Poker Quotes

Words and Thoughts on Your Favorite Game

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A Quaint Poker Quote Collection

Welcome to some of our favorite poker quotes!

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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."
--Ambrose Bierce

"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."
--Unknown

"You get your chips your way, I'll get my chips mine."
--Phil Ivey

"Don't challenge strong players, challenge weak ones. That's what they're there for."
--John Vorhaus

"One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker!"
--Mike Sexton

"Poker is... a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature."
--David A. Daniel

"Seldom do the lambs slaughter the butcher."
--Amarillo Slim

"No-limit hold'em: Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror."
--Tom McEvoy

"Poker is like life, most people don't learn from their mistakes, they only recognize them."
--C Arel

"90% of the hands aren't shown in a poker game."
--Doyle Brunson

"Luck never gives; it only lends."
--Unknown

"Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died..."
--Steven Wright

"Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead. "
--Jackie Robinson

"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."
--Doyle Brunson

"I can dodge bullets, baby!"
--Phil Hellmuth

"Fold and live to fold again."
--Stu Unger

"Just play every hand, you can't miss them all."
--Sammy Farha

"There is more to poker than life."
--Tom McEvoy

"I need some money. You got any money?"
--Daniel Negreanu

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be good at poker."
--Phil Gordon

"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."
--Jack strauss

"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."
--Amarillo Slim

"A man with money is no match against a man on a mission"
--Doyle Brunson

"Put yourself in their shoes before you decide on the best way to take their shirts."
--David Sklansky

"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."
--Charles Lamb

"In the long run there's no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know."
--Rick Bennet

"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."
--Anthony Holden

"Even Jesus wouldn't bet all of his chips on a Jack-three."
--Phil Gordon

"May the flop be with you."
--Doyle Brunson

"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."
--Stu Ungar

"If you play a lot of poker, you realize that the better players play a lot of hands and they take chances."
--Phil Ivey

"It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different."
--Stu Ungar

"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."
--Bobby Baldwin

"Try to decide how good your hand is at a given moment. Nothing else matters. Nothing."
--Doyle Brunson

"People think mastering the skill part [of poker] is hard, but they're wrong. The trick to poker is mastering the luck."
--Jesse May

"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!"
--Worm, Rounders

"Chris (Moneymaker) winning that tournament has made the rest of us a lot of money."
--Greg Raymer

"To be a poker champion, you must have a strong bladder."
--Jack McClelland

"I dont play any two suited cards. I play any two non-suited cards. That way I am drawing at two different flushes."
--Amarillo Slim

"This fricking donkey stuffs $15,000 in with king-jack. I mean ... the guy can't even spell poker!"
--Phil Hellmuth

"You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play."
--Dan Reed

"Hold em is to stud what chess is to checkers."
--Johnny Moss

"No river, no fish."
--Amarillo Slim

"I had to make a choice between being a lawyer or a professional gambler. I chose the more honorable of the two."
--Chip Reese

"Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy."
--Lou Kreiger

"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."
--Mike Caro

"If there weren't luck involved, I would win every time."
--Phil Hellmuth

"Poker is to cards and games what jazz is to music....We dig it because everybody can play."
--Steve Lipscomb

"Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker."
--Amarillo Slim

"People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker."
--Mary Austin

"Poker is 100% skill and 50% luck."
--Phil Hellmuth

"Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit...nourishes the wallet."
--Lou Kreiger

"The smarter you play, the luckier you'll be."
--Mark Pilarski

"Trust everyone, but always cut the cards."
--Benny Binion

"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."
--Beausourire

"I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand."
--Jonathan Swift

"The one who bets the most wins. Cards just break ties."
--Sammy Farha

"Forget about a chip and a chair; give me a hand and I'll stand."
--Warren Karp

"You Call This One And It's All Over, Baby!"
--Scotty Nguyen

"Don't get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn't win."
--Michael Gersitz

"Poker is alot like sex, everone thinks they are the best, but most don't have a clue what they are doing!"
--Dutch Boyd

"There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker."
--Mark Twain

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