Gambling quotes and sayings

A visitor to Las Vegas received the “cook’s tour” — he was baked in the sun, stewed at the bar, and burned at the crap tables.

You have it in your power to turn a bad-beat around simply by realizing this simple truth: The more bad beats you encounter, the luckier you are. It’s a sign that you are playing against opponents who continually take the worst of it, and if you can’t beat someone who always takes the worst of it, you can’t beat anyone.
Lou Krieger

It’s interesting and somewhat dismaying how many people will look up to anyone who wins a multimillion-dollar lottery — but will deride anyone who has worked either hard or smart to attain prosperity and real success.
From 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting

Playing poker in their Quonset hut on Tinian, killing the last hours of the preatomic age.
Peter Goldman

Treat a horse like a woman and a woman like a horse. And they’ll both win for you.
Elizabeth Arden

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
Vannevar Bush

As far as poker goes, I really didn’t play poker but a few times in high school.
Doyle Brunson

Vegas looks like somebody took one of Liberace’s jackets and made a city out of it.
Lance Humble

Almost everybody gets married while they’re in Las Vegas. They figure as long as they’re on a losing streak they might as well go all the way.

Really Bad Players Joining Daily. Come Win Some of Their Money.
Superior Poker

They are the new breed of slot machine-colorful, fancy, exciting, wonderful…and deadly.
Frank Scoblete

Making pictures, for an actress, is like betting, for a gambler. Each time you make a picture you try to analyze why you won or lost.
Hedy Lamarr

Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never play cards with a man named Doc. And never lie down with a woman who’s got more troubles than you.
Nelson Algren

The world is the house of the strong. I shall not know until the end what I have lost or won in this place, in this vast gambling den where I have spent more than sixty years, dicebox in hand, shaking the dice.
Denis Diderot

Of all mechanics, of all servile handycrafts-men, a gamester is the vilest. But yet, as many of the quality are of the profession, he is admitted amongst the politest company.
John Gay

I gamble with one foot pointed toward the door.
Frank Scoblete

The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent.
David Mamet

The only difference between praying in a Church and praying at the poker table is that when you pray at the poker table you really mean it.

I believe in luck. The harder I work the luckier I get.
Sam Shoen

The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing did cards, worse even than figuring your odds correctly, is becoming emotionally involved.
Katy Lederer

Luck is the residue of design.
Branch Rickey

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you Get.
Ray Kroc

I have been running the craps game since I was a juvenile delinquent.
Frank Detroit

Las Vegas has all kinds of gambling devices, such as dice, roulette, slot machines — and wedding chapels.

Abruptly the poker of memory stirs the ashes of recollection and uncovers a forgotten ember, still smoldering down there, still hot, still glowing, still red as red.
William Manchester

All dealers wish they were doing something other than dealing. All dealers have plans to get out of dealing. Ten years later they have different plans to get out of dealing.
Frank Scoblete

I recently watched a rank novice win $10,000 in an hour-long poker session at the Dunes Hotel Casino in Las Vegas from five men who are considered to be among the twenty best Poker players in Las Vegas. That was chance, a momentary aberration in the probabilities. They are inevitable in any gambling game. If it weren’t for them – and the long-odds winning they make possible – gambling would be barren of what makes it gambling. Certainly luck operates, to this limited extent, within the theory of probability. All that theory guarantees is that ultimately each player will have been dealt an approximately equal number of opportunities to win, an approximately equal number of good, bad, and indifferent hands.
John Scarne

Good luck needs no explanation.
Shirley Temple Black

All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck — who keeps right on going — is the man who is there when the good luck comes — and is ready to receive it.
Robert Collier

In Atlantic City, N.J., elderly gamblers got flu shots Monday at Bally’s Park Place ballroom while slot machines jangled in the next room. Nurses said the shot could cause soreness in their arms, but many replied they would work it out by pulling the slot machine handle.

Once I accepted the fact my career in sports was over, I started playing poker to support myself.
Doyle Brunson

I still do my best to promote poker.
Doyle Brunson

Before we met Myelin, we were working on a Casino product that had Poker as one of its components”
Tim Page

These two have no idea what they’re about to walk into. Down here to have a good time, they figure, Why not give poker a try? After all, how different can it be from the home games they’ve played their whole lives? Luck. All the luck in the world isn’t gonna change things for these guys. They’re simply overmatched. We’re (the pros at the table) not playing together, but we’re not playing against each other, either. It’s like the Nature Channel. You don’t see piranhas eating each other, do you?

Leroy bet me I couldn’t find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough.
Rita Mae Brown

Don’t play for safety — it’s the most dangerous thing in the world.
Hugh Walpole

You’re not allowed to give yourself a nickname. This holds true in life as well as in poker.
Richard Roeper

When I played pool I was like a good psychiatrist. I cured ‘em of all their daydreams and delusions.
Minnesota Fats

My last piece of advice to the degenerate slot player who thinks he can beat the one-armed bandit consists of four little words: “It can’t be done.
John Scarne

A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax…laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.
Thomas Jefferson

People today who play in all the big fancy (legal) cardrooms don’t understand what it was like back in those days to be a poker player with all the problems we had.
Doyle Brunson

They were burying a high-roller in Las Vegas and a few of his gambling cronies were gathered grave side when the minister said; “Gus is merely sleeping.” His best friend was heard muttering: “I’ve got a hundred that says he’s dead.

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
H. T. Leslie

Luck let a gentleman see Just how nice a dame you can be I know the way you’ve treated other guys you’ve been with Luck be a lady with me.
Frank Loesser

Throw a lucky man in the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.
Arab Proverb

I hope to break even this week. I need the money.

We didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn’t come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn’t do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.
Barack Obama