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49 Daniel Negreanu Quotes on Life & Success (POKER)

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“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.”

Daniel Negreanu
In poker, you have to be able to read people, and it's not just about the cards. It's about understanding human nature.
In poker, you have to be able to read people, and it’s not just about the cards. It’s about understanding human nature.
The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I am looking for reasons to play.
The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I am looking for reasons to play.
Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.
Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.
Always keep in mind that poker is about limiting your losses and maximizing your gains on every hand you play.
Always keep in mind that poker is about limiting your losses and maximizing your gains on every hand you play.
You have to be willing to make big bluffs and take calculated risks to be successful in poker.
You have to be willing to make big bluffs and take calculated risks to be successful in poker.
The best players in the world are constantly learning and adapting. They're never satisfied with their current level of play.
The best players in the world are constantly learning and adapting. They’re never satisfied with their current level of play.
Poker is a game of incomplete information. The more information you can gather, the better decisions you can make.
Poker is a game of incomplete information. The more information you can gather, the better decisions you can make.
I've seen so many thousands of hands that I am just going to be right more often than most people.
I’ve seen so many thousands of hands that I am just going to be right more often than most people.
Patience is a virtue in poker. You have to be willing to wait for the right opportunities to make your move.
Patience is a virtue in poker. You have to be willing to wait for the right opportunities to make your move.

25 Wise Daniel Negreanu Quotes About Playing Poker

“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.”

Daniel Negreanu
The key to success in poker is not just playing the cards; it's playing the players.
The key to success in poker is not just playing the cards; it’s playing the players.
Poker is a game of strategy, but it's also a game of observation. Pay attention to your opponents' tendencies and use that information to your advantage.
Poker is a game of strategy, but it’s also a game of observation. Pay attention to your opponents’ tendencies and use that information to your advantage.

“If you call a hundred dollars but have a chance to win $10,000, those are excellent odds if you are at a table with people who have two aces or two kings. If you catch a flop you will get all their chips. I just play them because there is value.”

Daniel Negreanu
You have to be able to control your emotions at the poker table. Keeping a calm and focused mindset is crucial.
You have to be able to control your emotions at the poker table. Keeping a calm and focused mindset is crucial.
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.
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.

“I was very curious, that’s why I think my reality TV seems normal. I watch a lot of reality TV because I am so interested in people and observing people. From a very young age I can remember watching a woman with a guy and she’s rolling her eyes and he’s pleading with her and I would think, she doesn’t want to be with him, he’s in love with her, she likes this other guy and I would make up these stories in my head about these people. That helps me sort of profile people and that is a key to being able to read people.”

Daniel Negreanu
In poker, as in life, you have to be willing to take risks and trust your instincts. Sometimes, you have to go with your gut.
In poker, as in life, you have to be willing to take risks and trust your instincts. Sometimes, you have to go with your gut.

“As a general rule, the more precious the chips you’d consider betting, the more you should lean toward playing it safe. Check it down; cautious play is usually the recipe for long-term success in poker.”

Daniel Negreanu
I prefer being able to see my opponent. It is just different for me; I didn't grow up with the internet age really.
I prefer being able to see my opponent. It is just different for me; I didn’t grow up with the internet age really.
High-stakes gamblers love heart-racing Omaha-type action; normal poker players don't!
High-stakes gamblers love heart-racing Omaha-type action; normal poker players don’t!

“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.”

Daniel Negreanu
Protect your hand when you're confident you're in the lead. Don't be greedy and try to milk your opponent for a few more chips when the pot is already large.
Protect your hand when you’re confident you’re in the lead. Don’t be greedy and try to milk your opponent for a few more chips when the pot is already large.
Blind stealing is not exclusive to late position play. You can steal blinds from any position, and you should!
Blind stealing is not exclusive to late position play. You can steal blinds from any position, and you should!

“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.”

Daniel Negreanu
Hyper-aggressive poker is most effective in games where players are happy to just call rather than reraise.
Hyper-aggressive poker is most effective in games where players are happy to just call rather than reraise.
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.
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.
Any call that jeopardizes a big chunk of your chip stack just because you think your opponent might be on a bluff is flat-out wrong.
Any call that jeopardizes a big chunk of your chip stack just because you think your opponent might be on a bluff is flat-out wrong.

“If I haven’t played with a player before and I don’t know anything about them, the more they tell me about themselves, the better I will be able to judge how they think and how they play.”

Daniel Negreanu
Playing people and position post-flop are definitely my strengths. When I get into a hand, I'm aggressive but I'm also paying attention to my opponent's betting patterns.
Playing people and position post-flop are definitely my strengths. When I get into a hand, I’m aggressive but I’m also paying attention to my opponent’s betting patterns.
Experienced no-limit Texas Hold'em players understand the importance of reading flop texture.
Experienced no-limit Texas Hold’em players understand the importance of reading flop texture.

“Many players in the big blind get in trouble by calling pre-flop raises; they try to do too much. They don’t want to get bullied, so they attempt a tricky check-raise bluff or overplay their hands in an ill-advised effort to push back.”

Daniel Negreanu
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.
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.
If you are in a poker game for money and are taking it easy on one of your buddies, you are cheating yourself, your friend, and every other player in the game.
If you are in a poker game for money and are taking it easy on one of your buddies, you are cheating yourself, your friend, and every other player in the game.
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.
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.

2 Daniel Negreanu Quotes on the Correlation Between Cheese & Poker

“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.”

Daniel Negreanu
Chess is a great training ground for poker players because it's a math-based game, much like backgammon is.
Chess is a great training ground for poker players because it’s a math-based game, much like backgammon is.

5 Daniel Negreanu Quotes on Flops

“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.”

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

“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.”

Daniel Negreanu
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 riskhigh reward proposition.
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.
It's never a good thing when an opponent has a solid read on you pre-flop.
It’s never a good thing when an opponent has a solid read on you pre-flop.

3 Daniel Negreanu Quotes About Life

“I started out as a teenager I was a snooker player, or pool player. Through that I met some other teenagers that were gamblers, if you will, who started basement games. I was just sort of learning on the go, losing my $10.”

Daniel Negreanu
I try not to push veganism specifically. If I'm asked for my advice, I say just eat healthy.
I try not to push veganism specifically. If I’m asked for my advice, I say just eat healthy.

“In America everyone plays bang ball, eight ball, nine ball, that kind of stupid crap, but in Canada and Europe they play snooker which is a much more skillful game and I enjoy that. I play pool now with friends, if we go to a bar we will play, but I am nowhere near as good as I once was.”

Daniel Negreanu

4 Daniel Negreanu Quotes About Donald Trump

Donald Trump doesn’t have significant tells when he’s lying because truth and lies to him are kind of homogenized. He’s such a pro at it that you don’t see a lot of divergence in his body language when he’s lying or telling the truth. It’s just constant bulls**t. He’s probably a very good bluffer.”

Daniel Negreanu
I think Donald Trump is a complete and utter buffoon and a cancer to our society.
I think Donald Trump is a complete and utter buffoon and a cancer to our society.

“Trump is loose and obvious with his facial expressions. You could watch Donald Trump in a debate and not hear any of the words and you’ll still get a sense for when he’s pleased, when he’s angry and when he’s not.”

Daniel Negreanu
Trump is clearly very loose and very aggressive. He's a loose, aggressive wild man. He's hard to prepare for because he's a lunatic.
Trump is clearly very loose and very aggressive. He’s a loose, aggressive wild man. He’s hard to prepare for because he’s a lunatic.

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