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11 August 2010 - 9:38pm

Superstition and intuition in gambling - a taboo?

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Superstition/intuition are rarely discussed among people who like to play in casinos. I've never been sure why - is it because people are in a way ashamed of being superstitious or because they don't want to share their winning recipes. I've seen many people doing things due to superstition. Just look at some famous people - musicians, actors, sportspeople. If they can do it, why couldn't we?

Personally, I act upon my intuition. If I start playing a game and see it's not working, I don't always give up. However, there are games, especially slots, which I leave after only a couple of spins. Dunno why's that, but I guess it's gotta have something to do with my intuition. Also, if I lose some money on a game, I never give it another try again. And I guess that's related to my superstition.

Now, I wanted to make a little poll here and break the taboo - would you be willing to share any similar experiences or beliefs? What do you do when you're winning/losing, is there some small ritual that works only for you?

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18 August 2010 - 9:28pm
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Hiya cat,

I don't believe there is anyone more superstitious than the gambler! As any gambler who is sitting at slot machine and are on a winning streak. The person next to them gets up and the machine dies. In the gamblers mind they are certain it was the person sitting next to them that brought the good luck.

Win money at a casino and it is not uncommon for that gambler to wear that same lucky shirt he won the last time he went.

As far as intuition is concerned i couldn't agree with ya more. Sometimes i can just walk by a slot and get good vibes. Then i get the bad vibes when i sit down at a slot or poker machine and it's the only seat open. I know it is a bad machine when i slip my $20 in the machine. Yet i play it because it is the only machine available.

When i am at home i hit a bonus round when playing online casinos i say a quick prayer to the Angel of Luck! All depends how busy she is i guess. I come to think that she has a whole army of gamblers to tend to!!! Sometimes she says ok........other times she says not to today!!

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19 August 2010 - 10:09am
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It's so typical of our Lady Luck or Angel of Luck! She just marches off to someone else precisely at the moment when we're in desperate need of her. But, we have to be understanding, she has many like us to attend to.

As for superstition, I recently heard from a friend that he never ever drinks anything but scotch when playing roulette. He believes it'd bring bad luck if he drank anything else. And (although he's not related to gambling), I also saw a Rafa Nadal match a couple of days ago, and I noticed that he puts his water bottles in a particular order, which cannot be disturbed. I guess that's why he's always late to get out on the court during breaks between games. lol

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1 September 2010 - 3:20pm
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It has to make you wonder if it is the power of suggestion that actually brings better luck to those who use props or a certain routine to their game playing.

Not sure if you ever read the book "Secrets", but it is based on this theory. It is the energy that we send out that has it's cause and effect. I always thought of it as intuition or a sixth sense.

One thing for sure though is it is very hard to train our brains to think positive all the time. We are creatures of doubt and having little faith at times in just about every walk of life including gambling.

I have tried to practice the "cause and effect" theory and it is really tough to think positive 24/7. Seems our brains are just not wired that way. But try it sometime, even if just for a one day and see if you can do it. Not one single negative or doom of gloom thought! It will make your brain hurt!!! And here i thought that it took more energy to have negative thoughts than good!

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3 September 2010 - 8:39am
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Hahahaha, I'll definitely try this recipe for a "positive headache." Sounds like quite a challenge! Did it have any effect on you, I mean positive? Smile

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12 September 2010 - 12:45am
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To be honest cat i don't think i made it through more than an hour! All along i am telling myself keep it positive girl, while at the same time i fretted that i was gonna have a negative thought! So in essence i guess worrying about having it, was negative in itself!!!

Does this convo sound looney or what?? Lmaoooooo

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12 September 2010 - 11:13am
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It all sounds like a mission impossible! But at least you tried and did your best, girl! lol

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