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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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SpectrumScholar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  New member
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:
SAPPHIREMAINECOON Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i love gambling :CardGame: 
EmLiminator Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dats so rainbowdash
katban Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Mrzeromaster95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Artist
Looks familiar. (but this is cleary the orign of it).…
Mrzeromaster95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Artist
As in it was made by Harwicks
hypershadic247 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
I'm surprised Fluttershy is doing better then Twilight guess angel must be very good at Poker
sjnibbe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
HA! I love that Rainbow Dash has a card up her wing lol. This is an awesome adaptation to the poker playing dogs.
violetpone Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Also, lol at Rarity's pout face :P
violetpone Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Haha Twilight would need a book XD
slothseatrainbows Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
omg i had this pic before as my wallpaper and i never found the artist but now i have and i love it your art is amazing 
PonyTechnology Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey I bought the poster of this off this seller on aliexpress but it's from this sketchy asian source so I'm not sure if this was done with your approval. This is an amazing piece of art and I want to support you so could you name a price and a method of payment? 
Shadowlord123456 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
No wonder RD's Winning, she's cheating! I see that card in her wing.
Dancing-firefox Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vopn24 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Looks like AJ wants to take Dash out back for a duel.
orionpaxg1 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
twilight looks hopeless
Candie-The-Fluffy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
i love the crown on rainbow dash's head xDDD
Beltar1 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I guess Princess'es personal student has personal scholarship too. :) And she may take huge income as freelancer in magic and technics. In our world she would be programmer for sure.
There're more interesting question what Equestria would do if she would decide to become a criminal. Transforming things in money, teleportation, braking any door with brute magical strength. Bonnie and Clyde must just sit envy.

Flattershy may have some money from selling eggs. Otherwise I don't know why she owns chickens. X)
BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I love the expressions in this :D
Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I feel a sense of fun and joy, a beautiful and classic paintings :D (Big Grin) 
GT4tube Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome! xD
PhantomVulpix Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
this just made my day. lol
Gamzguy17 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely fantastic! Not only did you manage to get the style of this classic album down, but you've spiced it up with M.L.P. flavour and personality. Clap Clap Even the gorgeous art style you did it in is reminiscent to the album. :D
Love the scenario going on between Spike and Twilight too. XD
Keep in mind, you gotta know when to hold 'em too :P
Stay artsy dude! Again, fantastic work! 
Grismalice Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mariachiman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This is the most beautiful and kitsch thing I have ever seen in my whole life
Adeanwolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rainbow dash won Twilght's crown.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
AJ : "Rainbow ... d'ya know you must win ... without cheating ?" :iconapplejackmadplz:
ZacBucklin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great work here.
EverFreeTree Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I just might download this high resolution image, have a print made, and sell it to YOU... just so you'll understand how beautiful these would be...
AniRichie-Art Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey man, bringing this to your attention but this person has re-uploaded this picture to their own gallery without your permission.…

A lot of their 'art' is from other artists.
BloodLily16 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rainbow's cleaning the house!
Dowlphin Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I spot a perfect Pinkie face.
She definitely has lots of different picture cards as well as hearts/diamonds.
Rapid-Fire55 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Do you sell prints? I would love to have a copy of this framed.
dastrax64 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student
i got a copy of this at comic con in new orleans, i hope it wasnt under the table without permission! i like it alot though.
PooshkaRiotMLP Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To answer your money question, Twi's funded by Celestia to live in Ponyville, (I'm, like, 95% sure), I'm pretty sure Fluttershy takes care of people's animals for money, or maybe your right about the self-sufficiant animal commune thing.
MexicanPenguin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Wait are they playing Poker? Poker is with two cards and four cards in the middle. Or is it a modified Equestrian Poker? Also that Discord-Jack. (Or as I like to call it knave.)
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Five card draw, most likely.
tophxomi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GentleJudai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Do a version with MLP CCG cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!plsplsplsplsplspls
Druce-White-Owl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Writer
This is just priceless, I love all the little details: Rarity's pouting over having to fold, Pinkie Pie's ridiculous 'poker face' making you question whether she doesn't know how to bluff or if she's actually playing one MASSIVE bluff, Fluttershy letting Angel make the calls on what she does with her cards, Twilight frantically attempting to reclaim her losses through book-learnin'; it's all glorious!
ColorRainboom Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Don't forget Rainbow Dash cheating (look at the card sticking out of her wing :XD:) and Applejack giving her a suspicious glance^^
Really a brilliant piece, I love it so much!
batosan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely MONSTER! Now where is the black velvet? heheheheheheh!
ShootingFeather Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I love it! :love:
winterwolf2112 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
GrimSparky Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Dashie, is that a card in your wing behind your back? Sherlock Holmes 
CharcoalSketcher Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I can't believe I forgot to add this to my favorites! I liked this pic before I even had a DA account.
DarthTallis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Wow. Even Spike thinks, "Really? You need a book for this, too?"

Great picture. :)
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This drawing is just too EPIC to describe it!!! :XD: :XD: :XD:

It would be awesome to have an episode scene like this one!!! :meow:


Excellent work!!! Love it!! :love: :love: :love:

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