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Monday, August 23, 2010

Memorable Poker Quotes

Years ago, Slick considered writing a book on poker tips, but there were already too many books on the market with the same theme. Here are some of the quotes he found:

If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half-hour at the table, it’s you.

Anthony Holden

Changing the cards in a poker game is about as useful as changing the air in your tires.

Slick Hanner

On feeling pity for your friends when they’re losing: Ah like you, son. But I’ll put a rattlesnake in your pocket and ask you for a match.

Amarillo Slim

Show me a man who is a good loser, and I’ll bet that man is playing poker with his boss.


It’s not how much luck you have, its’ when you have it.

Bat Masterson

In poker there’s a time to pass and a time to bluff. The trick is to figure out which.

Allen Dowling

Pappy once told me—If you ever get into a game with men who play as smart as you do...quit. That’s gamblin’.


Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped bare at the poker table. If the other 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 cards as in life.

Anthony Holden

The most common mistake in history is underestimating your opponent...Happens every day in poker.

Gen. David Shoup

And here are a few more from Mob Writer...

James Bond: [After Bond has just lost his 10 million in the game, he tells the bartender] Vodka-martini.
Bartender: Shaken or stirred?
James Bond: Do I look like I give a damn?

from the movie Casino Royale

“I will stop tomorrow, I tell myself. Or Monday. Or the first of month. Right after I win back what they owe me”

Celebrity Interviewer & ex-poker addict,

Martha Frankel

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