Top 50 Poker Motivational Quotes and Phrases [ INSPIRING ]

Top 50 Poker Motivational Inspiring Quotes you should know

Poker player definitely need some motivation quotes to help you when you are downswing. Here are top 50 poker motivational quotes and phrases that could motivate you in your poker career.


1. “ Fold and live to fold again”. – Stu Ungar

2. “Just play every hand, you can’t miss them all.” – Sammy Farha

3. “You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play.” – Dan Reed

4. “Poker is war. People pretend it is a game.” – Doyle Brunson

5. “In the long run there’s no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know.” – Rick Bennet

6. “Don’t get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn’t win.” – Michael Gersitz

7. “Going on tilt is not ‘mixing up your play.” –  Steve Badger

8. “Be so good, they can’t ignore you.”  – Steve Martin

9. “The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time.”  – General David Shoup

10. “The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I am looking for reasons to play.” – Daniel Negreanu


11. “A man with money is no match against a man on a mission.” – Doyle Brunson

12. “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.”  – Jack London

13. “As a general rule, the more precious the chips you’d consider betting, the more you should lean toward playing it safe. Check it down; cautious play is usually the recipe for long-term success in poker.” – Daniel Negreanu

14. “When a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience leaves with money and the man with money leaves with experience.” –  Unknown

15. “The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses.” Bobby Baldwin

16. “The cardinal sin in poker is becoming emotionally involved.” – Katy Lederer

17. “If you always start with the worse hand, you never have a bad beat story to tell.” – Chuck Thompson

18.  “Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.” – James Altucher

19. “When I experience a bad beat, I think of it as an overhead. If you own a business, you have to pay your bills, and I consider a bad beat one of my bills.” – Jennifer Harman

20. “I believe that poker is a people game played with cards, not just a card game played by people.” – Juan Carlos Mortensen


21. “All I did was eat, sleep, and breathe tournament poker and the results showed that.” – Daniel Negreanu

22. “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 they cannot bear self-knowledge.”-  David Mamet

23. “If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.”-  Mike McDermott (played by Matt Damon) in the film Rounders

24. “Those chips are your weapons, your arsenal. It you’re afraid to use them, don’t play.”-  Doyle Brunson

25. “The key to No-Limit is to put a man to a decision for all his chips.” – Doyle Brunson

26. “I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you’re done for.” – Al Alvarez

27. “The rule is this: You spot a man’s tell, you don’t say a f*cking word.” – Mike McDermott (Im movie Rounders)

28. “Don’t challenge strong players, challenge weak ones. That’s what they’re there for.” – John Vorhaus

29. “Everyone gets lucky once in a while, but no one is consistently lucky.” – Doyle Brunson

30. “Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and when played well – nourishes the wallet. Above all else, poker forces the player to face reality and deal with it head-on. […] Your challenges for as long as you aspire to win at poker is this: Be willing to examine your character and game.”
― Richard D. Harroch


31.“What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it.” – Michael Faust

32. “If a player is looking to have you fund their poker career, you need to look at why they are broke.” – James Guill

33. “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

34. “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

35. “A professional poker game has many benefits. It helps to develop positive traits, such as patience, humility, control, and analytical thinking. Poker also teaches us to focus on those elements that we can control and to let go of those we have no influence over. The nature of the game and variance force us to acquire skills of capital management and distance ourselves from money. Poker primarily teaches us about discipline, self-control, and making decisions with a long-term perspective.”
― Alexander Fitzgerald

36. It’s hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different.” Stu Ungar

37. “The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing 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

38. “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” – Jackie Robinson

39. “Most of the money you’ll win at poker comes not from the brilliance of your own play, but from the ineptitude of your opponents.” – Lou Krieger

40. “One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker.” –  Mike Sexton


41.  “A pair of balls beats everything.” – Unknown player

42. “Don’t obsess over stack size. Focus not on how much you’ve had, but how much playability you have with what is in front of you.” – Maria Ho

43. “Never underestimate the importance of preparation for any single poker session or tournament.” –  Daniel Negreanu

44. “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.’’ – Paul Newman

45. “You can tell a lot about a man’s character by watching him win or lose money. ” – Molly Bloom

46. “Money isn’t everything unless you’re playing a rebuy tournament.” – Unknown players

47. “It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell!” – Grantland Rice

48. “They say poker is a zero-sum game. It must be, because every time I play my sum ends up zero.” – Max Shapiro

49. “The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be. ” – Mark Pilarski

50. “Poker is a hard way to make an easy living.” – Doyle Brunson


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