Casino Budget

For those who like to go to the casino on a cruise... How much is your budget? the BF and I are having a discussion... He needs to be put on a budget, but I know how easy someone can blow through $50 on black jack

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I make my usual $20 contribution and then never visit after that. LOL I feel too guilty throwing my money away! :(

I'm with you. That's pretty much how we cruise now.

We lived in Vegas for 8 years and people who made poor gambling choices pretty much paid our taxes. Rather than a trip budget, I would go with a daily budget so you don’t risk being out of the game the first night. Think of it as your entertainment budget: whatever you would’ve spent on dinner and a movie that night could be your gambling budge instead. You should also plan what to do with your winnings! If you’re up $20 it could be re-invested but if you’re up $100, maybe $80 needs to be set aside for the next cruise. Play smart and stick to your plan! Big Smile

I also lived in Las Vegas. I had a shop in a major hotel casino..... when the shop was dead I'd be at the slots next to the shop. That stopped after a week. LOL One of my buddies would call it "Chump change" because you'd be a chump and deposit it into a slot. I used to make a few bucks playing Roulette to cover dinner.

Now on a cruise I may set a limit of $ 20.00

I guess living in Vegas cured me of it Wink

It depends.

I have never spent more than $500 over the week. But I tend to play in sessions. I start with $100. If I lose it, fine, I'm done. But if I am ahead when I leave, I place the original $100 back into the bankroll, and the winnings I keep in chips or vouchers, which I cash out on the last night.

For us, it's the cost of entertainment.

I usually budget $100 per day for the casino. If I lose the 100, I walk away until tomorrow. If I win, I usually donate it back to the casino. If I do actually walk away with anything, it is taken out of the casino budget.

I can't stand to gamble unless it is on a sports team. But my wife likes the casino and sticks to a budget. Depends on the length of the cruise as to how much. $20.00 and on a month cruise don't think she ever went over $75.00. Claims she made money on a couple of them. She just plays the cheapest slots, after dinner. Recently a thread discussed the advantages on board a ship that recently eliminated the casino. Some were elated at the news. Can tell you this though, the boss says, no casino no cruise.

We budget ZERO...in another life both my wife and I worked in several of those joints, back of the house. We worked in competing places for years..Thats actually how we met. We had the same job..We had the pleasure of dealing with the fools that not only thought they could win, but were so sure they would actually borrow $$ from the casino to do it...then of course come up with endless litanies of excuses why they couldn't pay it. People owed tens of thousands of $$. Every day. It was all good to us since it enabled us to live very comfortably, retire early, and cruise entirely too much.

Its the only business in the world where you can be a complete deadbeat, known to all, but walk in with cash, and be treated like a king (or queen)...

We don't even like walking thru them, usually they stink. On the other hand, past few cruises we went thru the casino on purpose, and enjoyed watching and remembering. Makes me laff every time someone claims they win and get all those freebies etc. Those billion $$ hotels up there were built by the winners hehehehehe...

And that good ol "house money " theory...yuk yuk...when its in your stack, ITS YOURS...but the house knows you don't think so, so you give it back and laff...no...actually, THEY laff...

Never play but have watched a few hands of blackjack, roulette and the quarter slot games.

We have .. on a number of occasions participated in a group slot pull which we found to be quite fun. One of those things arranged by the other guys where everyone throws in 5 or 15 and does their pulls and win or loose everything is split. That is the extent of our gambling. We do not even waste our time on lottery tickets ... although we do like going to the track once or twice a year with a very limited budget for a night of entertainment.

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