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Superstitions

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by TimLion, Jun 16, 2014.

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  1. TimLion

    TimLion Low-Roller

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    I've been wondering about this for some time. As most gamblers do, I have a few bizarre superstitions (although the scientist in me says that's redundant.) The oddest, I'm told, relates to how I get to the hotel once I land in Vegas.

    The first time that I got long-hauled, I had an EPIC gambling experience. I couldn't miss. Every hardways bet paid off multiple times. Every split brought wins. Every double down brought 21s. Every random drunken green chip dropped on the roulette layout paid me off. I didn't link the long-haul and the luck, of course...until the next trip, when I insisted on taking surface streets. On that particular excursion, I couldn't post a winning session to save my life. Since then, I've always requested the tunnel and have fared much better at the tables.

    Cabbies look at me like I'm insane, until, of course, I explain my superstition. They are then happy to oblige my behavior and make a few extra bucks in the process.

    So what are your strange superstitions?

    Santé,
    TL
     
  2. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa VIP Whale

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    That is definitely interesting!

    Being a craps player I have developed the usual superstitions associated with the game like not saying seven when a point is set, turning off bets when the dice go off the table, stick change is usually bad luck, cocktail waitress is also bad luck when shooting, as is taking a drink while being the shooter (no drinking and "driving")...

    However I have broken myself of a couple of them most notably the not turning my bets off after they dice go off the table all the time or after a stick change.
     
  3. bedaniels

    bedaniels Low-Roller

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    If I'm getting my ass kicked at the tables I go downtown and get some fried Oreos and my luck always changes.
     
  4. aaisack

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    I have a couple.

    When i'm on a winning streak I hate to touch door handles at the entrance of a casino. I'll follow someone in, or push or pry the door open with my elbow.

    I'll also try to sense out a lucky VP machine. If my eye is drawn to a machine i'll approach it and then maybe try to walk away from it, or see if a neighboring machine has a stronger draw. I'll sit down at the one that grabs my attention the longest, or walk to the next bank if i'm not feeling it.

    I'm luckier than most, so I follow the mindset that if it aint broke don't fix it. Just won a Fathers Day cash promotion at my local casino (Emerald Queen) yesterday for $250, lost $50, then sat down at a slot machine and hit $450. Left $650 ahead :). I never bet serious money there, I only play low stakes on the slots because they have a long running $25 food credit for 2 hours of untracked play.
     
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    yup,

    I carry my lucky 5 dollar bill in my pocket while gaming.

    fk
     
  6. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    When the dice are offered to me and it shows a 7, I will not pick it up. I'll just stare at it until the stickman flips it to another number.

    When the shooter goes too tall or off the table I pick up my passline odds for one roll.

    Does it work all the time? No. But I do it anyway.
     
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    I really don't have any, but if I'm at a BJ table and it's so quiet I can hear my heartbeat I'll grab my chips and find a more lively table.
     
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    I never seem to do well on machines that have 4 rows. I tend to avoid them.
     
  9. northerngirl

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    Being mainly blackjack players, two come to mind. 1. If a player jumps in and starts playing during the middle of the shoe, most likely the dealer's next hand will be a blackjack. 2. It the dealer shuffles messy, it is going to be a great shoe.
     
  10. VeddaLasVegas

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    My husband asks for the same dice if they go off the table.
     
  11. TimLion

    TimLion Low-Roller

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    Thanks for sharing, everyone. I'm glad (although not entirely surprised!) that I'm the only one who behaves this way! :rolleyes:

    Santé,
    TL
     
  12. TwiceTheJava

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    Not really a superstition per se, but a behavioral trend I've noticed in myself is if my beer is empty, I get another beer.
     
  13. aliasyoshi

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    I do the same with my whiskey. :drunk:
     
  14. makikiboy

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    I was in vegas a few days ago and was on a hot table at MSS. Dice flew off the table and the shooter asked for same dice. On a lark I offed my bets for that roll and wouldn't you know it, the shooter sevened out. I saved a couple of hundred by doing that. I wish that I had some kind of foresight to be able to do that (offing my bets), would save me a bunch in the long run. I did notice during my vacation that some guys offed their bets, many times for no reason at all, probably just a hunch. Not sure how successful they were because the seven didn't come out most times.
     
  15. Sonya

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    This gave me a funny mental picture. I wonder if the stickmen get this a lot. Do they seem to notice quickly without you saying anything?

    I don't think I'm superstitious, but I do little things sometimes. I tell myself they are "for fun" but when they work, I'm pretty sure it's a trick. :wink2: I do this goofy hand wave thing when I'm drawing for a big VP hand like a royal or 4oak. I also regularly have conversations with my machine about what cards I want. That maybe more alcohol than superstition though.

    Roulette is probably the game where I have the most. I always bet "29 for Al" referring to a dealer I had at Circus Circus Reno years ago where I won a bundle. I also always bet the opposite color after 4 of the opposite, ie, if black comes up 4x, I put a bet on red. Odds? or Superstition?

    Fun topic! I liked the one about not touching door handles. I don't like to touch them either, but that's because they're covered in people cooties. I've made some pretty crazy dives through a closing door to avoid touching them.
     
  16. jhpa

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    Actually, most dealers will make sure they do not send the dice with a seven or a craps showing. I play probably 100 hours a year, and I can count on one hand the number of times in the past year a dealer sent the dice with a seven. That's also why they almost always slide the dice to the shooter - not to take the chance that a tumbling dice will land with a seven in front of the shooter
     
  17. RockyBalboa

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    Yeah I have heard people tell me they will turn theirs off and pull the odds if three craps numbers come up in a row. I used to turn them off religiously on dice off the table until one night we were on a hot table at Harrah's. The guy was rolling for an hour plus and he was very consistent in his rolling...dropping the dice softly into the far hook from his spot at stick left.

    One throw got away from him and kicked off and I fought the urge because he was on such a roll I had a ton of money out there. I figured I was already up huge and each time he hit a number I was getting paid in blacks and greens so I let it ride and he did not disappoint. So from that time on I pretty much broke myself off the urge to shut 'em off.

    I will, however, shut my bets down when some yahoo starts arguing with the dealers over money. When some guy decides to holler about a dollar yo bet or a nickel horn that he says he had but really didn't then I will shut them down. The game flow screeches to a halt and kills the vibe.
     
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    Yeah the sticks are really aware of it and will always send it on a "point number" and if they do foul up or the dice tumble a bit when they shove them they'll pull them back and reset or the shooter will tell them to take them back. I have seen some shooters request new dice when that happens.

    I had one dealer at my local joint tell me that they're trained and it is a house rule to not send the dice out on 7, 11, 12, 2 or 3 unless requested by a shooter.
     
  19. Breeze147

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    I always stack my chips in groups of 10 during card games. When playing Craps I arrange the chips in the tray by color. I put a blue between each group of 10. I also will not pick up a "7". I shake the dice twice and aim for a corner so the dice will tumble and roll around the backboard.

    I don't know if those are superstitions or just being anal.
     
  20. Sonya

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    Interesting. Which game do you think has the most superstitions tied to it? I'm guessing craps. :)

    But then again, when I was a newbie, never sat at 3rd base at blackjack, crazy roulette rituals, lucky markers in the poker room, slot players who massage their screen... I guess every game has them.
     
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