Why are Casinos on Cruises so Bad for Gamblers?

I just got back from a cruise to Cozumel and I don’t understand why the cruise lines don’t offer better games.  Their video poker games are terrible (6/5 Jacks or Better) and their blackjack rules aren’t much better.

I guess they’ve taken the stance that the higher their advantage the more money they put in their pockets.  That is theoretically true, but that philosophy often backfires.

While on board I would frequent the casino to take a look around.  I noticed virtually no one was betting any significant money and it was never really that crowded considering the size and number of people on board.  Most Blackjack bets were $5-$10 and many slot players were literally betting a penny on the penny slots.  The video poker machines were pretty much empty for most of the trip.

What cruise lines fail to realize is that they have scared off any real gamblers by offering such poor payback games.  It is common knowledge that the casinos on cruises heavily favor the house.  Therefore, people who really like to gamble either stay away from going on cruises or if they go they don’t gamble, myself included.

In my opinion, if they would offer some 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker machines and more favorable rules for blackjack it would encourage more people to gamble and to gamble at higher stakes.  There are several other things they could do to improve the casinos as well.  I saw they have started offering comps.  This is a good start, but until their selection improves I don’t think people will go on a cruise to gamble.

What do you think?

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at www.GREGELDERAUTHOR.com I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

2 Responses to “Why are Casinos on Cruises so Bad for Gamblers?”

  1. I agree 100%. My husband and I love to go on cruises and we love to gamble also. We were talking about this same exact topic a few months ago. I guess cruise lines are just hoping that people are too drunk or too stupid to realize their horrible payback percentages. I think everyone should go on strike and not even step foot into the cruise casinos until they increase their payback percentages!!!!

    • I’m with you, now all we have to do is convince the cruise line executives to take a look at their polocies. I won’t hold my breath on that one. Thanks for the comment.

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