Quips and Quotes from Poker Players
By Vince Burgio
Over the last few years, I have heard poker players say a lot of bright, funny, insightful and sometimes things that are just plain dumb. Hopefully, I have left out the dumb things and am passing on some of the others.
Al Krux: "This is the life that we have chosen." (speaking about playing poker professionally)
Mike Caro: "I am a lucky player; a powerful winning force surrounds me."
Warren Karp: "Forget about a chip and a chair-- give me a hand and I'll stand."
"The dealer gave me A-B-C-D then put out P-O-O-P." (speaking about Omaha, Eight or better)
"For those of you who have gotten here without getting in an accident, you've met the skill level to play in today's limit hold-em tournament." (Warren's announcement before starting a tournament)
Robert Turner: "A person should gamble every day, because think of how bad it would be to walking around lucky and not know it."
Benny Binion: "The only bad luck for a good gambler is bad health. Any other setbacks are temporary aggravation."
Freddie Gasperian: "To master poker and make it profitable, you must first master patience and discipline as lack of either is a sure disaster regardless of all other talents, or lucky streaks."
Rich Korbin: "All I know is, if the cards ever break even.....I'm screwed."
Okalahoma Johnny Hale: "I never saw a poker players money that I did not like."
"I sure have enjoyed playing with most of you."
"Gosh, Its great that Carol is still working."
John Juanda: "What are you going to do with all that money?"(speaking to whomever has just won money in a tournament)
Jan Fisher: "Just pack - We'll do the rest!"
Jack McClelland: "Take my advice and do as you please."
"To be a poker champion you must have a strong bladder"
Scotty Nguyen: "You call.gonna be all over, baby." ( Scotty's comment as Kevin McBride is trying to decide whether to call him on the last hand of the 1998 WSOP.)
Syracuse Chris Tsiprailidis: "Playing good is overrated."
Frank Henderson: "Play like a champ. Win like a champ. Act like a champ."
Bonnie Damiano: "If it were easy everyone would do it."
Joe E. Lewis: "I've been on such a losing streak that if I had been around I would have taken General Custer and given points."
Max Shapiro: "They say Poker is a zero sum game. It must be , because every time I play my sum ends up zero."
Steve Badger: "Besides lovemaking and singing in the shower, there aren't many human activities where there is a greater difference between a person's self-delusional ability and their actual ability than in poker."
"Once you start thinking you have nothing left to learn, you have everything to learn."
Chuck Thompson: "It's easy to be a tough competitor and still be the kind of person with whom people love to compete with"
"If you always start with the worse hand, you never have a bad beat story to tell"
Al Morris: "I lost with the Wyoming Twins, Jackson Hole"
Vince Burgio: "I feel much closer to God today. I spent about five hours playing poker with a priest, Father Charles Glorioso and a Rabbi, Steve Kaufman."
"Be careful what you wish for you just might not get it."
"If you're a competitive person and you commit yourself to something you have no choice but to endure."
Sam Grizzle: "Where do they come from?"
David "Devilfish" Ulliet: "The two things you need to be successful in poker are first, find the muck and second, don't play your own money."
Chuck Humphrey: "Egotism is the anesthetic provided by nature to dull the pain of being a damn fool."
"Before you criticize someone walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you criticize him, you will be a mile away, and you will have his shoes."
Frank DiElsi: "Life is too long to play bad cards."
Mike Sexton: "One day a chump, the next day a champion . What a difference a day makes in tournament poker."
Tom McEvoy: "There is more to poker than life."
Men the Master: "Nice hand sir."
John Bonetti: "Fuggetaboutit."
Andy Glazer: "The single greatest key to wining is knowing thy enemy- yourself."
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