Poker Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old poker quotes, poker sayings, and poker proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Fold or Make them fold. Don't show all your cards in each game.     

Pooja Garg

Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.     

James Altucher

Poker is not a game in which the meek inherit the earth.     

David Hayano

Both poker and investing are games of incomplete information. You have a certain set of facts and you are looking for situations where you have an edge, whether the edge is psychological or statistical.     

David Einhorn

Every poker player, like every fisherman, needs to have a story in a box, and most poker stories are completely uninteresting.     

Jason Alexander

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

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

Alfred Alvarez

Life, like poker has an element of risk. It shouldn't be avoided. It should be faced.     

Edward Norton

Poker is not simply a game of odds, moves and calculations. It is a game of controlled and exploited emotions including greed, fear, over-confidence and anger.     

Steven Lubet

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

Penn Jillette

It's not the cards that you have all the time that makes you a winner or a loser.     

Doyle Brunson

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.     

W. Somerset Maugham

If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.     

Paul Newman

Poker is such a great game. It's you and your brain against everybody else. The deck doesn't know who you are.     

Lyle Berman

Everyone gets lucky once in a while, but no one is consistently lucky.     

Doyle Brunson

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

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

Life may deal you a bad hand or take away a good hand you were already dealt. The way you play the hand is how your life is defined. Just like in poker you can end up winning no matter how bad the cards are you have.     

Benjamin Bayani

Bad beats will, from time to time, still rob you like a crack addict with an empty pipe.     

Rick Dacey

The key in the poker is never to lose the head. If you lose it, assurance that you will lose all your chips.     

William J. Florence

Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.     

David Mamet

Poker is a game where you don't have to have the best hand to win. Poker is really reading other people and reading human emotion, which certainly comes into play in business.     

Charlie Ergen

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

David A. Daniel

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

Grantland Rice

Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.     

Mike Caro

The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play.     

Chris Moneymaker

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 poker chip is like a conjuror's sleight of hand that turns an egg into a billiard ball, a necessity of life into a plaything, reality into illusion.     

Al Alvarez

The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with or, more particularly, with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips.     

William J. Florence

They're holding flushes of face cards, and I think we're the pot.     

Howard Tayler