Countless songs by pop, country, rock, soul, and even heavy metal artists have found inspiration in the highs and lows of poker and gambling. These are some of our favorites to get you started on your own personal poker party soundtrack.
Note: Each song title links to a YouTube page where the song can be heard. Check ’em out!
1. “The Gambler”
If you had to pick one poker song to play on repeat this would surely be it. Full of great advice, the classic line “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em” still has to be the quintessential poker couplet.
2. “Poker Face”
While it’s really about the game of romance rather than the game of poker, the catchy refrain of “Can’t read my poker face” should still psych you up to win.
3. “Ace of Spades”
One listen to this heavy metal classic about a die-hard gambler living on the edge will have your competitive juices flowing fast.
4. “Luck Be a Lady”
Lady Luck can be fickle and it never hurts to plead with her to be on your side, whether you’re tossing dice like Sky Masterson in the 1955 movie musical Guys and Dolls, or playing online poker in your den.
“I’m a gambler, and I will take you by surprise / Gambler, I’ll aim this straight between your eyes,” goes this 1984 song from the soundtrack to the movie Vision Quest. Sounds like a good mantra for any card player.
6. “Viva Las Vegas”
Bring some Vegas swagger right into your home with the classic paean to the glitz and glamor of Sin City.
7. “Queen of Hearts”
Is playing with the queen of hearts not very smart, as this song’s narrator believes? You can make up your own mind about that one.
8. “A Good Run of Bad Luck”
This song about playing fast and loose in craps and in love was featured on the soundtrack to the much-loved 1990s gambling movie Maverick.
9. “Losing Hand”
Bouncing back from a losing hand is easier when you’ve got some soulful inspiration to steel you for your next round.
10. “The Jack”
If there’s one thing AC/DC are capable of doing is literally turning anything into a double entendre, including a playing card!
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