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Popular Casino Superstitions

All forms of gambling involve luck to some degree, and many gamblers will go to great lengths to make sure that luck is on their side. Some are completely open about their superstitions, while some would never admit to being influenced by such things, but it is almost certain that a sizable percentage of gamblers are superstitious in one way or another.

Superstitions are particularly common among casino players, perhaps due to the fact that there is more luck involved in casino games than in many other forms of gambling. However irrational it may seem that something entirely unrelated to actually playing could have any kind of impact on whether players get lucky or not, the fact is that many people believe on some level that their superstitions will genuinely change their luck one way or another.

In this article we look at some of the most popular superstitions held by casino players.

13 is widely considered to be a very unlucky number in general, not just in gambling. There are several examples of this, such as Friday the 13th being believed to be an unlucky day. Indeed, fear of the number 13 is a recognized phobia (Triskaidekaphobia).

In casino terms, players will often avoid anything to do with the number 13. It would be no surprise, for example, if 13 was the least bet on number at roulette. The casinos themselves are very aware of this superstition, and it is not uncommon for large casinos to miss out 13 when labeling their floors by jumping straight from 12 to 14.

On the other hand, 7 is considered by many to be a very lucky number. This is perhaps the reason why so many slot machines award the jackpot for consecutive 7 symbols on a payline.

It is worth noting that lucky and unlucky numbers are very much a cultural thing. A lucky number in one culture may well be an unlucky number in another culture, and vice versa.


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