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Quotes related to the card game Poker.

  • "Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy. It can be rough-hewn or polished, warm or cold, charitable and caring or hard and impersonal. It is fickle and elusive, but ultimately it is fair, and right, and just." ~ Lou Krieger
  • "If you can't spot the sucker within the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker." ~ common poker saying, as spoken by Matt Damon in Rounders; originally attributed to Amarillo Slim
  • "Whether he likes it or not, a man's character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life." ~ Anthony Holden (from Big Deal)
  • "There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker... Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kindhearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a 'flush'. It is enough to make one ashamed of one's species." ~ Mark Twain
  • "Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker." ~ Amarillo Slim
  • "They anticipate losing when they sit down and I try my darnedest not to disappoint one of them." ~ Amarillo Slim
  • "Poker is a game of people... It's not the hand I hold, it's the people that I play with." ~ Amarillo Slim
  • "Hold em is to stud what chess is to checkers." ~ Johnny Moss
  • "The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius." ~ Big Julie
  • "Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and three people died." ~ Steven Wright
  • "Cards are war, in disguise of a sport." ~ Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia (1832)
  • "Poker is a godless game, full of random pain." ~ Andy Bloch
  • "You call this one and it's all over, baby." ~ Scotty Nguyen, during the 1998 World Series of Poker. Down to him and one other player, he said this to his opponent who called, and it was all over.
  • "Poker teaches self-reliance, self-control, self-respect, self-denial, and independence. But when cards are wild or are given fictitious authority, the noble game is robbed of its romance, grace and stimulation and degenerates into a gambling scheme." ~ Henry Fountain Ashurst
  • "Honey! Honey! I was supposed to go broke on that hand, honey, except they forgot one thing: I can dodge bullets, baby." ~ Phil Hellmuth at the 2005 World Series of Poker main event
  • "When we play, we must realize, before anything else, that we are out to make money." - David Sklansky
  • "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
  • "You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night, go crazy, and throw it all away." - Bobby Baldwin
  • "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 real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willin’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that." - Pug Pearson
  • "The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing did cards, worse even than figuring your odds correctly, is becoming emotionally involved." (from "A Girlhood Among Gamblers", by Katy Lederer)
  • "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
  • "It is a very exclusive organization devoted to the study of financial problems, psychology, and the relative and varying values of certain pieces of paper. In a word, it is a poker game." - Theodore Roosevelt

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