Famous Gambling Quotes

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We’re all familiar with timeless movie quotes.

“Hasta la vista, baby”;

“Yippee-ki-yay, motherf**ker”;

“Life’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

But what you might not be as familiar with are the many gambling-related quotes that have been said by various celebrities throughout the years.

We’ve collected some of the most famous gambling quotes ever right here, enjoy!


“It’s not gambling if you know you’re gonna win.”
– Alan Garner, Zach Galifianakis character in The Hangover

In the first film of the Hangover-trilogy, Alan is playing blackjack and is kindly asked by the casino to stop gambling. As you can see, he’s not under the impression that he is.

“I played golf with my friends, and then I started to play with the hustlers. And I learned a lot. I learned about gold; I learned about gambling. I learned about everything.”
– Donald Trump, 45th President of the U.S.A.

The 45th President of the United States, businessman Donald Trump, states that there’s wisdom in gambling. This is not only true for the game itself but also what happens around it and what people talk about while playing.

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”
– Fast Eddie Felson, Paul Newman’s character in The Color of Money

Awarded with an Oscar for his performance as Fast Eddie Felson, Paul Newman shares these “wise” words in the movie The Color of Money, directed by Martin Scorsese.

“I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.”
– W.C. Fields, comedian, actor

William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W.C. Fields, has made history with the amount of witty and intelligent quotes shared. Born in 1880 and died in 1946, he’s surely still remembered, many thanks to his way with words.

“If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.“
– Mike McDermott, Matt Damon’s character in Rounders

Rounders released in 1998 and took the then poker-crazed world by storm. The movie, famous for showing old poker-tricks, sees Matt Damon’s character say the reality-check quote above. Thankfully for us online casino players, we only play against the house.

“You can’t win if you fold.“
– Tom Dwan, famous poker player

The poker player, born 1986, sometimes had a “leap of faith” approach to difficult decisions at the tables. A few times, he’s stated that it’s impossible to win on a fold, which suggests to play and hope for the best.

“Just play every hand; you can’t miss them all.“
– Sam Farha, famous poker player

The Lebanese poker player has made a name for himself, not only for his feats of grabbing three WSOP bracelets but also for his runner-up WSOP-finish in 2003 and his playing style. Farha is known for playing a higher number of hands than others.

“Yeah man, they call gambling a disease, but it’s the only disease where you can win a bunch of money.“
– Norm McDonald, comedian, actor

Mostly known for his comedic skits at Saturday Night Live, Norm also has a long-standing relationship to gambling. Often playing a bit too much, he’s now stopped gambling completely, stating it caused too much anxiety and stress.

“You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.“
– Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

At a visit to Las Vegas, Einstein stated this after observing a roulette table for a moment. We know that winning in roulette is based on luck and understanding how to play roulette.

“Gambling is part of the human condition. I love it. I have the best time gambling. I’ve been winning fortunes, and I’ve been losing them.“
– Jerry Lewis, comedian, actor, artist

Infamous companion to Dean Martin during the 40s, Jerry Lewis, managed to create countless quotes during his career. Long time Las Vegas resident all up until his death in 2017; it’s safe to say that he loved casino life.

“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.“
– Michael Jordan, basketball player

Jordan was known for more than his magic on the playing field. Charles Barkley shared his anecdotes from a day on the golf court with him, where Jordan was betting up to $300,000 per putt.

“A weekend in Vegas without gambling and drinking is just like being a born-again Christian.”
– Artie Lange, comedian, actor, author

Former sidekick on “The Howard Stern Show,” and famous for his role in MADtv, Lange has created some great gambling quotes throughout his career.

“Casino gambling is colorful and dramatic and theatrical.”
– Steve Wynn, billionaire, and casino-entrepreneur in Las Vegas

Estimated to be worth a whopping 3 billion USD (that’s about 220,5 crore INR), Wynn is one of the most successful people involved in Las Vegas. He’s been invested and involved in several luxury hotels in the city and is also an art collector.

“Rude people will now and then ask me why I think I know so much about politics. I tell them it’s because I’m smart… But that is a lie: The real reason is because I’m an incurable gambling addict.”
– Hunter S. Thompson, author

The author of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” had a destructive yet passionate relation to gambling, which has birthed quotes like the one above, and “Without gambling, I would not exist.”

“Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something.”
– Wilson Mizner, dramaturgist

Born in 1876, Mizner is known for his playwrights, but also for his gambling and investment in casinos and hotels. Some say he rigged roulette wheels and fixed boxing matches to increase the revenue made on betting.

“I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling. I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.”
– Mitch Hedberg, comedian

This American stand-up comedian is known for delivering short jokes, sometimes one-liners. The quote presented here is one of those, taking a comedic twist to disarm any accusations of gambling addiction.

“Show me a wealthy gambler, and I’ll show you a man who made his fortune from something other than gambling.“
– Terrance Murphy (under pseudonym “VP Pappy”), writer, actor

Although he is mostly known as a writer and actor, his alter-ego, VP Pappy, is somewhat of a legend on online poker forums. This quote states that there are no wealthy gamblers, just as there are no people who haven’t taken risks to make money.

“There is an easy way to return home from the casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.“
– Jack Yelton, WW II Captain

This quote’s origin is not clear, but it is said to come from John James “Cactus Jack” Yelton, a United States Army Air Forces Captain who fought during the Second World War.

“The next best thing to gambling and winning is gambling and losing.”
– Nicholas Dandolos, world-famous gambler, known as Nick the Greek

This Greek high roller gambler was born in 1883 and died in California in 1966. It’s estimated that he played and lost about $500 million during his lifetime, donating around $20 million to different charities.