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Poker Face by Lady Gaga - Analysis

29 January 2009, By: Pokerjunkie.com
Poker Face by Lady Gaga is the hottest song about poker that has been released in years. Some have even called it "the best poker song ever".
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Bwin poker has realized the song's potential and the poker site is now associated with Lady Gaga. For example, you can see the Bwin logo at a poker table in the official Poker Face video.


Bwin logo in "Poker face" Youtube clip

But how much does Lady Gaga really know about poker? PokerJunkie analyzed the Poker Face lyrics in order find out.

Poker Face by Lady Gaga - The Lyrics:

Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah

Comment: This is probably a way to establish a tough image and get respect from the other players at the table. Smart move, if she is able to back it up.

I wanna hold em' like they do in Texas Plays

Comment: Lady Gaga's favorite game is obviously Texas Hold'em, which is understandable as Holdem is the most popular poker game at the moment.

Fold em' let em' hit me raise it baby stay with me (I love it)

Comment: This is a bit tricky. It's hard to put Lady Gaga on a hand here, but our guess is that she has a monster and is trying to trap her opponents.

Luck and intuition play the cards with Spades to start

Comment: Luck and intuition are important parts of poker, but it's first and foremost a game of skill - Lady Gaga should know that! Focusing on a specific suit, like Spades, is a big mistake as you don't rank the suits in poker. In general, people tend two overplay suited hands in Texas Hold'em.

And after he's been hooked I'll play the one that's on his heart

Comment: Once again, Lady Gaga is setting a trap for her opponent. She is trying to get him pot-committed with a second-best hand.

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Comment: Flashing a little skin is a classic way for female poker players to distract their male opponents. So far so good, but you should never, ever show other players what you've got. You give away tons of information they can you against you, and in some cases your hand will be considered dead, and you'll automatically lose.

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

Comment: Lady Gaga continues to work on her tough image, and is correct in doing so. Poker isn't about love or friendship, it's about making money.

Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

Comment: Don't overdo it, Lady Gaga. You should always consider the proper poker etiquette

I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be

Comment: This almost sounds like collusion, which is enough to get thrown out of any poker game. Poker isn't a team sport, not even if you see a cute boy you like at the table!

A little gambling is fun when you're with me (I love it)

Comment: You have to have a little gamble in you to be a successful poker player. But don't go to far, the line between being a happy gambler and a degenerate is very thin.

Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun

Comment: From Texas Hold'em to Russian Roulette - that's a big step for a young lady. Russian Roulette isn't a game PokerJunkie recommends. If you find Hold'em boring and want more action, we suggest you try Omaha.

And baby when it's love if it's not rough it isn't fun, fun

Comment: Lady Gaga clearly wants some action, and there is nothing wrong with that. It's just her style, hopefully she can handle it.

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

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

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

I won't tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
Cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin

Comment: Bluffing is an important part of poker, and whether or not you use your "muffin" to do it is just a matter of taste.

I'm not lying I'm just stunnin' with my love-glue-gunning

Comment: Another attempt to confuse opponents. Is she bluffing or isn't she?

Just like a chick in the casino
Take your bank before I pay you out
I promise this, promise this
Check this hand cause I'm marvellous

Comment: It's time for showdown and Lady Gaga is basically telling her opponents to fold before it's too late. She seems absolutely convinced that she has the best hand. Or is it a bluff?

Can't read my,
Can't read my

No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

And so on...

Summary: Lady Gaga plays a wild and aggressive game, but at the same she lacks some basic poker knowledge. She can best be described as a maniac at the table. She will be able to score big wins now and then, but probably lose a lot in the long run.

 

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  • actuallysyl 02/12/2010 8:05pm (7 years ago)

    Actually Syl, it's not about that at all. It may be what she has said publicly, but it's actually about a transgendered person "trapping" a straight man.

    "I wanna hold em' like they do in Texas Plays" 2 guns. "hers" and his.

  • bob m 14/08/2010 12:20am (7 years ago)

    According to researchers at Harvard, happy face is the best poker face for influence your opponents.

  • jim 04/06/2010 4:16am (7 years ago)

    Are the people that read this retarded? How could you not see that it was supposed to be funny? I say supposed to be but it truly WAS funny.

  • allel 12/12/2009 8:14pm (8 years ago)

    i agree (w/Syl). The song isnt literally playing poker and yes, it has something to do w/ her sexual fantasies. gaga explained in Barbara Walters interview that "bluffin' with my muffin" part means her bisexuality.

  • MissUnderstood 02/12/2009 5:07pm (8 years ago)

    The article was interesting, but while I was reading it, I honestly could not tell if it was a joke or not. And Syl is correct; Lady Gaga herself explained that the song was referring to "poker-facing" with your sexuality, in her case, she was talking about her bisexuality, which often intimidated her boyfriends. Her lyrics are more intriguing than the literal words we hear, once we step back and analyse them with an open mind. :)

  • amber 13/06/2009 10:06pm (8 years ago)

    Wow. This was so hilarious. I enjoyed reading it very much. And @ Syl: I would never guess this song was about that. Haha.

  • Syl 02/06/2009 12:22am (8 years ago)

    Very fun analysis of this song. I love the song and your article, but it seems that she's not speaking of poker at all. In fact it is a metaphor for her concealing her sexual fantasies of women while making love to her then boyfriend. Found this out while watching a British interview with her. Shocking.