The Strange World of Gambling Superstitions

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Very Superstitious : 5 Common, Uncommon, and Downright Strange Gambling Superstitions

There are those who cross their fingers before the dice is rolled. There are those who can only play certain games at certain times. There are also those who have a saltshaker handy just in case they need to throw it over their shoulder. And of course, there are those who think superstitions are for the weak and feeble.

Regardless of who you are or what you do, you’re well aware of how many superstitions gamblers can have. Today we’ll take a look at our top 5 superstitions and determine how crazy they are and most of all, whether or not they work!

Blow The Dice

This is a classic superstition that’s been around since dice were created. We all know how it works – player takes dice in hand, player blows on dice in an attempt to place a magical hex on them, player then rolls dice and if he gets the number he wants, he credits it to blowing on the dice.

Does this actually work? Well, it’s a little more complicated than you’d initially believe. At one time or another, we’ve all done it and its ended up working. And when it worked, we were all convinced it only worked because we blew on the dice. Had we not blown on the dice, we most certainly would have lost.

This isn’t the craziest superstition, but it gets points for longevity and effectiveness.

Crazy Scale: 1/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Get Out Of My Seat!

We’ve all met this person. There’s an empty seat at the Blackjack table but he won’t sit at it. Instead, he’s waiting for you to get up so he can sit in his lucky seat. Whether or not he makes money tonight is fully dependent on whether or not he sits at seat #2 at the table.

To make matters worse, while you’re playing, he’s just casually lurking in the background and watching everything unfold. You ask him to sit down, but he declines. He’s essentially become an extension of the table until his seat opens up and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

Does this actually work? Probably not. I understand not wanting to sit last and play anchor for the table, but not taking an open seat at a Blackjack table on a busy night is just plain foolish. Even if this does work, you may have to wait hours before you actually find out.
Crazy scale: 4/5
Effectiveness: 2/5
Rabbit’s Foot

10 million of these are sold each year in the United States alone. 10 million. Think of everything you own and ask yourself, do 10 million people own this same thing? Needless to say, the rabbit foot’s popularity has stood the test of time and people of all walks of life believe it has a direct impact on how much money they can win.

How did it start? Many believe this started in Africa where rabbits are believed to be a symbol of fortune. So, if you possess a rabbit’s foot, by proxy, you will also have good fortune. This may sound crazy, but if this idea has spanned two continents and multiple centuries – it can’t be that crazy.

Crazy scale: 2/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Numbers Game

No matter where you go or whom you talk to, 13s are and will always be unlucky. But with so many numbers in play at a casino, you’re bound to run into a slew of numbers that are deemed to be unfortunate by the gambling community.

The number 4 has historically been linked to bad luck in the Chinese culture. However, in turn, the number 8 is believed to provide luck and prosperity. Then there’s the gambler who once lost $10,000 because of the number 7, so now that number is off limits as well.

Then of course, you have the gambler who will always hit on 12 because he’s born on January 2nd. Crazy? Yes. Crazier than most other superstitions? Debatable.

There are so many variables at play with this superstition; yet it’s amazing how many players still abide by it. However, if a 9 ever comes up when you hit on the 12, perhaps your next child should be born in January too!

Crazy scale: 4/5
Effectiveness: 2.5/5
There you have it! Do you have any other crazy superstitions? Do you disagree with any of the ones above? Let us know and we’ll do a part 2 of this article, because superstitions are and will always be the biggest factor for a gambler’s success.

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