14 Lucky Charms for Gambling

Closeup of lucky golden gambling dice on billiards table

Gamblers around the world know that there will always be ups and downs when gambling, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a healthy dose of luck to turn a bad run around? In this article, we take a look at some good luck charms for gambling that might invite Lady Luck to the table.

Acorns

The acorn is a charm that has many connections to different cultures throughout history. The British have long believed that the acorn can help protect against ailments that affect the body. In Norse mythology, the oak tree and acorn are connected with the God of Lightning, Thor, and it was believed keeping acorns in your home could protect your house from lightning. 

Today, it is still viewed by many as a symbol of good luck, and that wearing an acorn charm could bring you good fortune.

Carp scales

In several European countries, including Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Croatia, the traditional Christmas meal includes a carp. In the past, this fish was kept in the family bathtub before being prepared for the Christmas meal, but this aspect of the tradition has fallen away in favor of carp that is purchased from a store. 

After the fish has been prepared for eating, it is believed that keeping a few of the scales from carp will bring good luck until the next carp is prepared the following Christmas.

Cat’s eye gem

Chrysoberyl, or the cat’s eye gem, is a beautiful and affordable gemstone that is not only known for its unique pattern, but also as a good luck charm. Many people wear the gem in a ring, necklace, bracelet or some other kind of jewelry so that it is always on them. 

It became a very popular item in the west at the end of the 19th century when the Duke of Connaught gave it to his fiancé for their engagement.

Dala horse

Three Swedish Dala Horses lined up on a white background

A Dala horse is a wooden sculpture that has been a part of Swedish culture for many centuries. Originally created as a toy, it has become an entrenched part of the country’s culture, particularly Swedish folk art. It has also become so symbolic of the country that many souvenir stores now stock them for tourists. With such a long historic connection, it’s unsurprising that many believe the Dala horse to be a symbol of good luck.

Elephants

The second animal to make it onto this list is the elephant. In many Asian countries like India and Thailand, as well as other regions that have followers of Feng Shui, the elephant is an incredibly powerful symbol. This majestic animal is believed to offer good luck, fertility, power, strength, stability, and wisdom to those who make use of this symbol. 

In Feng Shui in particular, an elephant with its trunk up will provide you with good luck, which is often why you see it placed near the front door to homes and businesses, and also why some casinos have included statues of elephants in their architecture.

Four-leaf clover

The four-leaf clover is undoubtedly one of the best known good luck charms in western cultures. This is primarily attributed to St. Patrick’s Day, which has become a common celebration in many countries, even though it is actually the three-leaf clover that is symbolic of this holiday.

What makes the four-leaf clover so special is the chance of finding one is actually quite low – being somewhere between one in 10 thousand or one in five thousand. If you do come across one, you’ll be happy to know that each leaf on the four-leaf clover offers you faith, hope, love, and of course, luck.

Hamsa hand

Golden Turkish Hamsa Hand Pendant with an evil eye bead in the center on concrete background

The Hamsa hand is one of many lucky symbols in Middle Eastern and North African cultures. This charm is often depicted with an eye on the palm, which many believe add to its ability to protect one against the evil eye. 

There are two types of Hamsa hand, each with different effects. The first, with its fingers spread apart, is supposed to help protect against evil. The second, with its fingers together, brings with it good luck.

Horseshoe

Fans of slot machines will undoubtedly recognize the horseshoe symbol, another icon that’s associated with luck in many Western cultures. This is likely due to a Christian legend involving Saint Dunstan. 

In the legend, Saint Dunstan, prior to becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury, was a blacksmith. It was during his days as a blacksmith that Dunstan managed to trick the devil by placing a horseshoe on the Devil’s foot, and not the hoof of his horse. In exchange for removing the horseshoe, the Devil was told to never again enter a house with a horseshoe on the door.

Jin Chan, or three-legged toad

Jin Chan, Chan Chu, or the three-legged toad, is another Feng Shui charm that is associated with attracting and protecting wealth, in addition to protecting people against bad luck. Knowing this, it’s unsurprising that the most direct translations for the name of this talisman are money toad or money frog.

Golden laughing buddha statue on a black background

While this good luck charm is more commonly known as the Laughing Buddha, it has little to do with Buddha himself and is actually based on the image of a Chinese Zen monk Hotei or Pu-Tai. The happy smile and large belly resulted in this artifact, which would later be known as the Laughing Buddha, becoming a popular symbol across Japan and China.

While most of us are familiar with the sitting or lying down version of the Laughing Buddha, there are actually many poses for this charm. One of the designs has him holding a bag of coins and it is this pose that is typically associated with good luck and financial prosperity.

Lucky penny

“Find a penny, pick it up, then all day long, you’ll have good luck.” Some believe that finding any penny on the street is a sign of good fortune, while others believe that only a penny that is found lying heads up will have the same effect. Whatever you believe, many still trust their lucky pennies to bring them good fortune.

This modern belief may be connected to times when metals were less common and finding metal of any kind was believed to be a gift from the gods.

Maneki Neko

Three Maneki Neko Japanese lucky cat figures

Maneki Neko, otherwise known as the beckoning cat, is a very popular Japanese good luck charm. This sculpture can be found in many different sizes, with larger versions often located outside of restaurants and other businesses that are hoping to be successful. 

The exact origin of Maneki Neko is lost to time, but one of the most common stories which it is connected to is that of the Gotoku temple. One day, a nobleman was passing by when an intense storm broke out. He took shelter under a nearby tree but noticed a cat gesturing for him to come into the temple not long after. 

Curious as to why this cat was acting this way, he walked away from the tree only for it to be struck by a massive bolt of lightning only moments later. The nobleman later became a patron of the temple to thank the cat for saving his life.

Pigs

In Germany, pigs are often associated with good luck. Nowhere is this clearer than the German phrase “Schwein haben” (to have a pig) and its meaning of being lucky. The importance of the pig in German culture and history can also be connected to Glückschwein (a German confectionary item), as well as its numerous references in the language, and in other aspects of German culture.

The idea that pigs are talismans of luck may be attributed to people’s relationship with pigs in the past when owning a pig was associated with wealth.

Rabbit’s foot

The idea that a rabbit’s foot can bring you luck is a common one in numerous regions all across the world including Africa, China, Europe, and parts of North and South America. However, not any rabbit’s foot will do and in many of these beliefs, the foot must be acquired using a certain ritual, or it would be useless in bringing the wearer good fortune.

The exact origins as to why a rabbit’s foot is believed to be lucky is not always clear, as the role of the rabbit in different cultures varies from region to region. For example, many African cultures view the rabbit as a smart and tricky creature, which is likely why its foot is viewed as lucky.

Enjoy a great gambling experience, with or without lucky charms

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