For many Malaysian Chinese, entering Genting Highland's casino is treated like a symbolic passage into adulthood.
Being able to enter means that you have now reached the age of 21, matured enough to decide who to vote for & how to squander your wealth.
Me and a few friends went to Genting for over long overdue initiation 2 weeks back. Now, when it comes to gambling, the Chinese have a long list of superstitions. You can find some of it here.
I was wearing a black T-shirt for the trip, one of my friend (let's called him Superstitious Boy) quickly pointed out that bad brings BAD LUCK. Superstitious Boy was wearing a bright red shirt & God knows what underneath for maximum ONG-ness.
Being a man of science, I brushed aside his comments. I would love to see his expression when I came back down with 2 suitcases full of cash. As if trying to proof a point, I brought along a black jacket too.
Once inside the casino, we walked around before settling on a table playing Big Small, exchange our cash for chips & observe...
Trying to identify a pattern...Big, Big, Small, Big, Small, Small, Small, Big again, then Small.
Finally, I conclude that there was NONE.
So, I sat down & placed my bet. I was inconsistent, winning some losing some. But what really irks me is my friend who was standing behind me.
Whenever he wanted to place his bet on the table, he would leaned forward & put his hand on my shoulder. That's a BIG no-no when it comes to gambling, but I am a man of science remember?
Oh, I think I should also mention that Shoulder Toucher is BALD, just like a MONK!
Soon enough, both me & Shoulder Toucher lost all our chips. Meanwhile, Superstitious Boy was on a roll, his stack of chips keep on multiplying.
He was evidently enjoying himself, while me & Shoulder Toucher was reduced to walking around aimlessly & queuing repeatedly for free drinks (might as well get my money's worth!)
At the end of the day, Superstitious Boy exchange his chips for cold hard cash, while I make it a point not to mentioned the 2 suitcases full of money earlier *zipped*
I still have faith in science, but I must admit on that day I got my ass kicked by 5000 years of Chinese superstitions. Final score :
SUPERSTITIONS - 1
SCIENCE - 0