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Casino Superstitions Overview

by Marilyn Hunter

It’s known that gamblers, whether in real life or in online casinos, are considered as one of the most superstitious people in the world, but it raises a question – where did this long list of superstitions came from? While non-believers pinpoint the selective memory of the gamblers, delicately erasing the times when their beliefs lead them to misery, some of these superstitions have a concrete basis in sensible way. Let’s see some of the beliefs the gambler stick into to gain luck or avoid luck.

Bad Luck

Some actions are avoided to escape the misery of bad luck. Here are the top casino taboos avoided by gamblers.

1. Number Thirteen and Four

While 13 is the most well-known ‘unlucky’ digit in western society, superstitions originated from the other side of the globe should also be considered. Chinese people see number 4 as the most unfortunate number, as it signifies the word for ‘death’ in the language. Even the Chinese version of the word ‘book’ also sounds like the word ‘loss’, so mentioning this word is strongly undesirable. But on the brighter side, there are also ‘lucky’ numbers as the word ‘eight’ resembles the word ‘prosperity’, giving the cautious players a safe number to place their bet.

2. Crossing Your Legs

While some believe that crossing your fingers will give you good luck, crossing your legs means the opposite as it will ‘cross out’ your luck. It may sound weird but a lot of players take it seriously even when playing online casino games.

3. Counting Your Money While on the Table

It is a well-known belief that you should not count all your money or even chips while playing. As Kenny Rogers sang in ‘The Gambler’ “there’ll be time enough for counting, when the dealing’s done”. This is an example of superstition with a rational basis. Counting your money or chips while the game is taking place or even right after it is done is considered to be a bad behavior. Aside from doing it makes you insensitive to your fellow players, it also connected to another superstition that pride comes before a fall. Now, you should consider counting all your earnings outside the casino to follow this belief.

4. Entering Through the Front Entrance

It may sound weird but superstitious gamblers believe that you should never enter the casino through the front entrance as you are having a contact with the bad luck of the ones who are leaving with losing streak.

Good luck

Anything that brings luck or increases the chance of winning is a must-have to a superstitious gambler. Below are some of the most recognized good luck superstitions.

1. Blowing the Dice

It is seen in the 1955 movie ‘Guys and Dolls’ that Marlon Brando told his Lady Luck never to “wander all over the room and blow on some other guy’s dice”. After Six decades, the superstition that blowing your dice brings good fortune has become a trend making it very common to see even when playing a board game of Monopoly. But unlike other superstitions, this one might have a rational basis. It’s been speculated that some unprincipled gamblers apply sticky substance to one part of the dice that could be activated by moisture. Blowing on the dice before the player roll it is a way to make sure that the die will land on the desired manner. The dice sticking to the dirt or other objects on the table is quite risky, that’s why it is not patronized by unscrupulous gamblers. So don’t be hasty on pointing a player who blows his dice before rolling it. Perhaps he’s just another believer of this superstition.

2. Wearing Red Clothes

Other gamblers may have lucky clothes (like Steve Dannenmann who is a runner-up in the 2005 World Series Poker wore the same cap and shirt daily on the week-long tournament), this belief has an old history behind it. In China, red is an extremely significant color as it embodies wealth, luck and joy. That’s why it is not uncommon to see this color as themes in events like weddings making everything in red like the bride’s dress and the envelopes of money being circulated. It is no doubt that this belief also been embraced by gamblers. Make sure you are wearing your red dress when you’re playing an online slot game.

3. Lucky Charms

Many people believe and instill their lives in lucky charms – gamblers are not exempted. Numerous gamblers believe that something that brings them luck must be with them when playing in the casino, from accessories, clothing and jewelry. Like Johnny Chan, a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, always brings an orange to bring him luck in every poker game he engages. You can try you lucky charms while playing in the best online casino in Thailand.

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