My luck at the gambling table was varied; sometimes I was fifty to a hundred dollars ahead, and at other times I had to borrow money from my fellow workmen to settle my room rent and pay for my meals.
James Weldon Johnson
Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.
There is no gambling like politics.
If I lose today, I can look forward to winning tomorrow, and if I win today, I can expect to lose tomorrow. A sure thing is no fun.
It is hard to decide whether gambling is a means of getting something for nothing or nothing for something.
One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.
A race track is a place where windows clean people.
You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.
No dog can go as fast as the money you bet on him.
No horse can go as fast as the money you put on it.
A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at Faro or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way.
There is no thrill in gambling unless you are betting more than you can afford to lose.
Blackjack is the only casino game an amateur can learn to play and at which he can definitely win.
Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed.
In a bet there is a fool and a thief.
Most casino patrons view gambling as a mix of witchery, mysticism, entertainment and dumb luck. Very few view it the deadly game that it is.
A ruler should encourage gambling among his enemies, and put it down by military force at home.
A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.
A Smith Wesson beats four aces.
I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.
Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.
Pope John XXIII
Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.
To be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money.
Yes, I think poker really isn’t gambling.
Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.
You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.
Nearly every gambler flatters himself that with just one more shot his luck will turn, and he well reap a rich harvest. Because of this delusion the Casino always wins in the end.
General Pierre Polovtsoff
Gambling is neither an immoral nor a noble exercise; it is motivated by both foolish and rational considerations.
The typical gambler might not really understand the probabilistic nuances of the wheel or the dice, but such things seem a bit more tractable than, say, trying to raise a child in this lunatic society of ours.
Arthur S. Reber
Show me a wealthy gambler and I’ll show you someone who has made his money from something other than gambling.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another’s money. Idiots!
Fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a lifetime, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.
Judged by the dollars spent, gambling is now more popular in America than baseball, the movies, and Disneyland-combined.
Timothy L. O’Brien
Many people are violently opposed to gambling for the simple reason that they can never win anything at it.
Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry.
The next best thing to gambling and winning is gambling and losing.
Nick “The Greek” Dandalos
I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet.
True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table: Luckiest he who knows just when to rise and go home.
John Milton Hay
The only business in the world bigger than gambling is religion…but gambling is not nearly so corrupt.
J. R. Miller
I have a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people — being always excited.
I have a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people, being always excited; women, wine, fame, the table, even ambition, sate now and then, but every turn of the card and cast of the dice keeps the gambler alive — besides one can game ten times longer than one can do any thing else.
Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry.
Look around the table. If you don’t see a sucker, get up, because you are the sucker.
There is but one good throw upon the dice, which is, to throw them away.
Never bet on anything that talks.
All forms of gambling are frowned upon by preachers — except marriage.
A gambler with a System must be, to a greater or lesser extent, insane.
George Augustus Sala
Poker: the art of civilized bushwhacking.
Gambling may be wicked; it is very stupid; but it happens to be an innate characteristic of mankind, and that is really all one need say about it.
General Pierre Polovtsoff
Rule: Never perform card tricks for the people you play poker with.
It is better to make people think you are a bad poker player, then to play and remove all doubt. Don’t play to impress, play to win.
Betting is the manure to which the enormous crop of horse-races and racehorse breeding in this and other countries is to a large extent due.
Richard Blackmore (The Jockey Club and its Founders, 1891)
A gambler never makes the same mistake twice. It’s usually three or more times.
Most of the money you’ll win at poker comes not from the brilliance of your own play, but from the ineptitude of your opponents.
The house doesn’t beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.
The best throw with the dice is to throw them away.
You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor.
Gambling is possibly the only human vice where you can probably never persuade the gambler to bet that he’ll give it up.
Franklin P. Jones
The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.
George Bernard Shaw
All the evidence shows that God was actually quite a gambler, and the universe is a great casino, where dice are thrown, and roulette wheels spin on every occasion.