like many gamblers, are a very superstitious lot and some say they are
the most superstitious gamblers of all. Here are a number of craps
superstitions that are widely held even by seasoned players.
virgins are bad luck.
First time players who are male are thought to be unlucky when they
are shooting the dice and other players may hold back from betting.
virgins are hot. First
time players who are female are thought to be lucky and players may
lay an additional bet for the lady, when she's shooting the dice, in
the hope that the luck will rub off.
the dice leave the table it is thought that the next roll will be
The thinking is the shooters 'rhythm' will have been broken.
Players often shout "same dice" thinking that the bad luck
may be avoided if the dice are not changed.
be the first at a table or be the only player.
The thinking is the dice are 'cold' and need to be played
first to 'warm' them up.
dice should not hit any ones hand when thrown. Players and crew often shout "watch your hands"
when the shooter is about to shoot. The thinking is the roll
will be jinxed if it comes into contact with anything and Craps
table crew have been accused of this by irate players.
talk to or touch the shooter when they're having a good roll.
mention the number 7. Refer
to the number 7 as 'it' - "I hope it
doesn't show". Some players call it the devil -
"Don't let the devil show".
is bad luck if the stickman pushes the dice to you with a 7 face up. The crew know this superstition and you
should never be given the dice with a total of 7 face up.
bettors increase the chances of a 7 out.
And the more wrong bettors there are the more likely the dice will
Many Craps players
will have their own superstitions in addition to the ones listed above.
A lucky charm they carry or a lucky ritual they perform. Stacking
the chips in piles of precisely ten. Players chant and shout at
the dice with a belief that this will get them to roll in their favor
Of course there is
no logical or rational reason for believing in any of these
superstitions. A professional gambler would see them as a
weakness. They are a belief in supernatural forces that goes
against all scientific and mathematical laws. You may have a gut
feeling but casinos have the law of mathematical probability on their
side and who always wins?
One gambler who was
convinced luck was against him complained to a dealer "I never get
a natural or make the point when I shoot the dice." The
dealer replied "You should be a millionaire. You can bet
against the dice passing too."
Never the less,
respect and adhere to these superstitions even if you don't believe in
them. It would ruin the other players enjoyment of the game if you
were not to.