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  • Writer's pictureJeff Young

Green Dice at Midnight

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

What is your gambling-related superstition?

It's amazing to see the truly meaningless things some folks do to try to get a table game or slot machine to pay off. I see people tapping screens, hitting them, rubbing them, blowing smoke on them, and more, in the hope of conjuring up a jackpot from an otherwise reluctant machine. Where in the world anyone gets the idea that might work is beyond me.

Years ago, my friend Neil insisted that finding a craps table that offered a chance to play green dice at midnight would bring good luck. We never found any, but it wouldn’t have mattered.

Aristocrat Gaming provides us with many the most played machines on casino floors today, including the extremely popular line of Buffalo machines. Allow me to quote directly from a page on Aristocrat's web site:

All of Aristocrat’s real money, gambling products are games of chance. This means that there are no playing methods or external factors that can have any effect whatsoever on whether players win or lose on a gaming machine. Each symbol that comes up is chosen randomly. It does not make a difference whether:

  • You play a machine straight after someone else has had a big payout from it.

  • You play a machine that has not had a big payout over a long period of time.

  • You play at certain times of the day or night

  • You play on certain days of the week or

  • You press the buttons a certain way.

Gaming machines are designed purely to deliver a great entertainment experience for adults who enjoy games of chance.

Having said that, I understand that for some, superstitions or rituals are what makes playing fun for them. Like smoking and drinking while gambling. Some folks set themselves up quite comfortably in front of a machine, with their drink, ashtray, and cell phone positioned just so.

Far be it from me to suggest folks stop doing these things. OK, I could do without the cigarette smoke, and I stopped drinking in casinos years ago after my dad was slipped a mickey in his drink following a huge winning dice session - then escorted to his room to sleep it off - minus his winnings.

Do what makes it fun for you – but realize it’s only a game. It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s how you play. A very old saying, but truer than ever for gamblers.

Thanks for reading.

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Aristocrat did not sponsor this message. As of this writing, they don’t even know we referenced them. We thank you for common sense comments, Aristocrat.


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