George Strait's song "Ace in the Hole" was released in July 1989 as the third single from his album "Beyond the Blue Neon." This song became his 18th #1 single on the Billboard Country Music chart and his 11th consecutive #1 hit. The song emphasizes the importance of having a secret or a backup plan in life. It encourages listeners to not put everything on the line and to have something saved for unexpected situations. The lyrics were written by Dennis Adkins. Strait's touring band is also known as "The Ace in the Hole Band."