Favorite Gambling Quotes

The subject of gambling is one that generates a lot of opinions, and some great quotes too.

On this page we have put together a collection of some of the best gambling related quotes.

We start with a few of our personal favorites and offer our own comments on these quotes.

Then we have some of the top poker quotes, again including our own comments.

Finally we have a further selection of more great gambling quotes and proverbs.

Our Favorite Gambling Quotes

We have picked nine of our favorite gambling quotes and listed them below, along with some details about the people that made them and our take on what they mean. These quotes stand out for us as they either contain excellent advice or are great reflections of what gambling is all about.

鈥淨uit while you鈥檙e ahead. All the best gamblers do.鈥?

This is a quote from Baltasar Graci谩n y Morales, a 17th century philosopher. We like it because, several hundred years later, it remains one of the single best pieces of gambling advice. If you can learn to quit when you are ahead, then you have an excellent chance of being a successful gambler.

鈥淗oping to recoup is what ruins the gambler.鈥?

This is an Irish proverb which highlights one of the biggest mistakes a gambler can make: chasing losses. In the same way that you have to know when to quit when you are ahead, there’s also a time to cut your losses and quit.

鈥淢oney won is twice as sweet as money earned.鈥?

For many gamblers, this quote neatly sums why they gamble. It’s not just about the money itself, it’s the joy of winning it. The quote was from the movie The Color of Money, said by the character Fast Eddie Felson 鈥?played by Paul Newman.

鈥淚鈥檝e 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.鈥?

Andrew Beyer highlighted one of the biggest failings of gamblers in this quote: letting emotions cloud judgment. Beyer was an expert on horse racing betting, writing four books on the subject. He also designed the Beyer Speed Figure, a system for rating Thoroughbred racehorses.

鈥淣obody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.鈥?

The origins of this proverb aren’t entirely clear. It鈥檚 a simple statement but entirely true. If a horse you have bet on wins, you鈥檒l always wish you had bet more on it. The premise applies to any form of gambling.

鈥淥nce you start thinking you have nothing left to learn, you have everything to learn.鈥?

Really, this quote could apply to life in general. It was actually made in the context of poker, by Steve Badger. Badger owned one of the first, and best, websites dedicated to educating poker players. In this quote he’s pointing out that if you think you know it all you are sadly mistaken.

鈥淕ambling is not about how well you play the games, it鈥檚 really about how well you handle your money.鈥?

This is from poker player V. P. Pappy. We could pick a number of quotes from him as he鈥檚 made several great ones, but this is probably our favorite in terms of the advice it contains. He is making the excellent point that good聽money management is absolutely essential to successful gambling.

鈥淎t gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.鈥?

This quote is from the James Bond book (and movie) Casino Royale, written by Ian Fleming. It emphasizes a mistake that many gamblers make: blaming bad luck instead of trying to work if they made a bad play or bet.

鈥淭here is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune; go there with a large one.鈥?

Something of a tongue in cheek quote this one, from Jack Yelton. He is essentially highlighting the fact that you are likely to lose money playing casino games. He’s right of course; the house does have an edge over the long term.

That doesn鈥檛 mean that casino games should be avoided at all costs, as they are great fun and it’s possible to win money if you get lucky. It’s just important to recognize that the odds are ultimately against you.

Top Poker Quotes

Poker is one of the most talked about games in the world and we could easily find hundreds of great quotes to write about. We鈥檝e just picked a few of the very best ones though, which you can find below. We have also added some comments on the quotes too.

鈥淚f there weren鈥檛 luck involved, I would win every time.鈥?

This quote is from Phil Hellmuth, one of the most well-known professional poker players around. He’s a goldmine for quotes, but this has to be one of his best. He is alluding to the fact that, even if you are a top player, luck will always play its part in poker.

鈥淧oker, a day to learn and a lifetime to master.鈥?

Never was a truer word spoken about poker than in this quote from Robert Williamson III, a successful American poker player. One of the biggest appeals of the game is that it’s very easy to learn, but the intricacies and strategies involved make mastering the game a lifetime鈥檚 work.

鈥淗old鈥檈m is a game of calculated aggression. If your cards are good enough for you to call a bet, they are good enough to raise with.鈥?

This quote from author Alfred Alvarez is actually a great piece of advice. Many top players would agree that, in most circumstances, if your cards are strong enough to call, then you should actually probably raise.

鈥淣obody is always a winner, and anybody who say he is, is either a liar or doesn鈥檛 play poker.鈥?

This was said by Thomas Austin Preston Jr, commonly known as Amarillo Slim. He is, quite accurately, pointing out that no matter how good you are at poker you simply cannot win every time you play.

鈥淎ces are larger than life and greater than mountains.鈥?

Professional player and poker book author Mike Caro succinctly states the importance of aces.

鈥淗old鈥檈m is to stud what chess is to checkers.鈥?

This is a quote from Johnny Moss, winner of the first World Series of Poker when it was a cash event in 1970. He also won the Main Event freezeout tournament in 1971 and 1974. It’s essentially a comment on the complexities of Texas hold鈥檈m compared to other poker formats.

鈥淭ry to decide how good your hand is at a given moment. Nothing else matters. Nothing.鈥?

No compilation of poker quotes would be complete without at least one from Doyle Brunson. Brunson is a two time World Series of Poker Main Event champion, member of the Poker Hall of Fame, and one of the most famous poker players of all time.

This quote from him, although somewhat simplistic, pretty much sums up what poker is all about.

More Quotes & Proverbs

Below is a few more of the best gambling quotes, along with some gambling proverbs.

鈥淩emember this. The house doesn鈥檛 beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.鈥?鈥?Nicholas Dandalos (professional gambler)

鈥淭he guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius.鈥?鈥?Julius Weintraub (jeweler and gambler)

鈥淕ambling. The sure way of getting something for nothing.鈥?– Wilson Mizner (playwright)

鈥淏lackjack is the only casino game an amateur can learn to play and at which he can definitely win.鈥?– Lawrence Revere (author and professional blackjack player)

鈥淕ambling is a principle inherent in human nature.鈥?鈥?Edmund Burke (author and philosopher)

鈥淭he majority of casino players leave too much to chance when playing in a casino. To put it bluntly, they don鈥檛 have a clue as to how to play.鈥?鈥?Henry Tamburin (gambling author)

鈥淚f I lose today, I can look forward to winning tomorrow, and if win today, I can expect to lose tomorrow. A sure thing is no fun.鈥?鈥?Chico Marx (comedian and actor)

鈥淕ambling undermines the moral fiber of society.鈥?鈥?Gordon B. Hinkley (religious leader and author)

鈥淭he best throw of the dice is to throw them away.鈥?鈥?English Proverb

鈥淟uck never gives; it only lends.鈥?鈥?Swedish Proverb

鈥淏etter an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.鈥?– Yiddish Proverb

鈥淭here is no lock on the purse of a gambler.鈥?鈥?French Proverb

鈥淚f you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stake, and the聽quitting time.鈥?鈥?Chinese Proverb

鈥淎 pack of cards is the devil鈥檚 prayer-book.鈥?鈥?German Proverb

鈥淎t the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.鈥?鈥?Chinese Proverb

鈥淭here are two great pleasures in gambling; that of winning and that of losing.鈥?鈥?French Proverb

鈥淚n a bet there is a fool and a thief.鈥?– Unknown

鈥淏ehind bad luck comes good luck.鈥?鈥?Unknown