Cracking the 6 Most Common Gaming Superstitions

Common superstitions when it comes to gambling.

With gambling, there’s no such thing as a guarantee, but that’s part of the fun! While knowing your odds is important, statistics can only take you so far. That’s where luck comes in. According to a survey, 54% of all people have admitted being superstitious and gamblers might be the most superstitious of them all. Gambling superstitions come in all shapes and sizes and can be lucky colors, numbers, habits, or more.

Let’s look at six of the most common gaming superstitions and the science behind them.

1. Lucky Seven

Seven is considered lucky by many people. This is likely because the number seven has a long history of positive associations across multiple different cultures. In fact, if you look throughout history and nature, you’ll find that the number seems to appear everywhere. For example, there are seven days of the week, seven continents, seven seas, seven notes on a musical scale, and seven colors in the rainbow. Many religions draw upon the number seven, too. In the creation story in the Bible, God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Scholars have found that the number seven often represents perfection or completeness in the Bible. Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca walk around the Kaaba seven times. In Judaism, there are seven heavens. Islam’s holy book, the Koran, also references seven heavens. In Chinese culture, seven represents Yin and Yang combined with the Five Elements: earth, fire, water, wood, and metal. This specific combination represents the concept of harmony in Confucianism.

Seven represents joy and prosperity and has special significance in gambling, particularly in slot games and blackjack. After all, 7+7+7 equals 21 and often the combination of three sevens (777) on slots means you are a winner (it doesn’t get much luckier than that!).

Three 7s in a row on a slot machine.

2. Unlucky 13

The number 13 has always been regarded as unlucky in Western culture, and the origins of this regard comes with many theories. One theory is that it represents Judas Iscariot, the 13th apostle, who betrayed Jesus at the Last Supper. Another references the difficulties encountered by calendar-making monks when a year included 13 full moons.

The fear of the number 13, otherwise known as Triskaidekaphobia, is ever-present in the gambling world and casino superstitions, so much so that most casino hotels go straight from the 12th to the 14th floor. Triskaidekaphobia is so widespread that one in ten people are thought to suffer from it. In parts of Asia however, the number 13 is considered to be a symbol of good fortune.

Representation of an unlucky number 13.

3. Avoid the Casino’s Main Entrance

Even some of the less superstitious gamblers like to use the back door when entering a casino. It’s believed that this practice began with blackjack players, specifically card counters, who hoped to enter and exit without attracting attention. This gambling superstition was amplified when the MGM Casino in Las Vegas was forced to change its entrance because of its Chinese visitors’ superstitious beliefs. The entrance was built in the form of a lion and visitors walked into a lion’s mouth. Chinese visitors believed it was bad feng shui because of their strong attachment to symbolism, and therefore associated the entrance with literally being eaten by a lion.

Lion at the main entrance of MGM in Las Vegas.

4. Always Wear Something Red

The color red’s association with good fortune and prosperity dates back to ancient China and is seen across many cultures throughout the world. Red symbolizes strength, courage, vitality, happiness, or love and when it comes to gambling luck, it is the luckiest color of all! This can be displayed through the use of red on many gaming websites. Unfortunately, wearing red has no proven effect on your bets in roulette. Additionally, previous outcomes do not in any way influence the next ones, so the chance of getting red again after a series of red outcomes is still 50:50.

In 1946, mathematician Stanislaw Ulam designed the “Monte Carlo Method.” Using the random results in casino games, Ulam developed a theory which proved there’s no correlation between outcomes. No matter how often a ball has landed on black, it is just as likely to land on black again with no rhyme or reason on the next spin.

Ball being spun at the roulette table in a casino.

5. Lucky Charms

Physical objects have become a big part of gaming superstitions. The idea that a token can affect one’s fortunes has origins in many parts of the world. Many lucky charms come from American slaves in the 19th century, whose traditional African and Caribbean customs were the foundation for voodoo and hoodoo. This concept quickly found its way into the gaming and casino world. This is why we see horseshoes, rabbit’s feet, four-leaf clovers, alfalfa, and nutmeg among the many gamblers.

Representations of lucky charms used while gambling.

6. Casino Player Cards

If you have a casino’s rewards card, you insert it into the slot machine while you play in order to earn points for every dollar you wager. If you’re a big gambler, it’s financially responsible to use your player’s card to earn a percentage back. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Unfortunately, it’s widely believed that using the club card will make the slot games start to impact your gambling luck if you’re on a winning streak. This is due to the belief that casinos monitor your activity. However, there is no link between the slot club card reader and the chances of winning. The player’s card only records information about the number of coins being played and the RNG (Random Number Generator). By not using your card, you are only denying yourself all the rewards of playing like cash back, comps, gifts, special invitations, future room offers and more. Play with confidence using your loyalty card at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

Hard Rock Rocksino's Players Card for rewards.

Gambling Superstitions are as old as time itself. Considering that skill and statistics can only take you so far, it’s evident why gamblers rely on superstition to carry them the rest of the way. With no real strategy, method, or any other failsafe system to guarantee a win, what can you do but turn to an unconventional method? After all, why bother with common sense and skill when you can simply sprinkle some herbs or hold onto a rabbit’s foot to get you that win. Make your way to the Hard Rock Rocksino gaming floor today for a chance to test your luck!

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