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Know When to Fold 'Em by harwicks-art Know When to Fold 'Em by harwicks-art
Why should dogs get all of the poker related fine art?

I have to wonder where Twilight gets her money. I suppose being the town librarian pays something, but then again she's already getting free living space there. Fluttershy's income is also a mystery, but perhaps her little animal commune is self-sufficient. Or maybe Angel just helps her rake it in on Poker Night.

As for how the non-unicorns hold the cards, I'm going with "sticky hooves"... which, come to think of it, would be a pretty good name for a pick-pocket pony.

I obviously need more sleep.

UPDATED 12/17/2011:

Wow. Okay, so apparently people like this one. I've gone back and made some minor touch ups to it (and yes, I've added hints of the missing Cutie Marks... no wonder the poor CMC's obsess over them, what with the way people react when they're not apparent.) Perhaps doing corrections now is closing the barn door after 27,000 horses have gone through, but what the hell.

I've also changed the download to the full sized work image, which was 2x the resolution of what was available before. I warn you, if you think the artwork looks particularly pretty or meticulously done, prepare to have your illusions shattered by a close look. I have no hesitation to cut and paste and push pixels around like they were fingerpaints... and again, finishing this one was a rush job to get it out the door before the holidays, so there's not much of a final polish on it.

Not that there ever is on my fan stuff... It's all done in good fun. I just feel like I suddenly have some kind of reputation to live up to. The comments and response so far have been wonderful, but what people are really reacting to are the characters themselves, and all credit for them goes to Lauren Faust and Studio B for their work on the show.


As always, if you're looking to ask me for permission to use this artwork in a non-commercial way, feel free and make something awesome with it, but know that I neither created nor own the characters. And, of course, please don't take credit for my work. It's just not a nice thing to do.
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RanbowDashisBestPony Featured By Owner May 16, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Am I the only one who noticed the cards between Dash’s Wings?
ChristaDoodles Featured By Owner May 1, 2019  Professional General Artist
Someone is selling this as a low res print over on Amazon. I figured you should know.…
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
Dash... give those bits back. Now. You cheeky little cheater.
haruau Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2019
I think Pinkies got a winning hand, she’s gonna clean everyone else out soon. ;)
Applejack2019 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
long time no see
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so good. I can't believe I hadn't seen this one until now. Thank you for all your art <3
FrustratedInExcelsis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It occurs to me that Pinkie must be a terror to play against in a poker game. There's nothing quite like facing an opponent who just smiles all the time.
haruau Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2019
Yeah! It's the opposite of a poker face, and instead of keeping it emotionless, it's worse when it's NEVER EMOTIONLESS!!

Or something along those lines.
EndlessWire94 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dangit Twi - why'd you have to bet your Element?! :fear:
PrincessLuna1996 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
Also, this was stolen here on DA: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY
PrincessLuna1996 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
Hi, I just wanted to tell you that I found this image on a cover on Aliexpress:…
ElainaVoorhees Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017
Thank you , my favourite characters is Rainbow Dash , Trixie , Rarity and Luna.
deltablaze22 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yo, can i create a fanfic using this as the cover image? idk if ill finish it or even post it, but i wanted to ask before hand just in case. Also don't worry, ill credit you for the art. :)
fillenbillen1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
There is a song to this that is called Starlight-poker face
BumbleBun Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone is selling it on Aliexpress:…
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao: How appropriate that the joker is Discord. Or should I say... Dis-card? :D
bobhershey Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
Rainbow Dash (snow pony) plz "It's a good thing we're not playing strip poker 'cause if we were you'd all be naked by now"!
Applejack (say what) plz "We're already naked! We don't normally wear clothes"!
Rainbow Dash Crying icon "Oh yeah, right"!
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
-said the only member of the Mane Six who normally wears clothes.
haruau Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018
Uh it’s rarity who’s the one who wears cloths! AJ wears a hat, that doesn’t count!
EqDBot Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
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pingasman1234 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You've earned yourself a follower my boy. I absolutely love this art style, particularly the colors used for the manes and how expressive the characters are.
Mike-Rosoft Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Doesn't look like Twilight Sparkle is very good at poker - but who else thinks that she'd be excellent at blackjack?
jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student General Artist
I wonder who won the poker game! XD
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Pinkie, obviously. Pinkie Sense? =P
jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Student General Artist
yeah. it could be that Pinkie won :)
tokyofox200 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
With evil demon bunny Angel helping Fluttershy one would think that she would be winning every time but that face on twilight and RD is so good I don't mind  it not being her.
Riniginianna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rainbow is cheating. but yeah, I agree.
schneelocke Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Featured on EqD again. Wow, this piece really brings back memories!
Braver69 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Such a cool piece, especially if your into poker. I love the expressions on their faces, you captured their personality quite well. Probably why I have a print of this up and framed on my wall.
EqDBot Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
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mikehollowhead Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
as someone who's part of multiple weekly game group's ah've lost track of how many time's ah've effectively seen this shot play out in real life. and it's ALWAYS a good time.
Rozbojnik2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
This pic makes me want to Buy an own Pub, print this art in HD, buy a nice frame, and hang it on wall next to best table in my place
HisBestFantasyEverXD Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dashie, you cheater!

I love Pinkie's grin.

DarkDabula Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Niceeeee !!!!
Evekle Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the details you put in!
that1guyMB Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Fluttershy's tail?
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's out of the frame, and she wrapped it around her legs. :P
danujackson102 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015
So funny!!
derekguo31 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student Writer
What about the Goblins? (The Goblins from Terraria, that is)
MegaRainbowDash Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015

These people used this artwork in the map/level without asking permission or even crediting you! i think you should do something about it!
UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
One theory about Fluttershy is that she's part of a noble family in Cloudsdale (or her hometown if you don't think she's a Cloudsdale native); this is also thought to be why she's a poor flier (why fly if you have carriages and servants to take wherever you need to go) and knows about sewing (all those times she overheard her mother telling the tailor what to do on the latest dress or dress set stuck around). Got nothing for Twilight but it'd be interesting if this Flutter theory's true (especially since we are going to get some info about her family since it's been confirmed she has a brother).
JasAnderson1215 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
I am loving your art. I love the coloring, texture, shading, and just technique of each of your pieces of art. ^^ This one is cute and hilarious at the same time. :)
andrewtodaro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
HOMER SIMPSON: Look! IT'S A BUNCH OF candy colored ponies… and they're PLAYING POKER!!! Eyepopping AAAGGGHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!rofl 
YuTheBrony Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Cool guys!
BronyDad Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Haha!  I stumbled onto you purely by accident, saw the name and thought "could it be that Harwick?" and here you are! I found this pic about a year and a half ago, loved it, and showed it to my daughter.  She loved it so much that I made it the background for my phone's lock screen, to her vast enjoyment. 

Anyway, I'm glad I found you here.  I had no idea that you were an artist, and what little of your work I've seen so far is amazing!  Keep being awesome!     
sde-user Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
This is a really cool picture. Something about Pinkie's face/smile reminds me of Crash Bandicoot.
Softt-t Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor twilight
SpectrumScholar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Also found for sale here:…
Not sure id they have your permission.
Makitk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Found for sale here. If you're not selling it here, may be wise to contact Amazon support;…
JungleDyret-2000 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Great! :XD:
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