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Ohio
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yes, I have won $1000. on cruise ships. The last cruise in Jan. 2017 I won a free cruise playing in a slot tournament . 5 day cruise only. But I will be in a tournament that I can win up to $50,000. But free isn't really free. I still have to pay taxes, insurance, air fare, hotel room and tips. I wasn't going to go then I thought what the heck. Oh, the room is an inside one only. If I get a balcony add on another $1000.00. So free I am not sold on it.
I do get free drinks on the next cruise and also got it on the last cruise. ( only in the casino) I don't even drink.
will let you know in Dec. if I won anything on this special cruise.

I did see a guy win $2000.00 in the casino in Jan. And yes they came out with the forms to pay taxes.
Ohio
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yes, I have won $1000. on cruise ships. The last cruise in Jan. 2017 I won a free cruise playing in a slot tournament . 5 day cruise only. But I will be in a tournament that I can win up to $50,000. But free isn't really free. I still have to pay taxes, insurance, air fare, hotel room and tips. I wasn't going to go then I thought what the heck. Oh, the room is an inside one only. If I get a balcony add on another $1000.00. So free I am not sold on it.
I do get free drinks on the next cruise and also got it on the last cruise. ( only in the casino) I don't even drink.
will let you know in Dec. if I won anything on this special cruise.

I did see a guy win $2000.00 in the casino in Jan. And yes they came out with the forms to pay taxes.
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Just off Crown Princess - Transatlantic. Hit a jackpot on 88 Fortunes of $1,440. On the same and neighboring machines hit the major three times for $1192, $990, and $8xx. Had a few other good regular play hits. Still came away down but had fun with all those sea days!
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NJ
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I rarely play slots, but hit a $3k jackpot on the NCL Breakaway earlier this month (last night of the cruise) while waiting for the poker table to open. It was a Quick Hits penny machine, and I was playing max bet $3.00.
Vermont
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Hit $9700.00 on Anthem last summer and $9200.00 on freedom in January. Sat next to a husband and wife that hit just under $15000.00 on grandeur in march. Very happy with machines on RCCL. Don't always win big but the machines seem to pay off. I like the new system. Have been on two free cruises and have two free cruises booked. Will always play enough to win a free cruise. Only need 2400 points on card for free inside cabin. 4800 for balcony. We've always had balconies. Going on b2b in October. Will have two more after that and 5 day in September will get one for that.


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Been there, done that. Have the W2-g to prove it.

Really ticks me off as I have to show that as income even though I ended the night in the negative.
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Originally posted by garycarla
Been there, done that. Have the W2-g to prove it.

Really ticks me off as I have to show that as income even though I ended the night in the negative.
Get your win loss statement from the cruise line. And talk to your accountant. You may balance winnings with losses to reduce the tax bite.


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Originally posted by muggo11
Get your win loss statement from the cruise line. And talk to your accountant. You may balance winnings with losses to reduce the tax bite.


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You can deduct losses up to the amount of you wins, but no more than that. You must itemize your deductions on Schedule A (as opposed to taking the standard deduction). If you don't itemize, you cannot deduct any gambling losses, unfortunately.
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Originally posted by Mike_DeA
You can deduct losses up to the amount of you wins, but no more than that. You must itemize your deductions on Schedule A (as opposed to taking the standard deduction). If you don't itemize, you cannot deduct any gambling losses, unfortunately.
True that. Thanks for providing more detail than I did. I always tell people to consult their accountants when giving casual tax advice!


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SOMERVILLE, MASS. USA
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OK...here is one for the record books. I was on Celebrity Summit years ago and was playing slots. I was working this one machine when I ran out of money...so I headed over to the money cage to cash a travelers check. In the meantime a honeymoon couple started to play that same machine. I got right back in time to watch them hit $10,000 on their third pull. Adding insult to injury...on the last night I was playing a different machine and, of course, ran out of money and headed for the cage. Would you believe, the same honeymoon couple stepped up and hit for another $10,000 on their first pull, just as I was making it back to the machine. Timing is everything!!!
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Originally posted by Mike_DeA
I rarely play slots, but hit a $3k jackpot on the NCL Breakaway earlier this month (last night of the cruise) while waiting for the poker table to open. It was a Quick Hits penny machine, and I was playing max bet $3.00.
Same - $3000+ on Quick Hits on Getaway! Except for the 'rarely play slots' bit. And mine came as I was killing the 15 minutes before my round of the slot tournament started. Needless to say, the slot players in my round were none to happy about having to wait for me to fill out tax forms. Also not too happy about me then winning that round of the tourney as well. That was the largest win I've ever had - on land and at sea!
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Ohio
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Currently On the Jade...hit the 3 double diamonds on a. $5 machine the other night...thought the casino manager and the slot employee were going to have a stroke! Happy $4000 to me (with a W2 form )


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Ohio
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Currently On the Jade...hit the 3 double diamonds on a. $5 machine the other night...thought the casino manager and the slot employee were going to have a stroke! Happy $4000 to me (with a W2 form ). Then hit triple diamond-triple diamond-7 for $4500. A great cruise!


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Roslyn, New York
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I won $2,600.00 on the Navigator of the Seas within the first hour of them opening up on my 9 night cruise this March of 2017.

That is my fourth Jackpot on a cruise.

$1200.00 Carnival 2011
$2100.00 NCL 2011
$2400.00 Royal 2012
$2600.00 Royal 2017


Never won a Jackpot on Celebrity, and between 2011 and 2016 I sailed at least 10 times.....
PA
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Has anyone participated in Royal's cruise late in the year as a winner of a Satellite Slot Tournament from another cruise? Would love to hear about your experience. I was lucky enough to win a spot from our Anthem cruise in April and will be going on a 5 nighter on Indy in early December.





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Just got home from the Jewel last week. I hit $1500 on a Quick Hit and the next evening hit $3700 on the same machine. The $3700 was the last night so I still have it and most of the $1500. I put $600 in so came out ahead. We're going on the Epic in December and I plan on putting the money back lol..
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nice! by the way, the tail end of that story can't be right, no way you're in that age range
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