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Good Luck Casino Superstitions


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1. Blowing on the Dice

In the 1955 iconic movie Guys and Dolls, Marlon Brando pleads with the proverbial Lady Luck not to "wander all over the room and blow on some other guy's dice". Sixty years later, the belief that blowing on your dice brings good luck has become so ingrained that it's not uncommon to see it happening even in a family game of Monopoly.

Like many other casino superstitions, this one also has a story behind it that may or may not be true. Legend has it that certain dishonest gamblers used to coat one side of their dice with a sticky substance that is activated by moisture. Blowing on the dice before rolling would then ensure it lands as they wanted. But given the high risk of the dice sticking to debris or other objects on the table, this cheat never became hugely popular. So don't be too quick to accuse a modern gambler who blows on his dice for luck. He's probably just being superstitious.


2. Wearing Red at the Casino

While many gamblers have lucky clothes (2005 World Series of Poker runner-up Steve Dannenmann wore the same shirt and cap every day during the seven-day tournament), this gambling superstition has a little more longevity behind it. Red is a hugely significant colour in Chinese culture which represents wealth, luck and joy among other things. Therefore red is the colour of choice at many festive occasions. At a Chinese wedding for example, it is used for everything from the bride's dress to the envelopes of money that are handed out.

Unsurprisingly, the perceived luck associated with red has many gamblers wearing a red-coloured article of clothing to increase their chances of winning. Studies have shown that statistically gamblers tend to bet on red a lot more than on black when playing at casino tables. This is probably also linked to the common thought of red being a lucky colour. Many also think that the lucky red item must be received as a gift, so it may be time to start dropping hints with your loved ones.


3. Lucky Charms for Gambling

Many believe that an object or another person will bring them good luck. From clothing items to jewellery and rings, gamblers think that things that brought them luck in the past need to be ever present when they walk into the casino. Popular items fulfilling this casino superstition are a rabbit foot, horseshoe and a four-leaved clover. Taking the vegetation lucky-charm concept further, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Johnny Chan famously brings an orange to every poker game he plays!



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4. Sitting or Standing While Gambling

Quite a few gamblers believe that the posture they are in when placing a bet needs to be kept for the entire duration of the game, thinking that a change of position may result in a change of luck. For example, if you are standing when putting money into the slot machine, you should never sit down until after the last spin. Or alternatively if you sit at a blackjack table you should never get up until the game is finished, not even to stretch your legs. Some gamblers take this casino superstition further and will keep sitting or standing for their entire visit to the casino. So don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for a long night of gambling!


5. Crossing Fingers and Other Rituals

Many gamblers have their own rituals and routines for attracting good luck, with most of these casino superstitions happening right before placing bets. Popular ones include crossing fingers, knocking on wood, stacking chips in a certain way and verbally calling out numbers or cards. Some gamblers believe that kissing a companion will bring them good luck, so make sure you bring the right partner along.


6. Unlucky in Love, Lucky in Gambling

Some say that this gambling superstition is a way to mend a broken heart, but gaming history is actually full of successful punters that had luck in both love and gambling. Math genius Bill Benter is considered the richest professional gambler and has a loving wife and child. Edward E. Thorp who was the father of card counting won hundreds of millions in gambling, and he was happily married for 50 years. So if you are in a loving relationship, don’t break it up before going to the casino!

Rituals and customs that are believed to bring good luck vary across cultures, ethnic backgrounds and age groups. While some have a foundation, most gambling superstitions are based on folklore that mostly spices things up and adds a lot of fun to gambling. But whether you are wearing your favourite red underwear, carrying a horseshoe in your pocket or feeling your hands itching – always remember that it’s all about having fun, but never a proven way to win. So always have fun when gambling, by keeping safe and staying within your limits.

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