While most of us are fairly sceptical as to whether 'luck' really exists, when it comes to gambling all of these thought processes seem to go out of the window. From blowing on dice to crossing your fingers, it seems like there is just about nothing that we won't do to ensure a winning game!
However, the Chinese have taken this one step further by implementing many aspects of Feng Shui into the gambling arena.
What may originally be thought of as a quasi-mystical science to do with room design, has in fact been rigorously applied to many hotels, casinos and gaming dens in order to deliver a failsafe gambling experience.
So here, we've compiled a quick list of top Feng Shui tips for you to put into action next time you hit the gaming table!
GET A COMPASS!
That's right, the position of you and the articles in the room are massively important where the elements of gambling luck are involved.
According to Feng Shui beliefs, the south east of a room is the material abundance and prosperity sector. And if you’re one of those who have succumbed to world of online gaming, you can take advantage of the ability to play at home by positioning yourself and your furniture in areas that apply this Feng Shui logic. So by putting a healthy green plant in the south east corner of your room, you should be able to game away to your heart’s content and watch the money grow!
But just to confuse things, many are convinced that being positioned on the west side of the room is also highly auspicious for creating good luck.
BE WARY OF DOORS
Doorways are incredibly powerful in Feng Shui. There are many who avoid entering casinos via the front door, as they believe that rubbing shoulders with losers on their way out would transfer the bad luck to them. And some even go as far to say that the main entrances to casinos are even cursed by Feng Shui masters!
However, being positioned in a seat where you can face the door is also incredibly helpful for your game's outcome.
KNOW YOUR NUMEROLOGY
There's a whole world of superstition in Feng Shui numerology that carries directly over to gambling. In particular, the number 4 is thought to bring bad luck because it sounds like the Cantonese word for 'die'.
And conversely, the number 8 sounds a lot like the Mandarin word for 'prosperity'. So if you're checking into a hotel casino, try and stay away from rooms 4 and 14, and ask the receptionist nicely if there are any rooms left with the number 8 in!
Water is a very powerful element in Feng Shui. Many claim that if you are on a losing streak, then simply washing your hands is a quick and easy way to change your luck.
And many will not only blow on their dice to get the luck flowing, but some believe that sprinkling water on the money to be used for gambling will also ensure a positive outcome!