Gambling Superstitions From Around the World
We know that every form of legal gambling is based solely on luck and random outcomes, but there is still a large group of people that believe that they have the ability to influence the outcome of the game they have chosen to partake in.
Whether it’s kissing the dice before you roll them in a game of craps or repeating the same actions as you did the last time you managed to score a big jackpot, there is a wide range of quirks and superstitions that people from all over the world have adopted. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Unfortunately, this is one of the grosser superstitions we have ever learnt about. Apparently decent hygiene is considered bad luck in India.
It is said that if you shave on a Tuesday, wash your hair on a Thursday or trim your nails on a Tuesday or Saturday is practically begging for poor luck.
In spite of everything we’ve learned about voodoo being some scary force of evil, a large number of South Africans actually believe it to be the complete opposite. In fact, many a South African pays a visit to their local witchdoctor or ‘sangoma’ in the hopes of finding some good luck.
In fact, it’s even believed that if you breathe in the fumes from smoking a vulture’s dried brains will fill you with great fortune. But remember, smoking is bad for you so I’d suggest leaving that one for South Africans.
In Thailand, they believe that a necklace called Palad Khik is what you need if you’re looking for the best luck. However, this is one superstition you really shouldn’t take too seriously because Palad Khik directly translated is honourable surrogate penis.
This necklace doesn’t simply bring you good luck, it is also said to make you irresistible those around you – though I’m not so sure women would agree.
Greece and Denmark
This is one you may be familiar with, considering it has been included in just about every film that attempts to highlight the ways of the Greeks. That’s right, I’m talking about smashing plates on the floor, which Greeks do at weddings and Danes do when someone moves in next door.
There are those that also go the extra mile, smashing a dish just before they get involved in any activity that asks for a great deal of fortune. Unfortunately, smashing a plate every time you play blackjack 21 online could put you in debt, even if you’re on a winning streak!
While I can’t be too sure how they came to this conclusion, people in Serbia believe that spilling water behind someone will bring them good luck. The thinking behind this is that water is both smooth and fluid and will therefore ease luck’s path to that person.
I may not believe in this particular superstition, but I wouldn’t mind being the first person to start a water fight outside a casino!