Downtown Las Vegas is a gambler’s paradise, with low table minimums, great odds and some of the loosest machines in town. No, really.
If you’re playing, it’s important to have Lady Luck on your side, and that means doing everything you can to improve your gambling mojo.
Some players bring lucky charms, others have rituals they rely upon to improve their chances against the house.
In downtown Las Vegas, there’s no shortage of things to do that could improve your good luck, and we’ve got five that leap to mind.
1. Throw a Coin in the Manneken Pis Fountain
First of all, it’s pronounced like you think.
Second of all, it’s a proven fact if you throw a coin in the Manneken Pis fountain at The D Las Vegas, good fortune will be yours.
The Manneken Pis statue at The D was unveiled in 2015, a replica of a famous statue in Brussels, the capitol of Belgium.
Here’s a look at some local digintaries saying “Manneken Pis” with zero blushing.
The very first coin tossed into the fountain brought the lucky player a $1,000 slot jackpot the very next day. No kidding.
2. Rub the Blarney Stone at The D
While you’re at The D, double up on your luck by rubbing what’s touted as an actual portion of the famed Blarney Stone.
The original Blarney Stone, of course, is built into the battlements of Blarney Castle in Ireland, and is said to have brought good luck to many who have kissed it. Kissing the stone isn’t advised at The D, but a gentle caress should do the trick.
The chuck of Blarney Stone at the D is a remnant of when the casino was Fitzgerald’s, which opened as the Sundance Hotel in 1980.
Fitzgerald’s became The D in 2012, and the Blarney Stone went on display on the casino’s second floor as one of the few remnants of the hotel’s former Irish theme.
3. Rub Laughing Buddha’s Belly at The California
Rubbing the Laughing Buddha’s belly at The California casino has become a must-do for many visitors to downtown Las Vegas.
The Laughing Buddha statue at the California dates back to the 1970s, and many guests leave coins at the statue for an extra dose of luck.
Fun fact: The “donations” left at the statue are sent to United Way in Hawaii, where many of The Cal’s guests reside.
The massive wooden Buddha is located near the hotel lobby area of The California, just a block off Fremont Street.
4. Visit Zoltar
You know Zoltar! He’s the one who made Tom Hanks big in “Big.”
Well, not just one, but two Zoltars can also be found on Fremont Street. One is in front of the Pioneer gift shop near the Golden Gate casino, another is at the Fabulous Las Vegas gift shop near the Fremont casino.
For a small fee, Zoltar will spit out a fortune, nearly always predicting good things ahead.
Along similar lines, you might also want to get a keepsake penny from another Fremont fixture, Pappy. This prospector sits in front of the Western Village gift shop not far from the SlotZilla zipline take-off tower and Fear the Walking Dead Survival attraction.
5. Have Your Fortune Told
If all else fails, it’s time to seek the wisdom a fortune teller.
The palm reader’s wagon on Fremont Street is as much a part of the atmosphere as neon and free concerts.
While we can’t attest to the accuracy of the fortunes being told inside the fortune teller wagon, every possible bit of luck counts when you’re sidling up to a slot machine or roulette table.
We wish you the best as you test your luck at one of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas.
Many fortunes have been won in Las Vegas, including a $1.2 million jackpot at the aforementioned Fremont casino, and there’s no reason you can’t be next.