Quotes from the Mad Genius

These selected Mike Caro quotations may strike you as amusing, thought provoking, or just plain silly — depending on your point of view and current mood.

If you click “Quote examined” below any quotation, you’ll see Mike Caro’s commentary on his own quote. This might give you a clearer understanding of  his meaning. And sometimes it leads to a broader explanation of related concepts about poker and life.

(NOTE: This entry is still under construction. More quotes will be added, along with the explanatory links mentioned above.)


♦ List of selected Mike Caro quotes ♦


“Inside the mind of ‘America’s Mad Genius’ is not necessarily a place you want to visit.”

— Mike Caro, 1990.

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“You win some, you lose some, and you keep it to yourself.”

— Mike Caro, 1992

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“It’s hard to convince a winner that he’s losing.”

— Mike Caro, 1985

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“When you start somewhere, you’ve started.”

— Mike Caro, 1980

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“After you do one thing, you’ve got one thing done.”

— Mike Caro, 1980

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“For any single thing you can do, there is one person who is best in the world. Usually it is Mike Caro.”

— Mike Caro, 1993

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“If I had a dollar for each poker player who stuck to a disciplined strategy for a whole day, I could make a down payment on a deck of cards.”

— Mike Caro, 1976

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“Birds you feed so they’ll come around; bums you feed so they’ll go away.”

— Mike Caro, 1989

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“Don’t leave it to the law of averages to make you break even.”

— Mike Caro, 1991

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“I’ve seen the future, and I survived the test of time.”

— Mike Caro, 1991

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“If you speak the truth, you spoil the game.”

— Mike Caro, 1984

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“As long as people allow themselves to be shocked, outraged or disgusted, there will be those who see that this happens, just so they can watch.”

— Mike Caro, 1978

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“I have nothing against women. Some of my best wives were women.”

— Mike Caro, 1993

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“In the beginning, everything was even money.”

— Mike Caro, 1982

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“I have already made my ruling.”

— Mike Caro, 1967

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“Adventurers tend to prance about the ladder of success, fearing less the sensation of a great fall than the humility of hanging idle.”

— Mike Caro, 1960 (written in the 9th grade)

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“The weak have no rights except the right to hope that the strong will not abuse them.”

— Mike Caro, 1960 (written in the 9th grade)

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“False hope is sometimes much worse and sometimes much better than no hope.”

— Mike Caro, 1980

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“In poker, the money eventually flows from the bad players to the good players. Nothing else is possible.”

— Mike Caro, 1981

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“I’m sane as a soda cracker, and I intend to stay that way till the day of the drizzle.”

— 1984, Caro On Gambling (last sentence in the book)

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Known as the “Mad Genius of Poker,” Mike Caro is generally regarded as today's foremost authority on poker strategy, psychology, and statistics. He is the founder of Mike Caro University of Poker, Gaming, and Life Strategy (MCU). See full bio → HERE.

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  1. “I have nothing against women. Some of my best wives were women.” – my fav one. Nice quotes! Regards from Germany, Nico

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