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By Akira The Don on Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-18 at 12.01.58 PMLots of people all over the world enjoy listening to music absolutely everywhere, be it in a car, public transport, home, work, university, on the way to someplace, etc. The reason for this is clear – correctly chosen song/s can provide great psychological effect e.g. classic music. Perhaps, that is also the ground why casino operators and developers of slot machines use exactly classic melodies in their establishments.

In the majority of offline casinos, players hear classic melodies in the lobbies or lounges. It is used as background music to relax people who have just arrived and want to relax. The most favourite is, of course, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

Background music during games

There are many gaming halls in every casino, where some gamblers play card games (poker, blackjack, etc), slot machines and roulette. When the game goes well, players almost don’t notice any sounds or songs, whereas when there are losses, players immediately pay attention to the music as it is ruining their gaming experience.

Because of this fact, operators started paying more attention to the combination of melodies depending on the score of the games.

Some operators have managed to find an easy solution to this issue- they started creating such games that are based on music icons so that there is no need to select some special melodies or tracks. Some newly created slots use Michael Jackson’s and other famous singers’ tracks and videos.

Such manipulations can be noticed not only in offline gambling houses but also in online ones. For instance, the best slots of this casino can boast of not only the most modern free slot machines with multiple features and options but also great melodies that accompany the game.

The difference between classic and modern tracks

As it was mentioned above – different original or remixed songs are played in different halls during various games. Loud and active melodies for slots, classic for lobbies/ lounges as well as for various card games. But why does classical music is so widely used? In accordance with the psychologists, this particular kind is capable of making people feel excited about the game and potential wins, thus making them try their luck over and over again.

Additionally, it also is great for relaxing and calming down, hence making players concentrate on the game. Due to such music, gamblers have more chances for positive outcomes if they play wisely. Of course, if it is a beginner who plays without much knowledge and skills, no music will ever help.

Summarising all the information, one can conclude that owners of casinos use classic music in the majority of halls to not only help players but also maintain some sophistication and exclusivity of the place. Indeed, there are many modern gambling houses that use famous singers’ tracks in all halls without even thinking of kinds of games. That’s why the majority of experienced and professional gamblers visit older casinos with nice, relaxing and calming down the music.

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, February 18th, 2017

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

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What do new poker players have to aspire to? How do they break into the top ranks of the Global Poker Index (GPI)? Each week, the GPI releases a lost of the best 300 poker players in the entire world. Just what is it about poker that has captured the imagination of so many people worldwide?

Cultural impact of poker

There is something about poker that screams intelligence, suave players and tricky moves. Anyone who’s any good, particularly on the world tournament scale, must have something about them that’s cool.

Where does this impression come from? Over the past 40 years, poker has been referenced by bands and artists across the musical genres, has been used as a plot device in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman to Casino Royale with the newest incarnation of James Bond.

Poker is cool – think of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, Lady Gaga’s Pokerface, movies like Casino, Maverick and Ocean’s Eleven. All of these songs, films and cultural references are steeped in cool pop culture, it’s no wonder that it has become a game steeped in legend and mystique.


Celebrity poker lovers

Of course, the fact that high level poker players play for huge stakes is also part of the glamour and allure of the game. Any aspiring poker player wants to use poker strategy to win big. As opposed to casino strategy, where slot machines are the main game played, which basically means looking for the best payouts and most frequent jackpots. Sure, it’s about outwitting the other players, but it’s also about cleaning up and taking away the huge pot at the end of it.

However, there are many top level poker players who presumably aren’t particularly interested in winning the money. A list actors (and already extremely well off) like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire are highly accomplished players who play in championship poker regularly. The money can’t be the overwhelming factor contributing to their interest in the sport, it’s far more likely to show that the mental agility and cool headedness needed is what drives these Hollywood elite to play poker.

Player of the year 2013

Top of the world rankings and player of the year is Daniel Negreanu. He first came onto the scene back in 1997 and hasn’t stopped winning since. He has a winning total of a massive $20,828,390 and shows no signs of conceding his status in the poker world. He is now the highest earning Canadian poker player ever, and shows exactly what can be achieved.

New players to watch

Choosing players that are likely to be snapping at Negreanu’s heels isn’t easy, but here are some that promise a bright future. Jack Ellwood, who is from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, is likely to be as recognised as some of his compatriots ,which include WSOP bracelet winners Matt Perrins and Jake Cody. He has won around $2.5 million in online poker and came second in the 2010 SCOOP and was runner up at UKIPT Manchester and made it to the final WSOP table.

Sebastian Skiroski who plays online as p0cket00 is also one to watch. He has won the PocketFives Triple Crown and has won over $5.6 million online. His consistency is legendary already and he’s bound to be a contender for the elite rankings one day.

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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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.

VEGAS, BABY

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.

ONLINE, BABY

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!

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015