99+ Best Poker Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational poker quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Poker Quotes

Fold and live to fold again. Stu Ungar

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned. Paul Newman

Life, like poker, has an element of risk. It shouldn’t be avoided. It should be faced. Edward Norton

In order to be a successful gambler, you have to have a complete disregard for money. Doyle Brunson

Poker is not a game in which the meek inherit the Earth. David Hayano

Everybody will eventually run worse than they thought was possible. The difference between a winner and a loser is, that the latter thinks they do not deserve it. Irieguy

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

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

Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game. James Altucher

Play like champ, win like a champ, act like a champ. Frank Henderson

Serious poker is no more about gambling than rock climbing is about taking risks. Al Alvarez

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

Poker may be a branch of psychological warfare, an art form or indeed a way of life, but it is also merely a game in which money is simply the means of keeping score. Anthony Holden

Don’t get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn’t win. Michael Gersitz

Just play every hand, you can’t miss them all. Sammy Farha

I’m absolutely gonna win it, because I’m ruthless. I sit at the poker table and my job is to destroy people. James Woods

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

The Main Event is the only tournament in the history of poker you never have to bluff. You just have to stay alive and wait for the idiots to give you their chips. Mike Matusow

The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time. General David Shoup

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

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

The object of poker is to keep your money away from Phil Ivey for as long as possible. Gus Hansen

What I know about poker you can fit into a thimble with room left over, but I’m learning. Wilford Brimley

Why do the pushing when the donkey will do the pulling? Daniel Negreanu

If you always start with the worse hand, you never have a bad beat story to tell. Chuck Thompson

No limit hold’em Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror. Tom McEvoy

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

Limit poker is a science, but no limit is an art. In limit, you are shooting at a target In No Limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you. Crandell Addington

Don’t get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn’t win. Michael Gersitz

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

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

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be good at poker. Phil Gordon

Avoid people with gold teeth who want to play cards. George Carlin

It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell! Grantland Rice

If there weren’t luck involved, I would win every time. Phil Hellmuth

Of course I lied. It’s poker. Tony Guoga

Trust everyone but always cut the cards. Benny Binion

Poker has the feeling of a sport, but you don’t have to do push ups. Penn Gillette

If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you. Paul Newman

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

Bad beats will, from time to time, still rob you like a crack addict with an empty pipe. Rick Dacey

They say poker is a zero sum game. It must be, because every time I play my sum ends up zero. Max Shapiro

Going on tilt is not mixing up your play. Steve Badger

The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I am looking for reasons to play. Daniel Negreanu

Poker is a lot like sex. Everyone thinks they are the best, but most don’t have a clue what they are doing. Dutch Boyd

No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner. Thomas Dewar

You played that hand like a vegan. Erick Linderer

Whoever coined the phrase a man’s got to play the hand that was dealt him was most certainly one piss poor bluffer. Jeannette Walls

May the flop be with you. Doyle Brunson

Omaha is a game that was invented by a Sadist and played by Masochists. Shane Smith

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

Poker is a combination of luck and skill. People think mastering the skill part is hard, but they’re wrong The trick to poker is mastering the luck. Jesse May

It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell. Grantland Rice

I always carried a gun in my pocket because the problem for me wasn’t winning the money it was getting out with it. Dave Devilfish Ulliott

I never saw a poker player’s money that I did not like. Oklahoma Johnny Hale

If you always start with the worst hand, you never have a bad beat story to tell. Chuck Thompson

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be good at poker. Phil Gordon

If you play bridge badly, you make your partner suffer, but if you play poker badly you make everybody happy. Joe Laurie Jr.

They say poker is a zero sum game. It must be, because every time I play my sum ends up zero. Max Shapiro

I was tired, a little the worse for drink, jet lagged and light headed four out of four conditions in which one should certainly not play poker in Las Vegas. Anthony Holden

No river, no fish. Amarillo Slim

I love the fact that I can mess with someone’s head. Antonio Esfandiari

The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play. Chris Moneymaker

Really, if there’s one thing I’ve learned without question about poker, it’s that poker screws with people’s brains and drives them batshit. Ed Miller

No limit holdem Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror. Tom McEvoy

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

If you play bridge badly, you make your partner suffer, but if you play poker badly you make everybody happy. Joe Laurie, Jr.

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well. Jack London

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

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

I don’t play any two suited cards. I play any two non suited cards. That way I’m drawing at two different flushes. Amarillo Slim

Poker is a wonderful card game, the money is just a convenient way of keeping score. Amarillo Slim

Every poker player, like every fisherman, needs to have a story in a box, and most poker stories are completely uninteresting. Jason Alexander

I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you’re done for. Al Alvarez

Omaha is a game that was invented by a Sadist and is played by Masochists. Shane Smith

The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time. General David Shoup

Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains. Mike Caro

Most of the money you’ll win at poker comes not from the brilliance of your own play, but from the ineptitude of your opponents. Lou Krieger

Poker is a combination of luck and skill. People think mastering the skill part is hard, but they’re wrong. The trick to poker is mastering the luck. Jesse May

The only bad luck for a good gambler is bad health. Any other setbacks are temporary aggravation. Benny Binion

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

The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play. Chris Moneymaker

I learned playing poker that you never count your winnings because that’s when you start to lose. Kenneth Langone

Serious poker is no more about gambling than rock climbing is about taking risks. Al Alvarez

The two things you need to be successful in poker are, first, find the muck, and second, don’t play your own money. David Devilfish Ulliott

The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. Bobby Baldwin

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

What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it. Michael Faust

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well. Jack London

If a player is looking to have you fund their poker career, you need to look at why they are broke. James Guill

The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing or, more particularly with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips. William J. Florence

I learned playing poker that you never count your winnings because that’s when you start to lose. Kenneth Langone

Poker is not simply a game of odds, moves and calculations. It is a game of controlled and exploited emotions including greed, fear, over confidence and anger. Steven Lubet

Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life. Anthony Holden

Everyone gets lucky once in a while, but no one is consistently lucky. Doyle Brunson

The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius. Julius Weintraub

Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album, not a smart poker strategy. Richard Roeper

Ah, he’s just another kid with a dream! Norman Chad

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