extra 10% for casino credit — I opted in & received credit downloaded to my account.  So I paid $100 in obc for $110 in play.

 

while onboard, if I used additional obc to play, additional fee of 5% was deducted.  Had fun with the new slot machines on Equinox although I did make a donation at the end.

 

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I bought $500 OBC pre-cruise when Amex had the promo spend $500 on Celebrity and get $150 credit back on Amex and that was our gambling budget since it was "free" money.  I was able to use this refundable OBC to add money on my casino account at the slot machines on the Summit last week and play it or cash it out no problem.  When we had asked the cashier about getting chips to play from our OBC we were told we would not be able to cash out the chips purchased with OBC only winnings but I think that policy is supposed to only apply to promo non-refundable OBC.  

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Can someone explain the having to play all of the promotional credit.  Let's say I have $55 in "promotional" slot play, if I play $15 dollars without winning and then hit with $40 remaining of promotional play, how do I play through that and still keep my winnings?

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25 minutes ago, jcole817 said:

Can someone explain the having to play all of the promotional credit.  Let's say I have $55 in "promotional" slot play, if I play $15 dollars without winning and then hit with $40 remaining of promotional play, how do I play through that and still keep my winnings?

The slot machine knows the difference. As we were playing our $55 of promotional money, every few "wins" we would cash out.....sometimes we would get $1, $3, or more, depending on what we had "won".  For instance, if we had a winning spin of any significance, say $5 on a 50 cent spin, we would cash it out and get the $5. That way you can cash out your winnings and not spend it all, and still play your promotional $$$. 

 

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2 minutes ago, mac_tlc said:

The slot machine knows the difference. As we were playing our $55 of promotional money, every few "wins" we would cash out.....sometimes we would get $1, $3, or more, depending on what we had "won".  For instance, if we had a winning spin of any significance, say $5 on a 50 cent spin, we would cash it out and get the $5. That way you can cash out your winnings and not spend it all, and still play your promotional $$$. 

 

mac_tlc

Okay, I thought that was the case....thanks!

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One further question on that - do I have to go to the cashier to redeem all my little wins (cuz mine are always “little” 😆) or does the ship’s casino have a ticket redemption machine like land casinos? 
 

thanks for the help!

 

edit/ just realized the ship is cashless - so I suppose there are no machines. Sorry, that was a stupid question! Ugh!
 

 

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8 minutes ago, durberville said:

One further question on that - do I have to go to the cashier to redeem all my little wins (cuz mine are always “little” 😆) or does the ship’s casino have a ticket redemption machine like land casinos? 
 

thanks for the help!

 

edit/ just realized the ship is cashless - so I suppose there are no machines. Sorry, that was a stupid question! Ugh!
 

 

We brought all our little winning tickets to the cashier for redemption. I don't remember seeing a ticket redemption machine.

 

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49 minutes ago, mac_tlc said:

The slot machine knows the difference. As we were playing our $55 of promotional money, every few "wins" we would cash out.....sometimes we would get $1, $3, or more, depending on what we had "won".  For instance, if we had a winning spin of any significance, say $5 on a 50 cent spin, we would cash it out and get the $5. That way you can cash out your winnings and not spend it all, and still play your promotional $$$. 

 

mac_tlc

do you get your money back onto your credit card or cash?

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1 hour ago, durberville said:

One further question on that - do I have to go to the cashier to redeem all my little wins (cuz mine are always “little” 😆) or does the ship’s casino have a ticket redemption machine like land casinos? 
 

thanks for the help!

 

edit/ just realized the ship is cashless - so I suppose there are no machines. Sorry, that was a stupid question! Ugh!
 

 

We put all our little winning tickets into a machine which totals the winnings then cash out the one ticket. 

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Daft question - if you use OBC to play the slots (either beforehand from planner or once onboard), what do you actually play with? Cash, your key or something else? 

How does it work? 

(not a big casino visitor......)

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10 hours ago, Andie 49 said:

do you get your money back onto your credit card or cash?

Cash from the casino cashier. If you have a credit card on your shipboard account, you can bring the cash to Guest Services and apply it to your account.

 

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3 hours ago, isdoo said:

Daft question - if you use OBC to play the slots (either beforehand from planner or once onboard), what do you actually play with? Cash, your key or something else? 

How does it work? 

(not a big casino visitor......)

Once you download $$ from your onboard account, the machine translates that to “credits”. You play the credits and cash out when you want to. For instance, on a 1c machine, $10 would be 1000 credits. Machines vary but on a 1c machine you can get one spin for anywhere from 1c to $5 or more, which is between 1 and 500 credits. 
 

When you cash out, the machine issues a ticket with your remaining $$ on it. You can put the ticket into another machine or bring it to the cashier for $$. 
 

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3 hours ago, isdoo said:

Daft question - if you use OBC to play the slots (either beforehand from planner or once onboard), what do you actually play with? Cash, your key or something else? 

How does it work? 

(not a big casino visitor......)

mac_tic replied while I was typing...but here is my response:

 

You put in your room key into the machine and use a little touch screen on the machine.

 

If I recall correctly, you press the Personal Banker button, log in with your pin (which is MMDD) of your birthday.   

 

There is then a Promo $ button you press, then you select between cash amounts that you want to transfer to the machine, like $5, $10, $20. 

 

Once you do that, the machine show those credits that you can play with.

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I'm still a bit confused.  I have a bunch (for me) of OBC for my March 2021 Infinity sailing.  I figured I'd use some to pre-purchase both slot and table credits.  If I win at Roulette, do I not just get back "regular" chips?  I can see how the slots may be able to track things, but how does that work at a table?

 

On Carnival and HAL, I can just upload funds to my card on a slot machine (doesn't matter if I have OBC or if it's being charged to my onboard account, there's no fee), use it to play or cash it out.  I then take the cash and use it at the tables because they want 3% if you charge to you account there.

 

NCL charged 3% at both tables and slots if not using cash, which was a bit of a bummer (my first on NCL and it was a 14-night TA).  I don't like to carry a wad of cash when I travel, so I didn't play in the casino as much as I might normally.

 

Are you folks saying that if I use my refundable OBC at the slots, they'll charge a fee? 

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