5 more gambling quotes to make you think

Our first list of gambling quotes was a big winner and we thought we’d nailed all the best ones but, in the firm tradition of the CasinoPlay crew, our curiosity led us down the old rabbit hole and scouring the interwebs for more sayings that we could relate to.

A bunch of the crew would regularly pop by each other’s desks to relate the latest quote they had found, and we decided that some of these pearls of wisdom should definitely be passed on to our fans and thus a second grouping of sayings from the world of gambling, casinos, and games of chance.

Some are fun, some are funny, but all have an insight into the world of gambling and the minds of gamblers. Some are inspirational while others are warnings. And they come from various ages, centuries, and people. Because that’s what gambling is: one of the oldest human pastimes and one of those pastimes that transcends age, gender, and skills.

“Last year people won more than one billion dollars playing poker. And casinos made twenty-seven billion just by being around those people.”

– Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee is an American-Canadian comedienne, writer, actor, and commentator. She rose to fame on The Daily Show with John Stewart before going her own way with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

This insightful entertainer (named on the Time 100 most influential people in the world list) hit the nail on the head with this tongue-in-cheek comment that is actually quite insightful. There are a lot of winners out there. Some of them have become famous gamblers because of the amounts they’ve won, especially those that scoop the progressive jackpots. But the biggest winners are always the casinos.

In terms every gambler can understand: the house always wins.

“Hoping to recoup is what ruins the gambler.”

– Irish proverb

Leave it to the Irish, the nation that seems to be most associated with luck, to give us some of the most valuable gambling advice: don’t throw good money after bad.

It’s something that every experienced gambler knows and understands. They might really hate having to take this advice, but they know that if they are on a losing streak, it’s better to walk away and try again another day. Trying to win money to make up for lost money is a fool’s game and goes against everything that responsible gambling is trying to promote.

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

– Baltasar Gracián y Morales

This Spanish Jesuit, writer, and philosopher from the 16th century gives us the mirror of the previous quote. While it’s pretty obvious to experienced gamblers that you should walk away if you’re losing, you should also think about walking away when you’re winning.

Sure, when you’re on a winning streak you really want to push your luck and try ride it for all you’re worth – but money won can be lost very quickly. Just ask Archie Karas who won more than $40 million over two and a half years with an initial stake of $50 – and then lost it all in a three-week losing streak.

And there’s no worse feeling in the world than having a great winning experience only to push your luck too far and lose it. Take the win. Enjoy it. But don’t waste it.

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

– Chinese proverb

Another culture that is steeped in the history of gambling and that has a huge respect for luck. Theis Chinese proverb reflects three of the things that the CasinoPlay crew always urge new online gamblers to be aware of: Know the rules before you start playing, manage your bankroll, and manage your time.

Successful gambling doesn’t come from winning; it comes from managing your game and your money. South African online gamblers and online casino fans know that they choose this as a hobby or pastime because it’s fun not because they’re going to get rich, and we manage our play accordingly.

Sure, when you’re on a winning streak you really want to push your luck and try ride it for all you’re worth – but money won can be lost very quickly. Just ask Archie Karas who won more than $40 million over two and a half years with an initial stake of $50 – and then lost it all in a three-week losing streak.

And there’s no worse feeling in the world than having a great winning experience only to push your luck too far and lose it. Take the win. Enjoy it. But don’t waste it.

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

– Fast Eddy Felson

Edward “Fast Eddy” Felson is a character in the movie ‘The Colour of Money’. This 1986 Scorsese-directed flick starred Paul Newman as Fast Eddie, a former pool hustler and Tom Cruise as Vincent Lauria, an up-and-coming hustler on the pool tables.

While it’s a great film, we are focusing on this quote and not on a synopsis or review so: we recommend it as a good film and a great showpiece for a young Tom Cruise and a Paul Newman is his prime, but this quote sums up the gambling mindset.

Yes, you work hard to earn your money and you enjoy it when you can spend it. But when you hit that big win, that feeling of adrenaline and disbelief is hard to beat. And having a nice wad of cash that you didn’t have to sweat for or sit an office for 9 hours for or put up with other people’s bull for – it’s worth so much more than just a monetary value!

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There are so many quotes from people around gambling and we really think that some of them are nuggets of pure gold. They show us the positive, they show us the negative, they tease us, they warn us, they make us laugh. They really do sum up the gambling experience for us and we should pay attention to what some of the greatest minds in the world have to say about our favourite pastime.

And, just to sum up, the CasinoPlay crew want to give you two gambling quotes that reflect humankind’s search for meaning as said by two of humanities greatest minds – and are perfect illustrations for how different people see gambling:

“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.”

 – Stephen Hawking

 

“I can’t believe that God plays dice with the universe.”

– Albert Einstein