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To gamble or not gamble on Friday the 13th?

  • author icon by Stelly in Fun Wow
  • calendar icon May 13, 2022
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Friday the 13th is considered a day of bad luck. We look at superstition and how it affects online gambling practices.


Over the years, humans have conjured up many superstitions linked to numbers, trinkets, and other emblems. Of all the numbers, poor old 13 can’t get rid of the unlucky superstition that surrounds it.

The big question for many avid casino players is whether or not it’s a good idea to gamble on Friday the 13th at all.

Lucky or unlucky?

For many players, the number 13 is considered a number that brings bad luck. It’s why you’ll find that there is no room 13 in hotels or why in many tall buildings, no floor 13 can be found. If you think about any large casinos, many skip the 13th floor too.

The fear of the number 13 is real as it has to do with all things bad that happen on that day. Some believe 13 is an evil number because it follows the number 12, which is considered perfection.

Friday the 13th
Happy (or not?) Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th has become a day connected to bad luck. It’s a day where people tend to avoid broken mirrors, opening up umbrellas inside, or stepping under ladders. Many tend to run and hide when they catch sight of a black cat.

Fun fact: Did you know that the unreasoned fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia?

The number 13 has been dubbed unlucky for many reasons, dating back to the Last Supper, where Judas betrayed Jesus. He was the 13th to sit at the table. Then there are also the 13 steps to the gallows.

Where is 13 considered a lucky number?

You may think that 13 has a bad rap all around the world, but that is not the case. The number 13 has been known as a lucky number in various regions.

While Western cultures tend to consider it an unlucky number, it is regarded as very lucky in Italy and China. The latter considers it lucky because it sounds like the word ‘sure life.’

How does Friday the 13th affect online gambling?

The online casino industry is all about luck. This is why it’s almost expected that many tend to avoid playing their favourite games on this ‘dark’ day.

Online casinos have been seen awarding special cashback bonuses to unlucky players and various other promotions on Friday the 13th. The many special promotions available on Friday the 13th make you wonder how many people tend to avoid playing games on this day.

On the other hand, you might just find that the bad luck of some turns to the good fortune of others. Where some casino players avoid playing on Friday the 13th, others flock to their favourite casinos to embrace the day. Casinos in Monaco and Italy have seen an increase in gamblers, especially on slot machines, on Friday the 13th.

The Italians are particularly attached to the number 13 - so much so that they call winning a jackpot ‘fare il tredici’, which translates to ‘making the 13’ in English.

Let’s not forget that many casino players try their luck betting 13 black on the roulette wheel. Other ancient cultures celebrate the number 13 in connection to the goddesses of the Devine

Feminine and physical regeneration. Some players choose to face fears head-on, tempting the fates and showing that the 13th is just another number that can be anything you make of it.

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