Zakk Wylde Says Dimebag Darrell And Vinnie Paul Gambled A Lot


Black Label Society’s leader Zakk Wylde recently revealed in a podcast with TODDCast that Pantera icons Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul gambled a lot. He further elaborated on his relationship with gambling and emphasized that it is not his thing.

Pantera is regarded as one of the most influential heavy metal bands in the history of rock and metal music. However, they disbanded in 2003, and the members decided to continue in their own ways. The guitarist Dimebag Darrell founded the band Damageplan with his brother and former bandmate Vinnie Paul after the disbandment of Pantera. They performed until Darrell tragically passed away in 2004.

The band didn’t survive the death of Darrell and stopped performing after 2004 when an angry fan raided a Damageplan concert to shoot and kill Darrell on stage. It was a devastating event for the music world and surely for his brother. Vinnie also passed away in 2018 from coronary artery disease and was buried next to his brother in hopes of reuniting in the afterlife.

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde recently revealed an interesting truth about the brothers and their habits together. He talked about gambling in general, and while giving his experiences with the habit, he briefly stated that Darrell and Vinnie loved to gamble.

Here is what he stated:

“I never got into gambling. Put a bet on a game with your buddies. Whether you just go, ’20 bucks,’ then it makes the game, whether it’s your favorite team or not, it’s exciting because you got something invested in the game. Even if you put just a hundred bucks down you know, with your buddy.

Your hundred bucks say, ‘He’s gonna win this fight’ or whatever. It makes the game that much more exciting. So, I completely get the whole thing, Dimebag and Vinnie loved gambling. They just loved it. I got friends that would even go to local horse racing, like that, and put money down on horses. I never.

Even when we’d be in Vegas, we’d go to a Blackjack table, I’d put some money down and maybe a hundred bucks. Me, you and three other guys, just like 500 bucks, we all put it down, and then we won just right there. And I go ‘Wow, 500 bucks, I won’t be doing that again.’

For Wylde, gambling enhances the mood of the game if you’re doing it with small amounts and for fun. Hence, he understands the hype behind it. However, when he realized he was losing money to his friends, he decided that it wasn’t his thing and ruled out the habit from his life.