Five great songs to play poker to
William Shakespeare once wrote: “If music be the food of love, play on.” And if you were to ask any lover of online poker to talk about one of the key facets of their enjoyment of the game, a fair few would say music.
After all, while the casinos of Las Vegas and beyond feature the kind of forgettable tunes usually found in an elevator, or worse still are silent, online poker affords players the luxury of putting together their own playlists.
And while you may get the usual ‘Eye of the Tiger’ motivational fare, there’s still nothing more likely to bring a smile to the face than playing poker while listening to a song about the very same subject.
Here are five of the best poker songs to have ever been written.
Ray Charles – Losing Hand Play
Though not the most familiar song among Charles’ back catalogue, this song boasts plenty of poker-based symbolism, with the singer let down by a lover and forced to face a losing hand. The message is simple: be wary of relationships and, as in poker, know when to fold.
Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas Play
Though not strictly about the game of poker itself, there are few songs that sum up the iconic poker capital of Las Vegas quite like Elvis’s famous hit. An excellent way to build up to the start of any online tournament, the fast, positive pace of this tune makes it a great pick-me-up in hard times.
Motorhead –The Ace of Spades Play
Another high-tempo poker song that doubles as one of the greatest rock tunes of all time, this tune boasts plenty of references to the aforementioned card game. It’s great at not only building up anticipation and providing encouragement to the burgeoning player, but it can also provide that extra bit of aggression and confidence to boost many a game.
Lady Gaga – Poker Face Play
Definitely one for the modern players out there, Lady Gaga’s card-based effort has as much to do with getting up close and personal as it does poker. Nevertheless, it’s sure to bring a smile to the discerning online player, particularly when included in a randomised playlist. Up tempo and somewhat catchy, this could be one song to add some variety to proceedings.
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler Play
As Roger’s recent set at Glastonbury showed, the veteran country and western star boasts plenty of memorable hits within his repertoire.
And for music fans and poker enthusiasts alike, few come bigger than ‘The Gambler’. Something of a singalong classic, the gentle nature of this familiar tune makes it the ideal song to help ease some of the tension and stress associated with big money play.
Have we missed any songs off the list? What would be in your ultimate poker playlist?
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