“If you’re committed to being a professional gambler, and you want to be the best you can be, you spend every waking moment trying to figure out a way to beat the game.”
- Billy Walters, legendary gambler (from Richard Munchkin's book, Gambling Wizards)
"If an opponent won't watch you bet, then you probably shouldn't."
- Mike Caro
"There are few things so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker! The upper-class knows very little about it. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind hearted, liberal, sincere and all that, who did not know the meaning of ‘flush’. It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.”
- Mark Twain
"My grandmother taught me how to play, starting with two-cent ante, nickel-limit seven-card stud. I was kept broke until I was ten years old because I couldn’t throw a hand away (laughs)."
- Jack McClelland,Tournament Director, inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014, alongside Daniel Negreanu.
Benny Binion w/ Daughter Becky
(in front of the $1 million display in 1969)
Did you know? Benny Binion, owner of the Horseshoe Casino, has an FBI file which reveals a criminal history dating back to 1924; listing offenses such as theft, carrying concealed weapons, and two murder convictions.
Did you know? One of the tourist attractions in Binions (The Horseshoe Casino) was a large, glass Horseshoe encased with $1 million in $10,000 bills.
Did you know? Benny Binion, founder of the World Series of Poker, dared to speculate in 1973 the event would someday have 50 entrants. The 2006 main even had 8,773 runners.
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"No wife can endure a gambling husband—unless he is a steady winner."
- Thomas Robert Dewar
“Hold’em is to Stud what Chess is to Checkers.”
- Johnny Moss
"The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling."
- Ambrose Bierce
"After I had played poker nonstop for four or five years, I lost my motivation and it got boring. I thought, ‘Why am I doing this? I have a little bit of money in the bank, but why else am I doing this?’ So I was thinking about what to do and I decided I should try to be an effective altruist, somebody who thinks how he can help other people most effectively. I came to the conclusion the thing I could do best right now is playing poker, that’s my skill. So if I give a 10 per cent piece of my earnings to charity, the better I play, the more money I can make and the more impact I can have. So that is a big motivation for me."
- Philip Gruissem, interview w/ Card Player Magazine
“A sucker don’t ever catch on. A smart man don’t ever sleep. He’s got to keep ducking the traps.”
- Johnny Moss
"Poker, poker, it's all skill, put your money in bad and go uphill."
- Mike Matusow
"Even a catfish wouldn’t get caught if he kept his mouth shut."
- Benny Binion
"If luck weren't involved, guess I'd win everyone."
- Phil Hellmuth
"I think it’s important to think about everything while you’re at the table. If the best players in the world are taking everything in and you’re not, then you’re giving something up. Anytime you can find anything to your advantage you have to use that tool, especially nowadays with the fields getting tougher and tougher."
- Gavin Smith, WPT 'Player of the Year' 2006
"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
"A funny thing happens when you shoot for the moon, you get there!"
- Cadillac, commercial.
“It can be argued that man’s instinct to gamble is the only reason he is not still a monkey up in the trees.”
- Mario Puzo
"Oh Grace, don't you know, the Queens always beat the Straights in this house."
- Will, from the show Will & Grace following a 'Home Game'
“Sports betting is all about money management, so the most money won on one event is not the most important thing.”
- Bruce Dern
“Nobody but you and your caddie care what you do out there, and if your caddie is betting against you, he doesn’t care, either.”
- Lee Trevino
“If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?”
- Stanislaw J. Lec
“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.”
- R. E. Shay
“I hope to break even this week. I need the money.”
- Veteran Vegas Gambler
"The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil."
- Heywood Hale Broun
Jan Fisher (Above)
She was a poker dealer, founded the Tournament Directors Association, is part owner of Card Player Cruises and was inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.
"He was either the gentlest bad guy or the baddest good guy you'd ever seen."
- Amarillo Slim, on friend Benny Binion.
"The one who bets the most wins. Cards just break ties."
- Sammy Farha