Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.
~From the movie The Color of Money
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.
For most men (till by losing rendered sager)
Will back their own opinions by a wager.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Beppo"
Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing from something.
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
The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.
~Damon Runyon, "More Than Somewhat," in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
In a bet there is a fool and a thief.
The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.
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.
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, The New Gambler's Bible
No wife can endure a gambling husband, unless he is a steady winner.
~Thomas Robert Dewar
The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice is so pleasurable, that I assume it must be evil.
If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.
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 most betting shops you will see three windows marked "Bet Here," but only one window with the legend "Pay Out."
A gambler is nothing but a man who makes his living out of hope.
I met with an accident on the way to the track; I arrived safely.
~Joe E. Lewis
In the case of an earthquake hitting Las Vegas, be sure to go straight to the Keno Lounge. Nothing ever gets hit there.
Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.
~Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia, 1823
Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.
The house doesn't beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.
Dear Lord, help me to break even. I need the money.
A race track is a place where windows clean people.
You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from 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.
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.
Luck never gives; it only lends.
By gaming we lose both our time and treasure - two things most precious to the life of man.
At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.
No dog can go as fast as the money you bet on him.
Horse racing is animated roulette.
I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn't come in until half-past five.
One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.
A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.
The better the gambler, the worse the man.
A number of moralists condemn lotteries and refuse to see anything noble in the passion of the ordinary gambler. They judge gambling as some atheists judge religion, by its excesses.
~Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia, 1832
There is but one good throw upon the dice, which is, to throw them away.
Games of chance are traps to catch school boy novies and gaping country squires, who begin with a guinea and end with a mortgage.
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
Horse sense is a good judgment which keeps horses from betting on people.
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.