Rocking at Felt Tables
Musicians Who Play Poker When Not on Tour
The alluring call of the adrenaline-filled poker hand is easy enough for rock icons to give in to. Besides writing chart-topping hits and songs that define a generation, these musicians have crossed the poker line once and never came back. For them, there’s more to being famous than having a sea of adoring fans: it’s the chance to get invited to play at the world’s most competitive poker tournaments and be treated like poker royalty. Metal band Godsmack’s vocalist and primary songwriter Sully Erna projected himself up the poker tables beginning in the 2006 and 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main events and won $17,730 and $45,442 respectively. Erna’s confidence in his poker skills was boosted by his 2nd place landing at Bellagio’s 5 Diamond World Poker Classic, winning a consolation price of over $300,000. Erna plays poker whenever his band is on a break from writing or from a series of tours around the world. Recently, he announced his return to the felt tables after promoting his own disc and solo tour. When VH1 Classics had its own celebrity poker tournament, it was Scott Ian who won. The Anthrax guitarist has been around poker tables for awhile now and is considered by many as a poker pro. Aside from prepping Anthrax albums and creating bands on his own, Ian is known to played Texas Hold ‘Em with metal icons Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Vinnie Paul of Pantera. The WSOP bracelet is considered to be the most coveted prize that’s not monetary any poker play could win. And French singer and actor Patrick Bruel is one of the few musicians to ever receive this prize, let alone the fact that professional poker players fight each other to get this award. But when it comes to lifetime winnings, Bruel’s cashes from tournaments amount to $1,000,000, one of the highest numbers for any musician in the business. When he’s not at the table playing, Bruel manages to slip in the WPT commentary for France. Musicians who are just starting out their careers in the industry are also hooked on the competitive game of poker. 28 year old musician Joseph Lipari was one of the many hopefuls to enter the Partypoker Jungleman WSOP promotion challenge. The SilverStar Band songwriter, who had been on tour in US and Canada, started playing poker when he was 20. He is not more serious and passionate about both his endeavours and tries to promote himself and his band to the world. There is definitely a strong connection between playing poker and playing live music in front of a thousand people. But related or not, there is always a rock icon rocking at any poker table.