How do Superstitions Influence the way we Gamble Online? Keep on reading to find out. It’s a fact that when it comes to gambling, studies have found that superstitions influence the way we make wagers on everything from sporting events, to spinning the reels on a pokies machine.
Studies also suggest that men are more likely to engage in these often strange and repetitive rituals than women. Go to any brick and mortar casino and you will see this often comical performance play out in real time in front of your eyes.
You can assume that many people hold back, or try to hide their tics and twitches out of fear of embarrassment or mockery by on-lookers. But what goes on when people play casino games at home on their desktop computer, laptop, or mobile phone?
With online casinos in South Africa becoming more and more popular and people choosing to sign up and play virtually, rather than live, what kind of superstition do we think play out behind the scenes?
Let’s take a look at the 5 biggest superstitions prevalent in gambling culture
1. The power of lucky charms
In a survey conducted by the University of Cincinnati, it was found that across all cultures and religions, people believe in the power of lucky charms. From a four-leaf clover to a rabbit’s foot, these objects are thought to bring good luck and fortune to their owners. It is no surprise then that when gambling online, players would want to have their trusty charm by their side. In fact, research has shown that people who take their lucky charms with them when they gamble are more likely to win than those who don’t. So next time you’re feeling a bit unlucky, make sure to grab your favourite trinket before logging into your casino account!
2. The ‘lucky seat’
Another popular superstition is the belief that where you sit can influence your chances of winning. For example, many people believe that sitting in the same spot at a poker table or online roulette game will bring them good luck. Others think that it is better to switch seats frequently so as not to become ‘stale’. This one is a bit more difficult to test out, but if it makes you feel better and helps you focus on your game, then there is no harm in giving it a go!
3. The ‘lucky number’
Finally, we have the superstition of the ‘lucky number’. Many gamblers believe that certain numbers are luckier than others and will often choose to place their bets on these ‘lucky’ numbers. The most popular lucky numbers seem to be 7, 13 and 21, but really any number can be considered lucky as long as it has some personal significance to the gambler. So if you have a favourite number, make sure to use it next time you’re gambling online!
4. Rituals and Routines
When it comes to gambling, some people believe that certain rituals and routines must be followed in order to bring about a successful outcome. This could involve anything from wearing a special piece of clothing to sitting in a particular seat at the casino table. It is thought that by following these rituals, gamblers are putting themselves in the best possible position to win.
5. The power of positive thinking
It is widely believed that positive thinking can lead to success in all areas of life, including gambling. Gamblers who maintain a positive attitude towards winning are more likely to take home a big payout than those who don’t. This is because they are more likely to take risks and make bolder decisions when gambling.
These are just a few of the many superstitions that people believe in when they gamble online. Whether you think they hold any weight or not, there is no denying that they can add an extra bit of excitement (and maybe even luck!) to your game. So next time you’re logging into your casino account, make sure to have your lucky charm by your side and see if it makes a difference!
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