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Lucky Charms/Rituals

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Do you enlist the help of a lucky charm or ritual when you gamble?

Absolutely - won't gamble without it [ 3 ]  [20.00%]
Sometimes, depends on form of gambling [ 3 ]  [20.00%]
Have not considered it but might [ 5 ]  [33.33%]
Absolutely not - foolishness and superstition [ 4 ]  [26.67%]
Total Valid Votes [ 15 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 0 ]  
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Posted: August 22, 2007, 9:19 am - IP Logged

  I have never met a serious gambler who did not have a charm or ritual involved in their efforts to win.  Personal rituals are just that, personal and, understandably, most people just don't divulge this side of themselves. 

     My charms and rituals are both simple and complicated.  Of course, I have a favorite DF that I carry or wear typically when playing my numbers.  My personal rituals are much more complex and based on my spiritual belief system.  I will share 1 small thing I always do - if I'm in line to play my numbers and become engaged in conversation with another player about the numbers, I always make an effort to wish that player the luck before we leave the store.   

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    Posted: August 22, 2007, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

    Gambling and sports (and Hollywood) are rife with superstition - in casinos it's not just the players but the house, also.

    For years in Vegas (and probably in some joints to this day) casinos were paranoid about facial hair on the dealers- the story is many years ago, a guy came in looking for a job in the dice pit (called an audition, you have to get on a live game and show them you can get around the layout) - Well they put him on the stick (calls the numbers rolled) and the shooter rolled a monster. The house lost a ton.

    Needless to say, he didn't get the job, but not only that, word got around the joints real quick about waht could happen if you put a "moustache" on the stick.

    (Years later, once women had gotten into the dice pits, we had a supervisor ask, "How come these female crap dealers can have beards and moustahches and we can't?"  

    Green laugh

    Jake- I'm not so sure about people not showing this side of themselves. One casinoi I worked in catered to the Hawaiin trade. Hawaiins think frogs are lucky - so the gidt shop started selling lucky frogs. That and the ones they brought over from Hawaii with them made the crap pit an aberration someyimes. This casino allowed cameras (rare) and people took pictures of the dice tables with the rails full of chips- and frogs!

    Then they started bringing smaller frogs that they put on top of their bets- one time on a 7-out the shift manager yelled, "Pick up the line boys- and get the frogs, too!"

    We had a lady one night complain about her frog not bringing her any luck - then one of the dealers told her she should see the size of the frog the casino had on top of the building!

    Not lotto- but along the lines of superstition, I still think one of the real classics is former baseball slugger Wade Boggs eating chicken beofre every game- he actually believed that each chicken had so many hits in it.  

    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

    Lep

    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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      Posted: August 22, 2007, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

      Were these live frogs?  I've read this before, so I know it's no bull, but it sounds a tad strange, but this is a poll, so I guess I shouldn't jump on you too hard. 

      I don't have a lucky charm, so I wonder if that means I'm not a serious gambler.  However, I do agree with Jake that most people have a superstition or two. 

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        Posted: August 22, 2007, 1:04 pm - IP Logged

        Were these live frogs?  I've read this before, so I know it's no bull, but it sounds a tad strange, but this is a poll, so I guess I shouldn't jump on you too hard. 

        I don't have a lucky charm, so I wonder if that means I'm not a serious gambler.  However, I do agree with Jake that most people have a superstition or two. 

         Green laugh

        Good Luck!

        Stavros

         

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          Posted: August 22, 2007, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

          Justxploring,

          No, not live frogs. Little plastic frogs, stuffed animal frogs, etc...

          They put the litTle platic ones on top of their bets and the stuffed animal ones up in the rail of the table. The plastic ones were packages in a small bag that said, "Lucky Kagul" - (which means frog in Japanese). 

          Speaking of superstition- we had a player who was a school prinicipal in Hawaii. He always had two ladies with him who carried tea leaves - not bagged tea, tea leaves, still on the vine, so they were about 4 feet long. Everytime he was the shooter, when he picked up the dice he went through this ritual where he motioned with the dice, they shook the tea leaves at him (this is like a rel bad episode of Gilligan's island here) - and they all three would shout, "KAHUNA, KAHUNA, KAHUNA".

          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

          Lep

          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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            Posted: August 22, 2007, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

            Gambling and sports (and Hollywood) are rife with superstition - in casinos it's not just the players but the house, also.

            For years in Vegas (and probably in some joints to this day) casinos were paranoid about facial hair on the dealers- the story is many years ago, a guy came in looking for a job in the dice pit (called an audition, you have to get on a live game and show them you can get around the layout) - Well they put him on the stick (calls the numbers rolled) and the shooter rolled a monster. The house lost a ton.

            Needless to say, he didn't get the job, but not only that, word got around the joints real quick about waht could happen if you put a "moustache" on the stick.

            (Years later, once women had gotten into the dice pits, we had a supervisor ask, "How come these female crap dealers can have beards and moustahches and we can't?"  

            Green laugh

            Jake- I'm not so sure about people not showing this side of themselves. One casinoi I worked in catered to the Hawaiin trade. Hawaiins think frogs are lucky - so the gidt shop started selling lucky frogs. That and the ones they brought over from Hawaii with them made the crap pit an aberration someyimes. This casino allowed cameras (rare) and people took pictures of the dice tables with the rails full of chips- and frogs!

            Then they started bringing smaller frogs that they put on top of their bets- one time on a 7-out the shift manager yelled, "Pick up the line boys- and get the frogs, too!"

            We had a lady one night complain about her frog not bringing her any luck - then one of the dealers told her she should see the size of the frog the casino had on top of the building!

            Not lotto- but along the lines of superstition, I still think one of the real classics is former baseball slugger Wade Boggs eating chicken beofre every game- he actually believed that each chicken had so many hits in it.  

              CT -  I never heard this one before.  I can visualize it though.    Can you imagine a casino neophyte walking through and stumbling upon a rampant frog winning table?    I probably would have thought it was a new type of chip.  Wink    I've been to AC a couple of times but don't play table games usually.  I do like to watch.  Next time, I'll watch a little closer.    I'm also trying to get to Vegas but want to go all comp --  Jake

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              Posted: August 22, 2007, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

              Okay, Coin Toss.  I wasn't quite sure, but I'm glad they weren't alive.  Frogs have it bad enough as it is.  I'm glad my legs don't taste like chicken.

              I don't know what to say about the tea leaves.  At least it wasn't coffee.  Imagine someone walking into a casino with Juan Valdez and his mule.

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                Posted: August 22, 2007, 7:19 pm - IP Logged

                Were these live frogs?  I've read this before, so I know it's no bull, but it sounds a tad strange, but this is a poll, so I guess I shouldn't jump on you too hard. 

                I don't have a lucky charm, so I wonder if that means I'm not a serious gambler.  However, I do agree with Jake that most people have a superstition or two. 

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                  Oh, my aching sides!      Green laugh

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                    Okay, Coin Toss.  I wasn't quite sure, but I'm glad they weren't alive.  Frogs have it bad enough as it is.  I'm glad my legs don't taste like chicken.

                    I don't know what to say about the tea leaves.  At least it wasn't coffee.  Imagine someone walking into a casino with Juan Valdez and his mule.

                    Oh, my aching sides!      Green laugh

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                      Posted: August 22, 2007, 11:20 pm - IP Logged

                        CT -  I never heard this one before.  I can visualize it though.    Can you imagine a casino neophyte walking through and stumbling upon a rampant frog winning table?    I probably would have thought it was a new type of chip.  Wink    I've been to AC a couple of times but don't play table games usually.  I do like to watch.  Next time, I'll watch a little closer.    I'm also trying to get to Vegas but want to go all comp --  Jake

                      Jake

                      Things probably haven't changed all that much, the Vegas casino with the heavy Hawaiin trade is The Califronia (downtown, around the corner from the end of Fremont street). The Tropicana gets a lot of Hawaiin play too, bit the Cal is the only opne that lets them really cut loose.

                      AC definitley wouldn't tolerate anything like it.  

                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                      Lep

                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.