Gambling quotes and sayings

I spent $3m on drink and $3m on gambling, but I wasted the rest.
John Daly

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
Charles Lamb

In case of an air raid, go to the nearest slot machine. It hasn’t been hit in years.

See, in my world – the world of high-stakes gin and poker – we play for cold, hard cash. It’s all business, pure and simple. Anyone who thinks card playing is a ‘game’ – I’ll show you a loser. Money… M-O-N-E-Y. That’s how you measure success. One dollar at a time. One chip at a time. That’s how you keep score.
Stu Unger

Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Benjamin Franklin

When we put 50 machines in, I consider them 50 more mousetraps. You have to have a mousetrap to catch a mouse.
Bob Stupak (Former Las Vegas casino owner)

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.
Stephen Wright

In the queer mess of human destiny the determining factor is luck. For every important place in life there are many men of fairly equal capacities. Among them luck decides who shall accomplish the great work, who shall be crowned with laurel, and who shall fall back into silence and obscurity.
William E. Woodward

Every dog has his day in luck.
Japanese Proverb

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.

Like gambling almost all life depends on probabilities.
Francois Voltaire

I can’t believe that God plays dice with the universe.
Albert Einstein

The dice of God are always loaded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best bet you get is an even break.
Franklin Pierce Adams

In a game of poker, I can put the players’ souls in my pocket.

This was the first time he had seriously confronted what he was doing, and the force of that awareness came very abruptly – with a surging of his pulse and a frantic pounding in his head. He was about to gamble his life on that table, and the insanity of that risk filled him with a kind of awe.
Paul Auster

Poker is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find outside an advertising agency.
Raymond Chandler

We got robbed in poker games lots of times.
Doyle Brunson

Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy. It can be rough-hewn or polished, warm or cold, charitable and caring, or hard and impersonal, fickle and elusive, but ultimately it is fair, and right, and just.
Lou Krieger

I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you’re done for.
Al Alvarez

Life is like a poker game. You deal or are dealt to. Your success depends on skill, luck, and creativity. You bet, check, bluff, and raise. Your education comes from those you play with. Sometimes, you win with a pair or lose with a full house. But whatever happens, it pays to keep a sense of humor.

But when you’re playing poker, you don’t know the answer to that until after the cards are laid down, and then it’s too late.
Fred Thompson

Gambling is the future on the internet. You can only look at so many dirty pictures.
Simon Noble

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
Terry Pratchett

Poker, A game said to be played with cards for some purpose to this lexicographer unknown.
Ambrose Bierce

Life is like a game of poker: If you don’t put any in the pot, there won’t be any to take out.

Yes, prudently invested contributions to the Social Security fund may bring greater dividends, but those contributions would also face a greater risk. It would be like gambling. We should not gamble with the investments and the future of the citizens of this land.
Daniel Inouye

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.
Grantland Rice

It is not whether you win or lose, but who gets the blame.
Blaine Nye

One of the worst things that can happen to you in life is to win a bet on a horse at an early age.
Danny Mcgoorty

Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing from something.
Wilson Mizner

The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice is so pleasurable, that I assume it must be evil.
Heywood Broun

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.
Paul Newman (The Color of Money – The movie)

The subject of gambling is all encompassing. It combines man’s natural play instinct with his desire to know about his fate and his future.
Franz Rosenthal (Gambling in Islam, 1975)

At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.
Chinese Proverb

Gambling is pretty much like liquor; you can make it illegal but you can’t make it unpopular.

Gambling is a way of buying hope on credit.
Alan Wykes

If you ain’t just a little scared when you enter a casino, you are either very rich or you haven’t studied the games enough.
VP Pappy

A gambler is nothing but a man who makes his living out of hope.
William Bolitho

The better the gambler, the worse the man.
Publius Syrus

No wife can endure a gambling husband, unless he is a steady winner.
Thomas Robert Dewar

I don’t gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn’t give me great pleasure. But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off.
Alex Trebek

Gambling undermines the moral fiber of society.
Gordon B. Hinkley

By gaming we lose both our time and treasure – two things most precious to the life of man.
Owen Felltham

There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing.
French Proverb

Don’t be a gambler; once a gambler, always a gambler.
John W Gates

Gambling is not about how well you play the games, it’s really about how well you handle your money.
VP Pappy

Gambling is just plain stealing by mutual consent.

Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair.
French Proverb

Gambling is a principle inherent in nature.
Edmund Burke

Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.
Dean Inge

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Ambrose Bierce

Gambling itself will only end when human nature has changed completely and there are no more bets to win.
Harold S. Smith Sr.

Gambling is risk-taking. It might be said the owner of a casino gambles, takes risks, but he has the odds in his favour, so that’s intelligent gambling. If I wanted to gamble, I’d buy the casino.
Jean Paul Getty, Sr.

In gambling the many must lose in order that the few may win.
George Bernard Shaw

You don’t gamble to win. You gamble so you can gamble the next day.
Bert Ambrose

Gambling is a way of throwing money down the toilet without people calling you insane.

Casinos and prostitutes have the same thing in common; they are both trying to screw you out of your money and send you home with a smile on you face.
VP Pappy

The safest bet is the one you didn’t make.

Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich—something for nothing.
George Bernard Shaw