So, I’m going to assume you’ve played at an online casino before, or at an online poker room. What frustrates me are the shockingly bad sound effects that are standard in the industry. Bleeping, whistling, clanking and an assortment of other shockingly bad noises can ruin the gaming experience.
However, thanks to the wonders of the internet, iPods and the like, you can listen to whatever you want when you’re gambling. But what are the best songs to gamble to? Well, check out this top ten to find out.
10. Luck Be A Lady by Frank Sinatra.
I love Frank Sinatra. I really do. There is no other artist throughout the years that oozed cool like Ol’ Blue Eyes did. Add that to the fact he epitomises everything that is old school Las Vegas and this song great to listen to while you’re playing roulette, hoping to be lucky while the ball spins round and round and round and round. Even if you don’t win, it’s a brilliant song to listen to and it might just bring you a little bit of luck.
9. The Gambler by Xzibit.
Right, this song technically isn’t about gambling, but it’s called The Gambler and it’s a great song to listen to before you start a session at the casino. It gets you pumped up for the ensuing war between you (the gambler) and the casino. Plus, these lyrics sum up the average gambling session for me:
“Every time I try to get out
I get dragged right the fuck back in, it’s like I’m never gon’ win.”
8. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara.
OK, I’ve not gone mad, just bear with me on this one. You see, Baccara is one letter short of the card game baccarat. Yes, it might be tenuous, but I don’t care. It’s a funky number for you older gamblers out there and it’s linked to gambling…somewhat. Just get that tune on your MP3 player and enjoy it while playing baccarat. You can then sit there smugly, chuckling away, while no-one around you knows why you’re so happy playing baccarat. All you’ll know is the horrible secret you’re listening to terrible Spanish disco music.
7. The Winner Takes It All by ABBA.
Staying with terrible disco music made by European lovelies, The Winner Takes It All is perfect for putting you in the right frame of mind when playing anything from poker to slot machines. I’ve played it on a loop on the final table of a poker tournament. Of course, I was playing it that loud the guy in the seat beside me could hear it and he was desperate to leave the table as soon as possible, which helped me out a lot when he shoved his 5-2 into my Jacks. But I digress… It’s a good mentality to have and it’s also factual – the winner DOES take it all.
6. Every Loser Wins by Nick Berry.
Now, I know not many of you will have heard of this song and I’m not surprised. It’s a terrible song by a former British soap star from the ‘80s that no-one WANTS to remember. But, much like The Winner Takes It All, this song helps to pick you up after a particularly bad session at the tables. Plus, these inspired lyrics will help you see that you’ll eventually win!
“Cos every loser wins, once the dream begins
In time we’ll see, fate holds the key.”
5. Blackjack by Ray Charles.
So you’re fired up the blackjack table, what are you going to listen to? Well, a song about blackjack, of course. Ray wrote this song after a winning session of blackjack against T-Bone Walker. It sums up how cruel the game can be, showing the ups and downs of it, well, mostly the downs. It’s a great song, I love Ray Charles and it’s definitely worth of its position in this top ten.
“I sat there with two tens
I thought I’d have some fun
The dealer hit sixteen with a five
Just enough to make twenty one.”
4. The Ace Of Spades by Motorhead.
Oh, hell yes! The Dead Man’s Hand immortalised, somewhat, in song form by Lemmy and friends. It’s probably the most intense song on the list, but it’s brilliant. As an aside, I met Lemmy in a casino in the UK a couple of years ago and he really is one of the ugliest people I’ve ever met. His warts have warts, which also have warts. He’s lived a life we can only dream of, but it shows. Still, he’s wrote a great gambling song, so I can’t be angry with him.
“If you like to gamble
I tell you, I’m your man
You win some, lose some
It’s all the same to me.”
3. Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones
I’m not sure I really need to justify this song. IT’S THE ROLLING STONES! It also has a gambling theme to it, which isn’t just dice-related. No, there are references to card-based games, although the main gambling theme is craps. So, The Stones and craps being two of my favourite things, this has to be high up on my list. It’s perfect for any occasion, but you can’t beat listening to it while throwing dice. Just make sure you’ve got it on repeat for a long time when you get that hot streak going!
2. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers.
Controversial of me by putting this at number two? Well, I thought it would have been a bit too predictable if I’d done that. Sure, it’s a great song, with great advice, but it’s cliché and I’ve ruined it at karaoke too many times for it to be the top gambling song. Yes, it’s a classic and everyone knows the chorus, but it’s also a bit of a miserable song. If the best I can hope for is dying in my sleep, count me out!
1. Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley.
I almost hate myself for putting this in the top slot and I was considering putting the ZZ Top version here, but then I couldn’t be bothered with going through all the e-mails I’d invariably get from people claiming it was sacrilege. The fact is, it’s a song about the gambling capital of the world, my favourite place in the world and home to the most gamblers in the world. The lyrics sum the place up:
“How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
Cos even if there were forty more
I wouldn’t sleep a minute away
Oh, there’s black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
A fortune won and lost on every deal
All you need’s a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas.”
If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you’ll know what that verse is all about. I don’t want to sleep when I’m there and I don’t think Elvis did either. And for fun, here’s the ZZ Top version of Viva Las Vegas:
If you agree or disagree with the list, get in touch with us and let us know what your top ten gambling songs are. And if you want to try them out and see how good they are for gambling to, fire up Bodog Casino, get your MP3 player turned on, or turn the speakers up and get gambling. I’ll be damned if it doesn’t enhance your gambling experience.
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