In the words of Paul Newman, money won is twice as sweet as money earned. This poignant line just about sums up the allure of gambling. These simple and powerful words explain our motivations when we log into a mobile casino, looking to experience that ‘high' of winning.
We have gathered up the best quotes on the joys and frustrations of gambling. We’ve thrown in some words of wisdom from professional players too, and some words to live by when you’re getting into the game.
On the joy of playing
“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
On staying focused during the game
“Declare your intentions and speak it out, shout it out, even yell it out until you believe it! Convince yourself you can do great things!”Daniel Negreanu, professional poker player
Negreanu had shared this daily habit of his on Instagram, along with a picture of his written intentions. It’s a bit like The Secret – positive thinking can increase happiness, health and wealth, or the law of attraction which states you can attract experiences with the frequency of your thoughts. The logic is a little far flung for me, but if it works for a professional player, it works for me.
On learning the game
“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, seasoned casino writer
Here’s a tip for casual players at home. Preparation includes reading the casino’s terms and conditions before playing and finding the games with the highest payout percentages.
“Bond didn’t defend the practice. He simply maintained that the more effort and ingenuity you put into gambling, the more you took out.”Ian Fleming, author of James Bond’s Casino Royale
The practice that Ian Fleming refers to is the Roulette convention, which goes like this: the run of the wheel depends on the past history of each session and any peculiarities. Bond sat at the table for more than three hours, investing effort and dedication to the practice, before he won half a million francs in seven consecutive coups.
Daniel Craig as James Bond pulling his best poker face in the movie, Casino Royale
On dealing with lousy luck
“All my life I have rubbish hands and I have managed to turn them around. It’s what I am good at, and this is no different.”Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, professional poker player
On celebrating small wins
Did you know that the quote “Winner, winner, chicken dinner” was popularised by casinos? Back in the day on the Vegas strip, every casino offered a $1.75 chicken dinner with potato and vegetables. A standard bet was $2; if you won a hand, you’d have enough to buy the dinner. On a more metaphorical level, the quote reminds you that sometimes it’s okay to win just enough to get yourself a meal. You’ll live to play another hand.
“You don’t gamble to win. You gamble so you can gamble the next day.”English Bandleader and Violinist Bert Ambrose
On the rarity of jackpot winners
“In gambling, the many must lose in order that the few may win.”Popular saying
You could argue that the jackpots are real and there are few incredibly lucky souls that become overnight millionaires. But remind yourself that that is the exception and there would always be only one or very few winners that emerge.
On knowing when’s the right time to call it quits (for the day at least)
“Quit while you’re ahead. All the best gamblers do.”Baltasar Gracian Morale
“If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.”Chinese proverb
“It’s hard to walk away from a winning streak, even harder to leave the table when you’re on a losing one.”Novelist, Cara Bertoia
This guy knows he's done for the day.
On casinos and their house edge
“You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.”Albert Einstein
In a bet, there is a fool and a thief. In other words, the gambler is the fool one and the casino operator is the thief.
The reality of casinos: drive in and walk home.
On superstitions and lucky charms
“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.”Humorist, R.E. Shay
Finally, some trash talk for your next gamble
“I’m not going to lose it. I’m going to gamble it.”Axel Freed in The Gambler