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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 15th, 2016

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Sports and music have always been intertwined. Whether it’s the chants and anthems at a soccer match, the half time show at the superbowl, music and sports are inseparable. What would the Rocky movies be without Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now?

Blur’s Song 2, Glitter’s Rock N Roll Part 2, Queen’s We Will Rock You, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline… Music is the fuel that gets the sports fan’s blood pumping, and the energy flowing in their teams direction.

Enjoy this selection of sports anthems, and get £50 free to bet on your favourite sport.

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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Every decade of movies seems to have some kind of defining characteristics. Whether it’s the 1970s that gave us the Vietnam-damaged visions of the future, or the 1990s’ gen-X slacker smart-ass inspired films, it’s always kind of interesting to try and get to the bottom of a decade’s psyche through its movie output.

And although the 2000s are relatively close, there’s enough there to make some snap judgements on this decade that gave us foreign ultra-violence, big budget disasters and enough sci-fi weirdness to spark an online casino revolution.

Pictured: Uma Thurman and director Quentin Tarantino on the set of Quentin Tarantino's KILL BILL.

Pictured: Uma Thurman and director Quentin Tarantino on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL.

The 1990s’ most defining movie was probably Pulp Fiction, and Quentin Tarantino followed on from the wise-cracking and the gore with Kill Bill that featured so much sword-inspired violence and plot twists that it wouldn’t fit into a single film. And with plans for a third instalment of Kill Bill, it looks like we won’t be seeing the last of Uma Thurman’s iconic outfit.

And violence was definitely a central theme of the Zack Snyder-directed 300 that used the latest computer gimmickry to portray its Spartan warriors in a weirdly futuristic light. Computer technology thankfully evolved throughout the decade from George Lucas’ clumsy use of CGI for the Star Wars updates.

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The updates of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Salvation also suffered as a result of lumpen scripts and lousy CGI, but the franchise found new life as a Euro Palace slot game where gamers could hunt down some towering progressive jackpots amidst a range of Arnie-inspired themes and motifs.

Another movie franchise that struggled through the 2000s was Jurassic Park III that was executively produced by Steven Spielberg. However this also got a new gaming future at Euro Palace that was thankfully a lot more involving than the relatively humdrum movie sequel.

With the major titles falling into formulaic fare, most movie buffs looked abroad for their cinematic entertainment. Japan proved to be hugely influential with the ultra-violent Battle Royale competing with Tarantino for the highest death count, whereas Spirited Away proved to be Studio Ghibli’s animated masterpiece with a surreal blend of childhood whimsy and nightmarish fantasy.

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Surreal themes were also to be found in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, that on the surface looked like a kid’s film, but featured enough brutal violence and ghoulish monsters to keep adults interested. Whereas Donnie Darko provided enough confusion for cinema audiences that it has become something of a textbook for film student.

So although we may have seen some of cinema’s most iconic characters only find success in online casinos, there were plenty of weird and wonderful movie triumphs to help make the 2000s a cinematic decade to remember.

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, March 1st, 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

By Akira The Don on Monday, December 16th, 2013

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As The International Buy Loads Of Stuff And Eat And Drink Your Body Weight Eight Times Over And Take A Week Off Work Festival approaches, Simon Fitzpatrick takes a look at The hangover trilogy, which Akira somehow still hasn’t seen a single episode of but is considering doing now. CHEERS!

If you know someone who (to paraphrase Charles Bukowski) is running 250 hangovers a year, and you can’t think what to get them for Xmas, this newly released box-set might just cover it. Assuming they haven’t sold their DVD player for cider money, that is.

To critics, the franchise was a fat, sleek Guernsey cow that, over the course of three decreasingly convincing movies was milked into a coma. Audiences disagreed, with even the third in the series making $250 million profit at the box office.

The Hangover

The Hangover (2009) concerns a gang of thirty-something pals (Doug, Phil, Stu and Alan) who ship out to Vegas to celebrate Doug’s upcoming nuptials. As one does in Vegas, they nip out for a cheeky one and… oh dear. Suddenly it’s the next day and nobody can remember a thing. We’ve all done it. Oh yeah – and Doug is missing. Er, and there’s a tiger in the bathroom. As with so many hangovers, things are likely to get worse before they get better. Note to self; avoid Vegas. Stick to visiting an online casino. There’s less to go wrong.

The Hangover II

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Having learnt from their experience in Vegas, The Hangover II (2011) sees them ready to celebrate Stu’s wedding in a more restrained, grown-up manner. In Bangkok. Oh dear, again. A quiet beer becomes an ocean of booze, obviously, and once again they awaken in a certain amount of physical and mental pain. Teddy, Stu’s prospective brother-in-law, has disappeared. And Stu has a Mike Tyson-style face tattoo. Er, and there’s a severed finger in the room.

The Hangover III

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The Hangover III (2013) brings the foursome back to Vegas and Caesar’s Palace, via a somewhat circuitous sequence of events that includes a giraffe being decapitated by a low bridge while being driven along the freeway by Alan. Turns out that Alan has stopped taking the pills, and his friends now take it upon themselves to get him to rehab in Arizona. It doesn’t, to be perfectly honest, go terribly well.

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The True Meaning Of Christmas

You’ll know by now if this is the sort of thing that the person you have in mind would enjoy. If they like booze, gambling and getting into a bit of a scrape, you’re home and dry. The recommended method of enjoying the trilogy is to binge-watch all three while enjoying a number of refreshing beverages. The fact that the third movie is a little bit crap by any objective standard doesn’t really matter, as by the time you get there you’re all over the shop anyway.

At under £30 for the Blu-Ray metal box set, it’s a lot cheaper than a ticket to Vegas. It’s very nicely packaged anyway, and that’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it?

(Images courtesy of imageevent.com, monsura.blogspot.com, viralhipster.com, play.com)

— By Akira The Don on Monday, December 16th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Poker Hotspot Germany Set to Test Emerging Online Poker Techs

About a decade ago, poker wasn’t as hot a commodity as it is today. People were aware of the game, but it wasn’t exactly something that bleeped on the collective radars of the general populace whenever leisurely activities were brought up.

Fast-forward to today, and poker has arguably become a huge part of the current culture that some celebrities are even joining poker tournaments to increase their exposure. The sport has become so popular that even its online equivalent is picking up steam. Officially sanctioned online poker tournaments held by PartyPoker in conjunction with the WSOP have recently become a thing. Moreover, online poker has even gotten the “seducer of the innocent” treatment in the form of the movie Runner Runner; and as Batman and Grand Theft Auto can attest, you aren’t big-time pop culture material until you’ve been slammed by supposed “experts.” Ludicrous accusations aside, when taken in moderation, poker is just like any other enjoyable and harmless pastime.

Land of Great Philosophers, Sauerkraut, and… Texas Hold ‘Em?

In recent years, Germany has become a veritable hotbed of poker activity, and aficionados of the game would do well to visit the country. No doubt spurred by poker superstars like Pius Heinz and Tobias Reinkemeier, as well as their online counterparts like RedIceRap and LeChiffre19, Germany is quickly gaining a reputation as the world’s next poker Mecca. And in a country where most cities have at least one casino, who’s to say that this isn’t the case? Whether you dabble in the occasional online match or prefer real-life interactions, there’s a game to be found in virtually every corner.

The Evolving State of Online Spiele

A testament to this reputation is the fact that the country has been chosen by data warehousing company Neccton to beta test its Mentor software, which is designed to track and record the behavioural tendencies of online poker players. Among the many planned applications of this software is to accurately set up online matches based on player skill levels, as well as player tendencies vis-à-vis the stakes levels (i.e win-lose percentages) of any given gaming site.

Another impressive tech which might make the rounds soon in poker-crazed Germany is an EEG headset developed by those amazing minds at Emotiv Lifescience. The device is supposed to be able to read brainwaves and interpret them as command functions. Ostensibly developed as a helping tool for the physically disabled, many are already considering its other possible uses. For online poker, particularly, it can lend that one single element that’s been missing since the game was introduced: bluffing.

How it would work is, a player’s brainwaves would be interpreted by the game’s software as possible tells. It’s therefore up to the other player to judge whether those electronic tells are genuine, or are merely bluffs. Online poker players’ skills would therefore also include the ability to mislead the opponent, just as in real poker.

Looking Forward to the Future

When something is popular enough to catch the majority’s fancy, faster-than-usual innovations are often expected, and this is no different for online poker. Sure, some of these emerging technologies might sound like science fiction now, but then again, so were Star Trek’s communicators (i.e. cellphones) back in the ‘60s.

In the end, any advances made are generally for the better, and I for one can’t wait to see how this will all play out in the coming years.

— By Akira The Don on Monday, October 7th, 2013