Poker Quotes, Poker Phrases, and Poker Sayings

People are talking about the game of poker all the time. Poker players, of course, but actors, writers, even philosophers, everyone is coming up with a poker quote as a metaphor for life. Or are we just imagining this? Some of the top poker quotes, poker phrases, and poker sayings that we’ve collected here are quite profound.

Take a look at the poker quotes listed below. Perhaps we’ve missed one of your favourite poker sayings? Comment and let us know!

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Penn Jillette: "Poker had the feeling of a sport, but you don't have to do push-ups."

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

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

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W. Somerset Maugham: “Poker’s the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man’s, and every man’s is against yours.”

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

Steve Lipscomb: “Poker is to cards and games what jazz is to music. It’s this great American thing, born and bred here. We dig it because everybody can play.”

Don't get mad that you lost

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

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!”

Doyle Brunson: “May the flop be with you.”

May the flop be with you


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

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

Phil Hellmuth: “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.”

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

Lou Krieger: “I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet.”

Charles Lamb: “Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.”

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

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Katy Lederer: “The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing dead cards, worse even than figuring your odds incorrectly, is becoming emotionally involved.”

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.”

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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.”

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

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

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Johnny Moss: “Hold’em is to stud what chess is to checkers.”

Paul Newman: “A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.”

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

Mike Sexton: “The name of the game is no-limit Texas Hold’em, the game that takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master.”



Amarillo Slim: “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.”

Jonathan Swift: “I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand.”

Stu Ungar: “Fold and live to fold again.”

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Julius ‘Big Julie’ Weintraub: “The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius.”

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