Stan’s Lists – Favorite Poker Quotes

[RR] “What other lists do you have?” Roderick the Rock continued.

[SS] “Well, there are a bunch of useful if boring ones”, Stan the Stat responded.

[SS] “Oh, I know another good one: my favorite poker quotes. Some of these quotes aren’t specific to Texas Hold ‘Em, but they certainly all apply to the game:”

Person Profession Year Quote
Henry Fonda As Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine 1946 Sir, I really like poker. Every hand has its different problems.
Herbert Yardley Cryptologist 1957 A card player should learn that once the money is in the pot, it isn’t his any longer.
Jackie Robinson1 Baseball Player 1972 Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.
Crandell Addington Poker Pro ~1978 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.
Johnny Moss Poker Pro 1983 Hold’em is to stud and draw what chess is to checkers.
Anthony Holden Poker Pro 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.
Rick Bennet Author, in King of a Small World 1995 In the long run there’s no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know.
Matt Damon As Mike McDermott in Rounders2 1998 Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.
Al Alvarez Author, in Poker: Bets, Bluffs, and Bad Beats 2001 Hold’em is a game of calculated aggression: If your cards are good enough for you to call a bet, they are good enough to raise with.
Phil Hellmuth3 Poker Pro 2005 Honey, honey, I was supposed to go broke on that hand, honey. But they forgot one thing: I can dodge bullets, baby. {Said after making a good laydown in the WSOP Main Event}


  1. Somehow, “Jackie Robinson” isn’t a popular Hand Nickname. If you said you just folded “Jackie Robinson”, most baseball fans would know you held the Four-Two (Major League Baseball officially retired Robinson’s 42 for every team in 1997, and the last player allowed to wear it, Mariano Rivera, will retire this week).
  2. You can’t play in a poker tournament without hearing at least one Rounders quote. More than a few other good poker quotes can be found in IMDB’s list of quotes.
  3. Phil Hellmuth may ham it up for the TV cameras, but he sure is quotable.

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