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326 Most Famous Poker Quotes of All Time

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Famous Poker Players' Quotes

Many famous poker players have condensed their knowledge and experience into meaningful poker quotes that will often teach you something new or make you laugh.
The experience of some of the best poker players in the world is a valuable source of inspiration and motivation. And learning from other seasoned players is a beautiful way to improve your game.
So, let’s take a look at the quotes from some of the best players. Get inspired, memorize the quotes, and show off at the poker table!

Phil Hellmuth – Quotes about poker

“I’m the best no-limit Texas Hold’em player in the world,” said once Phil Hellmuth. Although it’s difficult to prove this statement, there is no doubt that he is one of the most successful professional poker players. Hellmuth has won a record 16 World Series of Poker bracelets.

He is also the winner of the 1989 Main Event and the author of a few known poker books.

Phil is known for his “poker brat” quotes:



“Poker is 100% skill and 50% luck.”


“I forgot my name. What’s my name. Am I Phil Hellmuth?”


“It’s like I can look into their souls.”

Phil Hellmuth Poker Quotes


“If there weren’t luck involved, I would win every time.”


“When I watch myself on TV, I am a bit compelling..”


“I am the Jack Nicklaus of poker, the Tiger Woods of poker, the Mozart of poker.”


“This guy probably can’t even spell poker.”


“Let me complain, it’s good for television.”


“Honey, I was supposed to go broke on that hand. But they forgot one thing. I can dodge bullets baby!”


“Come on Sam, you know my heart is pure.”


“No matter how much you may want to think of Holdém as a card game played by people, in many respects it is even more valid to think of it as a game about people that happens to be played with cards.”


“I’ve busted a million Europeans”

Phil Hellmuth Quotes


“I think that we are all in the right place at the right time almost every day. It’s the people who are prepared to be lucky who can take advantage of being there. How do these people position themselves to be lucky? It was Goethe who said, ‘Anytime that you take the first step toward trying to achieve something in life, all manner of good things will mysteriously fall into your path to help speed you along your way.’ Amen to that!” ~ Phil Hellmuth


“This fricking donkey stuffs $15,000 in with king-jack. I mean…the guy can’t even spell poker!”


“Poker is about understanding human behavior and managing emotions – yours and the other guy’s. That’s huge in poker, and it’s huge in business.”


“When I lose a big pot, I go a little crazy.”


“I’m a big believer in the power of your own words.”


“Just because you’re sitting at a poker table with some guy doesn’t give him the right to say whatever the hell he wants about the way you live your life.”


“Look, I never enjoy risking my tournament life with a marginal hand, but if you want to be a poker champion, that’s exactly what needs to be done. Just don’t do it too often!”


“If you never bluff, you’ll rarely get called. If you bluff all the time, you’ll always get called.”


“I played so perfect, I couldn’t play more perfect.”

Amarillo Slim – Best Poker Quotes

Amarillo Slim was a professional gambler and poker player from the United States. He is known for his high-stakes games, fast-talking, and his colorful attire.

He has been featured in several books and movies about poker and is considered one of the most famous players of all time. Amarillo Slim is also known for his many quotes, which include:

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“I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a Champion and make a sucker of of him.”


“Look around the table. If you don’t see a sucker, get up, because you’re the sucker.”


“You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once.”


“I don’t believe in hunches. Hunches are for dogs making love.” 


“It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it.”


“I dont play any two suited cards. I play any two non-suited cards. That way I am drawing at two different flushes.”


“If you are going to bluff, make it a big one.”


“My favorite chip trick is to make everyone’s chip stack disappear.”

Amarillo Slim Poker Quotes“My favorite chip trick is to make everyone’s chip stack disappear.”


“Sometimes the lambs slaughter the butcher.”


“No river, no fish.”


“If there is anything worth arguing about, I will either bet on it or shut up.”


“I have played poker with presidents—Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon—and George Bush Sr. considers me a friend. And while I have never taken a drug in my life, I have rubbed elbows, for better or worse, with Texas drug king Jimmy Chagra and Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (who almost killed me). And the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, has a picture of me in city hall. Me—a gambler!”


“If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.”


“The only way to make a living playing poker is to be better than everybody else.”


“Poker is a game of people. It’s all about how well you read people.”



“Dogs are lousy poker players. When they get a good hand, they wag their tails.”


“Money isn’t everything unless you’re playing a rebuy tournament.”


“Old card players never die, they just shuffle away.”


“A faint heart never filled a spade flush.”


“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.”


“If you’re falling off a cliff you might as well try to fly”

“Poker is a zero-sum game for most players”
“Gambling and winning is gambling, so is losing”
“Playing a poor hand well shows a day chump”


Benny Binion Poker Sayings

Benny Binion was an American casino owner and operator and is credited with helping to establish Las Vegas as a gambling destination.

He was also known for his philanthropy and was quoted as saying: “The more you give, the more you get.”

Here are some of his best quotes:


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


“Trust everyone, but always cut the cards.”


“Tough times make tough people.”


“People want good whiskey, cheap, good food, cheap, and a square gamble… Make the little man feel like a big man.”


“We had a gunfight and I won.”


“Everybody had his little ways of doing somethin’ to the cards – marking ’em, crimpin’ ’em. I got in with more of a gamblin’ type – you might say road gamblers – most everybody cheated, and today people are smarter. Well, you just gotta judge honesty. I don’t know how I do it but there’s just kind of a tell on people.”


“I never did make no money bootlegging… just kept me poor as a church mouse all the time.”


“I think a player is somebody with a lot of energy… kind of a nervous type, and he has to have some outlet. Couldn’t just go to bed like an ordinary person.”


“They was wantin’ to get rid of me. I was a little too strong. A lot of them died, some of them have destroyed theirselves in the meantime. They’ll know who I’m talking about. Everyone of ’em’s had bad luck. I believe the law of averages, or the Lord or somebody, operates that.”


“I never did recognise damagin’. I just kept on rollin’. I don’t look back. Old guy told me, ‘Don’t never look back or holler ‘whoa, in a bad place’. Tough times make tough people.”


“I’ve done nothin’ to nobody [who] I didn’t think was going to do me bodily harm. If anybody goes to talking about doing me bodily harm or doing my family bodily harm, I’m very capable of taking care of them in a most artistic way.”


“Tell them FBIs that I am still capable of doing my own damn killing.”


“I never got mad at a man for owing me. It was my fault if he owed me. You can’t find a human being that ever owed me a gambling debt that I said a cross word to.”


“If a man don’t have no respect of himself, he’ll steal. Fear will not keep ’em from stealin’. Damn near killed some of ’em. Just kick the hell out of ’em.”


“You learn a little somethin’ every day. When you quit learning, I think your damn lights went out.”

6 Best Doyle Brunsons’ Quotes

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Doyle Brunson is one of the most well-known and successful gamblers in the world.
He has been quoted as saying, “I am not a poker player, I am a gambler.” This quote highlights his approach to gambling and life in general.

He takes risks and trusts his gut instinct to guide him to success. This has undoubtedly served him well throughout his career and life. Brunson has written some of the most known books in poker history.

He authored and co-authored 14 books.

Enjoy Doyle’s best poker sayings:


“May the flop be with you.”


“Show me your eyes and you may as well show me your cards.”


“Poker is war. People pretend it is a game.”


“A man with money is no match against a man on a mission.”


“The key to No-Limit… is to put a man to a decision for all his chips.”


“I come from an era where poker players were regarded
as second class citizens, and I’ve seen poker evolve into the
national pastime it is today.”

Stu Ungar’s Famous Poker Sayings


Stu Ungar was a famous professional player who won several World Series of Poker championships. He was also known for his quotable quotes about the game, including:


“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”


“Fold and live to fold again.”


“There’s no one that ever beat me playing cards, the only one that ever beat me was myself.”

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“It’s hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Think about what it’s like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside. That probably sounds harsh. But that’s the way it is at the poker table. If you don’t believe me, then you’re the lamb that’s going off to the slaughter.”


“I never want to be called a ‘good loser.’ Show me a good loser and I’ll just show you a loser”


“I don’t want to be called a good loser. A good loser is still a loser.”


“When the cards are dealt, I just want to destroy people”

Sammy Farhas’ Favorite Phrases

These are some of Sammy Farha’s favorite quotes. He is a professional player from Lebanon who has won multiple World Series of Poker bracelets.
He is also known for his appearances on televised poker shows like High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark.


“Just play every hand, you can’t miss them all.”


“The one who bets the most wins. Cards just break ties.”


“Raisey Daisy!”


“You can bluff the good players, but not the bad players. Against the bad players, you have to have a hand.”


“For five days, I had no sleep. None. I did not sleep. And the last day, the reason I lasted, I drank 20 Red Bulls, about 20 cups of coffee. I could not function.”

Phil Ivey Quotes

“I’m a risk taker. If I see an opportunity to make money, I go for it.”Phil Ivey is one of the most successful players in the world. He’s also known for being a bit of a risk taker.
This quote showcases his willingness to take risks in order to make money. It’s this boldness that has helped him become one of the richest pro players in the world.
Here are some more of his quotes proving it:


“I like it when I lose so much money I can barely breathe. That’s the feeling I go for. I’m addicted to that feeling.”


“You get your chips your way, I’ll get my chips mine.”


“The object of poker is to keep your money away from Phil Ivey for as long as possible.” – Gus Hansen (Ivey related)


“You’ve got to take some chances and know when you’re beat and know how to get certain advantages.”


“I’d work on my game online and at casinos, build my bankroll, find good games, and try to put myself in a position to keep winning and earn a steady income.”


“A lot of people these days are too ambitious; their sights are set too high at the start and they end up diving in too deep, quitting their day job too soon. They move to Vegas or wherever, make an all-or-nothing commitment before they’re ready, and burn out.”


“The biggest thing when you’re playing live is that you’re sitting across from the player and can get a detailed impression of how they’re acting, and whether they’re expressing strength or weakness. Online, it’s much more about betting patterns and you’re using a much narrower range of cues to what they’re holding and thinking.”


“How much is that?”


“I wouldn’t count it out, but right now I feel like my career is still just starting. The best years are yet to come.”

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50 Best Daniel Negreanu Poker Quotes of All Time

Daniel Negreanu is a famous Canadian professional player who has won numerous championships and tournaments. Negreanu is one of the best tournament players in the world and is well for his “table chat” and quotes about the game of poker:


“The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I am looking for reasons to play.”


“I need some money, you got any money?”


“Why do the pushing when the donkey will do the pulling?”


“When you’re playing cards you can’t constantly think about what the money costs you in the real world. You can’t be constantly concerned about that if you want to be successful.”


“The most obvious difference between a cash game and a tournament is that in tournament play, once your chips are gone, so are you. In a cash game, you can always dig into your pocket for more money.”


“I prefer being able to see my opponent. It is just different for me; I didn’t grow up with the internet age really.”


“Too many players focus on physical tells. For both online and live games, you should be focusing more on betting patterns and histories. The ability to figure out your opponent’s hand based on his betting pattern is a crucial skill.”


“The danger of paired flops is directly related to how high the pair is: there’s less risk in a flop like 2-2-7 than Q-Q-8. Why? Because most players will fold a hand that contains a deuce but will play hands that contain a queen like A-Q, K-Q, Q-J, or Q-10.”


“High flops like K-Q-9, K-J-10 or Q-J-8 are dangerous to pocket aces. That’s because these flops will more likely to connect with the range of hands that your opponents will typically play, like 10-J, K-Q, 10-10, or 9-10.”


“A common mistake made by amateurs is that they fail to take advantage of players who bluff excessively. Instead of playing possum and letting their aggressive opponents continue to bet, beginners raise too early with monster hands, allowing their opponents to fold.”


“Bluffing is most effective when done sporadically; bluff too often, and you’ll blow your credibility.”


“Rarely is it correct to play a hyper-aggressive style of poker. But there are certain situations where a seemingly reckless approach will actually be the most profitable strategy to employ, like at the Main Event at the World Series of Poker.”


“Hyper-aggressive poker works best in deep-stack tournaments.”


“The goal of hyper-aggressive poker is to create a wild and crazy image that will return dividends when you’re eventually dealt a monster hand.”


“One pair rarely wins an Omaha pot, even if that pair is aces. In Hold’em, on the other hand, a pair of aces is right around the average winning hand.”


“High-stakes gamblers love heart-racing Omaha-type action; normal poker players don’t!”


“In poker, position is power. When you’ve got position, play more hands and apply more pressure before the flop.”


“Playing chess can make you a better poker player because it forces you to think several moves ahead. That kind of intense mental exercise develops a deeper level of thinking than is typically encountered when playing poker.”


“Experienced no-limit Texas Hold’em players understand the importance of reading flop texture.”


“Tournament play demands patience to survive and win. Winning at cash games demands a whole other level of thought and deception. You need to reach into your bag of tricks and run the occasional big bluff to be a consistent cash game winner.”


“I’ve seen so many thousands of hands that I am just going to be right more often than most people.”


“I am most challenged by playing cash games against the world’s top players. These games force me to think several moves in advance, like in a game of chess. And though I also find tournaments fun to play, they just don’t provide the constant brain buzz that cash game players crave.”


“Playing deep-stack, no-limit hold’em is a very complex game where the most critical and difficult decisions come after the flop.”


“Deep-stack games like High Stakes Poker are the favorites among both poker pros and avid fans of televised poker. In these games, the most talented players shine and the most exciting action takes place.”


“The value of small pocket pairs comes from the possibility of flopping three of kind and winning a sizable pot. To that extent, playing this type of hand is a low risk/high reward proposition.”


“Moving all-in with a small pair from early position only makes sense when you are severely short-stacked and desperately need to pick up the blinds.”


“In No Limit hold’em tournaments, size your bets based on your opponent’s skill level. You can cut corners by betting wisely – save a little here and make a little extra there.”


“It’s one of my basic premises for tournament play: Choose to bet the lesser amount when a smaller-sized bet will accomplish the same objective as a bigger one.”


“Beginning players are predictable and rarely bluff. They tend to focus only on their own hand and simply hope to catch the one card they need to improve.”


“Obsessing about statistics won’t make you a better poker player. In fact, you’ll end up wasting too much valuable time on that stuff when you should be concentrating on crucial issues, like getting a read on your opponents and studying the psychological aspects of the game.”


“In tournament play, it’s generally advisable to avoid risking large sums of chips in coin flip situations, like pocket sixes versus A-K. After all, the pocket pair is only a very slight heads-up favorite.”


“The ability to perform basic math calculations is certainly an integral part of playing fundamental poker. But in tournament poker, it’s equally important to understand that survival often trumps mathematics in coin flip situations.”


“You have to play more hands than usual to be successful in tournament poker. While a conservative approach can help you squeak into the money, the only way to win is to mix it up and get involved with a wider range of starting hands.”


“No matter what poker book you read or poker show you watch, the topic of position will invariably be discussed and its importance stressed.”


“Blind stealing is not exclusive to late position play. You can steal blinds from any position, and you should!”


“Soft playing destroys the integrity of the game of poker, and it’s wrong – flat out wrong.”


“Poker is not a team sport. It’s every man for himself. It’s perfectly okay to root for your buddies and hope they do well, but when it’s time to play the game, you have to give it your all. All by yourself, that is.”


“The world’s most successful tournament competitors – like me, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Phil Hellmuth, and countless others – like to play small ball poker. It’s a style that we use to steadily increase our stacks in no limit hold’em tournaments without having to assume significant risk.”


“Playing middle pairs like 10-10, 9-9, 8-8, and 7-7 can be difficult but only if you overvalue them and mistakenly play them as you would premium hands.”


“Tournaments are won by aggressively going after smaller pots with a range of starting hands. The trick is learning how to do that without becoming reckless.”


“In small ball poker, you’ll need to widen your starting hand requirements beyond pocket pairs and A-K.”


“The secret behind playing small ball poker isn’t so much in the hands you choose to play. It’s more about the amount you choose to bet with the hands you end up playing.”


“I seldom reraise before the flop no matter what my hand is. By so doing, I’m able to disguise the strength of my hand and can trap unsuspecting opponents who interpret my smooth call as a sign of weakness.”


“Always keep in mind that poker is about limiting your losses and maximizing your gains on every hand you play.”


“Check-raising with a drawing hand on the turn is simply a kamikaze gamble. It might work once in a while, but if you consistently attempt it, too often you’ll find yourself watching the rest of the tournament from behind the rail.”


“Beating a tight game requires focus. You’ll need to seek out every opportunity where you can steal a big pot. One way is by representing a hand that your opponents probably can’t beat.”


“To be a great poker player, you’re going to have to learn this fact: Everything that’s said at a poker table is worth listening to. It’s all information that you can use to make better decisions, whether people are talking about baseball, politics, or, oh yeah, poker.”


“If you want to make money playing poker, find a game with a few suckers, fish, donkeys, live ones, or whatever you choose to call a bad player. Just don’t let that sucker be you.”


“Swallow your pride and be completely objective about your own poker skill level. Only then can you implement an effective betting strategy.”


“While sophisticated plays can work in poker, if attempted by an inexperienced player, they’ll usually backfire. Elaborate bluffs and check-raises are best left to experienced players. It’s just like golf: don’t try to hit a tricky flop shot with that 25-handicap of yours!”

Funny Poker And Gambling Sayings

At the end of the day, poker is also about having fun, and there is no better way than responding to a bad beat or a losing session with a funny poker saying that will make all the players at your table smile.

There are many funny poker phrases there. Some of them are:

Funny poker quotes and sayings
  1. “The object of poker is to keep your money away from Phil Ivey for as long as possible.” – Gus Hansen
  2. “No gamble no future” –Unknown
  3. “I had twips” – John Juanda
  4. “Dogs are lousy poker players. When they get a good hand, they wag their tails.” – Unknown
  5. “May the flop be with you.” – Doyle Brunson
  6.  “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
  7. “There’s no one that ever beat me playing cards, the only one that ever beat me was myself” – Stu Ungar
  8. “Avoid people with gold teeth who want to play cards.” ~ George Carlin
  9. “I never saw a poker player’s money that I did not like.” ~ Oklahoma Johnny Hale
  10.  “Old card players never die, they just shuffle away.” ~ Unknown
  11. “It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell.” – Grantland Rice
  12. “Don’t get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn’t win.”  Michael Gersitz
  13. “To be a poker champion you must have a strong bladder.” ~ Jack McClelland
  14.  “I put three kids through college playing poker. Unfortunately, they weren’t my kids.” – Max Shapiro
  15. “My favorite chip trick is to make everyone’s chip stack disappear.” – Amarillo Slim
  16. “The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play.” – Chris Moneymaker
  17. “I must complain the cards are ill-shuffled till I have a good hand.” – Jonathan Swift
  18. “If you play bridge badly, you make your partner suffer, but if you play poker badly you make everybody happy.” – Joe Laurie, Jr.
  19. “It’s weird being considered an expert at something that confuses me every single day.” – Erik Seidel
  20. “A person should gamble every day, because think of how bad it would be to be walking around lucky and not know it.” – Robert Turner
  21. “Id swim across shark infected waters with a pork chop tied around my neck to play the best poker players in the world” – Dave Devil Fish
  22. “When your opponent’s sittin’ there holdin’ all the Aces, there’s only one thing to do: kick over the tables.”
    – Dean Martin

Famous Poker Sex Quotes

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Poker is a male-dominated game, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are many sex sayings created by the players:

  1. “Poker Is Like Sex, If You Don’t Have A Good Partner, You Better Have A Good Hand”. – Unknown
  2. “Poker is like sex. You can go all in but if your stack is small nobody will notice.” – Unknown
  3. “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

  4. “Sex is good, they say, but poker lasts longer” – Al Alvarez

  5. “A pair of balls beats everything!” – Unknown

  6. Poker sex quotes“Poker is like sex – it’s more fun when you go all-in.” – Anonymous

  7. “The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be.” – Mark Pilarski

  8. “I need more sex, OK? Before I die I wanna taste everyone in the world,” – Angelina Jolie

  9. “I like sex like I like my poker, with drunk Asian women” – Unknown

  10. “No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner.” – Lord Dewar

  11. “Poker? I barley know her!” – Unknown

Quotes About Betting And Gambling

There are many different quotes about betting and gambling.

Some people view it as a fun and exciting way to win money, while others see it as a dangerous addiction. No matter what your personal views are, there is no denying that this can be a risky business.

Here are some quotes about betting and taking a risk to help you make up your mind about this controversial pastime:


  1. “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune; go there with a large one.” – Jack Yelton
  2. “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” – Fast Eddie Felson

  3. “Once you start thinking you have nothing left to learn, you have everything to learn.” – Steve Badger

  4. “At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.” – James Bond

  5. “Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature.” – Edmund Burke

  6. “The best throw of the dice is to throw them away.” – Unknown

  7.  “A gambler never makes the same mistake twice. It’s usualy three or more times.” – Terrence Murphy

  8. “If you think this is gambling, you should try farming” –  Unknown

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

  10. “When we play, we must realize, before anything else, that we are out to make money.” – David Sklansky

  11. “Even as I approach the gambling hall, as soon as I hear, two rooms away, the jingle of money poured out on the table, I almost go into convulsions.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

  12. “Is it really not possible to touch the gaming table without being instantly infected by superstition? “– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  13. “Investing in a poker game and investing in stocks, at least the way I do it, it’s a very similar skillset.” – David Einhorn

  14. “No-limit hold’em: Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.” – Tom McEvoy

  15. “If you don’t study any companies, you have the same success buying stocks as you do in a poker game if you bet without looking at your cards.” – Peter Lynch

The Best Short Poker Quotes

There is something cool about short sayings. You don’t need 100% opponent’s attention to ensure he gets it, and they are easy to remember and use at the poker tables.


  1. “Pay the man his money” – Teddy KGB
  2. “Don’t tap the glass.” – Unknown
    “I flop the river” (followed by a maniacal laugh) – Unknown

  3. “On your bike!” – Tony G

  4. “Shuffle up and deal!” – Unknown

  5. “Of course I lied Phil, it’s poker.” – Tony G

  6. “I’m a winning player at .01/.02” – Unknown

  7. “Ship It!” – Many players

  8. “Send more Russians!” – Tony G

  9. “I rolled up” – Scotty Nguyen

  10. “All you need is a chip and a chair.” – Jack Straus

  11. “How much is that?” – Phil Ivey

  12. “Fold and live to fold again.” – Stu Ungar

  13. “He’s been whamboozled!” – Norman Chad (ESPN)

  14. “I got top-top.” – Jamie Gold

  15. “I raise one mirrion!” – Jerry Yang

  16. “Boom! 9-high like a boss!” – William Kassouf

  17. “Welcome to value town. Population, you!” – David “Viffer” Peat

  18. “The kiddie game is down the street!” – Mike “The Mouth” Matusow

  19. “Trust everyone, but always cut the cards.” – Benny Binion

  20. “You call, it’s gonna be all over baby!” – Scotty Nguyen

  21. “It’s domination nation.” – Unknown

  22. “No gamble no future” – Unknown

  23. “I had twips” – John Juanda

  24. “A pair of balls beats everything!” – Unknown

Playing Your Cards Right Quotes

Many sayings suggest playing your poker cards right. To be successful, you need to be strategic and careful with how you play your hand (obviously). A bit of luck is also helpful :).

“Poker, a day to learn and a lifetime to master.”

  1. “Hold’em is a game of calculated aggression. If your cards are good enough for you to call a bet, they are good enough to raise with.” – Unknown
  2. “Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who say he is, is either a liar or doesn’t play poker.”Thomas Austin Preston Jr, commonly known as Amarillo Slim

  3. “You can ever win if you always play till you lose” – Unknown

  4. “Figure out what your opponent wants you to do—and disappoint them” – Dan Harrington

  5. “The one who bets the most wins. Cards just break ties.”- Sammy Farha

  6. “Try to decide how good your hand is at a given moment. Nothing else matters. Nothing.” Doyle Brunson

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

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

  9. “If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” – Matt Damon (Mike McDermott), Rounders 1998

  10. “That’s a position raise. I call.” – TeddyKGB (Rounders)

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

  12. “May the flop be with you.” – Doyle Brunson

  13. “Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.” Mike Caro

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

  15. “Just play every hand, you can’t miss them all.” – Sammy Farha

  16. “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

  17. “I think I have a pretty good hand. But there is always a chance someone might have a better one. There’s just no way of knowing for sure.” – Uknown

  18. “Any pair is good” – Many players

  19. “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

  20. “A deuce on the river never changes anything” – Norman “Chad” Chad

  21. “If there is one ‘X-factor’ that unites all great poker players, it’s their willingness to play aggressive poker.” – Phil Gordon

  22. “Play poker like an animal.
    Be as:
    Quiet as a mouse,
    Ferocious as a tiger,
    Sly as a fox,
    Wise as an owl,
    Brave as a lion,
    Slippery as an eel,
    and remember,
    Pigs almost always get slaughtered!”
    –VP Pappy

  23. “I don’t know about cards but I think these 45’s beat a full-house” – Omar

  24. “Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponent’s cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose. Conversely, every time opponents play their hands differently from the way they would have if they could see all your cards, you gain; and every time they play their hands the same way they would have played if they could see all your cards, you lose.” – David Sklansky (The Fundamental Theorem of Poker)

  25. “I think it’s important to think about everything while you’re at the table.  If the best players in the world are taking everything in and you’re not, then you’re giving something up.  Anytime you can find anything to your advantage you have to use that tool, especially nowadays with the fields getting tougher and tougher.” ​- Gavin Smith, WPT ‘Player of the Year’ 2006 

Poker Dealer Quotes

“Is poker a sport? – I don’t know, but I like any sport where you can eat a hot dog and drink a beer while you’re playing.”

Poker dealers are often quoted by players because they constantly repeat the same things during the game. Here are some of the more known sentences:


  1. “Big blind please” – Every Dealer

  2. “Your cards Sir please” – Every Dealer

  3. “Welcome to the table” – Every Dealer

  4. “Straddle is up. $4 to call.” – Straddle.

  5. “New dealer, thank you!” – Every Dealer

  6. “Antes please!” – Every Dealer

  7. “At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.” – Unknown

  8. ”If you lose your head you will lose all your chips.” – William J. Florence

  9. “There are tides in a poker tournament. Sometimes, when hopes are high and the chips are flowing, hardly a minute goes by without a dealer calling, ‘Player down,’ sending another slump-shouldered player to the rail. Then there are other times nobody gets knocked out for half an hour or more, as the players hunch protectively over their stakes, taking no chances, waiting for somebody else to do something stupid.” -Pete Hautman, All-In

Common Expressions Used By Many Players

“One time”

  1. “Chip count please”
  2. “Clock please”

  3. “I play the dealer”

  4. “Ship it”

  5. “I’m playing the board.”

  6. “Calling your bluff”

  7. Check in the Dark

  8. “Family pot”

Luck in Poker Phrases


Some people believe that luck has nothing to do with winning at poker and that poker is a science, but these famous quotes from pro players seem to suggest otherwise.

poker luck quotes

“Luck never gives; it only lends.”

  1. “Never gamble a man who is playing poker with tarot cards” – Bartek Karpowicz
  2. “Even a dog finds a steak in the trash every now and then.” – Unknown
  3. “The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be.” Mark Pilarski

  4. “Poker is 100% skill and 50% luck.” – Phil Hellmuth

  5. “Luck favors the backbone, not the wishbone.” – Doyle Brunson

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

  7. “Some poker players will complain about how unlucky they are until the end of time.” – Joe Ingram

  8. “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

  9. “Long may the ignorant believe it’s a game of luck” – Harry Demetriou

Poker And Life Sayings

“Never gamble with a man who knows both sides of the cards.”

Poker And Life Sayings Poker is often seen as a game of chance, but there is also an element of skill involved.
Many of the same skills that are needed to be successful in poker can also be applied to life in general.
Here are some poker and life sayings that can help you to become a better player and person:
  1. “There is more to poker than life.” – Tom McEvoy

  2. “To you it’s poker to me this is my life” – Hellmuth

  3. “In order to live, you must be willing to die.” – Unknown

  4. “Try not to think you’re better than you are.” – Erik Seidel

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

  6. “What we think, we become.” – Buddha

  7. “Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.” – Mike Caro

  8. “Play like a champ. Win like a champ. Act like a champ.” – Frank Henderson

  9.  “Poker is a hard way to make an easy living.” – Doyle Brunson

  10. “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

  11. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison

  12. “In the poker game of life, women are the rake. They are the f**king rake!” – Worm (Rounders)

  13. “If you’re falling off a cliff you might as well try to fly” Unknown

  14. Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair. – Dorothy Parker                                                 

  15. “Don’t forget to cherish all the things you love”  Uknown

  16. “Die with memories, not dreams.” – Unknown

  17. “Aspire to inspire before we expire.” – Unknown

  18. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

  21. “There are few things so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker!  The upper-class knows very little about it.  Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind hearted, liberal, sincere and all that, who did not know the meaning of ‘flush’.  It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.” – Mark Twain

  22. “You will know you’re alive, with your nerves vibrating, your eyes opening wide, and your heart thumping like a big brass drum. That’s living. That’s poker, baby!” John Wenzel, The Everything Texas Hold’em Book

  23. “Serious poker is no more about gambling than rock climbing is about taking risks.” – Al Alvarez

  24. “Life, in part, is like a poker game, wherein you have to learn to quit sometimes when holding a much-loved hand — you must learn to handle mistakes and new facts that change the odds.” – Charlie Munger

  25. “After I had played poker nonstop for four or five years, I lost my motivation and it got boring. I thought, ‘Why am I doing this? I have a little bit of money in the bank, but why else am I doing this?’ So I was thinking about what to do and I decided I should try to be an effective altruist, somebody who thinks how he can help other people most effectively. I came to the conclusion the thing I could do best right now is playing poker, that’s my skill. So if I give a 10 per cent piece of my earnings to charity, the better I play, the more money I can make and the more impact I can have. So that is a big motivation for me.” – Philip Gruissem, interview w/ Card Player Magazine

Bad Beat - Live and Online Poker Phrases

“Bad beat” is a term used in poker to describe the situation when a player with a strong hand is beaten by an opponent who has a weaker hand.
The term is often used to describe situations where the player has made a good decision but still loses, or when the player has been “outplayed” by their opponent. Have a look at what some players have to say about bad beats and losing:
  1. “When I experience a bad beat, I think of it as an overhead. If you own a business, you have to pay your bills, and I consider a bad beat one of my bills.”– Jennifer Harman
  2. “No, that’s poker. To win, you’ve gotta get damned lucky.” – Wilford Brimley
  3. “If I lose, I don’t give a damn about the money, but I just hate the embarrassment of being beaten.” – Jack Straus
  4. “When I play poker, I don’t like losing the pot.” Drew Carey 
  5. “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
  6. “You call, gonna be all over baby.” – Scotty Nguyen
  7. “Losing is like smoking. It’s habit forming.” – Puggy Pearson

Poker and Gambling Addiction Sayings

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Gambling addiction is a serious problem that can ruin lives. If you or someone you know has this kind of problem, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, this is not a way to make money.
Second, it can be addictive and lead to financial ruin. Finally, help is available if you or someone you love has a casino, betting, or poker problem. If you think you may have this problem, please seek help. To make you more aware, see some of the addiction quotes below:
  1. The sure way of getting nothing from something! – Unknown
  2. The best throw of dice is to throw them away. – Unknown
  3. There is a very easy way to come back from a poker room with a small fortune. Go there with a big one. – Unknown
  4. Show me a gambler, and I will show you a loser. – Unknown
  5. Gambler – a man who makes a living out of false hopes. – Unknown
  6. It’s a problem only when you lose. When you win, it’s a skill. – Bartek
  7. Poker is very predictable. You will lose more often than you win. – Bartek
  8. “Gambling is a vice that attracts all kinds of men. The gambler doesn’t care about winning or losing, he just wants to play.” – Aristotle
  9. “Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.” – George Washington
  10. “Of all the passions of mankind, gambling is the most irresistible.” – Edmund Burke
  11. “Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.” – Ambrose Bierce
  12. “Gambling has held human beings in thrall for millennia. It has been engaged in with pomp and ceremony, with great rejoicings and with mourning; it has been accompanied by music and by silence; it has been played for high stakes and for small ones; but it has always been fascinating.” – Groucho Marx
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