Gambling Quotes

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

 

The worst thing that can happen to a man who gambles is to win. -Charles H Spurgeon

 

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

 

A gambler plays even when the odds are immutable and against him. -Lou Krieger

 

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned. -Paul Newman

 

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

 

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

 

Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized. -Dean Inge

 

Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage. -Gloria Steinem

 

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other. -Charles Lamb

 

The greatest advantage in gambling lies in not playing at all.- Girolamo Cardano

 

I invest, you bet, he gambles.- Traditional Motto

 

I agree that gambling is anti-social, but at least it keeps people away from television.- Anonymous

 

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

 

A Gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated.- Count Leo Tolstoy

 

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

 

The most sensible advice that may be given to would-be gamblers, or inventors of systems to be used at Monte Carlo, may be summed up in a single word: ‘Don’t’.- Francois Blanc

 

A gambler with a System must be, to a greater or lesser extent, insane.- George Augustus Sala

 

"Ace is not good, Ace is God-William Wigstrom

 

"The game exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great-Walter Matthau

 

"Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker-Amarillo Slim

 

"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

 

"Hold em is to stud what chess is to checkers-Johnny Moss

 

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

 

"Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died-Steven Wright

 

"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

 

”Cards are war, in disguise of a sport-Charles Lamb

 

"You call...gonna be all over, baby- during the 1998 World Series of Poker. Down to the final 2 players, he said this to his opponent while he held the best possible hand.Scotty Nguyen

 

"Remember this: The house doesn't beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself-Nicholas Dandalos

 

"A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time- Unknown

 

"Luck never gives; it only lends-wedish Proverb

 

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

 

"There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one-Jack Yelton

 

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

 

"The best throw of the dice is to throw them away- English Proverb

 

"Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair-French Proverb

 

"Never bet on baseball-Pete Rose

 

"Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math- Unknown

 

"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

 

"Mr. Moss, I have to let you go-Nick "the Greek"

 

"If, after the first twenty minutes, you don't know who the sucker at the table is, it's you-Unknown

 

"The game exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great-Walter Matthau

 

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

 

"Your first duty is to the Game; then come Mother, God, and Country-Motto

 

"Is it a reasonable thing, I ask you, for a grown man to run about and hit a ball? Poker's the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man's, and every man's is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune by teamwork? There's only one way to make a fortune, and that's to down the fellow who's up against you-Somerset Maugham

 

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

 

"I've often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that's not worth it. But I'm not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that's what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege-Jack Binion

 

"Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains-Mike Caro

 

"There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about it. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of the game, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a "flush". It is enough to make one ashamed of the species-Mark Twain

 

"In a game of poker, I can put the players' souls in my pocket-Beausourire

 

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

 

"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?"-Mike from Rounders

 

"Patience. And shuffle the cards-Cervantes

 

"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

 

"Well, tomorrow's another day-John Hennigan

 

"I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand-Jonathan Swift

 

"How long does it take to learn poker, Dad?" "All your life, son-David Spanier

 

"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

 

"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

 

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

 

"It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different. Think about what it's like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside. That probably sounds harsh. But that's the way it is at the poker table. If you don't believe me, then you're the lamb that's going off to the slaughter-Stu Unger

 

"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

 

"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

"Industry executives and analysts often mistakenly talk about strategy as if it were some kind of chess match. But in chess, you have just two opponents, each with identical resources, and with luck playing a minimal role. The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand fortune has dealt them. In our industry, Bill Gates owns the table until someone proves otherwise-David Moschella

 

"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 cardplaying 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

 

"I've always had confidence, but I never let my ego get to the point that I think I'm the superstar, because I know that ego has destroyed many a poker career-Jim Boyd

 

"I think that we are all in the right place at the right time almost every day. It's the people who are prepared to be lucky who can take advantage of being there. How do these people position themselves to be lucky? It was Goethe who said, 'Anytime that you take the first step toward trying to achieve something in life, all manner of good things will mysteriously fall into your path to help speed you along your way.' Amen to that!"-Phil Hellmuth

 

"Cards are war, in disguise of a sport-Charles Lamb

 

"It's not enough to succeed. Others must fail-Gore Vidal

 

"Perception is reality-Immanuel Kant

 

"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

 

“Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped 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

 

”With spots quadrangular of diamond form, Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife, And spades, the emblems of untimely graves-William Cowper

 

”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

 

”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

 

”Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead-Jackie Robinson

 

”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 [i.e., everybody], 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

 

”Hold'em - like life itself - has its defining moment. It's the flop. When you see the flop, you're looking at 71 percent of your hand, and the cost is only a single round of betting-Lou Krieger

 

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

 

”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

 

”Industry executives and analysts often mistakenly talk about strategy as if it were some kind of chess match. But in chess, you have just two opponents, each with identical resources, and with luck playing a minimal role. The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand fortune has dealt them. In our industry, Bill Gates owns the table until someone proves otherwise-David Moschella

 

”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-Lou Krieger

 

”I've often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that's not worth it. But I'm not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that's what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege-Jack Binion

 

”There's opportunity in poker.... If Horace Greeley were alive today, his advice wouldn't be "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country- Instead, he'd point to that deck of cards on table and say, "Shuffle up and deal-Lou Krieger

 

“Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died-Seven Wright

 

”The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius- Unknown

 

”If, after the first twenty minutes, you don't know who the sucker at the table is, it's you- Unknown

 

”Is it a reasonable thing, I ask you, for a grown man to run about and hit a ball? Poker's the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man's, and every man's is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune by teamwork? There's only one way to make a fortune, and that's to down the fellow who's up against you-W. Somerset Maugham

 

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

 

”Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom-VP Pappy

 

”There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about it. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of the game, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a flush. It is enough to make one ashamed of the species-Mark Twain

 

”The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; it happens at the poker table all the time-David Shoup

 

”I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand-Jonathan Swift

 

"How long does it take to learn poker, Dad?" "All your life, son-Michael Pertwee

 

”Poker: the art of civilized bushwhacking-Nick Dandalos

 

”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

 

”Cards are war, in disguise of a sport-Charles Lamb

 

”In a game of poker, I can put the players' souls in my pocket-Beausourire

 

”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-Lou Krieger

 

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

 

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

 

“I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table-Al Alvarez

 

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

 

“It's going to finish when I fold my hand and go up to the big poker game in the sky-Al Alvarez

 

“Yes, I think poker really isn't gambling”Al Alvarez

 

“Last year people won more than one billion dollars playing poker. And casinos made twenty-seven billion just by being around those people”-Samantha Bee

 

“The best part about poker is there's no down side”Samantha Bee

 

“What I know about poker, you can fit into a thimble with room left over, but I'm learning”-Wilford Brimley

 

“No, that's poker. To win, you've gotta get damned lucky”-Wilford Brimley

 

“As far as poker goes, I really didn't play poker but a few times in high school”-Doyle Brunson

 

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

 

“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

 

“We got robbed in poker games lots of times”-Doyle Brunson

 

“Everybody today knows what I learned back then because it's in all the poker books. But nobody knew the right way to play back in those days”-Doyle Brunson

 

“Everybody today knows what I learned back then because it's in all the poker books. But nobody knew the right way to play back in those days”-Doyle Brunson

 

“I also learned from Johnny Moss - who was the best poker player in the world at that time. I got to watching him and studying him”-Doyle Brunson

 

“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

 

“Ninety percent of the hands aren't shown in a poker game”-Doyle Brunson

 

“I still do my best to promote poker”-Doyle Brunson

 

“When I saw those pictures of me at the poker tournament, I couldn't believe how old I looked”-Doyle Brunson

 

“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 for poker, I've stayed away from that, even though when I was in Vegas for Ocean's Eleven, I would get accosted by these guys begging me to play. They just want to take my money. They see me, think "actor" and see some easy money”-Matt Damon

 

“I don't attempt to be a poker player before this crowd”-Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

“Ida and Pearl, the two Jewish broads from Cheyenne, that's how they were known. One of my first memories of my grandmother is of her trying to teach me how to play poker when I couldn't even see the table. I'd dress up and try to go gambling with the old ladies, and for some reason they'd let me in”-Gina Gershon

 

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

 

“I love to relive the memories of when I was spry enough to fish the little trout streams. Otherwise, I like to write and play poker”-Tony Hillerman

 

“Air power is like poker. A second-best hand is like none at all - it will cost you dough and win you nothing”-George Kenney

 

“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

 

“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

 

“If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you”-Paul Newman

 

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

 

“Initial feedback we got from people was that Poker could and should be a product in its own right. For us, that was definitely a case of us not seeing the forest for the trees since we are Poker nuts”-Tim Page

 

“Being able to pit your wits against literally hundreds of other people is really exciting and ultimately the biggest single challenge for a poker player”-Tim Page

 

“Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead”-Jackie Robinson

 

“I've been playing Texas Hold 'em and other forms of poker since I was about 12”-Richard Roeper

 

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

 

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

 

“Meanwhile, there's more poker than soft porn on cable TV these days - and the broadcast networks are getting in on the game as well”-Richard Roeper

 

“And there's the World Series of Poker, known as the last American Gold Rush. In the 2005 tourney, more than 5,600 players competed for the top prize of $7.5 million”-Richard Roeper

 

“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

 

“I'm absolutely gonna win it, because I'm ruthless. I sit at the poker table and my job is to destroy people”-James Woods

 

“Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died”-Steven Wright

 

"Poker is alot like sex, everone thinks they are the best, but most don't have a clue what they are doing!"-Dutch Boy'd

 

"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--Mike from Rounders

 

"There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about it. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of the game, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a "flush". It is enough to make one ashamed of the species-Mark Twain

 

"I've always had confidence, but I never let my ego get to the point that I think I'm the superstar, because I know that ego has destroyed many a poker career-Jim Boyd

 

"Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand. "-Cool Hand Luke

 

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"-Anonymous

 

"I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a Champion and make a sucker of of him-"Amrillo" Slim Preston

 

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

 

"If you are a guy, you know you play too much poker if your wet dreams involve "nuts" instead of breasts-BreakEvenPlayer

 

"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-Michael Gersitz

 

"Don't get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn't win-Michael Gersitz

 

“When we play, we must realize, before anything else, that we are out to make money-David Sklansky

 

"Poker may be a branch of psychological warfare, an art form or indeed a way of life – but it is also merely a game, in which money is simply the means of keeping score-Anthony Holden

 

"Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge-David Mamet

 

"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

 

"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

 

“In the absence of any mathematical explanation, one thing is for certain; if you engage in games of chance long enough, the experience is bound to affect the way you see God. Successfully draw to an inside straight three hands in a row, and you’ve got to be blessed. But if you’re the person drawn out on, the one whose trip aces just got snapped for the third time, you will go home feeling cursed-Andy Bellin

 

“The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with or, more particularly, with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips-William J. Florence

 

“The real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willin’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that-Pug Pearson

 

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

 

“It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it.-Amarillo Slim