When the idea of Karnika was first devised, Jalesh Cruises looked at the facilities that passengers would expect to find on board. One of those facilities was a casino which is a popular form of late-night entertainment all over the world. The planning of the casino and the games to be included was aimed at providing the very best for passengers.
There is a great deal of regulation on gambling in India with the vast majority of States banning it completely. The States themselves regulate gambling activity with the Public Gambling Act dating back to colonial times, 1867. In common with many other parts of the world, law separates games of chance from games of skill. On Karnika, passengers are allowed to visit our casino to test their skills and try their luck. This luxury ship has a range of cruise entertainment and one of those is the casino. The casino is very popular with those hosting corporate events
Karnika offers a number of cruise ship activities by day then after dinner, passengers can retire to one of several bars or head for the Player’s Casino on Deck 8 to try their luck, test their skill or just watch. Many passengers may never have gambled before, but they will certainly enjoy watching the action.
The Casino has a number of different card games as well as roulette, one of the most popular games played in casinos worldwide. You may not understand some of the games so here is a brief explanation of the five most popular ones played in Karnika’s casino.
Roulette is a game that began centuries ago in France with the name in French meaning ‘’little wheel.’’ It is a game which involves a spinning wheel with 37 sections numbered from 0 to 36, sections which correspond with the same number on a flat board, 18 red and 18 black and zero, on which players place their chips as bets before the wheel is spun. Once the wheel is spinning, a small ball is added then left to move around in the opposite direction from the wheel until the wheel slows and it settles on a number. That number will also be either red or black.
It is a game that can be played aggressively or conservatively. Players may bet odd or even, red or black which is almost 50/50 odds, remembering the ‘’House’’ has zero. With that same proviso, number 1-12 is 2/1, or placing a chip on a position where 4 numbers meet covers 4 of the 36 numbers.
Real gamblers who select single numbers clearly get the best returns, but their chances of winning are far more unlikely. Some believe they have systems that will work while others use mathematical logic to try to cover for previous losses. Why not watch a game to try to see what each player has in mind beyond hoping to win?
Blackjack is known by several names including Pontoon or ‘’21’’ and the aim is to reach 21, or as close as possible without going beyond it, and then beat the croupier’s own hand. The croupier gives every player two cards and players can either decide to draw additional cards before stopping or rely on the two initially given to beat what the ‘’House’’ (the croupier) deals itself.
The best hand, of course, is ace, counting as 11, and a picture, counting as 10, 21 immediately. Ace can also count as just 1 which players may opt for if the second card is something like 4 or 5. Asking for a third card, if that is another low number, the player may decide to now count the ace as 11 or draw further cards, remaining in total 21 or below otherwise he or she has lost. There is no need to go beyond 5 cards whose sum is less than 21 to have a winning hand but such a hand is fairly difficult to get.
The ‘’House’’ can beat everyone, lose to everyone or some point in between. The croupier plays last and has already beaten those who have exceeded 21.
Baccarat is a card game where players can bet on the outcome on either a personal hand or that of the ‘’banker.’’ Three outcomes are possible with either hand winning or a tie. Each card has a value with the 10 and all pictures of no value because the best hand adds up to 9; aces are 1. If you draw cards like 6 and 7, they total 13 but your score is the right digit, 3. It means that no combination of cards can beat 9 with 19 not being possible because 10 is zero.
Place your bets and the game starts.
Texas Hold Em
Poker is arguably the most famous gambling card game of all. The Texas Hold Em version has become popular because it is easy to learn.
Each player receives two personal cards while a further three are dealt face up for any of the players to use to make what they hope will be a winning hand. Players put in an initial stake and the betting starts in sequence from there.
A fourth card is then dealt face up into the ‘’community’’ with further betting taking place. Finally, a fifth card is dealt and players who are still in the game now have seven cards from which to make their best five card hand. The betting goes around all competitors who can stay in or opt out if they feel they cannot make the winning hand or if the bet to continue is a little too much for them.
The winner with the best hand takes the pot.
This card game, sometimes known as Indian Flush, was developed in India as a variation of the English ‘’three card brag’’ and is now popular in many other parts of Asia. Players bet and raise and one or more may decide to get involved without actually looking at their cards. As the betting proceeds, someone who started ‘’blind’’ may look at their cards and continue or fold.
The best hand takes the pot with everyone hoping for cards like Ace, Two, Three of the same suits for example. It does not happen often but if it does, the player holding such a hand needs to contain their excitement and hope that a few other players stay in the game and continue to bet in turn, thereby increasing the size of the pot.
Card games are popular among families in India as a bit of fun so this game is probably the one that passengers will be most familiar with in the casino.
The Casino is just one of the cruise ship facilities and you can see already that there is plenty of entertainment to be had if you visit after dinner. The games mentioned above may not be ideal for newcomers but there is much more to look at within the casino:
- Sports Betting has become extremely popular over the years. It now involves all the popular sports with gamblers able to choose from far more than the outcome of a contest. Other than horse racing, other forms of sports betting in India is not allowed but the facility within our luxury cruise ship which offers online betting is perfectly legal.
- Slot Machines onboard offer a bit of fun. Stop whenever you like but if you win the jackpot, then what a cruise!
- You can enjoy all the popular lottery games that you enjoy when you are at home. You wouldn’t want to miss out by not competing for a single week, the one when you are on a luxury cruise.
- Mini Flush may attract you just to warm you up for a bigger game elsewhere in the Casino.
- Electronic games can be found in the Casino as well; Casino War and Electronic Roulette
Those organising corporate events can enjoy the company of colleagues and clients in a very relaxed atmosphere though tension will build every time you have a good chance of winning. The range of cruise ship activities offers something for everyone day and night and with time rarely a factor during a cruise, a late night in the casino should be something every passenger experiences at least once; cruise ship facilities are there for all passengers.
Having a Bit of Fun
Gambling is regulated throughout the world and on Karnika the casino is intended to be a 21st Century place for passengers to enjoy themselves. There is no reason to spend too much money in the casino and some passengers only visit to watch the games. They are most welcome and can enjoy a drink while doing so.
If they decide to play, there is plenty of opportunities to spend just a small amount without being committed to continuing. If they win, then all the better so they can leave the casino at the end of the night with a smile on their faces, looking forward to the next great day on board Karnika.