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Famous Gambling Focussed Paintings

Interestingly enough, gambling has played a larger part in our lives than many of us may even realize. Besides bonuses and sports betting markets like the ones through this promotion offer, gambling has snuck under the radar and impacted our surroundings in ways that most wouldn’t even think about.

You might all associate gambling/betting with sites such as William Hill and other online giants, but did you know that gambling has actually been the springboard for many famous paintings over the years?

We certainly didn’t, but we’ve researched this topic and come up with some truly interesting finds!

Gambling Works of Art

1. Dogs Playing Poker - Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

One would think that the idea of dogs playing poker would be quite a peculiar thing, but this painting is, in fact, one of the most popular gambling themed paintings in the world. It was painted by the legendary Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, and needless to say, the painting was inspired by the poker battles that take place at the tables in casinos.

It's almost as though each dog in the painting represents a different style of a poker player. For example, one dog is kicking back and smoking a pipe, the other has a cigarette in his mouth and looks accusingly at the dog next to him, and one of them appears to have had a little bit too much to drink.

2. At the Roulette Table - Edvard Munch

Roulette is one of the most adored casino games of them all, and this is true for multiple reasons. It really is a complete game of chance, and casino gamers from all over the world place their bets on red/black, numbers, and columns each and every day.

In this painting, you can see a man who is about to learn his own fate at the roulette table. The inspiration for this painting actually came while Edward Munch was spending plenty of time in the South of France, where he would frequent the Monte Carlo Casino. As it happens, Munch actually hit the roulette tables in this casino several times, and the features of the painting are designed to represent the feelings that players have during the game.

3. Slot Machine Queen - Shelly Wilkerson

Apart from the game of roulette, slot gaming has to be up there with one of the most popular forms of casino gaming. From the moment that you get those reels spinning, the feeling of anticipation and excitement is almost unparalleled, and when you hear that jackpot sound, the pleasure is just undeniable.

With the painting, ‘Slot Machine Queen’, crafted by the artist Shelley Wilkinson, you can see an elderly lady who is also enjoying the slot gaming experience. She's got a little box of coins next to her, a glass of wine in hand, and even has a cat as her companion while she tries to hit the jackpot. It truly is a painting that shows a lady who is in her element, and she seems to be having a fantastic time!

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