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The other day I am dealing in a game, one of the players has a little speaker and is playing music, and everyone at the table is enjoying it, and the game rocked also. Every poker room I have worked at turns off the music that is usually piped into the rest of the casino. So why don't we have the music going in most poker rooms?

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It's in the TDA rules and other official rules that music, and for that matter other devices that can make noise must be inaudible to other players.

As to why, I would imagine it's there as a respect to other players so as to not distract them from decision making. You'll probably find it's just a blanket ban so that 1 in every 10 player who might complain about it won't have to because it's just not allowed. Plus music is a deeply personal thing, as in some people passionately dislike or love a certain type of music, et cetera. Its likely it is a ban to avoid confrontations/disagrees and the likes.

That would be my educated guess, but as to a 100% reason, I'm just basing this on other rules in poker, mainly about making the game a level, fair playing ground. If you remove an element completely no one can complain about it from a gameplay point of view.

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