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Lowest HA game on a cruise?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by 2VegasNuts, Nov 12, 2013.

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  1. 2VegasNuts

    2VegasNuts High-Roller

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    I am headed out on 2 cruises over the next 4 weeks. One, a comped Carnival Cruise. The other, an MGM Mlife gift on Royal Caribbean.

    I think these cruise lines have BJ (maybe Super Fun or some variation), Craps, 3 Card, Let it Ride, and Caribbean Stud. I think it is safe to assume the rules for each will be the worst possible. I expect to spend every open moment in the casino.

    What game has the lowest house edge on a cruise? I realize I can look up information on wizard of odds, but I think the rules of these games on cruises are not even covered there. Correct me if I am wrong.

    Thanks!
     
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    I was on carnival earlier this year and the BJ wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. 3/2 for BJ.

    only one split on AA and only one card.

    that was the worst rule that cost me money
     
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    Our ship (this is three years ago) had no table games and no remotely playable VP. The best bet in the house was the even exchange rate at the cage for dollars into Euros to spend ashore.
     
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    The rules/payouts of lot of these games shouldn't change too much, I would think, except blackjack, but I haven't ever been on a cruise either. This would be be the rough order of likely house edges, lowest to highest:

    BJ (3 to 2) (~1%) < Super Fun 21 ~ Standard Craps (pass line/come bets only) (1.4%) < BJ (6 to 5) (~2.2%) < 3 Card Poker (ante only) ~ Let it Ride (3.7%) < Caribbean Stud ~ "Crapless Craps" (5.3%)

    If you play equal wagers on pairplus and ante on 3CP (what most "ploppies" do), then the combined house edge will be 5.3% similar Caribbean Stud or "Crapless Craps".

    If for some reason Blackjack forbids ALL doubling (exists in video blackjack), then you might need to add a percent or two to the edge. Unfortunately the Wizard doesn't cover that in his rule changes.
     
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    Thanks. I have heard the gaming on cruises does not have "standard" rules. I am pretty sure all BJ is 6/5, but I think they allow surrender. 1 Card on A's split. Double on anything. Best I can tell online, the craps is some weird variety, but no clear details online.
     
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    So why don't you just go to a casino destination??? lol. The ship's slots will be unplayable....and every ship I've been on, they've tried to pack like 8 players on a BJ table. I do remember "live poker" though on one boat --- handled by a video board, but you were still playing against real players. Made a killing --- very weak competition.
     
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    Fwiw, Carnival's webpage shows a standard craps table in their picture. So it would be pretty terrible if it wasn't the same on the actual ship.
     
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