Gamblers are probably among the most superstitious people on the planet which is why luck charms, and strange rituals are nothing out of the ordinary in a casino. If you’re looking for ways to attract lady luck, here is a list of the five tried-and-true superstitions that millions of people swear by—but you’ll have to try them out to see if they work for you!
- Carrying around lucky charms is certainly the most popular superstition out there. A rabbit’s foot is one of the most popular good luck charms in North American culture. According to some sources, the folklore deems a rabbit’s foot lucky if it is the left hind foot of a rabbit that has been shot or captured in a cemetery. For some, the moon cycle during the rabbit’s death is also an important factor and some even insist that the foot must be cut off while the rabbit is still alive.
- Many believe that it is unlucky to enter a casino by way of the front entrance. This superstition originated at the MGM themed casino in Vegas that had a lion’s mouth for an entrance. Many patrons had an unlucky experience when they entered this way and as a result would refuse to enter or exit through the mouth of the lion.
- Kenny Rogers sang ‘You never count your money when your’re sittin’ at the table, there’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done”. Whether or not this superstition predates the song, it’s hard to know for sure but superstitious casino goers play it safe by heading this advice. This song is probably the reason why you’ll rarely see people counting their money ‘until the dealin’s done’.
- Whistling while you’re gambling is thought to be bad luck. If you, or someone around you starts to hum, sing or whistle while you’re at a casino table it could mean bad luck. Whistling is often a way for people to conceal their discomfort and for that reason superstitious gamblers believe that it’s a bad sign. Try to keep this in mind next time you have the urge to sing around a blackjack table, your musical proclivities may not be appreciated.