Great Songs Every Poker Enthusiast Should Listen To

Top Three Tracks Inspired by Poker

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If there’s a recurring theme used by a lot of musicians today (aside from love), the increase in poker participation/interest can be seen in music, too. In France alone, there are many artists who have used the card game as an inspiration to pen their lyrics as well as depict their promotional videos. Whether you enjoy playing cards at Las Vegas at one of Partypoker‘s World Poker Tour’s destination or merely playing online at home, the following songs are sure to inspire you to win what ever situation you are in.

‘Poker Face’
Artist: Lady Gaga | Album: The Fame (2008)

Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ is one of the many songs which proved that poker is indeed a timeless theme. In ‘Poker Face’, Lady Gaga sings “about her bisexuality and her ability to convince a man that she is into him by using her ‘poker face’ while she is in love with and fantasizes over a woman,” said PokerGamePlus.com. Due to its success, French artists as well as international ones have made their own covers of this track. These include Christopher Walken, Mika, Lea Michele, and Idina Menzel (as seen on one of the episodes of Glee), among others.

Fold ’em, let ’em, hit me, raise it, baby, stay with me (I love it)
Love game intuition play the cards with Spades to start

‘The Gambler’
Artist: Kenny Rogers | Album: The Gambler (1978)

A popular poker-inspired song released in 1978 in France and the rest of the world, ‘The Gambler’ by American country singer Kenny Rogers is about a random meeting the narrator and an unnamed old gambler had one night, on a train. The anonymous gambler told how he ran “out of aces,” and as the song continues, he then “teaches the narrator one of poker’s greatest lessons: one needs to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em,” shared PokerStyle.org.

And knowin’ what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
So if you don’t mind my sayin’, I can see you’re out of aces.

‘Losing Hand’
Artist: Ray Charles | Album: Ray Charles (1957), Hallelujah I Love Her So (1962)

Among the entries in the list, ‘Losing Hand’ is probably the most heartbreaking. According to Poker.co.uk, “(the track) is laden with symbolic lyrics that point to the all too familiar scenario witnessed in most poker tables. The betrayal tones in the song indicate someone’s lover who let them down and left them to deal with a losing hand.” This track was originally part of Ray Charles’ debut album in 1957, but it was re-released under the 1962 album Hallelujah I Love Her So. It was only during its reintroduction when people from France and other European countries were able to recognize the track’s beauty.

I thought I’d be your king baby, yes and you could be my queen
But you used me for your joker ´cause I thought your deal was clean