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Vinny The GrinderBy The Grinder

Here are my top five picks of poker songs that might help you get motivated and pumped up before your big tournament at the World Series of Poker this year. Owing to their compositional brilliance, I loved these songs much before I learned how to play poker, but hearing them again after actually having played poker makes them truly inspirational for their lyrics too! Here’s the top five list in reverse order of favorites, followed by a noteworthy lyrical piece from the song.

The Angel and The Gambler, by Iron Maiden. The brilliant Bass God Steve Harris writes “Best make decisions, Before it’s too late, Take all your chances, Take hold of the reins”. You can neither be too safe playing a tourney, nor cave in to constant pressure. You got to hold the bull by the horns and take bold decisions, but make sure they’re wise ones.

Ace Of Spades, by Motorhead. Lemmy sings “I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is The Ace Of Spades”. It underlines how underrated an Ace is, especially in a short-handed final table. Never underestimate the power of an Ace.

The Gambler, by Kenny Rogers. Kenny sings “You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done”. Sure. Once your money’s in, it’s in! A patient yet strategic grind in a top-heavy tourney will give you rich dividends. In other words, stop thinking about that rent you gotta pay, so you can buy an island when you’re done.

The Jack, by AC/DC. Bon Scott sings “Poker face was her name, Poker face was her nature, Poker straight was her game … If she knew she could get you, She played ’em fast, And she played ’em hard, She could close her eyes, And feel every card”. A reminder that your ego tends to get the better of you sometimes, and you tend to underestimate players, for example, pretty girls. Don’t. Stay focused and keep your ‘A Game’ on at all times. Underestimate no one.

Deal, by Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia writes “I been gambling here abouts, for ten good solid years, If I told you all that went down, it would burn off both your ears”. Doyle Brunson would be a testament to this. Dolly fought cancer, was almost shot, and he crawled and scratched his way to the top. Every successful poker player ‘who didn’t lose it all in the end’ cannot have an easy story.

But then Garcia also writes “Since it cost a lot to win, and even more to lose, You and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose”. If you believe in your game and your chance as a poker professional, please pursue it. You’d rather tread a painstaking path and make it doing what you love, than chase the invisible cheese like rats.

Other than your trance, and your rave, and your house, and your rock, and whatever else gets you going, be sure to give these songs a good listen. Good luck at the World Series this year!


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Vinny the GrinderBy The Grinder

If you thought the Thanksgiving story had a gory and violent beginning, you will be surprised to know that the prettiest card in the deck has some not-so-pretty stories associated with it.

Ace of Spades Helmet

Helmets belonging to the 50th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the American 101st Airborne Division were marked with a Spade Symbol for luck.

The Ace of Spades looks great as your hole card, especially when it is coupled with a beautiful Queen or a handsome King. Dealers stop at this beauty during a high-card-deal, as it is considered the most important card in the deck of 52. However, this Ace has some bloody lore linked to it, and was used by American soldiers on three occasions. During the Second World War, soldiers had the Ace of Spades imprinted on their helmets for luck. The Ace of Spades was also known as the Death Card. My guess is it has something to do with the fact that the word Spade is derived from the Spanish word spada, meaning sword. Being the most important card in the deck, and considered the luckiest, the soldiers thought that this would bring them a lot of luck to catch and kill their enemy.

Sadam HusseinTwenty years later, during the Vietnam war, the American soldiers used to scatter around this card in enemy territory because this card was considered a sign of death and bad fortune by the Vietnamese soldiers. The US soldiers even shoved this card in the mouths of dead Vietcong soldiers to warn the rest of them. Not gory enough? Much later in 2003, the US soldiers used this card for purposes of war for the third time. The Bush Government issued a deck of playing cards and each card was assigned an Iraqi most-wanted person, in order of hierarchy. The Ace of Spades was assigned to Saddam Hussein, and had his picture on it. I guess third time’s a charm, because they successfully managed to capture Saddam on December 13, 2003— the same year his face was printed on the Ace of Spades!

Frankly, after researching its not-so-pretty past, I’d still prefer having this stunning looking card in my hand. Just like one of my favorite front men of all time, Lemmy, sings in of one of my favorite songs ‘Ace of Spades’ from one of my favorite bands ever, Motorhead—“I don’t share your greed, the only card I need, is the Ace of Spades”.

Good Luck!

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