Music plays a huge part in our lives. It can help relax you, energise you and improve your concentration. Because of this, more and more of the best poker players in the world are choosing to listen to music whilst they play in big tournaments.
But have you ever wondered what your favourite players are listening to? We at PokerStars have asked some of the world’s top players to create a playlist of their favourite songs, whether new or old, so you can get an idea of their particular musical taste. You can even see if listening to their playlists whilst playing poker improves your game too!
From classics like Cat Stevens to current bands like Florence + The Machine, indie music is a prevalent genre with our players.
So, whether you are looking for a way to improve your poker game, or a fresh playlist to enjoy, our indie list might have the perfect tracks for you.
Celina Lin is one of the most recognisable faces on the Asian poker scene, with talents great enough to earn her the title of China’s Queen of Poker. Celina’s playlist offers a diverse mix of genres: from Kasabian to Stolen Jars, there is something for everyone in her playlist.
If you’re looking to inject some energy into your poker game then look no further than our Brazilian players playlist! We all know that Brazilian music is an ideal choice to dance to and now we’re seeing it creep into the poker scene too. But how much of an impact can it have on our stars?
Brazilian music is perfect for energising you. Once you feel the beat, you’ll find it hard not to get into the swing of things. Poker players such as André Akkari swear by it, with their playlists dominated by samba artists such as Arlando Cruz.
These tracks are a perfect example of how different players enjoy different styles of music. Some prefer the calm and clarity of classical music, while others prefer the energy and excitement of Samba.
André’s story of how he became a professional poker player is amazing. Working on a poker project, he decided to download the software for research and the rest is history! He is now one of the best online poker players around, but still finds time to relax and enjoy good music.
A big name in online poker, Caio Pessagno always listens to music to help maintain attention whilst playing on dozens of tables simultaneously. Here, we have a playlist of exactly what Caio likes to listen to whilst playing.
Listening to classical music is the ideal way to relax and unwind. In fact, expectant mothers will often play it for their unborn babies! Neuroscientists believe classical music heightens positive emotion through the reward centres of our brain, so it is easy to see why our players love to incorporate it into their listening.
Classical music can be an ideal accompaniment to poker if you like to remain relaxed, calm and, if you’re lucky, a little more like James Bond throughout the game.
Our classical playlists will give you a unique insight into the musical tastes of some of the world’s poker greats and might just introduce you to some new artists too. Let’s begin with Jorge Limon’s refined musical tastes!
Jorge left university to follow his dreams of becoming a professional race car driver, but found a natural calling for poker instead. Jorge has now become a successful professional player and although he loves the thrill of high stake environments, his classical music tastes help provide the relaxation he needs.
While many players use music to relax and focus before a game some use it to boost their adrenaline levels during a game and there’s no more effective way to quickly ramp up emotions than with rock music.
Rock is the favourite genre of many of our players. From the hard-driving classics of AC/DC to the arena hits of the Kings of Leon there’s almost nothing our players like more than a heavy dose of rock frenzy to make some aggressive shoves. It comes as no surprise that some of our favourite players, including the likes of Bryan Huang are partial to a slab of rock!
Whether you want to help improve your poker game or would just like some good music tips, our playlists definitely contain a few listening treats!
Vivian Im grew up wanting to be a dancer, but instead found a natural talent for poker. A very fast learner, Vivian also learned the game from her partner and has since become one of Asia’s most successful female poker players. A huge music fan, Vivian loves going to concerts and enjoys everything from Muse to R.E.M.
Bryan is another of Asia’s rising poker stars; he became interested in poker whilst serving in the military and what was initially a pastime soon became a profession.
Bryan is now one of the strongest players on the poker circuit and the highest Singaporean earner. Fortunately, he still knows how to relax and music plays a big part in this.
RnB is always a popular choice amongst our poker players. From Drake to Beyoncé and Jay Z, RnB is guaranteed to help motivate you and keep your energy levels up, whether you are playing poker or just want to listen to some of the biggest and best tracks of recent years.
Whether to play or unwind, many of our players get the same calming benefits listening to the up-tempo energy of RnB as others do from classical music. Wherever it comes from, anything that enhances the excitement of poker is a good thing in our opinion!
RnB tracks are prominent in a lot of our players’ playlists, from Kosei Ichinose to Fatima Moreira de Melo and we guarantee there’ll be something to suit your tastes. So be sure to check them out!
Kosei can claim to be Japan’s first ever Supernova Elite player, and has had an illustrious career as a poker player that has seen him travel all over the world. When he isn’t busy winning poker tournaments, Kosei loves to listen to music and play the piano, a hobby he has maintained since the age of eight.
Fatima Moreira de Melo is a talent not only known for her poker skills, but also because she is one of Holland’s best hockey players, taking gold in the 2008 Olympics. A keen singer and performer, music plays a huge part in Fatima’s life with tastes ranging from classic rock to RnB.