30 of the Best Quotes about Luck, Gambling and Casinos

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Intro: Gambling at both online and land-based casinos takes place world-wide and tends to generate a lot of opinions – whether it is following a hot streak or a run of losses. It is inevitable then that gambling will have brought out tons of inspirational quotes, that have been shouted or spoken by the same people who play and experience the game.

From movies to books, and directly from the mouths of some of the best gamblers in history, there have been countless fantastic quotes about gambling, luck and casinos in general. We start with a few of our choice quotes about lady luck herself and then we dive into the most famous and brilliant musings on gambling and casinos.

Best Quotes about Luck

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According to Roman philosopher Seneca “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” And if you’re on a run of good luck you might be inclined to agree with him. Unfortunately, sometimes we walk under ladders or break mirrors that we can’t see, and our luck tends to sour. These are some of our top picks for quotes about luck.

“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” – Brian Tracy

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” – Cormac McCarthy

“True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.” – John Milton Hay

“I figure you have the same chances of winning the lottery whether you play or not.” – Fran Lebowitz

“Gambling operates under the premise that greed can be satisfied by luck.” – Rita Mae Brown

“At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.” – Ian Fleming

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.” – Bret Harte

“Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.” – John Dewey

“A man’s gotta make at least one bet a day else he could be walking around lucky and never know it.” – Jim Jones

Best Quotes about Gambling

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Gambling’s joys and frustrations have prompted some of the most inspiring and poignant quotes and advice from players all over the world. A win is so exhilarating and exciting, and a loss so utterly devastating, that even players with nerves of steel and unflinching poker faces can’t keep their words to themselves – and we are grateful for it.

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

“The gambling interests like to point to the construction jobs, but those jobs go away.” – John Warren Kindt

“The subject of gambling is all encompassing. It combines man’s natural play instinct with his desire to know about his fate and future.” – Franz Rosenthal

“Victory is a fleeting thing in the gambling business. Today’s winners are tomorrow’s blinking toads, dumb beasts with no hope.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“At the gambling table, there are no fathers or sons.” – Chinese proverb

“Gambling has held human beings in thrall for millennia. It has been engaged in everywhere, from the dregs of society to the most respectable circles.” – Peter L Bernstein

“Gambling is not a vice; it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gambling table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.” – Jeanette Winterson

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

“Gambling is not as destructive as war or as boring as pornography. It is not as immoral as business or as suicidal as watching television. And the percentages are better than religion.” – Mario Puzo

“A gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Gambling is an act of faith of gamblers. Prophecy is an act of faith of the saints.” – Toba Beta

Best Quotes from Famous People and Movies

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The allure and glamor of gambling and casinos is often best portrayed in movies and by the glamorous celebrities that feature in them. Next time you go to play at your favorite online casino, be sure to keep a few of these wise words in mind.

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” – Paul Newman in The Color of Money.

“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” – Matt Damon in Rounders.

“Oh, I don’t lose. People who bet on me to lose, lose. And they lose big.” – Al Pacino in Ocean’s Thirteen

“You know the best part of the best drug in the world isn’t the high. It’s the moment just before you take it. The dice are dancing on the table. Between now and the time they stop, that’s the greatest high in the world.” – Walter Abrams in Two for the Money.

“I am not going to lose it. I am going to gamble it.” – Axel Freed in The Gambler.

“Declare your intentions and speak it out, shout it out, even yell it out until you believe it! Convince yourself that you can do great things.” – Daniel Negreanu, professional poker player.

“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.” – Terence VP Pappy, casino writer.

“Most gamblers, when they go to gamble, they go to win. When we go to gamble, we go to lose. Even when we win it’s just a matter of time before we give it all back.” – Al Pacino in Two for the Money

“I’m not sure what the four nines does, but the ace, I think, is pretty high.” – George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven

If you have been inspired by some of these quotes and proverbs to take your seat at the online poker tables, then why not join our online poker tables? Who knows, with a few epic wins and some emotional losses under your belt, we could be quoting you in the next one.