If you're looking forward to some online poker sessions this week, or even a live tournament near you, what better way to prepare for the battle than reading our seven poker quotes to inspire you?
Let's step back in time and take a look back at poker, how it was and how it is today.
1. "It is immoral to let a fool keep your money."
Matt Damon's character Mike McDermott voiced this immortal line in the 1998 film Rounders. As we discussed in our Poker on Screen column, the perfect opening scene in celluloid poker history also offers one of the coolest lines. Of course, McDermott learns all about these morals by the end of the film. Will there ever be a Rounders 2? There are many rumors to this day.
2. "When a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience goes with money and the man with money goes with experience."
Nobody knows where that poker quote came from, but it's a belter, isn't it? There is no substitute for experience in poker and it often costs the rookie a lot of money to find out. If you're the experienced gamer this week, make him pay. If not, be careful how much it costs to take a lesson.
3. "In gambling, the mortal sin is mistaking bad play for bad luck."
Ian Fleming's writing in the 1953 novel Casino Royale is perfect and depicts the world of high stakes gambling better than hundreds of other works before and since. Never seems that quote more appropriate than in playing poker, and the James Bond franchise owes a lot to the opening novel in its incredible canon. The 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale would of course ruin the on-screen poker to some extent, but you can't win all of them.
4. "Poker feels like a sport, but you don't have to do push-ups."
American magician Penn Jillette really makes sense with this observation about the nature of poker. It takes practice, discipline, focus … and you can do it in lounge pants and watch YouTube videos of the world's best magic tricks? Only we? Fine, but you'll be amazed how many times we can pull a rabbit out of his hat on the river.
5. "If you go all-in before the flop, you can play the lottery instead."
Rick Hickey is clearly not a fan of the push-fold charts. Full square after the post-flop, he won't move chips over that line until he sees a flop. Hickey never won the lottery either, but he does have an act of affection named for him to be fair. There are swings and roundabouts, like going al-in before the flop.
6. "I can dodge bullets, baby."
Phil Hellmuth with one of the most famous poker quotes of all time, and if we can't hear The Poker Brat, winner of 15 World Series of Poker bracelets, who can we hear? Hellmuth is a walking, talking headline speaker and trust us, we were in his company during an interview where the sun set over the back of the Rio … because Phil said it!
7. "I believe that poker is a folk game played with cards, not just a card game played by people."
Carlos Mortensen, the Ecuadorian player who grew up in Spain and became a poker legend at the WSOP, is an excellent commentary on the spirit of poker. Mortensen was one of the most interesting players in poker, not least because he won the last hand of the 2001 WSOP Main Event with a suitable king-queen all-in against pocket aces and made a straight to crack aces for the title . At this final table 20 years ago, Mike Matusow (6th), Phil Hellmuth (5th), Phil Gordon (4th) and Dewey Tomko could be seen, who defeated "El Matador" heads-up. Incredible.
No matter what game you play this week, bring your A-game and if you can't be good, you're in luck.