Gambling quotes and sayings

You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night, go crazy, and throw it all away.
Bobby Baldwin

Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it.
Will Rogers

My advice to the unborn is, don’t be born with a gambling instinct unless you have a good sense of probabilities.
Jack Dreyfus

A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.
American Proverb

If you want to cure a compulsive gambler, give him the Atlanta Falcons and four points.
Paul Lynde

You know what luck is? Luck is believing you’re lucky…to hold front position in this rat-race you’ve got to believe you’re lucky.
Stanley Kowalski

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The three biggest dreams of many men is to outsmart women, casinos, and reality.

Even though I had a lucrative contract with MGM, I had a husband who was drinking and gambling our money away faster than I could make it.
Esther Williams

No gulls, no luck.
French Proverb

The most difficult aspects of playing poker professionally are coping emotionally with the losses and coping with the recurring idea that you’re not doing anything worthwhile.
Mike Caro

Poker exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great.
Walter Matthau

I’ve learned the lesson that the worst thing that can happen to a gambler is to let his recent losses or wins knock him off keel emotionally.
Andrew Beyer

It’s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don’t know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It’s like the throw of the dice.
Jim Morrison

I am sorry I have not learned to play cards. It is very useful in life. It generates kindness and consolidates society.
Samuel Johnson

I didn’t want to be a slave to any passion anymore. I gave up card playing altogether, even bridge and gambling – more or less. It took me a few years to get out of it.
Omar Sharif

Investment banking has, in recent years, resembled a casino, and the massive scale of gambling losses has dragged down traditional business and retail lending activities as banks try to rebuild their balance sheets. This was one aspect of modern financial liberalisation that had dire consequences.
Vince Cable

He who hopes to win what belongs to another deserves to lose.

The point is that it looks like gambling because the language of the game is money.
Al Alvarez

The evidence we have found has led us to the conclusion that the negative image of gamblers, of speculators and of gambling is due to prejudice, to the distorted image heavily promoted by some powerful groups who, however, have not had much evidence to support their views.
Reuven and Gabrielle

Most people bet with their hands, not over them, and realize that gambling and speculation are good servants and bad masters.
Reuven and Gabrielle a Brenner

Remember this: The house doesn’t beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.

There is in Hollywood, as in all cultures in which gambling is the central activity, a lowered sexual energy, an inability to devote more than token attention to the preoccupations of the society outside. The action is everything, more consuming than sex, more immediate than politics; more important always than the acquisition of money, which is never, for the gambler, the true point of the exercise.
Joan Didion

No, that’s poker. To win, you’ve gotta get damned lucky.
Wilford Brimley

Dear Lord, help me to break even. I need the money.

Poker is… a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature.
David A Daniel

He said, “Son, I’ve made a life out of readin’ people’s faces, and knowin’ what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
Kenny Rogers (The Gambler)

Poker is the game closest to the western conception of life, where life and thought are recognized as intimately combined, where free will prevails over philosophies of fate or of chance, where men are considered moral agents and where – at least in the short run – the important thing is not what happens but what people think happens.
John Luckacs

The worst evil of gambling is that the odds are always with the house or the horse.

The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time.
General David Shoup

I mean there are usually no direct answers to how do you play such-and- such a hand when somebody raises in front. Every poker situation is different. The only way you can learn is to play.
Doyle Brunson

In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.
Ace Rothstein

If I had the money and the drinking capacity, I’d probably live at a roulette table and let my life go to hell.
Michael Ventura

No presidential candidate should visit Las Vegas without condemning organized gambling.
Ralph Nader

The rulers of the country generally believed that betting eliminates strikes. Men had to work in order to gamble.
Michael Ondaatje

When God throws the dice are loaded.
Greek Proverb

I’ve always played cards. I can’t remember when there wasn’t a gambling game going on somewhere, even if it was a craps game in a wheelbarrow on the backside of the racetrack.
Wilford Brimley

A gentleman in Nashville described his last Las Vegas vacation, “Out by jet. Back in debt.”

Limit poker is a science, but no-limit is an art. In limit, you are shooting at a target. In no-limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you.
Jack Strauss

“How long does it take to learn poker, Dad?” “All your life, son.”
Michael Pertwee

One who doesn’t throw the dice can never expect to score a six.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be.
Mark Pilarski

But I also think that it does create a lot of revenue, but to me it’s a temporary revenue stream because it’s an industry that, if suddenly gambling started in Massachusetts, then a lot of our patrons who would gamble in New Hampshire if we had it, would disappear.
Craig Benson

I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn’t come in until half-past five.
Henny Youngman

No one has more faith than the person who plays a slot machine in the hope of avoiding work altogether.

Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album, not a smart poker strategy.
Richard Roeper

Just as outlawing alcohol did not work in the 1920s, current attempts to prohibit online gambling will not work, either.
John Conyers

Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck.
George S. Clason

The world over, give a guy money and it goes to drinking, gambling, and women. When you give a woman money, it goes to feeding, clothing, helping people.
Peter Buffett

The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius.
Big Julie

The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
Wilson Mizner

I’ve lost money so fast in these clubs it’s left me reeling. I’ve read every poker book ever written, but the only way to get better at the game is to go out and play with people who are really good. The problem is, you stand to lose a lot of money doing it.
Matt Damon

The losses as well as the prizes must be drawn from the cheating lottery of life.
Le Sage

Luck never made a man wise.

Even as I approach the gambling hall, as soon as I hear, two rooms away, the jingle of money poured out on the table, I almost go into convulsions.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

In the case of an earthquake hitting Las Vegas, be sure to go straight to the Keno Lounge. Nothing ever gets hit there.

Go and wake up your luck.
Persian Proverb

The only difference between a winner and a loser is character.
Nick (The Greek)

Putting a stop to internet gambling is a necessary reform that targets flagrant violations of state and federal laws.
John Shadegg

Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life.
Anthony Holden