As long as people have made bets, people have made music about those bets, and music to make those bets by. Music and gambling have aways been linked, and no doubt they always will. Music speaks to the romantic soul in the same way that rush associated with taking a chance does.
Frank Sinatra most famously covered Luck be a Lady which is easily one of the oldest and most famous of the gambling songs. The song was written in 1950 and is still very popular to this day. The song was used in the classic musical, Guys and Dolls, and tells the story of a man who is playing a game of dice in an attempt to win the girl of his dreams.
Elsewhere we have classics like Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, The Band’s Up on Cripple Creek, Chris de Burgh’s Spanish Train (in which God and The Devil gamble with the veyr fate of humanity), ABBA’s Winner Takes It All, Leonard Cohen’s The Stranger Song (The Gambler)… and the list goes on.
Historically, Las Vegas and its major casino venues are often host to some of the biggest music events. And in recent years Vegas has become the world’s capital of the nascent, so-called “EDM” movement. People are as likely to visit vegas to go clubbing as they are to go stack a bundle of chips on red… but usually its a bit of both.
As gambling moves ever deeper online, and the music industry continues to scrabble to reinvent itself, its surprising that an integration between the two emerging online superpowers has yet to crystalize. Diplo DJ sets accompanying online roulette tournaments? Why not? Until then, we can approximate the experience by playing our favourite mixtapes as we play on the likes of netbet online casino site. Splash!