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  1. A very daunting day is lurking for those who hold on to superstitions. Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, and superstitious folks will be glad to know it's the first and last one for 2022. Do you believe in unlucky numbers and days? If so, you are not alone. In fact, the fear of Friday the 13th is rather common, and for some, it is a lot more than a superstition. Although it occurs as often as three times a year, surveys uncovered that as many as one in six adults in the UK fear this day. Countless studies uncovered how people change their routines to prevent misfortune on the ominous day, and the fear of it is so overwhelming for others that it becomes a phobia. Let's explore when the number and day became unlucky. Is there any scientific proof to back the belief, and how has it affected society? The Misfortune of Friday the 13th There is no definitive origin for the unlucky connotation of a Friday that happens to be on the thirteenth day of the month, but researchers have linked likely reasons to events dating back centuries. One of the most common events linked to the omen comes from the last supper as recorded in the Holy Bible. The 13th guest to arrive at the table for the last supper was Judas Iscariot, the same disciple who betrayed Jesus. Some also believe that the crucifixion happened on a Friday, tying the number to the day. Others have blamed Norse mythology. Legend has it that the 12 Norse gods were having a joyful dinner party when Loki rocked up as the 13th unwelcome guest and ruined it all. But this only explains the reason people believe the number 13 is unlucky. How did Friday become doomed as well? British history explains that Friday once had the gloomy name of Hangman's Day. If you are wondering, it has everything to do with a noose and execution and nothing to do with the word-game. Combine these events with man's search for meaning and modern-day media, and you have the perfect recipe for a cooked-up belief about Friday the 13th. Fact or Fiction? Proof That the Day is Doomed Humans seek patterns and sequences to make sense of what happens in our surroundings. This is where science, mathematics, and theories find their origins. Let's consider that some have such an intense fear of Fridays that fall on the 13th that they develop a phobia. There must be more to it than isolated events thousands of years ago. Right? Psychologists created a word for those with an irrational fear of Friday the 13th. People who suffer from this phobia, known as paraskevidekatriaphobia, cannot go about their normal day-to-day activities on this cursed day. How many terrible events on this day in history caused some people to fear it so much? If we consider the last two centuries, a few come to mind. Pop culture ran with this superstition, and Hollywood introduced us to the strikingly psychotic character, Jason, in the slasher film series Friday the 13th. Rewind to about 70 years before Jason made his appearance, and novelist Thomas William Lawson writes a book titled Friday, the Thirteenth. His story wasn't blood and gore but about a stockbroker who used others' superstitions against them to create chaos on Wall Street and profit from it. Actual events tied to the day include the tragic killing of the Knights of Templar by King Philip IV in 1307, the German bombing of Buckingham Palace in 1940, Tupac's last breath in 1996, and most recently, a cruise ship crash off the coast of Italy that killed 30 people in 2012. Truthfully, the day has no more reason to be unlucky than any other day on the calendar, and the fear of it remains illogical. The Problem With 13 Interestingly, the belief that this day, and specifically the number 13, is unlucky remains predominantly a Western belief. The reason is unclear, but some argue it is because of the world's oldest legal documents. The Code of Hammurabi reportedly omitted the 13th law, and so the tradition began. Historians believe this was merely an administrative mistake. Still, so many modern high-rise buildings exclude the number 13 from floor numbers that the superstition clearly remains. Thanks to the belief, many hospitals do not have room 13 or a 13th bed in their larger wards. In numerology and some religions, they consider the number 12 the perfect number. The reasoning behind the unlucky attachment to 13 may be that it follows the "perfect" number. So it seems that 13 was always doomed, and it follows that if terrible events took place on Friday the 13th, the day never had a chance. Other Unlucky Numbers Thirteen is not the only number seen as unlucky, and many gamblers stay away from numbers linked to bad luck. Depending on where in the world you find yourself, numbers can trigger intense emotions. In the East, the number 4 is as unlucky as 13 is to many in the West. Asians may rather suffer from tetraphobia, as the culture ties the number four to grave misfortune. As serious as death. The most obvious reason for this superstition is linguistic. The words 'death' and 'four' sound very similar in Eastern languages, causing Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean folk to avoid it. Japanese people also avoid the number 9 for similar reasons to the number 4. The similarity of its pronunciation reminds them of the word 'torture' or 'suffering', leading most to pronounce it differently or avoid saying it altogether. While the number 7 is considered lucky in most cultures, if you find yourself at a craps table Down Under, it's best to avoid saying the number out loud. Craps players in Australia believe it is very unlucky to say 'seven' while playing the dice game. Lucky Number 13? Surprisingly, some cultures believe the odd number is lucky. Ancient Egyptians, for instance, found it to be lucky. According to football fans in Italy, the number is so lucky that they tied its appearance to winning the jackpot. Before the first World War, thirteen was a lucky number in France and often appeared on postcards for luck. Some Westerners changed the number's luck. 13 men founded Colgate University in New York with 13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles. To this day, members of the college hold on to the belief that 13 is lucky. Another who sought to change the negative link to thirteen was Captain William Fowler. He founded an exclusive society named The Thirteen Club. The members regularly enjoyed 13-course meals on the 13th day of the month, in room 13 of the Knickerbocker Cottage watering hole. With serious humour, they would first pass beneath a ladder displaying a banner that read 'Morituri te Salutamus' – a Latin term meaning 'Those of us who are about to die salute you'. Turn it Around Studies show that even people who claim to be non-superstitious sometimes experience a bout of magical thinking when an outcome seems jinxed. If the idea of Friday the 13th makes you a tad nervous and you normally don't mind opening an umbrella inside a building, there are ways to counter the negative vibes on the day. Remind yourself of past events that proved the inverse, and take a deep breath. If this doesn't calm the nerves, take a pinch of salt and throw it over your shoulder. Alternatively, use other superstitious rituals to get through the day, like knocking on wood. Practising gratitude to get positive energy flowing is always a good idea. That being said, if you still fear the number 13, choose to focus on others. If you can't, perhaps you have triskaidekaphobia, the illogical fear of 13. Make Your Own Luck The psychology of finding meaning in numbers is present in all cultures. We tie events to numbers, and our experience of these determines the meaning. This is no reason to avoid a favourite pastime like playing online casino games. Luckily, there are far more lucky than unlucky numbers, and casino games usually contain the former. Most online slot games only contain card numbers that stop at 10, so superstitious gamblers are in luck. If you fancy a game of roulette, place a bet on 3, 7, or 5, or maybe you have your own lucky set of numbers. For the rebels out there, take your chance on 13 without knocking on wood! Maybe just cross your fingers before you do.
  2. Wherever you go, whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you! This is one of the many well wishes that include Irish luck and with St Patrick’s Day celebrations upon us, we delve into gambling history from the Emerald Isle. Are Irish truly lucky, and why do people say this? We look into the origins and history of Irish gambling and the lucky charms players and gamblers believe in. From dressing in green to finding that extremely rare four-leaf clover, Irish folklore has deep roots in the global gambling community and many game developers look to the Celtic inspirations from Ireland when creating colourful themes. Some traditions extend beyond Celtic influence, and we unveil the surprising origin of a famous Irish saying. The Emerald Isle’s Gambling Legacy When someone wishes the luck of the Irish on another, they may not always have gambling in mind, but this Northern island has centuries of ties with games of chance and wagering. Historians and archaeologists determined that citizens of this lush green island enjoyed gambling before the arrival of the Romans and Christianity. The discovery of gambling-related artefacts brought them to this conclusion, with some being remarkably similar to dice, which date back to the Iron Age. During the Roman period, this region had its fair share of chariot racing and the wagering that went hand-in-hand with this. Manuscripts dating back to the third century speak of these types of events playing out in The Curragh area. Although gambling was present during these early ages, records lead us to believe that during the 16th century, the practice of horse racing caused a gambling revolution in the country. Thanks to the Irish agricultural community’s natural affinity for producing top-class racehorses, the popularity of race days, and later the involvement of British horse racers, the sport became a top choice for gamblers in the region. While colonised by the English, gambling became an extremely popular pastime among townsfolk, as there were no lawmakers to keep a watchful eye. Once the Irish Republican Army claimed their country back, the new Irish government prohibited some forms of gambling. The street betting act came into effect during 1906, and once the Irish Free State reigned, the Betting Act of 1926 came into force. Since then, Sportsbooks need a licence to accept bets from Irish gamblers. Most of the 20th-century regulations included sports betting and later a Lotteries Act came into effect. During the iconic 80s, one of the country’s most famous brands arose and today Paddy Power is still one of the largest gambling operators in the industry. Since then, online gambling has entered the landscape and Ireland is one of the countries moving toward a regulated market. Irish Luck in Gambling and Beyond A popular saying in gambling and other areas is to have ‘The Luck of The Irish’. One has to wonder why the Irish are seen as lucky to begin and when did this novelty start? The truth of the matter is that it originates from another part of the world and the original use was a bit offensive. Strange how these things go. Let’s uncover some sayings and charms tied to luck in the Irish traditions. The Luck of The Irish Many believe this famous saying originates from America and dates back to the 19th century during the gold rush. According to sources and a Professor of History at the Holy Cross College, many of the mining success stories in this era included miners from Ireland or those with Irish-American blood. According to Associate Professor Edward T. O’Donnell, the saying may at first have been an insult from envious local miners who insinuated that it was by pure luck that Irish enjoyed successful mining. The Professor wrote a book titled, 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History and recorded that those who referred to ‘Luck of the Irish’ meant these miners weren’t smart enough to succeed by skill. It must be sheer luck. Thanks to the cheerful and resilient disposition of the Gaelic nation, the saying gained a positive tone and is today seen as a good wish. ✓ Leprechauns Celtic mythology includes wonderful legends and superstitions. One of the most legendary fables from this region is that of the magical leprechaun. This fairy-like creature can easily be the country’s mascot, and every gambler hopes to find what the leprechaun guards with his life. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Fables tell of these water-dwelling creatures that grow approximately 2 to 3 feet in height and love to prank those who seek their treasure. Described as the cobblers of the magical fairy world, which is supposedly the origin of their wealth, leprechauns usually show up wearing green and sporting a long beard. Irish folklore tells how it is lucky to catch a leprechaun as their captor can trade the leprechaun’s life for their pot of gold and win three wishes along the way. ✓ The Shamrock Three-leaf clovers are basic tree-foil plants, but the Irish believe these tiny plants are sacred. The belief stems back to the Celts who recognised 3 as a holy number representing all valuable treasures in the world. A while later, St Patrick introduced the Christian faith to Ireland and instead of using foreign ideas, he incorporated known Celtic symbols to explain details from the Bible. St. Patrick linked the three leaves from the clover to the divine trinity and explained that the leaves represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Shamrock is Ireland’s unofficial national flower and throughout the country’s history, it represented many things. From religious icons to a symbol of unity in rebellion. The clover is synonymous with Ireland and, in the gambling industry, any Irish-themed game without it would be incomplete. ✓ Four-leaf Clovers These are so rare to come across that some could think it is impossible and possibly fictitious. Studies show that the chance of finding a four-leaf clover is 1 in 10,000 and yet many hold on to the possibility of spotting one. Luck tied to this rare variation of the Shamrock dates back thousands of years ago when they believed it wards off evil spirits and provides protection against sorcery. It is said that when you find a four-leaf clover, you should hide it in your shoe for good luck with gambling, and the cross-shaped plant will only bring luck if you keep it a secret. St Patrick used the fourth leaf of these rare finds to explain God’s grace to Christians in Ireland. ✓ A Horseshoe Along with their love for horse racing, the Irish also believe that a horseshoe brings luck and money to those who find a used shoe. Ancient folklore explains how mischievous fairies cannot come close to steel, which is the material that horseshoes are made of. Therefore, a horseshoe protects the owner from the little creatures. One of the most debated topics with good luck charms is their positioning, and the horseshoe falls into this category of superstitious confusion. Some say they must mount it with the open side up to catch all the luck, while others say it should face downward to shower whoever passes underneath it with the luck it brings. ✓ More Lucky Irish Charms Other Irish traditions to practice this St Patrick’s Day include wearing green, looking for lucky pennies, and spreading some Irish luck with well wishes. Apart from green coming from the shamrock, it is said that leprechauns can’t see those who wear the colour, so you may just be able to catch one for his gold. Should you spot a penny laying about with its face up, be sure to pick it up and luck will be on your side. What is the worth of luck if you can’t spread some cheer and hopefully rub some off on those close to you? Do it as the Irish do: “May the luck of the Irish lead to the happiest heights and the highway you travel be lined with green lights.” Be sure to wish your loved ones well on this St Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick and Irish Luck Every year, communities all over the world unite on the 17th of March by dressing in green and enjoying some Irish traditions. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates one of Ireland’s patron saints and wearing o’ the green originates from a few events and beliefs from Emerald Isle. Green became a political and cultural symbol during the 18th century and the belief remained. Some say the green represents the lush green hills of the Irish landscape. Regardless of its origins, the colour remains a staple for St Paddy’s celebrations and for gamblers it represents prosperity as the colour of money as well. The celebration itself dates back to the 5th century when St. Patrick died, on 17 March, 461. This patron saint of Ireland was an apostle and introduced pagan Celts to Christianity. St. Patrick’s links to quintessential Irish symbols like the shamrock tie in with his preachings of the Christian faith, making green the apt colour for celebrating his life. Many attribute the celebration’s widespread success to the number of Irish pubs all over the world. Apart from donning the colour green, most believe that a drink of Irish beer, known as Guinness, or Irish whiskey is a must on St. Paddy’s Day. Punters will recognise these symbols on Irish-themed slots which bear many symbols akin to the celebrations. This year, software developers present gamblers with even more options when celebrating St. Paddy with a wager or two. If you are keen on spinning some reels in celebration of Ireland’s patron saint, take a look at the following Irish-themed slot games. More fun slots to try include Super Rainbow Megaways, Irish Eyes 2, and Clover Bonanza. Are Irish Punters Really Lucky? Is there really something to the luck of the Irish, or is it merely a saying from envious miners? Some gambling events point to the fact that those with Irish blood may indeed have luck on their side. An Irish punter won a record-breaking €4.8 million on a slot machine, which was the highest ever at that time. Another Irish gambler won the biggest EuroMillions Lottery jackpot and took home a massive €115m in July 2005. Regardless of the historical hardships the people of this country faced, the Irish have a warm and welcoming nature and this is possibly why they say: If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.
  3. With gambling success stories, many tend to believe that luck has a lot to do with the win. We all know that casino games usually stack odds against the gambler and the house mainly wins. For this reason, countless punters believe that charms may add to their fortune and, with some games, players can use all the luck they can get. Certain gambling games require a level of skill to win, but even these skilled punters have superstitions and carry talismans for added luck. Others may even have a ritual they perform before playing their game of choice. Let’s take a look at the interesting lucky charms people believe in around the globe and explore where some of these amulets originated. Some are well-known beliefs while others have questionable roots, but some believe these charms to bring fortune to the wearer. ✓ American Charms Thanks to the media, American traditions seem to be some of the most well-known ideologies in the world. This rings true for superstitions and good luck charms as well. One of the most popular amulets is the horseshoe. This belief stems from folklore about Saint Dunstan, who struck a deal with the devil and from there on out the horseshoe wards off evil and brings luck. Be sure to position your charm in the right direction though as the u-shape will catch the luck for you if pointed up, but lose it if pointed down. The Rabbits Foot is another well-known lucky charm that America seemed to have put on the map. Its origin is debatable but said to be linked with the European mid-century practice of the ‘hand-of-glory’. As it is not the most upbeat of tales, we suggest you rather focus on the luck of the rabbit’s foot. Not to worry, as you do not need to capture and injure a real bunny. Faux rabbit’s foot charms are available, and you can always have one made in silver or gold. If you want a real one though, be sure it is the left hind foot of a rabbit caught in a cemetery at night. Animals seem to play a big role in the realm of superstitions and one more American folk tale states that alligator teeth are a talisman that will bring the wearer luck and money. It is not surprising that American gamblers wear these odd trophies to ensure big wins then. Alligators have better luck than bunnies though, as their teeth fall out periodically, so gator slaughtering isn’t necessary for these trinkets. Moving toward the more ancient parts of America, Peru has a national symbol represented by an ornate ceremonial axe. It is also a lucky charm in Peruvian culture. The origin of this charm is a little strange though as it used to be a ceremonial axe used to perform religious sacrifices and trepanation. The latter is an ancient Incan surgery performed to remove a piece of the skull. Today, they wear it for fortune and hang it on walls of homes to ward off evil. ✓ European and British Lucky Trinkets Beliefs from the European and British continents seem to be well-known ones too like the four-leaf clover everyone hopes to find. The clover symbol is so well-known as a lucky charm that we can find it in many casino games and although the rare four-leafed version is scarce, clovers have a positive meaning. The inspiration comes from the Christian faith of the Holy Trinity and when there is a fourth leaf; it represents God’s grace. In Britain and certain parts of Europe, they believe an acorn to be the symbol of prosperity, wisdom, fertility, and youth. Legend has it that the Norse god Odin hung himself from an oak tree to get wisdom and from there on, people wear the tiny nut for good fortune. The acorn does not need to be real. Simply pick from a variety of jewellery items made with this symbol. Some European traditions are not that well-known and these two smaller countries have unique amulets they believe will bring luck to the wearer. In Poland, it is a tradition to eat carp for Christmas, but the meal includes some scales from the fish. Superstitious Poles then carry a few of these scales in their wallet for the rest of the year to attract wealth, prosperity, and good luck. Swedes carry a Dala horse which originates from the 18th century. Soldiers would carve these horses out of wood and trade them for food. Since then, it represents luck, perseverance, and good fortune. When it comes to luck, many believe that the key is not just to attract it, but also to ward off evil omens. Nazar Boncugu, aka the Turkish evil-eye bead, is for exactly that reason. The name seems counter-intuitive, but many believe this cobalt blue symbol has the power to ward off curses and ill intentions from other’s staring eyes. People from all over the world place these glass beads on key chains, in their cars, their homes, or wear them as jewellery. It is especially lucky to wear while gambling, as opponents could not block your luck. ✓ African and Middle Eastern Amulets for Luck The very popular Hamsa Hand is now found in most western cultures as a universal sign of protection, but it found its origins in the Middle East and North Africa. It is predominantly a Jewish and Islamic symbol with similar meanings in the religions. Also known as Hamesh, Chamsa, or Khamsa, this charm is a hand with five fingers, but the two outside fingers are often symmetrical thumbs. Linked with the meaning of the number five, it wards off evil and brings the wearer happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. Ancient Egypt had a language made up of symbols, so it is easy to find meaning within the cultural signs, but some symbols carry significant weight. All Egyptians wore the Scarab Beetle to protect them and guide them, even in the afterlife. Punters will recognise the symbol, as many slot games have Egyptian inspiration and the beetle is present, more often than not. In Ghana, West Africa, the age-old tradition of Adinkra symbols originates and the Ghanaian people have a symbol for almost everything. They create their beautiful textiles with these symbols printed on them and wear traditional clothes made from them. Wrap yourself in cloth covered with Mmusuyidee to remove bad luck and attract good fortune. It is not uncommon for these traditional prints to show up in high-end fashion collections, so you might even find a scarf or purse to carry along when you place your bets. ✓ Eastern Money Charms In the East, they usually ordain their homes and businesses with gold and red ornaments and symbols, and in Chinese culture, one will find the luckiest charms of all. Laughing Buddha, also known as ‘Hotai’ or ‘Pu-Tai’, is a figurine of Buddhist origin. A version of this chubby figurine holds a pot of gold or gold nugget, and this represents prosperity and wealth, befitting for gambling luck. Best you rub the smiling figurine’s belly so that his luck can rub off on you. Don’t worry, there is no need to carry a statue into the casino. Because he is such a popular charm, laughing Buddha is available in many sizes and in a keyring shape to travel with you. A Chinese money frog, often found at the entrance of a business or Chinese family home, known as Jin Chan is a three-legged gold bullfrog. He has red eyes, a coin in his mouth, and sitting on a pile of traditional Chinese coins. Chinese folklore tells how the golden toad appears near homes or businesses during a full moon to announce the coming of good fortune and wealth. Be sure to place it in the correct direction, as the frog must face inward to bring money. According to tradition, if it faces outward, the money will flow away from you. The colour red is the national colour of China and represents happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success, and good fortune. Most Chinese charms and symbols display this colour, and it is a tradition that children receive a red envelope filled with Chinese coins for New Year to bring fortune. This is one of the easiest ways to ensure added luck when placing your stake. Wear something red for added fortune to beat the odds. Maneki Neko is a Japanese talisman known as the beckoning cat. This figurine comes in different colours and always has one front paw waving. Depending on which paw is up and what colour the cat is, the owner will experience different fortunes. It dates to the 17th century and often one will see it at the entrance of Japanese or Chinese businesses. Some of these charms are available with a mechanical paw that waves at you and others come in luxury materials like jade or precious metals. Look for a Maneki Neko that has a coin in its paw and a koi fish, as this charm will bring fortune and wealth. With a raised right paw, it attracts good luck and wealth. This is the feline to accompany you to a gambling outing. ✓ No Charms? Here are Other Tricks for Luck Seasoned gamblers have their charms of choice, although some choose not to carry a trinket for luck. You may wonder what you can do if you don’t have any of the above talismans, and the following tricks will help. Carrying a momento that is sacred to your family is an age-old manner to carry luck around. Many successful gamblers wear an item of clothing they wore when they first won big, so dig out those lucky socks before you place your bets. Craps players sometimes set up their dice with certain numbers facing up and others blow on the dice for luck to transfer on the die. Astrology followers can visit their gambling horoscope to see whether the planets align for their big win to roll in. Finally, you can always bet on 7, the luckiest number, or in increments of it. ✓ Feeling Lucky? At the end of the day, all forms of gambling come down to odds and in some games the numbers are great, but in others not so much. Whether you knock on wood or cross your fingers, the fact remains that the house always wins. Carrying charms should add to the fun of the game and applying wisdom and limits to your betting ensures that the fun doesn’t transform into a negative experience.
  4. Have you noticed those adorable cat figurines waving at you in your local Asian restaurant or supermarket? Did you know the cat has a name and a long, interesting history? In Japanese, these cats are called Maneki-Neko, or "beckoning cat." They're often associated with hospitality and fortune, but there's more to the story than that. Would you like to learn more about this Japanese lucky cat and how it can improve your luck? Read on! The Story of Maneki-Neko The history of Maneki-Neko dates back to the 18th- and 19th-century Edo period in Japan. Legend has it that a wealthy lord named Ii Naotaka got caught in a violent thunderstorm. He saw a cat beckoning to him from a nearby temple and quickly moved into the temple from beneath a tree. Seconds later, a bolt of lightning hit the tree he'd been standing under! Moved with gratitude, the Lord Ii befriended the cat and the temple priests, sharing his fortune and prosperity. Other versions of the story feature an old shopkeeper or a Samurai warrior, but the moral of the story is always the same—a cat that brings good luck. Maneki-Neko Today The legend of Maneki-Neko spread and became popular in China, Thailand, and other Asian countries. It's also known by names like Lucky Cat, Welcoming Cat, and Waving Cat. Today the cat is a common sight in restaurants, hotels, markets, and private homes. If you're a Pokemon fan, you'll also be interested to learn that the Meowth character is based on Maneki-Neko. Variations of the Japanese Lucky Cat Traditionally, Maneki-Neko is a calico cat waving its left paw, but there are many cultural variations. 1. Paws A waving left paw is a sign of welcome for visitors and customers. A waving right paw is thought to invite money and luck into the home or business. If you see a Maneki-Neko with two raised paws, it's both very welcoming and very lucky! 2. Colors A white cat symbolizes happiness and good things to come, while black cats ward off evil spirits. A gold cat (not surprisingly) is connected to wealth and prosperity. There's also a green cat for good health and a red cat for success in romantic relationships. 3. Lucky Items You might occasionally see a lucky cat holding: a coin a fish a mallet (small hammer) a marble a gem a radish or gourd In Asian cultures, each of these items is associated with fortune and good luck. Do you see the common theme here? Japan's Neko Cat: Will It Help Your Luck? We may not know the exact story behind Maneki-Neko's origins, but we do know that the cat has a deep connection with luck. From saving ancient Japanese lords to greeting you at your favorite Chinese restaurant, Maneki-Neko has a rich and fascinating history. So the next time you see one waving at you, now you'll know why! How has your luck been at the casino lately? Could a Neko cat of your own help to turn your luck around? Invest in your own Maneki-Neko and then play of Maneki-Neko slots games, we covered all the best video slots themed with this lucky cat.
  5. Are you looking for a way to boost your gambling luck, but aren't sure what to do? While there are a lot of different strategies for boosting your luck with gambling, one of the best things to do is to invest in a good luck charm. But, what kind of good luck charm should you invest in? If you're not sure what type of good luck charm you should choose, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn about the most unusual good luck charms around the world for inspiration. 1. Four Leaf Clover The four-leaf clover has made its way into countries across the world as a good luck charm. However, the four-leaf clover is actually an Irish symbol for good luck. The four-leaf clover has a religious meaning, with each clover representing the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and God's grace. Four-leaf clovers were actually Celtic charms originally, and they were presumed to ward off bad luck and offer magical protection. During the Middle Ages, children believed if they carried around a four-leaf clover, they'd be able to see fairies. Sir John Melton made the first literary reference to four-leaf clovers in 1620. There are no clover plants that naturally produce four leaves, which is why the four-leaf clover is so rare. Even if you can't find a real four-leaf clover to carry around for luck, there are plenty of four-leaf clover items you can buy. 2. Rabbit's Foot A rabbit's foot is another unusual good luck charm that you can easily carry around when gambling. Carrying around a rabbit's foot for good luck dates all the way back to 600 BC. Originally, people would carry around rabbits' feet in hopes of improving fertility. When the tradition started, it had to be the left hind foot of the rabbit in order for the item to work as a good luck charm. Nowadays, you can find fake rabbits' feet to carry around in all sorts of colors and designs. 3. Three-Legged Toad Another very strange good luck charm is the three-legged toad with red eyes. This good luck charm came to being in China, and it was originally seen as a sign of good fortune and prosperity. The three-legged toad is known as the Jin Chan in Chinese culture, and it's commonly kept as an ornament in homes and businesses in hopes of keeping bad luck at bay and bringing in money. In order to squeeze the most luck you can out of your toad, positioning is very important. According to the principles of feng shui, you are supposed to place your frog in the southeast corner of your space. You should also place the frog so it's facing towards the inside of your home, rather than away from it. This is so the wealth can be brought to you. Additionally, a group of three-legged toads, particularly in groups of three, six, or nine, is thought to bring more luck than a single toad. While the three-legged toad isn't the prettiest of good luck charms, you may find that it brings you good luck next time you play the slots. 4. Carp Scale Carp is a type of fish, and in Poland, it's customary to eat this fish on Christmas Eve. Tradition says that if you keep a carp scale in your wallet, you'll receive more good fortune and prosperity the following year. Typically, Polish people who believe in this good luck charm will consume carp for Christmas Eve dinner and then keep a few scales in their wallet for the next 12 months. 5. Alligator Teeth Many people who are in search of good luck will wear an alligator's tooth around their neck. The tradition of carrying around an alligator's tooth for good luck actually started in Africa. In some African cultures, the alligator's tooth is specifically meant to bring out wealth and good fortune when gambling. 6. Ladybug Ladybugs are more than just cute little creatures. In Austrian culture, they're also a good luck charm. Austrians believe that if a ladybug lands on you in the morning, it's a sign of good fortune. Some even believe that ladybugs landing on you means you'll experience good weather and heal from being sick. So, if a ladybug lands on you before heading to the casino, consider it a sign that you're going to win big that day. 7. Ladder Many people associate ladders with bad luck, as it's commonly believed in many cultures that walking under a ladder will bring about bad fortune. However, in Egypt, a ladder is actually considered a good luck charm. This is because in ancient Egypt, they used to place ladders in the tombs of the dead in order to help the souls in the tombs find their way to heaven. So, the next time you gamble at home, it's not a bad idea to leave a ladder propped up in your garden. 8. Chimney Sweep We've talked a lot about animal-related good luck charms, but did you know that humans can be good luck charms too? That's right- in the British Isles, there's a longheld belief that chimney sweeps bring good luck. Though the origins of this superstition are unclear, according to one tale, a chimney sweep saved King George III from being injured by a runaway horse. According to legend, shaking the hand of a chimney sweep or passing one on the street is a sign of good luck. So, next time you head out to gamble, make sure you keep your eye out for chimney sweeps! Good Luck Charms: Which One Will You Use? As you can see, there are a lot of interesting good luck charms from around the world. You just might find that one of these good luck charms helps you when gambling! If you're looking to take your gambling online, be sure to check out some of our games.
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