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59 Best Poker Quotes and Phrases (INSPIRING)

Top 10 Most Famous Poker Quotes (BEST)

If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker. - Mike McDermott
If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker. – Mike McDermott
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
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
Life, like poker, has an element of risk. It shouldn’t be avoided. It should be faced. - Edward Norton
Life, like poker, has an element of risk. It shouldn’t be avoided. It should be faced. – Edward Norton
Poker is war. People pretend it is a game. - Doyle Brunson
Poker is war. People pretend it is a game. – Doyle Brunson
Poker is a hard way to make an easy living. - Doyle Brunson
Poker is a hard way to make an easy living. – Doyle Brunson
You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play. - Dan Reed
You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play. – Dan Reed
Money won is twice as sweet as money earned. — Paul Newman
Money won is twice as sweet as money earned. — Paul Newman
Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. - Stu Ungar
Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser. – Stu Ungar
The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time. - General David Shoup
The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time. – General David Shoup
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
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

17 Wise Quotes About Poker that will Make You Think (WISDOM)

I learned playing poker that you never count your winnings because that’s when you start to lose. - Kenneth Langone
I learned playing poker that you never count your winnings because that’s when you start to lose. – Kenneth Langone
In the long run there’s no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know. - Rick Bennet
In the long run there’s no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know. – Rick Bennet
What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it. - Michael Faust
What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it. – Michael Faust
Serious poker is no more about gambling than rock climbing is about taking risks. - Al Alvarez
Serious poker is no more about gambling than rock climbing is about taking risks. – Al Alvarez
Poker is not a game in which the meek inherit the Earth. - David Hayano
Poker is not a game in which the meek inherit the Earth. – David Hayano
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
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
Cards are war in disguise of a sport. - Charles Lamb
Cards are war in disguise of a sport. – Charles Lamb
If you always start with the worse hand, you never have a bad beat story to tell. - Chuck Thompson
If you always start with the worse hand, you never have a bad beat story to tell. – Chuck Thompson
Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game. - James Altucher
Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game. – James Altucher
In order to be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money. - Doyle Brunson
In order to be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money. – Doyle Brunson
Poker is a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature. - David A. Daniel
Poker is a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature. – David A. Daniel
Is it really not possible to touch the gaming table without being instantly infected by superstition -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Is it really not possible to touch the gaming table without being instantly infected by superstition? – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius. - Julius “Big Julie” Weintraub
The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius. – Julius “Big Julie” Weintraub
No-limit hold'em: Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror. - Tom McEvoy
No-limit hold’em: Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror. – Tom McEvoy
I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you’re done for. - Al Alvarez
I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you’re done for. – Al Alvarez
If a player is looking to have you fund their poker career, you need to look at why they are broke. -  James Guill
If a player is looking to have you fund their poker career, you need to look at why they are broke. –  James Guill
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
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

13 Inspirational Quotes About Poker

Don’t get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn’t win. - Michael Gersitz
Don’t get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn’t win. – Michael Gersitz
The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be. - Mark Pilarski
The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be. – Mark Pilarski
Poker is 100% skill and 50% luck. - Phil Hellmuth
Poker is 100% skill and 50% luck. – Phil Hellmuth
It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell. - Grantland Rice
It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell. – Grantland Rice
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be good at poker. - Phil Gordon
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be good at poker. – Phil Gordon
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
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
Play like a champ. Win like a champ. Act like a champ. - Frank Henderson
Play like a champ. Win like a champ. Act like a champ. – Frank Henderson
Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn’t play poker. - Amarillo Slim
Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn’t play poker. – 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
I had to make a choice between being a lawyer or a professional gambler. I chose the more honorable of the two. – Chip Reese
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well. - Jack London
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well. – Jack London
Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains. - Mike Caro
Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains. – Mike Caro
It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different. - Stu Ungar
It’s hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different. – Stu Ungar
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; though the way you play it is free will. - Jawaharlal Nehru
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; though the way you play it is free will. – Jawaharlal Nehru

15 Funny Quotes About Poker

People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker. - Mary Austin
People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker. – Mary Austin
Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. - Steven Wright
Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. – Steven Wright
My favorite chip trick is to make everyone's chip stack disappear. - Amarillo Slim
My favorite chip trick is to make everyone’s chip stack disappear. – Amarillo Slim
Just play every hand, you can’t miss them all. - Sammy Farha
Just play every hand, you can’t miss them all. – Sammy Farha
Sex is good, they say, but poker lasts longer.  - Al Alvarez
Sex is good, they say, but poker lasts longer. – Al Alvarez
Avoid people with gold teeth who want to play cards. - George Carlin
Avoid people with gold teeth who want to play cards. – George Carlin
What I know about poker you can fit into a thimble with room left over, but I’m learning. - Wilford Brimley
What I know about poker you can fit into a thimble with room left over, but I’m learning. – Wilford Brimley
To be a poker champion you must have a strong bladder. - Jack McClelland
To be a poker champion you must have a strong bladder. – Jack McClelland
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
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 beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play. - Chris Moneymaker
The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play. – Chris Moneymaker
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
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
No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner. - Lord Dewar
No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner. – Lord Dewar
They say poker is a zero-sum game. It must be, because every time I play my sum ends up zero. - Max Shapiro
They say poker is a zero-sum game. It must be, because every time I play my sum ends up zero. – Max Shapiro
Omaha is a game that was invented by a Sadist and is played by Masochists. - Shane Smith
Omaha is a game that was invented by a Sadist and is played by Masochists. – Shane Smith
Dogs are lousy poker players. When they get a good hand, they wag their tails.
Dogs are lousy poker players. When they get a good hand, they wag their tails.

4 Quotes About Investing and Poker

Investing in a poker game and investing in stocks, at least the way I do it, it’s a very similar skillset.
Investing in a poker game and investing in stocks, at least the way I do it, it’s a very similar skillset. – David Einhorn
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.
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
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
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 investing world is a little bit more multidimensional than poker.
The investing world is a little bit more multidimensional than poker. – David Einhorn

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