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Thursday, January 31, 2002
Are you superstitious in gambling? Here is what Matt - our popular casino dealer from the discussion forum - has to say about it:
"Are gamblers the most superstitious people in the world?
Gambling and superstition seem to go hand in hand! What other industry bases the design of their building on their players and their superstitious minds!
Colors, placement of slots and tables, and even doors...moved and changed just to accomodate the customers!
I am probably the worst when it comes to superstition! I thought I was bad in highschool when pitching on the baseball team. I would always do the same weird stuff with my glove and baseball before I threw tha ball! Well welcome to the world of gambling!
When I gamble...I am very superstitious! Not the bets I make or decisions I make but some things I do. I do of course have a lucky gambling shirt! It just happens to be the shirt I was wearing on my 21st birthday and amazingly enough...my lucky night! I always walk into a casino through the door all the way to the right! I never touch the ropes by the pit! I embarrasingly enough always use the same bathroom, toilet, and sink at my local casino! I refuse to wash my hands during a winning streak...I just won't use the restroom while I am winning. And of course when I am losing...off to the bathroom I go...to wash the bad luck off my hands. I always buy 3 $5 dollar chips and don't spend them. I just cash them out when I leave! That one started a long time ago so I would have money to tip the valet guys!!! Well, I won that night and ever since then it has become a rule! And I always use the same cashier at whichever casino I am at. If they are not there...I keep my chips until they are! I could go on forever!
I thought I had seen it all until one day I was blown away! One of my regular high limit players and I were talking outside the pit when a dealer on a blackjack table next to us happened to sneeze 7 times consecutively. Much to my surprise my friend and regular player offered a man $1000 cash to have his seat at the sneezing dealers table. He told me it was a sign and had to play immediately or he would never gamble again! Unfortunately I think he misread the sign considering he lost the first 10 hands in a row and lost over $3000 at that table!
I see all kinds of mysterious gambling decisions brought on by superstition. I was dealing Paigow one night and a player got up and left because the first hand I dealt him was a pair of 9's with an ace/king up top. I asked him why he was leaving and he said 9 was his unlucky number! He won the hand...I turned over a 10 high paigow and he still left. I thought he was crazy!
I think everyone has a superstitious side. Have you ever seen pennies around blackjack tables? There is an old wise tale having to do with heads and tails. People throw them at the side of the table and depending on the outcome...they may play or move on!
One time I saw a lady rubbing her husbands balled head on the screen of the slot machine she was playing. Believe it or not...I witnessed her balled husband bring her luck! She hit that slot for like ten grand later that night! They took a picture of them together with him rubbing his head on the slot and put it on the wall in the lobby!
I was dealing baccarat one night and a man at my table had fingernails like 2 inches long on his left hand. After an hour or so I asked him if he wanted me to buy him some nail clippers on my break...just joking around with him. He told me that one night he messed up and only cut the nails on his right hand. Went to the casino and won all night long. He decided not to cut his nails until he lost at the casinos in fear of changing his luck. He was on a major winning streak and he ended up almost $1000 ahead at my table for the night starting with $100 dollars! Not bad!
I dealt to this guy at the bac table one time and he had these little voodoo dolls he used to set on the table. He claimed they scared off the bad luck! One night one of his friends hid them when he went to get a drink. He was almost in tears when his friends swore they didn't know where his little dolls were. He had won like 6 hands in a row until the dolls disappeared! They gave them back after he lost the next 3 hands!
The only thing I can't figure out is who is more superstitious...table game players or slot players!!!
I hope your superstitious habits bring you as much luck
as mine bring me! "
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