Top 191 Poker Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Poker Quotes from famous people such as Maria Konnikova, Jared Padalecki, Phil Hellmuth, Cheryl Hines, Daniel Negreanu, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Poker isn't the roulette wheel of pure chance, nor is i

Poker isn’t the roulette wheel of pure chance, nor is it the chess of mathematical elegance and perfect information. Apart from the underlying mathematics, poker depends on the nuanced reading of human intention, interactions, and deceptions.
Maria Konnikova
I have a house, with two big plasma-screen TVs, two dogs, a grill, chessboard. I like to keep it low-key: invite friends over, order some Papa John’s pizzas and Coors Light, play poker and ping-pong and chill. I’m pretty private.
Jared Padalecki
I used to have a routine where I would eat a meal during the World Series of Poker. I would play, they would call it a day and I would go work out. I would always order poached salmon with mushrooms and I would dip the salmon into a side of ranch dressing.
Phil Hellmuth
I do have a tendency to talk a lot at the poker table, which throws people off because they spend a lot of time trying to read me. But I talk a lot when I have a good hand and when I have a bad hand, too. Sometimes it annoys people so much they can’t wait to get out of the tournament. And that can only be good for me.
Cheryl Hines
High-stakes gamblers love heart-racing Omaha-type action; normal poker players don’t!
Daniel Negreanu
In the world of poker, it’s not heroic to try to function on a couple hours of sleep.
Daniel Negreanu
People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.
Mary Hunter Austin
Limping in – entering a pot by calling rather than raising – is more complicated than raise-or-fold poker because you’ll end up playing more hands. Also, it’s difficult to put players on a hand when they’re in the pot without making a pre-flop raise.
Daniel Negreanu
Many poker players swear by sleeping a certain number of hours before a tournament, going to the gym in the morning, and ‘clearing the mind.’ Juggling two jobs alongside my chosen game, I never have time and am invariably sending work emails from my iPhone between hands.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
You got paid on Friday, go for a late-night poker game, and have no money on Saturday. But the RSC took your rent out of the paycheck, so at least you had a place to sleep.
Roger Rees
I was good at most subjects at school. Looking back, I was a proper boffin! Now, the thing I’m really good at is poker.
Swallow your pride and be completely objective about your own poker skill level. Only then can you implement an effective betting strategy.
Daniel Negreanu
Trust me when I tell you that Andy Roddick has the game to win a major poker tournament. I’ve played Hold ’em with him several times and he consistently demonstrates the kind of playing style and competitive drive that gives him a legitimate chance to win.
Phil Hellmuth
In poker, position is power. When you’ve got position, play more hands and apply more pressure before the flop.
Daniel Negreanu
I play quite an old-fashioned game of poker. It’s a lot about getting a sense of people at the table rather than the maths of the thing.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
I like to peruse the Full Contact Poker online forums to read and comment on posts about interesting poker hands and whether they were played properly. I find that many of the contributors consistently suffer from the same problem: they are far too preoccupied with statistically insignificant aspects of a poker hand.
Daniel Negreanu
Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album, not a smart poker strategy.
Richard Roeper
TechCrunch is the publication of record, but they’re so bad and uninformed. It’s insult after insult. When I play poker with other VC’s, we all laugh at TechCrunch.
Jason Calacanis
I am very driven. I work really hard, whether it’s acting or my charity or even poker. When I focus on something I give it my all.
Shannon Elizabeth
As I stood there absorbing Hammett’s novel, the slot machines at the back of the shop were clanking and whirring, and in the billiard room upstairs the perpetual poker game was being played.
Ross MacDonald
I don’t like uncertainty. I don’t play poker. I don’t like bluffing.
Joss Whedon
Poker has the feeling of a sport, but you don’t have to do push-ups.
Penn Jillette
I am a poker player, but I am not a good poker player. My favorite game is seven card stud, but I’ll play hi/lo, Hold ’em, Razz, etc.
Michael Ian Black
Just because you’re sitting at a poker table with some guy doesn’t give him the right to say whatever the hell he wants about the way you live your life.
Phil Hellmuth
You know, whenever somebody comes in, in any situation – whether it’s a poker game or a bobsled team or a band – it’s gonna change things. And sometimes significantly.
Les Claypool
Obsessing about statistics won’t make you a better poker player. In fact, you’ll end up wasting too much valuable time on that stuff when you should be concentrating on crucial issues, like getting a read on your opponents and studying the psychological aspects of the game.
Daniel Negreanu
The Miccosukee facility in Miami only offers bingo, poker, and video gambling machines. Because it does not have slot machines or table games, the Miccosukee tribe doesn’t need an agreement with the state. The Miccosukees only answer to the federal government.
Rick Scott
The competition has improved tremendously. In 2003, I could teach a guy how to play poker in an hour and he could win some money. Today, it would take days. The game has gotten so much tougher. So I will spend my time with my family and play when I can.
Chris Moneymaker
The only things I’m competitive in are backgammon and poker.
Kate Hudson
I can’t lie… My face always gives me away. I’m also pathetically bad at poker!
Cat Deeley
I know Charles Michael Davis. I used to play poker with him when I lived in Los Angeles.
Joseph Morgan
If you look at poker as a sport like baseball, then I'd

If you look at poker as a sport like baseball, then I’d be maybe a minor league or high school ballplayer. But I play with T-ballers.
Dan Bilzerian
I started playing poker in 2003 during my pregnancy, to distract myself from my awful morning sickness. For months all I did was cry and play Texas Hold’em.
Cheryl Hines
The correct strategy in heads-up poker is based on identifying and acting upon your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.
Daniel Negreanu
I feel very badly about anybody that’s sick and in a wheelchair or not doing well. But you know, you have to go, ‘Life is a poker game, and we’re going to play our cards somehow.’
Teri Garr
The world’s most successful tournament competitors – like me, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Phil Hellmuth, and countless others – like to play small ball poker. It’s a style that we use to steadily increase our stacks in no limit hold’em tournaments without having to assume significant risk.
Daniel Negreanu
Models are interested in me, mostly because of my ‘bad boy of poker’ image.
Phil Hellmuth
I knew that a zombie book would not particularly appeal to some of my previous readers, but it was artistically compelling, and being able to do a short nonfiction book about poker was really fun and great.
Colson Whitehead
I used to make it deep in poker tournaments without ever moving all-in because other players knew that when I raised it up, I had the goods.
Phil Hellmuth
I’m neither here nor there about this Lady Gaga, but she’s clearly very passionate about her poker face.
Paolo Nutini
When you’re willing to play poker for two days and lose millions of dollars, it’s no longer recreation. It’s taking over.
Molly Bloom
I have been on TV quite a few times as a poker player.
Jerry Buss
I find the game fascinating and poker has unlocked parts of me emotionally. I’m enjoying the process but there are moments when I’m really down. It’s a ton of travel, it’s exhausting, physically and emotionally. It’s lonely.
Maria Konnikova
It’s nice to have other hobbies, other than golf. I’ve played football, I play tennis. I enjoy doing things other than golf, and poker is one of them.
Sergio Garcia
Erik Seidel ended up introducing me to some of the best players in the world, a few of whom also agreed to take me on to coach me. So I had access to the best poker minds in the world to help me study and figure things out.
Maria Konnikova
It occurred to me that it would benefit me to play without emotion – well, without emotion others could see, anyway. Card players profited from having a poker face so opponents wouldn’t know how good or bad their hand was, and I figured a deadpan expression would work in tennis, too.
Rod Laver
It’s one thing to skip class to play poker, but if I’m learning how to think in the real world playing poker, then maybe that’s more valuable than a college education could’ve been.
James Holzhauer
While sophisticated plays can work in poker, if attempted by an inexperienced player, they’ll usually backfire. Elaborate bluffs and check-raises are best left to experienced players. It’s just like golf: don’t try to hit a tricky flop shot with that 25-handicap of yours!
Daniel Negreanu
I am here to say that there is no drawback to being a woman in business. But if you think it’s a drawback, then it probably does work against you. It’s like playing poker. People will look for your weak spot, and your weak spot is only what you allow it to be.
Jeanie Buss
Success at poker is ultimately the result of solid fundamentals and the ability to read your opponents’ betting patterns. This is especially true when playing online. But playing live poker is a completely different animal. In this venue, the presence of physical tells can not be overlooked.
Daniel Negreanu
To me, e-sports is like poker. Twenty years ago, if someone told you that poker was going to be a massive spectator sport, you’d be like, ‘What are you talking about,’ right?
Justin Kan
There were times in school where I would say, ‘I should go to class.’ But I could make $100 playing online poker if I didn’t go.
James Holzhauer
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