Of course, you can’t talk about poker or gambling music without talking about “The Gambler,” written by Don Schiltz and performed by the incomparable Kenny Rogers, winning him the Grammy Award for best male country vocal performance in 1980. The song tells the story of a meeting on a train between Rogers and an old gambler. The gambler offers him some advice in exchange for his last swallow of whiskey. After the old gambler takes the drink, he gives him this advice: “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.”
That’s great advice to keep in mind during your next poker game when you’re thinking of splashing those clay poker chips on the table. And remember, that the old gambler also said, “the secret to survivin’ is knowing what to throw away, and knowing what to keep.”
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