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Poker Pro Antes Up Las Vegas World Series of Poker Winnings “For a Song”

A professional poker player and award-winning songwriter, Jason Mershon, has come up with a unique and ambitious plan to promote his new poker song called “Playin’ Poker for a Livin’.” 

In what is believed to be the first offering of its kind, Mershon is planning on entering the 2010 Main Event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer, and is agreeing to share 50 percent of any Final Table winnings with the first 15,000 people who download and purchase his song at his website: www.playinpokerforalivin.com

“It’s just my way of saying ‘thank you’ to those fans who like my new song,” says Mershon. “I wrote the song to humorously tell what it’s really like being a professional poker player; the sarcastic attitudes of many professional poker players; and the monotony of actually playing poker for a living and grinding out the long hours in a casino card room.” The song itself, “Playin’ Poker for a Livin’,” has already received great reviews from poker players and card room owners alike, who have stated that it’s the best song written about poker in years. 

Mershon has spent most of his life in the entertainment business, and is now a recognized professional poker player in Southern California. He plans to update his progress during the tournament on his Twitter and Facebook page, thus giving people a “virtual seat” at the tournament. 

Since winning two awards at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2006 for his rock musical, “Rock and Roll Heaven” (aka “Heaven Rocks”) which can be found at www.rnrheavenrocks.com, Jason Mershon has been a regular fixture in the California and Las Vegas poker circuit. 

“I probably spend 90% of my time playing in cash games,” says Mershon, “but I’m also considered a pretty good tournament player as well. So, I don’t want people to think I’m ‘dead money’ in the World Series of Poker,” he laughed. 

“Additionally,” he concluded, “I’m offering a special extended limited edition of my poker song which will only be available to the first 15,000 fans who purchase the song.”

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Top 10 Las Vegas Songs to Hum

When traveling to Las Vegas to gamble and party (yes, Obama, Las Vegas Backstage Access said it), it’s always good to seek relief and soothe the losses and migraines by humming to tunes that are written about the city. 

Although the official theme song of Las Vegas is “Shine, Las Vegas,” by George Dare, proclaimed in a 1986 city proclamation, here’s the Top 10: 

“Viva Las Vegas,” Elvis Presley (Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman)

“Leaving Las Vegas,” Sheryl Crow (Sheryl Crow, Bill Bottrel, David Baerwald, Kevin Gilbert and David Ricketts)

“Let’s Go to Vegas,” Faith Hill (Karen Stanley)

“Big in Vegas,” Buck Owens (Buck Owens, Terry Stafford)

“Sin City,” AC/DC (Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott)

“Heaven or Las Vegas,” Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde)

“Here’s to Las Vegas,” Barry Manilow (Barry Manilow)

“Me and My Monkey,” Robbie Williams (Robbie Williams)

“Sin City,” Flying Burrito Brothers (Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Pete Kleinow, Chris Ethridge)

“LV (Las Vegas),” Clint Holmes (Clint Holmes and Pat Caddick)

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