Chinese merchants started to introduce gambling in Malaysia at the beginning of the 19th century. It has grown fast and famous in the country. The introduction of horse racing came about during the British influence. The first and only casino in the country was from the group of Malaysian amalgamation, “Genting Group.” The request for a license for a casino and Casino de Genting was granted and operated in 1971.
Since then, many professional poker players have been visiting Malaysia to play in the tournaments. Most of these players have their styles and strategies in hopes of winning the first prize. A lot of them go on beyond conventional methods of playing, even engaging in rituals and superstitions in poker.
Fortunate rituals have probably been around as long as gambling has. Implementing different types of ceremonies and bringing lucky symbols to get desired outcomes has been quite well-known since early ages. In hopes of achieving big prizes, people would do all sorts of things at casinos, and some are quite extraordinary. There are still many brilliant players who engage these rituals every time they visit a casino. Some of these rituals are noticeable even at the classiest casinos in the world.
Gallup has conducted a poll in 1996 and concluded that 25 percent of Americans are superstitious and 35 percent of participants under the age of 30 admitted that they are also unfounded, older participants were more dubious.
Superstitious beliefs are more common in the UK, as claimed by the University of Hertfordshire's psychology department. Some people said that they knock on wood when they express about their good fortune.
Some superstitious players are performing rituals before starting the game. Before going into the casino, some players will do all kinds of rituals to bring them luck. Here are some of the rituals performed by superstitious players:
Pure devotees spend most of their lives saying away from bad omens and evils. Gamblers are typically not that superstitious until they go to the casino. Here is some impressive list of superstitions that are related to gambling.
Pius Heinz is the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event champ, and he wore the white Hugo Boss hoodie the whole week-long tournament. He wore the same clothing at the final table that had brought him a fortune. His advocates also wore white hoodies in support of Pius and kept good luck with him. With his aggressive playing style, he took over the table and won the championship with the price of $8,715,853.
Greg Merson, a professional poker player, wore different jersey every day of the Main Event tournament. He is from a Baltimore residential area and represented his home at the final table by wearing Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles) jersey to take home the first prize of $8,531,853.
Just like Merson, Ryan Riess also likes wearing jerseys at poker games. In 2013, Reiss expected the same results by wearing a similar look. He knew whose jersey he would wear, Calvin Johnson #81 Detroit Lions autographed jersey. Enough, he took the first place and went home with $8,361,670.
Johnny Chan is a professional poker player well-known for bringing an orange fruit on the poker table for good luck. The ritual began when smoking was still allowed during tournaments. Chan would bring an orange and would sniff it to mask the cigarette odor. The citrus cleared out his sense of smell. Chan won the WSOP Main Event in 1988, and the orange became a symbol of good luck in a poker game.
Sammy Farha is a distinguished player wearing gold chains and famous designer clothes. The unlit cigarette is always present in his mouth, and it is his ritual not to light it. It stayed in his mouth until it got him to the final table at the 2003 WSOP Main Event. He changes his cigarette every time he loses.
Doyle Brunson has a card protector printed with Casper, the friendly ghost. He used it to protect his cards and to bring him good luck. Players then noticed this and wanted it for themselves also. Brunson saw this as an opportunity to earn on the side. The price is $500 for 30 minutes and turned out to be a profitable business venture.
Many gamblers are known to be superstitious, and that includes poker players. A game of poker requires skills and correct judgment that determines winners. Several famous poker players carry lucky charms proving their belief in luck in the game. These players give meaning to their blessed objects because it worked for them. This event happens to players with selective memories, who remembers their successful matches and forget about their losses. It connects their lucky objects and winning games.
Players must have the discipline to walk away from their tables when they start losing. There are a lot of professional poker players who are deeply superstitious and spun out of control following their beliefs.
Most superstitious players consider a lot of things to make them fortunate with their game. They would associate numbers, amulets, a card protector, or even an article of clothing. A poker game would usually require skills and correct judgment.
Despite dependence on utilizing skills and reasoning at the table, many poker players give up argumentation when it comes to peculiar rituals they believe would give them good luck.