Poker has always been a favourite casino game for many people. Even those that don’t frequent brick-and-mortar, or online casinos, enjoy playing poker at home. So it’s no wonder that there have been so many successful songs written about this exciting game.
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Kevin Cochran found the seven best poker songs of all time. You can put these songs on your playlist for your next game night to listen to some music history while playing the game in question.
Some of these songs never topped the charts but are iconic poker songs nonetheless. But, of course, a song doesn’t have to be a chart-topper to be considered a classic.
1. Kenny Rogers— The Gambler
This song allegedly came to Kenny in a dream. It’s about two men meeting on a train and giving the other a few solid poker tips. The song can also be interpreted as advice on how to live your life. Either way, it’s a good song, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Chart for Country Music.
“You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done”
2. Elvis Presley— Viva Las Vegas
No list of casino songs would be complete without a mention of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Elvis is almost synonymous with Vegas and performed in this city many times. His hit song Viva Las Vegas has been covered many times and can be called an icon in music. The song was written for the movie with the same name, where Elvis was to play Lucky Johnson. Unfortunately, the song never performed exceptionally well on the charts, and Elvis never performed it live. It has become a hit song over the years, however.
“I'm gonna give it ev'rything I've got
Lady luck, please let the dice stay hot
Let me shoot a seven with ev'ry shot.”
3. Frank Sinatra— Luck Be a Lady
Sung by both Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, Luck Be a Lady is about the concept of a lady bringing luck to casino games. The song was also covered by various other artists, including Barbara Streisand. This is an iconic song, like most of Frank Sinatra’s hits.
“A lady wouldn't make little snake eyes at me
When I've got my life on this roll.”
4. Sting— Shape of My Heart
Sting described this song as a gambler playing to find a mystical truth about luck instead of gambling to win money. The song is good, even though it mixes up some game references. Unfortunately, it never became a hit but is one of those songs that became popular long after its release. Sting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but those who enjoy his music will definitely love this song.
“I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my heart.”
5. Lady Gaga— Poker Face
Only her second single, Poker Face became a smash hit. The song was a chart-topper in more than 20 countries, including the U.S. and was critically acclaimed. The song is a tribute to bisexuality and uses many poker references. In addition, she allegedly wrote the song as a tribute to her rock boyfriends.
“I wanna hold 'em like they do in Texas, please
Fold 'em, let 'em hit me, raise it, baby, stay with me.”
6. AC/DC— The Jack
AC/DC has always been a controversial band, and this song didn’t help their reputation. It’s allegedly about dealing with a venereal disease, which is quite apparent if you listen to the lyrics. Unfortunately, the song wasn’t a hit like later releases from this band. Regardless, it sports some good lyrics and is an enjoyable song.
“She was holdin' a pair
But I had to try,
Her deuce was wild
But my ace was high.”
7. Clint Black— A Good Run With Bad Luck
The song is about being lucky at the poker table and getting lucky with a special lady. It was written and released on the soundtrack for Maverick, the 1994 movie starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. The song topped the country music charts in both Canada and the U.S.
“If I'm bettin' on a loser, I'm gonna have a devil to pay
But it's the only game I know to play, it doesn't matter anyway.”
There are some more legendary songs about poker that didn’t make it on this list. Being such a classic casino game, one can expect many pieces trying to capture the excitement of winnings and the disappointment of losing. If you feel inspired to try your hand at winning this classic game, sign up with one of the best online casinos and start practising your skills and poker face. An online casino is a great place to play poker, so give it a try.