Gambling Music: the Top 10 Songs of All Time

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Songs written about gambling hail from almost every genre. Whether it be a tribute sung by the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley or the outrageous popstar Lady Gaga, this Betminded list is sure to include your favourite gambling track.  Listed in no particular order you will find below both songs to get you going and for when to going gets rough.

1. “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga

While the song may be more about romance than the game of poker itself, this UK billboard hit is bound to get riled up for the game.

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face (She's got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face (She's got me like nobody)

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I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be (Whoo!)
A little gambling is fun when you're with me (I love it)
Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun
And, Baby, when it's love if it's not rough it isn't fun-fun

2. “Blackjack” – Ray Charles

While this song might not be as motivating to play, it sure paints the reality of a poor blackjack player who is down on his luck.

Ah let me tell you people
About this blackjack game
It's caused me nothing but trouble
And I've only myself to blame

Hey hey hey yeah
How unlucky can one man be
Well every quarter I get
Lord, blackjack takes it away from me

3. “Viva Las Vegas” – Elvis Presley

The King of Rock and Roll is sure to get your head into the game with his upbeat tribute to the ‘bright light city'.

Bright light city gonna set my soul
Gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn,
So get those stakes up higher
There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there
And they're all livin' devil may care
And I'm just the devil with love to spare
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
‘Cause even if there were forty more
I wouldn't sleep a minute away
Oh, there's black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
A fortune won and lost on ev'ry deal
All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

4. “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers

This Grammy Award winning melody is a surefire favourite among gamblers.

You 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.

5. “Luck be a Lady” – Frank Sinatra

This hit from one of the greats himself is sure to conjure up lady luck herself.

Luck be a lady tonight
Luck be a lady tonight
Luck if you've been a lady to begin with
Luck be a lady tonight

6. “Deal” – The Grateful Dead

Another powerful tune full of graphic gambling how-tos and even a few words of caution.

Costs a lot to win, and even more to lose
You and me bound to spend some time just wonderin' what to choose

Goes to show, you don't ever know
Watch each card you play and play it slow
Wait until that deal come round
Don't you let that deal go down, no, no

I been gamblin' hereabouts for ten good solid years
If I told you all that went down it would burn off both of your ears

7. “Turn the Cards Slowly” – Patsy Cline

Released in 1989 this American country track might strike closer to home with the wives of gamblers'.

Turn the cards slowly while you're dealin', darlin'
Please don't double-deal to win my heart
Turn the cards slowly while you're dealin', darlin'
Don't go breakin' rules right from the start

The ramblin', gamblin', reckless way you treat my heart's a sin
Each night down on my knees I pray your gamblin' ways will end
Turn the cards slowly while you're dealin', darlin'
And if you stack the deck, then I'll move on

8. “A Good Run of Bad Luck” – Clint Black

As part of the soundtrack to the much-coveted gambling movie Maverick, this song is true card playing classic.

9. “Deal 'em Again” – Christopher Cross

For when you feel that your momentum just starts to fade…

It don't matter, lose or win
You can deal 'em again
Deal 'em again
Deal 'em again
Deal 'em again

It don't matter, lose or win
You can, you can deal 'em again
Deal 'em again

You pick up the cards that they're dealing to you
You can throw down or showdown
When love makes a fool out of you

10. “Casino Royale” – Chris Cornell

Maybe the lyrics do not necessarily refer to gambling but the video is one of the best for gaming fans.

If you enjoyed this, why not read about our list of gambling superstitions that make you unbeatable.

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