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Poker quotes can tell a lot about the character of a player… but they also tell a whole lot about the game. Here are some of the greatest players’ take on the greatest game of all…
Poker’s Old Timer: Doyle Brunson
This veteran poker player has a lifetime worth of experience and quotes.
One of the original fathers of the poker we know today and credited with virtually inventing Texas Hold’em.
The quote below illustrates just how seriously Bruson took the game.
The Brat: Phil Hellmuth
Known as Phil ‘the poker brat’ Hellmuth, he has his fair share of entertaining poker quotes.
His unpredictable behaviour after a loss or bad beat makes his matches some of the most famous poker clips today.
The quote below is a classic from Hellmuth.
Mr Confident: Dutch Boyd
This young player has already made an impact on the game with his playing talent and the media attention he receives for his outspoken nature.
In the quote below, what the young american players gets correct is that most poker players are a bit delusional about their abilities.
The Celebrity Player: Matt Damon in Rounders
This quote has been said by many people in many different ways, but for most people the quote is associated with one of the greatest poker movies ever.
Matt Damon’s portrayal of Mike McDermott in the film Rounders had all movie lovers believing they were the next Johnny Chan.
Stu Ungar aka ‘The Kid’
Ungar will be remembered for his competitive and thrill-seeking nature: he always pushed his life to the brink.
The three-time WSOP main event winner despised losing and never took it well.
But then again, he didn’t take winning very well either, usually spending all his winnings on drugs and alcohol.
The quote below sums up Ungar’s opinions on losing!
The Best Poker Face: Amarillo Slim
If you ever found yourself sitting at the poker table opposite Amarillo Slim, you were wisest not to say one word.
He could know your whole hand by just looking at you and used his big old hat to complement his incredible poker face.
No one was better at bluffing than this Texas cowboy.
Benny Binion, The One Not to Cross
Benny Binion was one of the true Las Vegas visionaries, who is credited with developing World Series of Poker back in the 1970s.
Also remembered for his unpredictable temper (he was once accused of killing a competitor and then turning the gun on himself in order to claim self defense).
However many acquaintances regarded him as “either the gentlest bad guy or the baddest good guy you’d ever seen“.
Mr President: Richard Nixon
This last one should come as the cherry on the cake for history buffs and poker aficionados alike.
Years after the icy heights of the Cold War, in a private interview, Richard Nixon admitted that his Soviet counterpart Nikita Kruschev would have been “a superb poker player”.
Nixon’s quote shows that it takes a good bluffer to appreciate a good bluff.
Which quote is your favourite? leave your comments!
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