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Poker Quotes, Luck Quotes and Gambling Quotes 1605 - 2016
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I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol, and wild women. The other half I wasted.
- W.C. Fields

That which Fortune has not given, she cannot take away.
- Seneca

May the flop be with you.
- Doyle Brunson

There's no one that ever beat me playing cards, the only one that ever beat me was myself.
- Stu Unger

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.
- Crandall Addington, Texas oil millionaire

The cards are bigger than you. You’re not bigger than the cards. The cards are the best player at the table. So, let them come to you and don’t force the issue. Pick your spots.
- Thomas ‘Hollywood’ Henderson, Former Player with the Dallas Cowboys

Life is not holding a good hand. Life is playing a poor hand well.
♠ Danish Proverb

Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of unlikely payoffs.
- S. Adams

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

Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom.
- V.P. Pappy

Poker is generally reckoned to be America's second most popular after-dark activity. Sex is good, they say, but poker lasts longer.
- Alfred Alvarez

It is easy to smile at an insult and pretend it's funny when the person insulting you is hosing you with money.
- Alfred Alvarez

It's going to finish when I fold my hand & go up to the big poker game in the sky.
- Al Alvarez

I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you're done for.
- Alfred Alvarez

Patience. And shuffle the cards.
♠ Cervantes, Don Quixote 1605

Serious poker is no more about gambling than rock climbing is about taking risks.
- Alfred Alvarez

Hold'em is a game of calculated aggression: If you cards are good enough for your to call a bet, they are good enough to raise with.
- Alfred Alvarez

Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry.
- George Ade

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

Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.
- Steven Wright

All the evidence shows that God was actually quite a gambler & the universe is a great casino.
- Stephen Hawking

Over a very small number of rolls of the dice, the uncertainty principle is very important.
✺ Stephen Hawking

There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about it. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of the game, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a "flush." It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.
- Mark Twain

Never give a sucker an even break.
- Anonymous

A faint heart never filled a spade flush.
- Anonymous

"How long does it take to learn poker, Dad?"
"All your life, son."
- Michael Pertwee

Dear Lord, help me to break even. I need the money.
-Anonymous

A king can do no wrong … unless it runs into an ace.
- Anonymous

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
-Charles Lamb

Money isn't everything … unless you're playing in a rebuy tournament.
- Anonymous

One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.
- Dan Bennett

Your first duty is to the Game; then come Mother, God, and Country.
- Motto at the National Press Club, Washington D.C.

When a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience leaves with money and the man with money leaves with experience.
- Anonymous

I have taken a different path in life.
Doyle Brunson ♠

A man with money is no match against a man on a mission.
Doyle Brunson ♠

Only a Texan can point out the general direction of "yonder".
Doyle Brunson May 2nd, 2012 via Twitter @TexDolly

I can't believe how much money I lose betting on sports. "sucker born every minute". That's me!
Doyle Brunson - 2012 via Twitter @TexDolly

Forgive your enemies but remember the bastard's name!
Doyle Brunson

There's no life like the life I've lived. You're free like a cloud floating up in the sky.
- Doyle Brunson

You only live once. If you work it right, once is enough.
♠ Doyle Brunson

If you don't think every day is a good day, try missing one.
- Doyle Brunson

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
- Doyle Brunson

The poker pool could use a little chlorine.
- Doyle Brunson

I never go looking for a sucker to beat. I look for a Champion and make a sucker out of him.
- Amarillo Slim

Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker.
- Amarillo Slim

You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once.
- Amarillo Slim


Am I going to have to start playing tournaments again to get action? You could shoot a cannon through Vegas poker rooms and not hit anyone.
Doyle Brunson - February 25, 2012 via Twitter @TexDolly

Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature.
- Edmund Burke 1780

If you're a guy, you know you play too much Poker if your dreams involve nuts instead of breasts.
- Unknown Player

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.
- Anonymous

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
- Unknown Author

Besides lovemaking and singing in the shower, there aren’t many human activities where there is a greater difference between a person’s self-delusional ability and actual ability than in poker.
- Steve Badget

Once you start thinking you have nothing left to learn, you have everything to learn.
- Steve Badget

Poker is... a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature.
- David A. Daniel

Poker may be warfare, an art form or a way of life- but it's a game.. money is the means of keeping score.
♠ A.Holden

Poker's a day to learn and a lifetime to master.
- Robert Williamson III

Playing poker for a living gives you backbone. You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart.
- Bobby Baldwin, 1978 WSOP winner

In a game of poker, I can put the players' souls in my pocket.
- Beausourire, Haitian Poker Player

In the long run there's no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know.
- Rick Bennet

Trust everyone, but always cut the cards.
- Benny Binion

The only bad luck for a good gambler is bad health. Any other setbacks are temporary aggravation.
- Benny Binion

It's better to be lucky than good.
- Author Unknown

I've often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that's not worth it. But I'm not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that's what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege.
- Jack Binion

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
- Ambrose Bierce

With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
- William Cowper

Try to decide how good your hand is at a given moment. Nothing else matters. Nothing!
-Doyle Bunson

If you’re a competitive person and you commit yourself to something, you have no choice but to endure.
- Vince Burgio

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
- Vannevar Bush, architect of the Internet

Avoid people with gold teeth who want to play cards.
- George Carlin

Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.
- Mike Caro

Sometimes you'll miss a bet, sure, but it's OK to miss a bet. Poker is an art form, of course, but sometimes you have to sacrifice art in favour of making a profit.
- Mike Caro

Bad beats only happen to good players.
- Joe Crow (1998)

If it were easy, everyone would do it.
- Bonnie Damiano

The next best thing to gambling and winning is gambling and losing.
- Nick "The Greek" Dandalos

Life is too long to play bad cards.
- Frank Di Elsi

It's unlucky to be superstitious.
♣ Dave Enteles, Card Player

Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guessing has never been widely acclaimed as a good gambling strategy.
- Dr. G

Is that the game where one receives five cards? And if there's two alike that's pretty good, but if there's three alike, that's much better?
- W C Fields

Sir, I really like poker. Every hand has its different problems.
- Henry Fonda, playing Wyatt Earp in "My Darling Clementine"

Diligence is the mother of good luck.
- Benjamin Franklin

To master poker and make it profitable, you must first master patience and discipline, as a lack of either is a sure disaster regardless of all other talents, or lucky streaks.
- Freddie Gasperian

The single greatest key to winning is knowing thy enemy — yourself.
- Andy Glazer

The only difference between a winner and a loser is character.
- Nick the Greek

I never saw a poker player’s money that I did not like.
- Oklahoma Johnny Hale

Poker is not a game in which the meek inherit the earth.
- David Hayano (1982)

Play like a champ. Win like a champ. Act like a champ.
- Henderson, Frank

The winner is not the player who wins the most pots. The winner is the player who wins the most money.
- Anthony Holden, author of Big Deal (1990)

The good news is that in every deck of fifty-two cards there are 2,598,960 possible hands. The bad news is that you are only going to be dealt one of them.
- Anthony Holden, author of Big Deal (1990)

Whether he likes it or not, a man's character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other poker 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 poker, as in life.
- Anthony Holden, author of Big Deal (1990)

Egotism is the anesthetic provided by nature to dull the pain of being a damn fool.
- Chuck Humphrey

Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you criticize him, you will be a mile away, and you will have his shoes.
- Chuck Humphrey

It's morally wrong to let a sucker keep money.
- Canada Bill Jones

Perception is reality.
- Immanuel Kant

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

All I know is, if the cards ever break even — I’m screwed.
- Rich Korbin

If the shoe fits, steal it.
- Lou Krieger

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
- Ray Kroc

You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky.
- Stanley Kowalski

Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy. Poker can be rough-hewn or polished, warm or cold, charitable and caring, or hard and impersonal, fickle and elusive, but ultimately poker is fair, and right, and just.
- Lou Krieger

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
- Charles Lamb (1832)

Good luck has its storms.
☯ George Lucas

Poker is the game closest to the western conception of life, where life and thought are recognized as intimately combined, where free will prevails over philosophies of fate or of chance, where men are considered moral agents and where - at least in the short run - the important thing is not what happens but what people think happens.
- Johnny Luckacs (1963)

Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put any in the pot, there won't be any to take out.
- Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedian

Opportunity may knock, but it seldom nags.
- David Mamet

The game exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great.
- Walter Matthau

This is a higher limit. The game is exactly the same but we use different chips.
♦ Jesse May

Poker is the only game for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man's, and evern man's hand is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune by teamwork?
- Somerset Maugham

If you know poker, you know people; and if you know people, you got the whole dang world lined up in your sights.
- Brett Maverick

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

There is more to poker than life.
- Tom McEvoy

Everybody blows their first money.
- Lorne Michaels

Gambling, the sure way of getting nothing for something.
- Wilson Mizner, Con man and promoter

Industry executives and analysts often mistakenly talk about strategy as if it were some kind of chess match. But in chess, you have just two opponents, each with identical resources, and with luck playing a minimal role. The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand fortune has dealt them. In our industry, Bill Gates owns the poker table until someone proves otherwise.
- David Moschella

You have to learn what kind of hand this guy shows down, what that one's moves, watch the veins in his neck, watch his eyes, the way he sweats.
- Johnny Moss (1975)

Hold'em is to to stud and draw what chess is to checkers.
- Johnny Moss, 3x World Champion

A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.
- Paul Newman

The racetrack is a place where windows clean people.
- VP Pappy

Losing is like smoking. It's habit forming.
- Puggy Pearson, 1973 WSOP winner (2001)

Fear is the basis of all mankind. In cards, you psyche 'em out, you shark 'em, you put the fear of God in 'em.
- Puggy Pearson, 1973 WSOP winner (1975)

Everything is mental in life. The butt was made to lug the mind around.
- Puggy Pearson, 1973 WSOP winner (1975)

I'll play any man from any land any game he can name for any amount he can count, provided I like it.
- Puggy Pearson, 1973 WSOP winner

It's not whether you won or lost, but how many bad-beat stories you were able to tell.
- Grantland Rice, Sportswriter

Sometimes a 3-1 favorite loses. That's why they call it gambling & that's why they keep flipping over the cards.
- R.Roeper

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

If you can't spot the sucker in the first half an hour at the table, then you are the sucker.
- Rounders

The deal is of no special value, and anybody may begin.
- Robert Schenck, First to introduce poker to England (1872)

One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker.
- Mike Sexton

They say poker is a zero-sum game. It must be, because every time I play my sum ends up zero.
- Max Shapiro

Your mother has this crazy idea that gambling is wrong. Even though they say it's okay in the bible.
- Homer Simpson

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.
- Steve Lipscomb

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e., everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
- Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, 1991

Hold'em - like life itself - has its defining moment. It's the flop. When you see the flop, you're looking at 71 percent of your hand, and the cost is only a single round of betting.
- Lou Krieger

You have it in your power to turn a bad-beat around simply by realizing this simple truth: The more bad beats you encounter, the luckier you are. It's a sign that you are playing against opponents who continually take the worst of it, and if you can't beat someone who always takes the worst of it, you can't beat anyone.
- Lou Krieger

Luck is the residue of design.
- Branch Rickey

Old card players never die, they just shuffle away.
- Author Unknown

What's the difference between a pizza & an online poker player? One can feed a family of three.
♠ Author Unknown

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
- William Shakespeare

The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time.
- General David Shoup

Put yourself in their shoes before you decide on the best way to take their shirts.
- David Sklansky

Omaha is a game that was invented by a Sadist and is played by Masochists.
- Shane Smith

The odds are merely a framework for play, like the lines of a tennis court.
- David Spanier (1901)

Poker... I hardly even know her!
- Jack Styles

I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand.
- Jonathan Swift (1728)

Men are like deck of cards, You'll find the occasional King, but most are Jacks.
- Laura Swenson

Good luck needs no explanation.
- Shirley Temple Black

It’s easy to be a tough competitor and still be the kind of person with whom people love to compete.
- Chuck Thompson

If you always start with the worst hand, you never have a bad-beat story to tell.
- Chuck Thompson

In poker, money is power.
- Alvin Clarence "Titanic" Thomson, A legand of hustles & cons, 1892-1974 (1982)

I won my ticket on Titanic in a lucky hand of poker...a very lucky hand.
- Jack, in the Movie Titanic

A person should gamble every day, because think of how bad it would be to walk around being lucky and not know it.
- Robert Turner

There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about poker. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of poker, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a "flush". It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.
- Mark Twain

Learning to play two pairs is worth about as much as a college education, and about as costly.
- Mark Twain?

Had the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.
- Mark Twain

Fortune may favor the bold, but cards favor the fearless.
- TDTAT

The two things you need to be successful in poker are, first, find the muck, and second, don’t play your own money.
- David "Devilfish" Ulliott

Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser.
- Stu Ungar

Marriages may come and go, but the game must go on.
- Felix "The Odd Couple" Unger

It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different. Think about what it's like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside.
- Stu Unger, Three-time WSOP Champion

The guy who invented gambling was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius.
- Julius "Big Julie" Weintraub, a New York gambler (1974)

A card player should learn that once the money is in the pot, it isn't his any longer.
- Herbert Yardley (1957)

If you reraise a raiser, and he doesn't raise you back, you know he has kicker problems.
- Crandall Addington

You've got to take some chances and know when you're beat and know how to get certain advantages.
- Phil Ivey

Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.
- R.E. Shay

Time is like a poker chip. You can spend it anyway that you want - but you can only spend it once.
- Unknown Author

This gold bracelet represents 15 years of grinding. This represents years of studying and trying to get better at this game. This represents everything me, my family, and my close friends have sacrificed in order to do what I love to do, which is to play poker.
– Nick Jivkov, WSOP $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em event #5 2012 Winner

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, fickle and elusive, but ultimately it is fair, and right, and just.
Lou Krieger

Poker is the game closest to the western conception of life, where life and thought are recognized as intimately combined, where free will prevails over philosophies of fate or of chance, where men are considered moral agents and where – at least in the short run – the important thing is not what happens but what people think happens.
- John Luckacs

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

At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.
- Ian Fleming Casino Royale - 1953

For the true gambler, money is never an end in itself. It's a tool, like language or thought.
- Lancey, The Cincinnati Kid

They gambled in the Garden of Eden, and they will again if there's another one.
- Richard Albert Canfield

Luck never gives; it only lends.
- Wwedish Proverb

The smarter you play, the luckier you'll be.
- Mark Pilarski

Better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a lamb.
- Jack Straus 1982 World Series of Poker Champion

There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.
- Jack Yelton

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

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

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

There's opportunity in poker.... If Horace Greeley were alive today, his advice wouldn't be "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country." Instead, he'd point to that deck of cards on table and say, Shuffle up and deal."
- Lou Krieger

It is better to make people think you are a bad poker player, then to play and remove all doubt. Don't play to impress, play to win.
- Michael Gersitz

If you are the 10th best player in the world you are still gonna lose if you are sitting amongst the nine best players.
- Unknown

Poker is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find outside an advertising agency.
- Raymond Chandler

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e., everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
- Exerpt from Good Omens, 1991, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent.
David Mamet

Poker is not a game of cards played with other people, it is a game of people played with cards.
- Anonymous

In life's poker game, the optimist sees the pessimist's night and raises him the sunrise.
- Robert Brault

You gotta know when to hold'em, know when to foldem, know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money when you're sittin at the table, there'll be time enuff for countin' when the dealin's done.
- Kenny Rodgers from The Gambler

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some of my own poker quotations Smile

"I will read your mind and the frightening thing for you is you won't even know it!"

"It's not always the cards that win the pots"

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Will new US gambling legislation make sports betting legal or illegal. I can not find the answer to this question, but I thought I read a while back that it would make it officially illegal.....

hope not

anyone know?

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Charlesrab, Hello and welcome! It is up to the states at this point until the government passes federal legislation. In other words it is legal in some states so check your local laws.
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ONLINE SPORTS BETTING IS LEGAL HERE IN NEVADA. Smile
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