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BEWARE of RC’s hidden game rules. I signed up for Bingo today ($100) with hopes of winning the grand prize of a free cruise that RC advertised before taking my money. Guess what — during the grand prize game, I got Bingo!  I won right?!  Nope. As it turns out, if someone else gets Bingo, you must play a tie-break round (it lasted less than 10 seconds). They don’t tell you that until after they take your money. After the game, several people approached saying they felt it was unfair, that we should both get a cruise. My biggest complaint isn’t that I lost when I won, it’s that they kept this “minor” rule to themselves until after swiping my SeaPass and letting me sit down with a handful of cards. I’ve been on six RC cruises and I’m no stranger to the many ways they get your money (as I use my $20/day WiFi), but this is just flat-out wrong. To make things worse, an employee approached me at the end and said he’d drop something off in my stateroom for coming in “second” (since when is second a thing in Bingo?). I’m still waiting. Has anyone else encountered this?  I guess the house doesn’t pay.

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6 hours ago, ChasingDavements said:

BEWARE of RC’s hidden game rules. I signed up for Bingo today ($100) with hopes of winning the grand prize of a free cruise that RC advertised before taking my money. Guess what — during the grand prize game, I got Bingo!  I won right?!  Nope. As it turns out, if someone else gets Bingo, you must play a tie-break round (it lasted less than 10 seconds). They don’t tell you that until after they take your money. After the game, several people approached saying they felt it was unfair, that we should both get a cruise. My biggest complaint isn’t that I lost when I won, it’s that they kept this “minor” rule to themselves until after swiping my SeaPass and letting me sit down with a handful of cards. I’ve been on six RC cruises and I’m no stranger to the many ways they get your money (as I use my $20/day WiFi), but this is just flat-out wrong. To make things worse, an employee approached me at the end and said he’d drop something off in my stateroom for coming in “second” (since when is second a thing in Bingo?). I’m still waiting. Has anyone else encountered this?  I guess the house doesn’t pay.

We hear you and sympathize.  When it is a cash prize, I believe the multiple winners split.  That is what happened to my wife years ago.   After all the excitement she won $37 after paying $35 to play....  We gave up playing bingo after our second or third cruise.

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Unfortunate you were not aware of the rules, it can make you feel pretty perturbed . From our decades of playing "land" based Bingo, it has been our experience in a non-cash grand prize with multiple winners, no one receives the grand prize, but are given a cash prize that is usually smaller than the buy in.

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Sorry just to clarify did the other people get the grand prize for the FREE Cruise? Or did no one get it....

I don't feel it's really a scam if someone does actually win the prize, I guess if it was cash $5000 you could have split the prize but a FREE Cruise can't be split so it makes sense that there can only be one winner. 

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I remember the jackpot bingo where the jackpot would roll over to the next day if no one won, of course no one won it until the last day of the cruise.  I believe the jackpot was determined by the number of cards sold during the cruise.  That last day of bingo was always in the theater and was always PACKED,  the jackpot being in the thousands by the end of the cruise.  Is this still being done? 

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You won't catch me sharing anything negative very often at all but if that happened to me I would be pretty bummed. Even if I did know the rules and I came so close, oh man. To this day I am still surprised when I don't win the lottery if I happen to play. 😄

In any event that stinks you had a bummer experience. Hopefully the rest of your day got better.

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11 minutes ago, MikeK said:

Last time we played bingo they were pushing for everyone to rent one the their electronic bingo tablets.  We decided to play the old fashion way.  Well the ones that rented the tablets won about 9 out 10 games.  That ended the bingo for us.

How do the tablets work? Do they basically automatically register each draw from the bin so you don't have to go hunting through your cards? If you get Bingo, do they make a sound or otherwise do that job for you, too?

I always thought part of the point of Bingo was to be quick at finding the matches and marking them, not just calling out "Bingo!" Would be sad if even that part of the game got stripped away. More or less becomes a lottery at that point, where you're just waiting for the balls to be drawn (and more slowly than any actual lottery drawing).

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7 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

How do the tablets work? Do they basically automatically register each draw from the bin so you don't have to go hunting through your cards? If you get Bingo, do they make a sound or otherwise do that job for you, too?

I always thought part of the point of Bingo was to be quick at finding the matches and marking them, not just calling out "Bingo!" Would be sad if even that part of the game got stripped away. More or less becomes a lottery at that point, where you're just waiting for the balls to be drawn (and more slowly than any actual lottery drawing).

Exactly our thought.  Took away from the fun of it and besides it didnt seem like you had a chance of winning unless you rented one of their machines

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9 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

I always thought part of the point of Bingo was to be quick at finding the matches and marking them, not just calling out "Bingo!" Would be sad if even that part of the game got stripped away. More or less becomes a lottery at that point, where you're just waiting for the balls to be drawn (and more slowly than any actual lottery drawing).

I do believe you just described Keno.  😄 

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