Poker quotations

This may have only been in the movie version, and not in Jessup’s novel The Cincinnati Kid, but it has stuck in my mind all these years.
Lancey, the Man (played by E. G. Robinson) the Kid was trying to beat has just taken the Kid’s entire stack by catching a straight flush against the Kid’s full house. The Kid (played by Steve McQueen) asks:
“How could you do that? Everybody knows a draw like that’s against the odds.”
“Kid, the difference between being good and being great is knowing when to do the wrong thing at the right time.”


Poker is like sex… most people aren’t nearly as good as they think they are.


The cardinal sin in poker is becoming emotionally involved.

-Katy Lederer-


That’s a great quote Tiandra. I NEVER get emotionally involved in my poker cards, my poker MONEY, now that’s another thing :sunglasses:

it doesn’t matter how strong your hand is when you assume someone has a better hand.

you play well if you understand the math of the betsize, but you play great if you understand the story of the betsize.

River me once, shame on you.
River me twice, shame on you as well.


Look at the game from opponent’s perspective.

-Gus Hansen-

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“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 fun. Poker going but also hurt. Who wants to win, needed patience and self-control. Impatience and greed will be punished. Poker is often unfair. Playing poker is a journey to himself. You meet angels and demons. We had ups and downs. You could cry and jump out the window, racing rage and experienced the peak of happiness just two minutes later. Poker is an inexplicable Enigma. Poker seduced and you have to learn to let go. Playing poker is exciting. Poker is a lie. Only who is lying good plays well. Poker is also awful truth. Playing poker is sometimes very boring. Poker is good for the circulation, because you always stand up for the All-In. Playing poker is meditation. Playing poker is the prayer book of the devil. If I win I’m very close. Playing poker is enlightenment. Poker is Zen.


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Life is like a poker game, it’s not what you’re given its how you use it.

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Poker has the feeling of a sport, but you don’t have to do push ups.

-Penn Jillette-


pure randomness require some streaks and patterns

one thing better then to find your opponents leaks is to find your own.

there is no such thing as quick wins in poker.
there are only slow wins or quick losses.

Getting pocket aces is a good thing…

(Martha Stewart)

In poker, if you say I would go all in, then see the river, then claim you meant to say “I meant to say ‘I wouldn’t go all in’.”; you could get thrown out of the game. or at least get laughed at.

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Actually they would take your chips…because in poker … words mean something…

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”

Jack London

BRITANNAS: (shocked) Caesar, this is not proper.
THEODOTUS (outraged): How?
CAESAR (recovering his self-possession): Pardon him, Theodotus. He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
Caesar and Cleopatra, Act II
G. B. Shaw
Think about this the next time someone obviously hasn’t read the rules and thinks he’s/she’s playing at home.