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Gambling Superstitions Around the World

Gambling Superstitions Around the World

Are you superstitious? If you think you aren’t, you’re not the only one, as most people tend to deny the label. However, you probably found yourself knocking on wood or crossing your fingers to avoid bad luck. Even though there are people who don’t take superstitions seriously, some of these beliefs have remained as a necessary part of many cultures. Likewise, there are loads of different superstitions that people have when it comes to online gambling or playing casino games in land-based casinos. We’re about to explore some of them here.

Gambling Superstitions

Gamblers are thought to be among the most superstitious kind of people and there are tons of different myths that some players believe in. These beliefs manifest in different forms - some players get attached to physical objects or routines, others however stick to certain numbers or colours when playing in land-based or online casinos. Now let’s see what kind of gambling activities you should or should not do.

Wear Red Clothes

One of the most interesting superstitions that comes from Asia is that red is the lucky colour. More specifically, for Chinese people, red is the colour of prosperity and, therefore, brings good luck. So, the superstitious gamblers often wear red shoes, red underwear, red trousers or any other item of the same colour in order to increase their winning potential. There are even some casinos in Macau that have red rooms which were specifically made to create good luck.

Never Cross Your Legs

While at the table playing card games, there’s a belief that crossing your legs will cancel out any good luck that might have otherwise come your way. Also, crossing fingers while playing at land-based or in online casinos is considered to bring bad luck.

Avoid the Casino’s Main Entrance

Certain people believe it brings bad luck to walk through the front door of a land-based casino. This belief originated from a time when MGM Grand Casino had a large lion on its entrance, and visitors literally had to walk through the animal’s jaw, on their way to the gaming floor. Eventually, MGM Grand had their entrance changed, but some people still prefer to use the side doors, instead of passing through the main one.

Leave the Table 

There are many players who believe that looking away or leaving the table during a game play will help snag a winning combo. Others, however, think it will bring them luck if they hide the screen while the game is still on. Finally, there are those who do completely opposite and do not look away for a second, fearing that their absence would interfere the game and bring bad luck.

Don’t Count Your Money at the Table

Yet another activity that superstitious people try to avoid is counting money while playing games. This kind of behaviour is usually typical for card players. Specifically, some people consider this activity either to be a common courtesy, while others think of it as extremely rude and unprof­ess­ion­al. ­

Lucky #7 and Unlucky #13

Nobody knows exactly why, but the number 13 has always been considered to bring bad luck, especially in Western culture. Because of that, some hotels do not have the 13th floor or the room number 13, as some customers would deliberately avoid them. Likewise, in the world of online casinos, people seem to be careful with number 13, especially while playing roulette. However, in Asia, the number 13 is said to be a symbol of good luck.

On the contrary, the number 7 symbolises enjoyment and prosperity. What’s more, this number has a very special connotation when it comes to online gambling, principally when playing online slots and special versions of blackjack.

More Things to Avoid

There are, of course, more superstitions that people believe bring bad luck, some of them include lending money to another player, playing on a polished table, touching other player’s shoulders, turning in the chair while playing, whistling during a game play, alongside many other activities. 

Having fun is What Matters

One thing is certain, using special rituals can help players gain their confidence and improve winning strategy to a certain extent. But luck comes in its own way and what’s important is having fun along the way, no matter if you win or lose.

How about you? Do you consider yourself to be superstitious? If so, do you have any rituals or lucky charms? Share your thoughts at our forum! We’ll see you there!

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