A Few Odd and Amusing Chinese Gambling Superstitions (Part 2)

A Nation of Superstitious Gamblers

For much of recorded history, Asia has been something of a global leader in terms of gambling. Or at least, nations where gambling plays an incredibly important part in both culture and society. But the things also true to say about gambling in Asian in general is that they are extremely prone to superstition. Which means that when you combine these two factors together, you find yourself looking at nations of superstitious gamblers.

Those who have known about gambling superstitions have found that there are two common causes in most cases. These are the urge of the gambler in question to feel they have control over what is actually pure luck, along with other superstitions that are deeply rooted in history or from tradition.

For example, while the number 13 is considered to be rather unlucky here in the Europe, it’s the number 4 that the Asia associate with bad luck – death. To such an extent that gamblers will actively avoid gambling on anything that include the number 4, such as staying in hotel with floor and rooms that feature the number 4 and so on. By contrast, the number 8 has a strong connection with prosperity. Which means that if the number 8 features in any way with the bet, the gambler is likely to feel exceptionally more fortunate and prosperous.

For the most part, the kinds of gambling superstitions that perpetuate in The East are not dissimilar to those of the Western countries. In fact, there is also a relatively long list of Dos and Don’ts, which vary from the interesting to the absolute ridiculous.

…and that’s exactly what this article will be taking a slightly closer look at:

Asian Gambling Superstition Don’ts

Under any circumstances, don’t ever count the money you have won or lost while gambling. Doing so will curse the rest of the game.

While an individual is gambling in any form, you should never touch them on the shoulder. That is, unless you deliberately want to give them bad luck.

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