Looking for a guide to Chinese gambling superstitions? You are at the right place.
Chinese are some of the most superstitious people in the world. They have their own set of beliefs and behaviors that have been passed on for generations. Although more and more Chinese people have discontinued such beliefs, these superstitions still play an important role in their lives, and even gamblers from different ethnicity.
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What to Do When Gambling
- Players should always have something red on them. It could be underwear, shirt, pants, etc
- Players who are on a losing streak are advised to visit the toilet for a change of luck
- Players should leave the lights in their houses on before they go out to gamble
- Stay in hotel rooms with “lucky” room numbers as such: 8, 13, 18, 168, 198 or 798
- Chinese believe that casino allocated baby ghosts beneath each table in the casino, and these baby ghosts must be fed with candies in order to prevent them from taking your luck away
- For players playing either Blackjack or Baccarat, shout ‘Deng’ before seeing the cards
- Make an offering to the Gods before going to a casino
- Pray a day before a lottery draw
- For players that have won a lottery draw, make an offering or pray to the gods and thank them
- The winning numbers to the lottery draw can be any significant numbers that you come across in your daily life, be it vehicle plates or birth date
What to Avoid When Gambling
- Do not count your money when you are at the casino, regardless if it is the money you won or lost
- Never say the word book or shoes in Cantonese as they are synonymous to ‘lose’
- Try not to gamble after you have seen a monk or a nun
- Do not touch, rub, or pat another person’s shoulder when you are at the casino
- Do not have sex before gambling
- Do not enter a casino using its main entrance
- Do not check into a hotel with room numbers like 4 or 14 as they are considered unlucky
- Do not attempt to win from the offset as this means more money will be lost in the long run