Famous Poker Quotes


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  • “The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius.” (Big Julie)
  • “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned” (Paul Newman as Fast Eddie in The Color of Money”)
  • “Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.” (Charles Lamb)
  • “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)
  • “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.” (Jack Strauss)
  • The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with 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)
  • “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.” (Amarillo Slim)
  • “If, after the first twenty minutes, you don’t know who the sucker at the table is, it’s you.”
  • “Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.” (Mike Caro)
  • It’s not enough to succeed. Others must fail.” (Gore Vidal)
  • “I’ve always had confidence, but I never let my ego get to the point that I think I’m the superstar, because I know.
  • That ego has destroyed many a poker career.” (Jim Boyd)
  • [Poker] exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great. (Wlter Matthau)
  • 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)
  • My Kings are a coin flip aginst your Aces. (A fish on FTP)
  • Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; thou the way you play it is free will.(Jawaharlal Nehru)
  • Well, I’ll just pretend I was playin’ with someone else’s money. (Annabelle in the movie Maverick)
  • My old pappy always used to say, there is no more deeply satisfying religious experience… than cheatin’ on a cheater. (Maverick in the movie Maverick)
  • “Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn’t play poker.” (Amarillo Slim)
  • “Stop cheating!” the dealer told the card player.
    “I’m not!” claimed the player.
    “You must be,” said the dealer. “That is not the hand that I dealt you.”
  • “Let me tell you, there’s no better medicine than a friendly card game for sloughing off the cares of a workaday world.” (Paul Auster, The Music of Chance – 1990)
  • “I hope to break even this week. I need the money.” (VETERAN GAMBLER)
  • “A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.” (American Proverb)
  • “At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.” (Ian Fleming Casino Royale – 1953)
  • “Neither I nor anyone else can guarantee you will win. If someone tells you they can, do not believe them. Run making sure you have a death grip on your wallet.” (Ken Pearlman)
  • “Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom”
  • “The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be.” (Mark Pilarski)
  • “No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner.” (Lord Dewar)
  • “He had the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.” (Mark Twain)

Gambling Quotes

  • “Judged by the dollars spent, gambling is now more popular in America than baseball, the movies, and Disneyland-combined.” (Timothy L. O’Brien, Bad Bet – 1998)
  • “Luck never gives; it only lends.” (Wwedish Proverb)
  • “Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair.” (French Proverb)
  • “Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing from something.” (Wilson Mizner)
  • “Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.”
  • “Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom”.
  • “For the true gambler, money is never an end in itself. It’s a tool, like language or thought.” (Lancey, The Cincinnati Kid)
  • “Never bet on baseball.” (Pete Rose)
  • “If I lose today, I can look forward to winning tomorrow, and if I win today, I can expect to lose tomorrow. A sure thing is no fun.” (Chico Marx)
  • “They gambled in the Garden of Eden, and they will again if there’s another one.” (Richard Albert Canfield)
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