These great quotes culled from poker players and writers sum up some of the most essential ideas of the game.
1. David Sklansky on PokerWhen we play, we must realize, before anything else, that we are out to make money.
2. From Big Deal by Anthony Holden"Poker may be a branch of psychological warfare, an art form or indeed a way of life but it is also merely a game, in which money is simply the means of keeping score."
3. David Mamet on Poker"Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of importit will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge."
4. Bobby Baldwin on Poker"You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night, go crazy, and throw it all away."
5. Crandell Addington on Poker"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."
6. From Poker Nation by Andy BellinIn the absence of any mathematical explanation, one thing is for certain; if you engage in games of chance long enough, the experience is bound to affect the way you see God. Successfully draw to an inside straight three hands in a row, and youve got to be blessed. But if youre the person drawn out on, the one whose trip aces just got snapped for the third time, you will go home feeling cursed.
7. From The Gentlemans Handbook on Poker by William J. FlorenceThe strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with 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.
8. Pug Pearson on PokerThe real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. Thats the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, theyre willin to lose everything. If they win, theyre usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that.
9. From A Girlhood Among Gamblers by Katy LedererThe cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing did cards, worse even than figuring your odds correctly, is becoming emotionally involved.
10. Amarillo Slim on Poker:It never hurts for potential opponents to think youre more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it..