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The Eagles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and AC/DC were among hundreds of artists who paid tribute to one of the most popular and loved recreational activities in the world known as gambling. These artists knew

very well how thrill and adrenaline rocketed when one was playing a game of chance, and so did their songs soar to the stellar heights of the world hit charts.

Just like playing card games or the coolest slot machines, listening to a decent and compelling piece of music about gambling is bound to arouse some sort of profound satisfaction in players! It lifts the mood, it inspires and relaxes! And there is one thing that only art is capable of – music transports you to a different land, made of vibrations and sounds where every cell of your body lives the song, tastes its melody, story, joy, and melancholy.

These are the feelings we are about to deliver to you, our lovely players! So keep reading as we are rounding up the top 5 songs about gambling, and we must admit they are incredible.

Full steam ahead!

1. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

The Gambler is a first-rate country classic by Kenny Rogers, where you find yourself on a train overhearing a wise conversation between a seasoned gambler and the one who appears to be “out of aces”. As a result, the latter, together with the listeners, find an ace in the words of the wise man – they get an insight into what gambling and what life are really about:

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em

Know when to fold ’em

Know when to walk away

And know when to run

You never count your money

When you’re sittin’ at the table

There’ll be time enough for countin’

When the dealin’s done”

Without a doubt, this compellingly melodic song full of philosophy deserves a comfy place in a gambler’s playlist.

2. Ace of Spades by MotorheadAce of Spades Motorhead

This song is a mascot of the renowned hard rock and heavy metal band, Motorhead. The heavy rhythms of the guitar intertwined with the emphatic screaming singing style of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister produced a huge wave in the ocean of poker songs. It tells the story of playing on the edge, where pleasure is all that is important no matter if you lose or win!

Isn’t it a true statement? Listen and make your own judgment!

3. Poker Face by Lady GagaPoker Face Lady Gaga

With her iconic song, Poker Face, Lady Gaga took the world by storm! Back in 2008, right at the start of her career, an eccentric blonde chose to tap into the popularity of the game of poker.  And we must admit, she hit the nail right on the head! This song was and remains one hell of a success. Gaga skillfully used the terminology of the game to show the correlation between poker and love. Most would agree that showing your emotions in love makes you vulnerable – which may be good or bad, whereas showing your emotions at the poker table most likely makes you an outright loser – we bet this is not a really coveted scenario!

As it stands, wearing a poker face in some situations is a must, just look at Gaga with her unemotional expression who’s holding all the winning cards! So get tuned to:

“Can’t read my, can’t read my

No, he can’t read my poker face”,

and be a winner both in a game and life!

4. Deuces Are Wild by AerosmithDeuces Are Wild aerosmith

Steve Tyler draws a parallel between his strong feelings for a girl and the well-known deuces wild poker. To elaborate on the crux of the game, it revolves around cards with the rank of a “2”, so-called deuces, they are wilds that act as cards you need to build a strong hand, and consequently, make your game go great guns. His girlfriend has all he could possibly dream about: “I love you ‘cause your deuces are the wild girl”, he keeps repeating. And then he adds: “You an’ I is two of a kind”, meaning they are a perfect match just like a poker winning combo! And devil take those ruddy grammatical rules!

5. Desperado by the EaglesDesperado the Eagles

The thing is, we all can feel lonely at times, there’s no crime in this. However, from the Eagles’ perspective, living in solitude for too long equates to committing an unlawful act and detaining yourself in “prison”, hence the song’s name.

Poker metaphors are popping up all the way through the verse.  For instance: “ Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds boy, she’ll beat you if she’s able. You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet. In other words, the cards you draw in life make all the difference.

So if you feel like succumbing to a somewhat melancholic mood, your best bet is the Eagles’ Desperado!


6. Shape of My Heart by StingShape of My Heart Sting

It’s quite safe to say that many lost their hearts to Sting’s song about a game of chance. In the song Shape of My Heart, the singer positions himself as a philosophical gambler who cares little about winning, instead he seeks to put his finger on “ the hidden geometry of chance, the hidden laws of probable outcome”.

The song feels like meditation, during which you may be able to crack the mechanics of the game, which is called life! You‘ll do it via symbols and cards, shuffle them in your mind a couple of times. We bet you’ll end up in the mood for playing!


That’s it! The top 6 songs list about gambling is done and dusted! So how do you like it?

In all honesty, there are plenty of songs that were just inches from our thoroughly concocted collection of the best game of chance music creations. We may write about them in our later posts, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled to our blog!

As for now, get some good vibes from a musical, poker, black jaggery, slot machinery, you name it, mood!

P.S. Great music in combination with awesome games is all you need to get tuned to a relaxing, inspirational and winning spirit!

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