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"I stayed up late last night playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.”
- Steven Wright
“I’ve often seen these people, these squares at the table, short stack and long odds against them. All their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such bad shape and how the hell they thought they could turn it around.”
- Matt Damon, Rounders
'If you think have an edge you want to keep pots smaller and navigate with more skill."
- Greg Mueller
"I really love and appreciate the fact that I’ve won a gold bracelet. I’m finally off that stupid list of great players to have never won one. But here’s the thing, bracelets are hard to win. I mean, the fields are so large these days I don’t believe your career is defined by winning one. I play poker to support my family and for me it’s about the money. Realistically, I put the bracelet about 4th or 5th on my achievement list. It’s fantastic I own one and I’m thrilled I was able to do it but I still consider my greatest feat to be the ‘Player of the Year’ award in 2006. I’m part of a very exclusive list there, much more exclusive than the gold bracelet list."
- Gavin Smith, 2006 WPT 'Player of the Year' & WSOP bracelet winner.
“Like I say, a lot of things have to go right to stay in a tournament like this. You have to win the coin flips, have good table draws, good position, good cards and avoid tilt. I like to keep the table loose and have some fun. If you’re not having fun there is no sense playing.”
- Gavin Smith, on table talk.
"As Jackson departed from the grand jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him. "Say it ain't so, Joe," he pleaded. "Say it ain't so." "Yes, I'm afraid it is," Jackson replied. "Well, I never would have thought it," the boy said."
- Chicago Herald and Examiner (September, 1920, following testimony at a grand jury by 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson on throwing the 1919 World Series.)
"Do you know the difference between a hustler and a good con man? A hustler has to get out of town as quick as he can, but a good con man - he doesn't have to leave until he wants to."
- James Woods, Diggstown
Chopping the Blinds in Cash Game?
1) If the other player wants to chop routinely, then be cooperative.
2) Don’t let anybody else bully you with selective chopping on his terms.
3) Whatever you decide with another player, honor your agreement, and always be friendly and cheerful about it.
- Robert Wooley, Poker Grump Blog.
C-3PO: "But sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one."
Hans Solo: "Never tell me the odds."
- Empire Strikes Back
"I'm the best you ever seen, Fats. I'm the best there is. And even if you beat me, I'm still the best."
- Paul Newman, The Hustler
"What was I supposed to do - call him for cheating better than me?"
- Paul Newman, The Sting
If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes and the quitting time.
- Chinese Proverb
"I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That's how I lost my mind."
- Steve Allen
Is poker a sport?
Well, more people put competitive eating and chess ahead of poker, in terms of those activities considered a sport. Cheerleading and fishing also ranked ahead of poker. According to an article in Deadspin, the results are thanks to reddit users; 460 people responded to a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on a selection of 53 different activities. Poker, the game we love, was dead last! So, the majority consensus is 'NO', its not a sport. But one things for sure -they won’t be playing for $10 million at the hot dog eating championship. It might just be a game but it certainly has sporting aspects, doesn’t it? Skill, psychological warfare, ups and downs, competitiveness and most definitely the thrill of victory and agony of defeat.
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Legends Never Die!
“In the game of life, the house edge is called time. In whatever we do, nature charges us for doing it in the currency of time. So we must take advantage of every moment. Every moment in life is so very precious.You only get a fling at life for a while, then the house collects. We must get all our thrills and all our experiences while we have the opportunity. We have to go for it now! And only by taking advantage of time in this way can we get the best of it – win or lose.”
- Bob Stupak, from the forward to his book, Yes You Can WIN!
“When I was a kid, I thought that’s what big people did — you throw dice against the wall. That’s the way I was raised forever.”
- Bob Stupak, in the biography by John Smith, No Limit: The Rise and Fall of Bob Stupak and Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Tower, referring to his parents to ran numbers and spread dice games. He passed away September 25th, 2009 of heart attack.