Gambling Songs and Devices

Intro to Las Vegas and Video Poker

my sister Marcia

My older sister Marcia took me to see the Grateful Dead on January 15th, 1979.

the Grateful Dead

During my college years I had the time, money and inclination to go see the Grateful Dead play in many different venues. Some of their songs (e.g. Deal and Loser) involve gambling, both metaphorically and actually playing poker.

On March 26th, 1983 the Grateful Dead played Las Vegas. I drove out to see them. I had a great time and wound up fascinated by the video poker machine in the Best Western. So, once I got back to Albuquerque, I wrote my own video poker software.