Poker Quotes

Below, we have compiled a random list of poker quotes and sayings from professional poker players who have had something to say about poker to help you impress your friends at the home game.

Put yourself in their shoes before you decide on the best way to take their shirts.- David Sklansky
One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker.- Mike Sexton
Poker is a game of people… It’s not the hand I hold, it’s the people that I play with.- Amarillo Slim
The name of the game is No Limit Texas Hold’em, the game that takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master.- Mike Sexton
They anticipate losing when they sit down and I try my darnedest not to disappoint any one of them.- Amarillo Slim
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
Good call…I know better than to bluff an idiot.- Doyle Brunson on national TV after losing a $62,700 pot to Ted Forrest
You want to talk to me about hold’em? You’re not even in the same country man…you’re not even in the same Universe. So take that shit and bring it somewhere else.- Phil Helmuth to Sean "Sheiky" Sheikhan
It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it.- Amarillo Slim
The most difficult aspects of playing poker professionally are coping emotionally with the losses and coping with the recurring idea that you’re not doing anything worthwhile.- Mike Caro
Poker is like sex – everyone thinks that they are the best at it but few actually know what they are doing.- Layne Flack
I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a Champion and make a sucker of of him.- Amarillo Slim
High stakes poker is the thing to do..if you want to play real poker that’s the game.- Sammy Farha
Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.- Stu Ungar
When we play, we must realize, before anything else, that we are out to make money.- David Sklansky
Ninety percent of the hands aren’t shown in a poker game.- Doyle Brunson
Playing poker for a living gives you backbone. You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart.- Bobby Baldwin, 1978 WSOP champion
Seriously, if we were on a stranded island I could teach him how to play poker but he’d never learn.- Daniel Negreanu talking about Mike Matusow