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Just off the Fantasy, and yes they did have Texas Holdem on board. The dealer indicated that there are now 2 poker tables on each Carnival ship, though they are NOT in the casino. On the Fantasy Class ships, they are on the Promenade Deck aft. On the newer ships, I don't know where they are.


The game on the Fantasy was $5/$10 Limit, with the rake of $5 for every $50 in the pot. Players ranged from pretty good to absolutely horrible. There are no tournaments -- it is not worth the cruise lines money to have tournaments when they make more money on the limit game. Minimum 5 players to start a table, and only in the evenings.



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We were just on Liberty 9/16 to 9/28 and they did have low limit Texas Hold'em. Blinds were $2 & $4. They have one table and they don't open it up until they have five players. If the group drops below five then they close it. There was a standby list kept near the table in the pit. Just put your name on the list and hang out until it goes. Most nights it was packed and there was a wait list to play.


My husband won $800 at the table over the 12 days. There's a lot of inexperience players who just want to try the game. By the end of the week I myself played and enjoyed it. It's slower pace and not cut throat. Some of the dealers were really enjoying dealing the game too.


Hope you enjoy it!



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I think all ships in the Carnival fleet now have one table of limit hold-em. I have been on the Holiday, Valor and Liberty in the last year and a half and all have tables. The blinds vary from $3-$6 to $4-$8, depending on the cruise.

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Just off Inspiration Texas-holdem. Tables not in casino,went by and read rules posted by tables(two),bottom of sign It stated "No smoking" HELLO!! Tables where in the CIGAR Bar,didn't see much action happening,their blinds were $4 & $8 and $5 & $10. FYI

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Just to clarify, the blinds are not $3/$6, $4/$8, or $5/$10. Those are the betting limits for the four betting rounds.


For example, in the $5/$10 game, the blinds are $2 and $5. Any bet before or after the flop is $5, and any bet on the turn or river is $10.



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They had just set up an electronic Texas Hold'em table in the casino. Ours was the first cruise to use it. In fact the company that makes it, PokerPro, had a rep onboard to change programming if needed. It was a little slow to take off, but by the end of the cruise the table had good play.


There is no dealer and no actual cards or chips. You load an electronic card with your buy in at the casino cashiers cage and then insert the card at a seat at the table. You log in and off you go. Because there is no dealer, you can play whenever you want and with as few players as you want. My husband said it would be a good set up for beginners because the table alerts you when it's your turn to bet and what options you have. No one can bet incorrect amounts or out of turn. You use a keypad to make selections. Your virtual hold cards are only revealed to you when you cup your hands over them. When you move your hands away they are face down again. It is hard to describe, but most players liked the electronic table. I watch poker all the time, but am intimidated at a real table. I almost sat down at the electronic table, but was having such a good time on the slots.


The first night the limit was $2/$4. The rest of the cruise was $3/$6. The minimum buy in was $50. Hope I got all the terminology right. My husband is the poker player, not me. Not yet, anyway.



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