While the word “winning” may perhaps be a stretch to some of us, many believe whole-heartedly in certain gambling superstitions. Perhaps all of the below may be a bit much to follow at the same time, there is no harm in feeling more confident while enjoying your time gambling. Below is a list of some more popular superstitions held by gamblers believed to bring good luck.
- Blowing on dice – perhaps the most prolific of gambling related superstitions made even more common by featuring in many popular films, this would entail a player or their partner blow on the dice before throwing in a game of craps.
- Wearing something red – Originating in Asia and signifying prosperity, the colour red is thought to bring good luck when sported by a player. Perhaps there was something lost in translation as it has now turned red into the favoured colour for players on the roulette wheel.
- Lucky charms – while this is a very open-ended superstition, many people believe their lucky charms tend to bring them good luck while gambling. These lucky charms range an extremely wide variety of items, from a rabbit’s foot to other people. Lucky charms are one of the most common superstitions, even outside of the casino.
- Lucky number – another in the line of open-ended superstitions, as everybody has their own, is the lucky number. More common in roulette, a lot of people believe one specific number has higher odds of winning. While this was likely more prolific in the past with a potentially biased wheel, today’s roulette tables are built to such a perfect standard that having the same number prevail in more than one concurrent session is highly unlikely. That said, if you are going to place your bet on a single number, it may as-well be one you are confident in.
- Obscenity – another superstition for roulette, roulette seems to get all the good ones. This superstition seems to exist more for those in online casinos, at least in modern days that is. The obscenity is exactly what it sounds like. Yell profanities at all ball until it stops, this would for some reason, unbeknown to me, aid the ball in stopping on a more favourable position. I’m not sure how this would help if there were more than one person yelling the profanities, maybe the one who yells louder? Or is it the vulgarity of the profanities that count? That all said, I have no intention of trying this in a real casino. At least not one near where I live.
- Knock on wood – While having roots in both Pagan and Christian belief systems, knocking on wood has become a main staple of luck for not only the gambling world but everyone else included. Not so much thought to bring good luck, more drive away bad luck.
Whichever superstitions you hold close, you don’t need to literally kill a rabbit for its foot. If you must have one, buy a latex and fur copy, I doubt lady luck would mind the substitution!