The music poker players listen to
Like in sport, music plays a big part in how poker players get themselves in the right state of mind. There are so many great songs that can be really inspiring to players and help achieve some some fantastic results; rather that’s just around the table or at a big tournament like the World Series of Poker. Indie music, metal and rock are some of the best genres for poker players to listen to.
Here are the top 8 songs that poker players that help get poker players in the mood for a game.
‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rodgers
Kenny Rodgers classic gambling tune, aptly titled ‘The Gambler’ has to make this list. The infamous chorus “You’ve gotta know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em” makes this an anthem for poker players. It’s got an old school vibe but appeals to players old and new — and plays on the longstanding heritage that poker has as a part of casino culture.
With the theme reminiscent of the 19th-century saloon poker games, it’s a fantastic throwback to one of the coolest periods in poker history. It’s definitely one of the iconic poker songs that will get anyone excited for a game.
‘Best Day of My Life’ by American Authors
Not a poker song per say, but ‘Best Day of My Life’ by American pop rock band American Authors is one of those upbeat tunes that is definitely a mood setter for a great day of playing the game. Released in 2013 (and later appearing as the third track on their debut studio album Oh, What a Life), ‘Best Day of My Life’ is the kind of song that will bring some positivity to your mind set.
Good intentions can breed success; and this song is absolutely perfect for that.
‘The Ace of Spades’ by Motorhead
‘The Ace of Spades’ by Motorhead is an incredible metal anthem, with enough weight to get you in the zone — either before, or during a poker session. Lead singer-songwriter of Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister, was a fan of gambling himself; he was even honoured with his very on casino slot machine. It makes sense then that many of Motorhead’s songs make reference to casino culture — including of course, ‘The Ace of Spades’.
With lines like, ‘Pushing up the ante, I know you gotta see me’, ‘Read ‘em and weep, the dead man’s and again’ and ‘I see it in your eyes, take one look and die. The only thing you see, you know it’s gonna be the Ace of Spades’, this song is all about ‘the pleasure’ of playing the game that is poker. And it’s a great metal tune for anyone to listen to.
‘Know Your Enemy’ by Rage Against the Machine
There’s nothing like a little Rage Against the Machine to pump you up. Known for their powerful anti-establishment lyrics, ‘Know Your Enemy’ makes this list as one that will prepare you for battle — at least when it comes to who you’re playing against the table. This heavy metal song will definitely up your aggression when it comes to playing poker.
It’s a great song to get into your headphones or play through the loudspeakers when you’re getting ready to head to the casino; if you’re feeling a little timid, get this track on and feel your confidence rise.
‘Poison’ by Alice Cooper
With a heavy bass line and quick tempo, ‘Poison’ by Alice Cooper is one of the many songs that poker players can listen to, to get them in the right mindset for play. Released worldwide as a single in late 1989 from Cooper’s eighteenth album, the song is one of Cooper’s biggest hit singles in both the US and the UK.
It’s one to add to your playlist to get the ball rolling on a great evening.
‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen
One of the best rock anthems of all time, ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen has been used time and time again at sports events and to get the crew pumped up for a big night out. It’s also a fantastic hit to get you feeling great before a big session playing poker. While not about gambling, the lyrics and heavy chords are sure to get you ramped up for a competitive game.
And of course, it’s Queen — what’s not to like?
‘Back in Black’ by ACDC
The title track from ACDC’s seventh album of the same name, ‘Back in Black’ is the perfect song if you’re trying to have a comeback to the game. Maybe you’ve had some time off from playing poker. Or you’re having a tough run of it and looking to get back on form. ‘Back in Black’ is one of those songs that will really kick you off to a great start.
With lyrics like, ‘back in black, I hit the sack, I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back’, it’s one of those tunes that you need to get on your playlist immediately.
‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey
To end off our list, there’s one of the most iconic songs of all time. ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey is one of those classic hits that will keep you going even when things aren’t going your way. Everyone has a bad game now and again — that’s what keeps the successes so exciting. This song is the perfect one to keep you going through the highs and lows.