People who gamble are often suspicious, doing a wide variety of things in order to increase their chances of winning. They believe luck contributes to winning, and that using certain charms and rituals can be of help to them. As long as a gambler does not let superstitions control him or her, believing in something that brings good luck is not bad. Below are 5 gambling superstitions you must know.
Main Door Entrance
Some gamblers believe that getting into a casino via the main entrance is unlucky. This superstition has something to do with the MGM casino in Las Vegas. Years ago, when it was themed after the MGM movie studio, it had a main entrance that was designed in the form of a huge lion, which is the studio’s logo. Many superstitious players refused to use this entrance as they considered walking into the mouth of a beast a curse.
Counting Money While Gambling
Another common belief is that an individual should never count his or her money while playing. This belief is so widespread that it was mentioned by musician Kenny Rogers in his hit song titled The Gambler.’ However, it causes awkward situations as people have to count their money to ensure that they are still within their gambling limit for the playing session. Thus, it is advisable for an individual to set a limit on the amount of money to be spent in the casino.
Whistling or singing While Gambling
The other widespread superstition is that whistling or singing while playing brings forth bad luck. It is probably influenced by another belief that whistling in a graveyard summons the devil. This belief has probably been carried over into a notion that it should not be attempted in the course of gambling. All in all, as is the case with doing any other activity, people can be effective when they do something enjoyable. If a gambler thinks that whistling or singing a favorite tune can make him or her better, then there is no reason not to do it. It can even distract opponents in an advantageous way.
Slapping the Head After a Loss
Some gamblers are of the opinion that their opponents use voodoo to win. They feel that they’re being mind-controlled or hypnotized in a way that they cannot think of the most ideal move to enable them win the game. According to the superstition, directing three slaps to the head after losing will awaken them from the trance.’ However, doing this is not recommended as it can distract someone and give the opponent an upper hand. Taking a deep breath or going for a break is the best way to handle a loss.
There is a belief that a player will win if it is his or her first time to play, popularly referred to as beginner’s luck. However, this belief can land someone in trouble if he or she is not familiar with the game being played. Winning depends on knowledge of the game and skills for battling an opponent. It has nothing to do with the number of times a gambler wagers or plays.