I recently had a chance to take a free SeaEscape cruise. I recently saw '21' and 'The Last Casino' and decided to make my first foray into gambling (I am one of 'those' people) during the cruise.
I read up on the subject at several websites, including wikipedia and BJ21. I wen to the local library and checked out 2 books on the subject. After having read all of that and practiced counting down decks in my spare time, I decided on the KO Count due to the lack of a true count conversion.
I ended the cruise with $578, with an initial bankroll of $300. I found the wealth of information available on the subject extremely helpful. The people who have taken their time to share that information deserve a pat on the back.
For other would-be card counters in South Florida, I thought the SeaEscape cruise was a nice jumping off point, made especially juicy because they have fairly good promotions. My overhead (parking, cruise fare, ect.) was very low, $16 for parking and the tip on the buffet. The cruise line was short of dealers, but this proved a boon, as every table was full, raising the time between hands and allowing me extra time to count cards. The elimination of a true count conversion was nice, as I had very little time to prepare.
All in all a fun excursion. If the Seminoles pick up blackjack, maybe I'll have a new distraction from college.