Poker takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master

Top 30 Poker Quotes by Great Players & Winners

One big criticism of poker these days is that the characters have gone out of the game. And where you get big poker players, you get fun and interesting quotes.

It’s true that many of the best quotes in poker have come from its larger-than-life figures, but the game has such wide-spreading roots that people from all walks of life have come out with a gem or two.

As Dan Holley from once said, “May the controversial and loud-mouthed forever brighten up the game we love”. So, whether it’s Tony G launching a tirade at other players, Phil Hellmuth launching a tirade against himself, or Will Kassouf just…. well, launching,…

Here are 30 of the best quotes from the poker world…

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

Jack London

(1876 – 1916, American novelist, journalist, and social activist)

Poker is like sex - it's more fun when you go all-in

If you play bridge badly
you make your partner suffer.
But if you play poker badly
you make everybody happy.

Joe Laurie Jr.

(1891 – 1954, American vaudeville monologist
who later performed on radio and on Broadway)

Trust everyone,
but always cut the cards.

Lester Ben “Benny” Binion

(1904 – 1989, American gambling icon and mob boss)

Poker exemplifies
the worst aspects of capitalism
that have made our country so great.

Walther Matthau

(1920 – 2000, American actor and comedian)

One of the interesting things about poker is
that once you let your ego in, you’re done for.

Al Alvarez

(*1929, English poet, novelist, essayist and critic)

When we play, we must realize,
before anything else,
that we are out to make money.

David Sklansky

(*1947, American professional poker player and author)

Poker takes a minute to learn
but a lifetime to master.

Mike Sexton

(*1947, American poker pro and commentator)

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

(*1947, English writer, broadcaster and critic)

To be a poker champion,
you must have a strong bladder.

Jack McClelland

(*1951, Poker tournament director and poker player)

Show me a good loser,
and I’ll show you a loser.

Stuart Errol Ungar

(1953 – 1998, professional poker player, widely regarded
to have been the greatest Texas hold ’em player of all time)

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