If you’re Irish, not only are you anxiously anticipating your favorite party holiday’s arrival this Friday, but you’re also allegedly blessed with a permanent good luck charm — the luck of the Irish! In fact, Irish folklore is rich with lucky vibes, from the famed but rare four-leaf clover to the magical, mystical rainbow, there are plenty of charms to go around.
So, with St. Patrick’s Day only a few days away, we thought it was only fitting to discuss some of the superstitions and rituals that our fellow gamers employ to help boost their luck and beat the odds. Here are six of the most popular:
- Acorns: Norse folklore says that acorns bring prosperity and wealth. As such, many gamers carry an acorn on them to the tables — be it from an oak tree itself, or a replica made of silver, wood or gold.
- Nutmeg: Way back before mercury poisoning was detected, folks would fill a whole hollow nutmeg with quicksilver, seal it up, and carry it from table to table. Nowadays, a whole, unfilled nutmeg works just fine!
- Keys: Good luck comes in threes, especially with keys! Keeping just three keys on a single ring in your pocket is said to bring good fortune to the carrier.
- Lights: Before you head to the casino or your next poker night, turn on all the lights in the house. It might seem like wasted energy, but apparently leaving the lights on will bring you luck!
- Lady Luck: Have you ever seen someone ask a woman to blow on their dice, roll them, or choose where to place a bet? Superstition says that a beautiful woman can bring luck, especially if that woman is new to gambling altogether.
- Red: According to Chinese superstition, red is the luckiest color you can wear for a night on the strip. While some wear their red loud and proud, others are more modest about their good luck charm, choosing red underwear instead.
As you can see, there are a whole lot more good luck charms than just your average four-leafed clover or rabbits foot! How do you and your buddies boost your odds when playing? We’d love to hear all about your wild and whacky good luck charms and rituals on our Facebook page!
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