Here’s a question for you: are you superstitious? Most people won’t admit it, even if they’ve occasionally knocked on wood or crossed their fingers to avoid bad luck. Guilty as charged, right? While there are numerous people who don’t take superstitions seriously, most cultures have nurtured some of these beliefs – especially when it comes to playing casino games in land-based casinos. Naturally, these superstitions have extended themselves to online casinos nowadays, too.
Today we’re going to go over some of the well-known gambling superstitions from all over the world and even those much weirder ones you might not have ever heard about.
And that’s not all! We’ve prepared a cool, one-of-a-kind animated infographic highlighting exactly those stranger superstitions from various countries you may not be aware of. Ready to dive into the wonderful world of common and uncommon casino superstitions with us? Let’s roll!
Most Common Gambling Superstitions All Over the World
Gamblers are thought to be among the most superstitious people and there are tons of different myths 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. Before we move on to our live infographic illustrating the lesser known superstitions, let us quickly go over some of the most common gambling superstitions from around the world, shall we?
Gambling Colours: When in Doubt, Wear Red
One of the most interesting and popular superstitions that come from Asia is that red is a lucky gambling colour. More specifically, for Chinese people red is the colour of prosperity and, therefore, a colour that brings good luck.
So what do superstitious gamblers do? They 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 bring good luck.
Crossing Legs vs. Crossing Fingers: Who Will Win?
Uh-oh! One belief says that if you cross your legs at the gambling table, that simple action will cancel out any good luck that might have otherwise come your way. So… maybe don’t do it?
On the other hand, just like in any other aspect of your everyday life, crossing fingers while playing at land-based or in online casinos should help you score that win, no matter what types of casino games you choose to play. At least, superstitious gamblers will tell you so.
The Main Casino Entrance Stigma
Certain people believe it’s bad luck to walk through the front door of a land-based casino. This belief originated in a time when there was a gigantic lion at the MGM Grand Casino entrance, forcing visitors to walk through the actual jaw of the animal on their way to the gaming floor. Superstitions aside, that had to have been some pretty scary stuff.
Back in the day players literally had to walk through the mouth of a gigantic lion to reach the inside of the MGM Grand Casino.
Even though the MGM Grand had their entrance changed eventually, some people will still use the side doors instead of passing through the main one. Just in case.
To Look Away or Not to Look Away, That Is the Question
There are many players who believe that looking away or leaving the table while gambling 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 don’t look away for a second, fearing that their absence would interfere with the game and bring bad luck.
Counting Money at the Table: A Huge Don’t
Yet another activity that most superstitious gamblers tend to avoid is counting money while playing casino games. This kind of behaviour is usually typical for card players.
While some gamblers swear it’s bad luck, others simply think counting money at the table is extremely rude and unprofessional.
Famous Superstition Numbers: Lucky Number 7 and Unlucky Number 13
Oh, what’s in a number! Truthfully, there are plenty of numbers in the world that could be considered “superstition numbers”, or good luck and bad luck numbers. However, we’ll all surely agree that none are quite as famous (or infamous!) as the numbers 13 and 7.
Somehow, 13 has always been considered to bring bad luck, especially in Western culture. Some people will tell you this belief dates back all the way to the Last Supper when there were thirteen people sat at the table. Or, more specifically, because one of those thirteen was Judas Iscariot himself, the man who betrayed none other than Jesus Christ.
Whether that’s its true origin or not, 13 is without a doubt one of the most famous bad luck numbers out there. Because of that, some hotels will miss the 13th floor or skip from room 12 straight to room 14. Why? Well, plenty of customers would deliberately avoid them, so why have them anyway?
Likewise, in the world of online casinos, people seem to be especially careful with the number 13, particularly while playing roulette.
The number 13 may be the most notorious bad luck number out there, but don’t be mistaken: it’s actually considered lucky in some parts of the world, too.
However, if you were to go against the current and ask yourself: “Wait, is number 13 a lucky number perhaps?” Well, in Asia, you would be right, as the number 13 is said to be one of the many symbols of good luck there.
On the contrary, the number 7 symbolises enjoyment and prosperity worldwide. 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.