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Gambling Quotes | Best Casino Quotes and Gambling Sayings

Best Gambling Quotes and Most Inspiring Sayings About Luck and Winning

Throughout history, many land-based and online casinos have attracted people from all over the world. Therefore, countless inspirational casino quotes have been written by the people who have had an impressive gambling experience or understand exactly how games of chance work. Since there’s a deep ocean of quotes about luck, as well as gambling sayings about luck, we’ve decided to share the ones we like the most. Ready to find out more? Let’s go!

Gambling Quotes - Funny and Inspiring Sayings about Gambling

Regardless of how familiar you are with gambling phrases and terminology, it’s quite easy to understand and even laugh about some of the funny quotes on gambling that we stumbled upon and listed below. Not to mention, some of these lucky sayings may come in handy the next time you play your favourite online slot machines or other games of chance. Our compilation features some of the most popular gambling expressions, so it’s time to check them out!

Let’s start with some funny quotes and inspiring sayings about gambling. Here they are:

“The only way I'll ever get hurt in the casino is if there's an earthquake and a slot machine falls on my foot.”

What kind of a selection would it be without at least one of the funny gambling quotes? This one comes from Jack Benny, an American entertainer, known for The Jack Benny Program. Although he died in 1974, his funny sayings are still being quoted. 

“If there weren’t luck involved, I would win every time.”

When it comes to playing poker, no matter how good you are, luck will always play its part. Being a professional poker player, Phil Hellmuth knew that best. No matter how good you get, you can not win every time.

“Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.”

If you think about it, this statement couldn’t be more true. In case a horse you have put your money on wins, you’ll always wish you had bet even more on it. As a matter of fact, it can apply to any form of gambling.

“There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune; go there with a large one.”

Jack Yelton is pointing out the fact that, no matter how experienced player you are, you are likely to lose money playing casino games. Truth be told, the house does have an edge over the long term. Of course, nobody is saying that casino games should be avoided at all costs, it’s just that you need to be aware of the fact that the odds are ultimately against you.

“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.”

The world's famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking used a metaphor, comparing the universe to a casino, saying that life is full of chances and you never know how they will all turn out.

“If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.”

Now this Chinese proverb can also be used as an inspiring quote on gambling. If you really have to play, then before you even start - decide when you’ll stop. Also, get familiar with the rules and be aware of the risks. Know exactly how much you can afford to lose.

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

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When it comes to giving advice to other players, V. P. Pappy made a good point saying that good money management is an absolute must if you wish to be a successful player who knows how to gamble.

“You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play.”

No compilation of gambling quotes would be complete without at least one coming from Dan Reed, the world’s famous poker player. This particular quote sums up what poker is all about and how the player’s poker greatness is being seen.

“It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell.”

American sportswriter Grantland Rice wanted to point out that the majority of us gamers won’t get rich playing poker. The chances are, we may end up losing everything, but at least we’ll gain some experience and will be able to tell a story or two.

“I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it's meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.”

Apart from being a famous athlete, Michael Jordan was also remembered for spending fortune while regularly visiting some of his favourite casino establishments; so the fact that he came up with one of the best gambling quotes comes as no surprise.

“Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.”

Ok, in terms of advice, this one is probably our favourite quote on gambling. Before you start losing (or worse - chasing your losses), be sure you know it’s time to quit! According to Baltasar Gracián Y Morales, you should quit while you are still winning! Try to keep that in mind next time you visit your favourite gaming places and start experimenting with different types of online gambling.

“Hoping to recoup is what ruins the gambler.”

Now here’s one Irish proverb that emphasises one of the biggest mistakes that gamblers seem to usually make: chase their losses. Just as much as you need to know when to stop playing while you are still ahead, it’s equally important to know how to cut your losses and quit.

“I’ve learned the lesson that the worst thing that can happen to a gambler is to let his recent losses or wins knock him off keel emotionally.”

According to Andrew Beyer, one of the worst failings of gamblers is to let emotions cloud judgment. Being an expert on horse racing betting, he even wrote several books on the subject. 

“Once you start thinking you have nothing left to learn, you have everything to learn.”

Now this particular saying can apply to everything you do in your life, in general. Said by Steve Badger, who dedicated a big part of his life educating poker players, the quote is emphasising that “if you think you know it all, you are sadly mistaken.”

“The house doesn’t beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.”

Nicholas Andreas Dandolos, known as Nick The Greek, was a believer in luck and recognized that all luck, whether it is good and bad, runs in cycles.

Quotes about Luck - Sayings to Make You Feel lucky

Now let’s move on to some incredible lucky quotes. While narrowing down our selection of quotes about luck, we’ve decided to present the top five wise gambling sayings about luck, beginning with Seneca:

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

According to a Roman philosopher Seneca, a person can get lucky once he or she is prepared and uses the perfect opport­uni­ty. ­It's the combination of all these factors.

“When luck is on your side, it is not the time to be modest or timid. It is the time to go for the biggest success you can possibly achieve.”

Many things in our lives are really based on chance, so when your time comes and luck is on your side - be prepared, take advantage of that moment and enjoy it to the fullest! It surely worked for Donald Trump whose quote this is.

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

You know the drill – you have to be in it in order to win it. Whether we like it or not, the magic happens outside of our comfort zone. According to American-Canadian motivational speaker, Brian Tracey, you need to put yourself out there and take more chances to get lucky. However, don’t get carried away.

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

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Cormac McCarthy, an American novelist and screenwriter, gave us something to think about. In other words, if you think your bad luck can not get any worse, think again.

“Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.”

We all seem to overestimate what we have and underestimate the things that we do not have and wish to possess. Though it’s easier said than done, this Yiddish proverb tells us not to be greedy and be happy with what we have.

“He who dares, wins!”

Del Boy - a fictional character from a famous British sitcom Only Fools and Horses – is also known for his French quotes and a variety of catchphrases including "He who dares, wins!" with the further perception "He who hesitates... don't."

“Learn to recognize good luck when it’s waving at you, hoping to get your attention.”

You can recognise good luck by the unusual happenings when things go smoothly, without some conscious effort that you have to make. As Sally Koslow said, learn to recognise good luck, as it won’t come around very often.  

Inspirational Quotes about Winning

In no particular order, we’ve decided to compile some other inspirational quotes about winning:

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

Although it is a very well-known quotation in sports, it can also refer to gambling. Keep your focus on the win and what you’ll do in order to achieve it.

“The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

As Bobby Knight once explained, everyone wants to win but not every person wants to prepare to win. To prepare yourself to win is where the determination that you will win is made.

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

In one sentence, Leo Tolstoy explained how paying one’s debts was crucial and equally important as one’s honour. At least that was the case back in the 19th century. According to one of the greatest Russian writers of all time, the rules must be obeyed and the same goes for paying gambling debts, even if the player is aware of the fact that he has been cheated.

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”

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As Paul Brown once said, to brag about your most successful ends is nothing but a step to make you overoptimistic. Therefore, we should always be worried about our failures instead of what feet we have achieved in our life, no matter if it is only a game or some other accomplishment.

“Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much.”

Winning is a special thing. It’s not like winners win once in a while, they focus on winning and on doing the right things all the time. Winning becomes a habit. But, unfortunately, so does the losing.

“Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.”

This is a famous quotation by one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant. Speaking of winning, he said either you win or you lose, there is no “in between.”

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s quotes and sayings have been inspiration for numerous sportsmen and people who face failures on their journey to victory. Seen from his point of view, it becomes clear that learning from failure is the only way to success.

Casino Quotes and Sayings

You have probably seen or heard many of the following casino quotes and taglines, but it will do no harm if we feature them every once in a while. Spoiler alert – some of these gambling sayings will make you laugh, others are gambling quotes and scenes from movies, while the rest will give some insight about gaming tactics. We suppose you already have your favourite gambling quotes of all time, but do take a look at our choice of gambling slogans: 

“If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.”

This gambling quote has been repeated by many people and we’ve heard the saying way too many times, but it originally comes from the movie Rounders and is said by the character Mike McDermott (played by Matt Damon).

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

Not everything is about the money itself, it’s the joy of winning it. This particular quote is taken from the movie The Color of Money, and quite interesting character Fast Eddie Felson – played by Paul Newman.

“You can lead a gambler to a casino, but you can't make him think.”

Everyone can enter a casino and start playing a game. It may take a couple of hours to learn the rules, but a lifetime to master the game, according to a famous poker player, Terrence VP Pappy Murphy. In the end, it’s entirely up to a player to make his decision on how to play, what moves to make and when to quit. In the end, as a player, you are the one who is responsible for all decisions you make.

“All kinds of gambling, from bingo to baccarat, are benign entertainment for most people, dangerously addictive to a few, and capable of breeding unwanted side effects for society.”

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In one sentence, Jacob Weisberg managed to explain how gambling works for individuals, for most people, and how it all affects society.

“There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart.”

As Hunter S. Thompson once said - there are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience – as life-changing lessons can sometimes come as a lovely gift, but are not always wrapped in a shiny glittery pack with a red bow.

“You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.”

This one can be characterised as one of the funny casino quotes. The author of this quote on gambling is Albert Einstein who once made this statement explaining that “no one could possibly win at roulette unless he steals money from the table while the croupier isn't looking.”

“In gambling, the many must lose in order that the few may win.”

According to George Bernard Shaw, everyone aims to win and to succeed. However, we must lose something in order to gain something, that’s the way it goes.

Tell us What You Think!

Do you have your favourite quotes about gambling? How about funny gambling quotes or quotes about winning and losing? Did you like (or can relate to) any of the casino sayings from our list? As always, we’d love to hear your opinion, so come visit us at our forum! We’re waiting for you there!

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