It is a common misconception that celebs—rockstars in particular—do not have a life outside their career. But this could not be further from the truth as many of these rockers engage in various activities to pass the time. And for some, it is that they prefer to play at the poker table. 

So, due to this misconception, many overlook rockers at poker tables, not knowing that they are aware of some of the most underrated Texas Hold’Em hands. From talented lead vocalists to hardcore guitarists, here are nine rockers who have found their passion at the poker table. 

  • Slash (Guns N’Roses) 

Topping the list of rockers is Slash, the rock ‘n’ roll legend of the band Guns N’Roses. But Slash, with his peculiar top hat, does more than enthrall his audience with his raging guitar solos. Rather, when he’s not playing the guitar, you are sure to find Slash playing at the poker table. 

In fact, it is not uncommon to find Slash at celebrity poker tournaments and other private games. He has great strategic skill when it comes to poker and he doesn’t hesitate to showcase these. 

  • Scott Ian (Anthrax) 

Fiery riffs and a captivating stage presence are words that anyone would use to qualify Scott Ian. Scott Ian is a founding member as well as the rhythm guitarist of Anthrax, the thrash metal band. 

However, beyond that, when he is not on the stage, Scott is most likely at the center of a poker game. And this is evident in the numerous competitions and poker charity events he has participated in. In addition, he has been on a poker podcast as a co-host sharing his adventures while playing the game. 

  • Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) 

One of the best guitarists in the history of rock music, Nuno Bettencourt also doubles as a poker enthusiast. When on the stage, he is known for his musical skills but offstage, he is well-known for his passion for the game. 

At the poker table, Nuno is known to apply the same dedication he applies to his music. Thus, it is no shocker that Nuno, more often than not, outplays other enthusiasts at a game of poker. 

  • Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) 

Although he is late, Scott Weiland left behind a legacy that transcends beyond his great vocals and intense stage presence. Yes, he was a captivating frontman while serving vocals in songs alongside his band. But he was also an avid poker player who had a soft spot for the game. 

For Scott, the game was much more than a way to pass time, rather it was also a means of relaxing and releasing tension. During his downtimes, it was regular to find Scott focused on cards. 

  • Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) 

Nikki Sixx is a rockstar who brings a sense of excitement to whatever he participates in, whether it be glam metal or a game of poker. And while Nikki is popular for being the co-founder and bassist of his crew, he also tends to engage often in poker games. He is also known to have engaged in several fundraising poker events as well as in friendly games with his rockstar colleagues. 

  • Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) 

Dave Navarro is another rocker who tends to enjoy a game of poker when he is not on stage performing. Despite his love for the game, Navarro also shares a great passion for music. And this can be seen from his time with bands like Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

His love for the game has caused him to regularly encounter and relate with other musicians and poker players. This thus fosters a sense of community among them as a result. 

  • Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) 

Very popular for mesmerizing his audience with his soulful style of playing, Jerry is the illustrious guitarist of Alice in Chains. Beyond his achievements in the world of rock, however, Jerry is also renowned for participating in poker tournaments. Here, his analytical mind and sharp thinking come into play as he uses poker as a creative outlet to relax. 

  • Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 

In the present world of rock music, some of the iconic riffs you hear have a good number of them crafted by Brad Whitford. Playing as the band’s rhythm guitarist – Aerosmith, Brad has been very influential in the music industry. And his influence doesn’t end there. 

Brad Whitford also enjoys the rush of playing a poker game. His sharp eye and precision make it easy for him to approach the game with a calm demeanor. And this makes other players want to engage him. 

  • Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) 

Unlike most of the people on this list, Taylor Hawkins is a drummer who plays for Foo Fighters. Taylor, a very energetic and talented drummer, diverts this same energy and competitive spirit to the poker table. And while he has a great passion for music, he equally has this same passion for the game as is seen from the numerous poker events he has participated in. 

Final Words 

In conclusion, we see that even the best rock star have a favorite pastime. And for these, theirs is poker. So whether they are engaging in music or a game of poker, they are icons and formidable in both worlds.