It is believed that one of the most popular Egimono or “lucky charm” in Japan is a Daruma Doll. These are typified by the animals, crane & tortoise, and is widely used as a good luck charm in casinos. The Japanese believe in a series of routine they practice to bring
good luck and fortune in the casino. One of which includes the choice of the right music.
This might sound odd to those who do not play in the casino, but this is a reliable fact. Studies conducted states that music heard while playing in the casino could affect the performance of a player. It may distract them or may brighten up their mood, depending on the genre, and of course their personal preference to songs. There is one genre of music considered to be easy on the ears for most players in a gambling house, it is Lounge Music, it was popularized around 1950-1960. It was meant to elicit the feeling of tranquility and peace to its listeners, nature-inspired music like you’re on an island, beach, or a rainforest. Lounge music is what you usually hear in a hotel lobby, restaurants, cafè, and of course the casino. Since it has a chill, downtempo and peaceful ambiance, the subtle accents help the players on a casino concentrate more. Good music also means the tendency of singing along with the background music, but that does not go too well with a game of poker. It is considered a verbal cue that hints their opponents that they are in a good mood because they have good cards, which is a big NO in a game of poker. It is mostly influenced by a combination of different genres including Exotica, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Polynesian Music, Space Age Pop, and Shibuya-kei. Not surprisingly, Shibuya-kei is one of the inspirations of Lounge Music, it originated in the district of Shibuya Tokyo, Japan. It is a microgenre of pop music was born. Mostly these are the kinds of music heard in casinos all over Japan. If there is a preferred music genre in a casino, there are also the least choices. Among which are the rock and alternative rock, noisy or hardcore music are never played in the casino. The heavy music, growling, and aggressive lyrics could be distracting to the players and compromise their performance.
Ironic though, there are songs about hustling and making money that is rarely heard in casinos. Mostly they are Hip-Hop in nature. Some who prefer this kind of genre would appreciate hearing them in the gambling house. Top songs about making money off include; For the Love of Money by The O’Jays (1973), If I had $1,000,000 by Barenaked Ladies, and I Get Money Straight to the Bank by 50 Cent (2007). Though in Japan, Lounge Music or Shibuya-kei is the most heard music. We all have our preferences when it comes to music, some may get inspired, some may hate it, it could bring luck, or the opposite, but there is one definite fact: It is very important to create a good atmosphere in the casino by playing good music, to keep clients coming back.