Wanna Talk Poker?
Well, many folks both past and present have, and there's a plethora of sayings from the proverbial to the literal that refer to our favorite game of poker. While the written gems in this list are but a few grains of sand in the ocean of poker literature, this is a small collection of some of our favorites. Think of any Poker Quotes we missed, or that you think should be added? Let us know, we're always looking to improve this and all our pages for you, the modern poker player!
"Poker, n. A game said to be played with cards for some purpose to this lexicographer unknown."
"When a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience leaves with money and the man with money leaves with experience."
"You get your chips your way, I'll get my chips mine."
"Don't challenge strong players, challenge weak ones. That's what they're there for."
"One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker!"
"Poker is... a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature."
--David A. Daniel
"Seldom do the lambs slaughter the butcher."
"No-limit hold'em: Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror."
"Poker is like life, most people don't learn from their mistakes, they only recognize them."
"90% of the hands aren't shown in a poker game."
"Luck never gives; it only lends."
"Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died..."
"Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead. "
"The rule is this: you spot a man's tell, you don't say a fucking word."
--Mike McDermott, Rounders
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. "
--20th Century Proverb, via Martin Jacobson
"In order to be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money."
"I can dodge bullets, baby!"
"Fold and live to fold again."
"Just play every hand, you can't miss them all."
"There is more to poker than life."
"I need some money. You got any money?"
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be good at poker."
"Poker's the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man's, and every man's is against yours."
--W. Somerset Maugham
"I'd bust my own grandmother if she played poker with me."
"If you play bridge badly you make your partner suffer, but if you play poker badly you make everybody happy."
--Joe Laurie Jr.
"Other than that and the fact that I don't have to work any more my life hasn't changed a bit."
-- Chris Moneymaker
"You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once."
"A man with money is no match against a man on a mission"
"Put yourself in their shoes before you decide on the best way to take their shirts."
"The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius."
--Julius 'Big Julie' Weintraub
"Cards are war, in disguise of a sport."
"In the long run there's no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know."
"There's over 2000 donkeys in this tournament and I had to be at the table with none of them."
--Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow
"The winner is not the player who wins the most pots. The winner is the player who wins the most money."
"Even Jesus wouldn't bet all of his chips on a Jack-three."
"May the flop be with you."
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."
"If you play a lot of poker, you realize that the better players play a lot of hands and they take chances."
"It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different."
"If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker."
--Mike McDermott, Rounders
"The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses."
"Try to decide how good your hand is at a given moment. Nothing else matters. Nothing."
"People think mastering the skill part [of poker] is hard, but they're wrong. The trick to poker is mastering the luck."
"You realize how many times lightning has to strike in order for you to be sitting here?"
--Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow
"You sat down with the Mad Russian and he emptied your pockets!"
"Chris (Moneymaker) winning that tournament has made the rest of us a lot of money."
"To be a poker champion, you must have a strong bladder."
"I dont play any two suited cards. I play any two non-suited cards. That way I am drawing at two different flushes."
"This fricking donkey stuffs $15,000 in with king-jack. I mean ... the guy can't even spell poker!"
"You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play."
"Hold em is to stud what chess is to checkers."
"No river, no fish."
"I had to make a choice between being a lawyer or a professional gambler. I chose the more honorable of the two."
"Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy."
"Very aggressive. A new day, and you won't be pushed around. But I reraise - 5000!"
--Teddy KGB, Rounders
"Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains."
"If there weren't luck involved, I would win every time."
"Poker is to cards and games what jazz is to music....We dig it because everybody can play."
"Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker."
"People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker."
"Poker is 100% skill and 50% luck."
"Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit...nourishes the wallet."
"The smarter you play, the luckier you'll be."
"Trust everyone, but always cut the cards."
"Poker's a day to learn and a lifetime to master."
--Robert Williamson III
"In a game of poker, I can put the players' souls in my pocket."
"I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand."
"The one who bets the most wins. Cards just break ties."
"Forget about a chip and a chair; give me a hand and I'll stand."
"You Call This One And It's All Over, Baby!"
"Don't get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn't win."
"Poker is alot like sex, everone thinks they are the best, but most don't have a clue what they are doing!"
"There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker."
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