What Brings You Good Luck in the Casino?

 What Brings You Good Luck in the Casino?

I was playing video poker and noticed that anytime the woman next to me had three of a kind on an initial deal, she’d pause, stand up, take a deep breath, then sit and make her draw.

I finally mentioned it, and she said, “I guess it’s superstition. I know it doesn’t really help, but somehow it feels right to me if I have a chance at four of a kind or a royal.”

I followed up with a group of slot players. Most said they have no superstitions, but a few have things that make them feel luckier.

WANDA: I used to have a lucky T-shirt. I wore that one into the ground.

The first time I won a big jackpot was with three Double Diamonds on a three-reel, quarter machine. They also gave me a casino T-shirt, and the next time I played, I wore it.

I didn’t get the Double Diamonds, but I got a spin with Double Diamonds on the first reel and again on the second, and I kind of held my breath. Then I got a 7 on the third reel!

Three 7s paid $240, and the diamonds doubled it twice — $960.

That did it. I wore that T-shirt every time I played for 10 years or more. I didn’t win all the time; in fact, I’m sure I lost more than I won. But how could I tempt fate?

TRISH: I got this from my mom, who’s a bingo player. I went with her a few times, and all these women had their lucky dolls and stuffed animals. My mom even had her lucky marker. She always had to have it there, even if she was playing on a video screen.

She gave me this really ugly key ring. I found out it came from an old casino called the Lady Luck, and it has this two-inch, bright, almost witchlike character called Mad Money.

That became my good luck charm. I don’t put dolls up on the machine while I play like my mom at bingo, but I’ll confess to feeling better when I have old Mad with me.

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