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"You've got to give action to get action"

Eli Elezra has been known to say this.

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Comment by an angry loser:

"You played that hand like a little girl"

Comeback comment:

Thank You, I guess I did play it somewhat like Jennifer Harman would of.

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"Check to the Raiser"

Usually said by someone with a weak hand.

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Must not be very many live players in here, but if you did play live for any considerable amount of time, you undoubtedly heard someone at the table say:

"I'd rather be Lucky than Good"

This is usually said as they are scooping in a big pot when a longshot card came on the river.  But there's one thing you can be sure of, the person most likely would rather be good than lucky.

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One famous comment was made by Sammy Farha during the 2003 WSOP to Chris Moneymaker after MM went all in on the river.

"You must have missed your flush, huh?"

 Oh, how right he was, but unfortunately for him he just couldn't believe an amateur like MM could make such a play at such a moment.  If he had called, Farha probably would have won the tournament and the poker boom might never have gotten as big as it did.'

 

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Famous old time gambler Nick the Greek (who had won and lost millions in his career) was near the end of his life and playing in a low limit poker game at a California card room.  Someone was razzing him about being in such a low limit game.  Nick said to him:

"It's action ain't it."

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Some of you might have seen the Youtube video showing Phil Hellmuth in a televised game with Tony G. and some other players.   Phil bet with (Ace Jack) and Tony G raised.  Tony G then started saying he didn't even look at his cards.   He kept insisting he didn't look at his cards.   Of course this was a lie as we had seen Tony G look at his Ace King.   

I've got to admit Tony G is a good liar and he convinced Hellmuth that he indeed did not look at his cards.  Phil took the bait and went all in with his Ace Jack thinking Tony just had a random unseen hand.  Tony called and turned over his Ace King.

Hellmuth: "You lied!!"

Tony G: "Of course I lied, it's poker".

Hellmuth: "Why would you lie, it's considered totally uncool".

The heavily favored Tony G won the hand.  The suckered Phil kept going on about how Tony G had exhibited very bad etiquette.  Tony G then said to Hellmuth:

"I think you should retire.  It's over.  I think you should take your coach, get a tandem bike, and get the hell out of here!"

Later an upset Hellmuth told the announcers:

(Tony G) crossed the line. That's the worse one ever!

__________

Did Tony G indeed cross the line or did he just exhibit slick gamesmanship to sucker Hellmuth?

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On 5/21/2021 at 4:30 AM, FCP Bob said:

"You Smell"

Usually said to the player who has been at the table for the last 36 hours straight.

i just say this to ko8e34

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Another comment I've heard more than once at the table is:

"I'll show ya."

This is usually said on the final round of betting when a player bets and another player is considering whether or not to call.  The betting player is telling the other player that he will reveal his hand if they fold.  There can be several reasons for doing this such as:

1) The betting person has a good hand, doesn't need the money, and is just playing to have a good time.  They want to save the other player some money and to keep the atmosphere at the table relatively friendly.

2) The betting player might have top pair (or even 2nd pair) with a lousy kicker e.g. a pair of Kings with a 3 kicker and they want the other player (who might have a slightly better kicker) to fold.

3) The betting player is bluffing and feels their opponent is weak but can tell their opponent is curious about what they might have, so saying they will show their cards might be the difference that causes their curious opponent to fold.

 

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Another saying I've heard several times at the table is:

"The book says:"

For example they might say "The book says to raise this hand" and then they raise.  They never do say what book they are talking about.  i guess it refers to some imaginary composite book of all the famous books that are out there.

But nowadays I guess we are headed to more people saying "Well, the solver says:".

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On 6/8/2021 at 11:16 AM, FCP Bob said:

I'm old. The book is always Super System

Yeah, probably for most players, but I would think a Limit Holdem Dinosaur like yourself might have considered "Hold'em Poker" by Sklansky as being "the book".

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How could we have forgotten one of the all time poker room cliches:

"Show one, show all."

This is usually said by a person at the table who takes the game very seriously, and can't bear the fact that they are being denied any spec of information that someone else has.  This is of course is said after a player shows their hand to another player in a manner that not everyone can see; usually after the hand is over.  I have a feeling some players do this just to annoy other players.

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"I check blind."

Usually said by a player in early position just before the dealer deals the flop.  I guess the purpose is to try to discourage players in later positions from betting since you might have hit something on the flop, thus increasing the chances you (with your bad position) will see the turn card for free.

Phil Hellmuth does this a lot and I seem to remember Daniel doing this.  Since some of the best players in the world do this, I'm surprised more players don't do it. Checking blind can also be done before the turn and river cards are dealt.

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Everybody loves to make a successful "Hero Call" (a call with a lousy hand because you think your opponent is bluffing)   Probably the greatest hero call of all time was when Stu Ungar called a player in a big pot with 10 high when he rightly figured the other player missed their draw to a low straight. 

Many times the player seriously considering a hero call will say something like "This might be the worse call ever" before acting. They're letting everyone know they think something is fishy in the hand and also they might be trying to get a read on their opponent.   

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