BLACKJACK ON THE HIGH SEAS
by Riverboat Flyer
Riverboat Flyer is a low-stakes blackjack player who usually uses a small bet spread to reduce sort-term risk but takes advantage of casino comps. He plays the southern Ohio riverboats along with frequent trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Tunica, and occasionally Lake Tahoe. He has been counting cards for over ten years, using the Hi-Op, High Low and currently the half-count system.
Carnival cruise line (ship casino)
Treasure Bay (Freeport)
In my never-ending attempt to combine blackjack and vacations, my wife and I embarked on a Caribbean cruise recently. This trip was on the Carnival Cruise Line, which I had no previous experience with. Stops would include Nassau and Freeport, locations where I knew there would be land based casinos. Before booking the cruise, I tried to get some insights into the on-board casino and their blackjack games. About the only thing I could get out of the cruise line booking agent or website was that their casino offered blackjack and slots.
Upon arrival, we naturally checked out the ship, including the casino (along with about 2,000 other passengers).The casino was large by cruise ship standards. It included: three blackjack tables, two Ultimate Fun 21 blackjack tables (similar to Spanish 21), and one Face Up Blackjack table (similar to Double Exposure).
All the blackjack games used...
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