Poker Superstitions

Most people are superstitious - poker players even more so...

We look at some of the most popular superstitions that poker players seem to have...

Change the Run of Cards

You can change the run of cards by walking around your chair three times.

The Luckiest Seat

The luckiest seat at the poker table faces the door.

The Unluckiest Seat

The unluckiest seat has it's back to a fireplace.

Changing Seats

When changing seats, you should always do so clockwise.

Leg Crossing

It's very unlucky to sit with your legs crossed at the poker table.


Friday is a bad day for playing cards.

The 13th

The 13th is also a bad day, regardless of what day of the week it is.

The 'Pre' Look
Looking at your cards before the dealer is finished passing all of them out brings bad luck. So does picking up your cards with your left hand.
The Dead Man's Hand

Aces and eights (a pair of each) is known as the "Dead Man's Hand," and is reputed to be the hand "Wild" Bill Hickok was holding when he was shot dead.

The Four of Clubs
The four of clubs is known as "The Devil's Four-Poster Bed," and is believed to attract bad cards later in the game.