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    "A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at Faro or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way." /Mark Twain/

    "A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned." /Paul Newman/

    "A gambler never makes the same mistake twice. It's usually three or more times." /VP Pappy/

    "A little government and a little luck are necessary in life; but only a fool trusts either of them." /P.J. O'Rourke/

    "A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax... laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize." /Thomas Jefferson/

    "A young woman with long hair and a short white halter dress walks through the casino at the Riviera in Las Vegas at one in the morning. It was precisely this moment that made Play It As It Lays begin to tell itself to me." /Jpan Didion/

    "Abruptly the poker of memory stirs the ashes of recollection and uncovers a forgotten ember, still smoldering down there, still hot, still glowing, still red as red." /William Manchester/

    "Ace is not good, Ace is God." /William Wigstrom/

    "Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains." /Mike Caro/

    "Air power is like poker. A second-best hand is like none at all - it will cost you dough and win you nothing." /George Kenney/

    "All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck - who keeps right on going - is the man who is there when the good luck comes - and is ready to receive it." /Robert Collier/

    "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/

    "And there's the World Series of Poker, known as the last American Gold Rush. In the 2005 tourney, more than 5,600 players competed for the top prize of $7.5 million." /Richard Roeper/

    "Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry." /George Ade/

    "As far as poker goes, I really didn't play poker but a few times in high school." /Doyle Brunson/

    "As for poker, I've stayed away from that, even though when I was in Vegas for Ocean's Eleven, I would get accosted by these guys begging me to play. They just want to take my money. They see me, think 'actor' and see some easy money." /Matt Damon/

    "Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed." /Mark Twain/

    "Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead." /Jackie Robinson/

    "Being able to pit your wits against literally hundreds of other people is really exciting and ultimately the biggest single challenge for a poker player." /Tim Page/

    "But when you're playing poker, you don't know the answer to that until after the cards are laid down, and then it's too late." /Fred Thompson/

    "But, Steve, if you bring back a $3.49 prime rib buffet, you'll have lines out the casino front door and down Las Vegas Blvd." /Mark Pilarski/

    "Cards are war, in disguise of a sport." /Charles Lamb/

    "Casinos and prostitutes have the same thing in common; they are both trying to screw you out of your money and send you home with a smile on you face." /VP Pappy/

    "Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." /R. E. Shay/

    "Didn't I warn you-Huh-Didn't I tell you one of 'em was going to win!?? So now, what do we do?" /Jack Norris/

    "Don't get mad that you lost, get mad because you didn't win." /Michael Gersitz/

    "Even as I approach the gambling hall, as soon as I hear, two rooms away, the jingle of money poured out on the table, I almost go into convulsions." /Fyodor Dostoevsky/

    "Everybody today knows what I learned back then because it's in all the poker books. But nobody knew the right way to play back in those days." /Doyle Brunson/

    "Everything in life is luck." /Donald Trump/

    "Fortune always will confer an aura – Of worth, unworthily; and in this world – The lucky person passes for a genius." /Euripides/ "Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered." /William Shakespeare/

    "Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a lifetime, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her." /Mark Twain/

    "Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature." /Edmund Burke/

    "Gambling is not about how well you play the games, it's really about how Well you handle your money." /VP Pappy/

    "Gambling is the future on the internet. You can only look at so many dirty pictures." /Simon Noble/

    "Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it." /Henry Ward Beecher/

    "Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing from something." /Wilson Mizner/

    "God does not play dice with the universe." /Albert Einstein/

    "Good luck needs no explanation." /Shirley Temple Black/

    "He had the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces." /Mark Twain/

    "Hold em is to stud what chess is to checkers." /Johnny Moss/

    "Hold'em - like life itself - has its defining moment. It's the flop. When you see the flop, you're looking at 71 percent of your hand, and the cost is only a single round of betting." /Lou Krieger/

    "How long does it take to learn poker, Dad?" "All your life, son." Michael Pertwee "The smarter you play, the luckier you'll be." /Mark Pilarski/

    "I also learned from Johnny Moss - who was the best poker player in the world at that time. I got to watching him and studying him." /Doyle Brunson/

    "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." /Thomas Jefferson/

    "I am sorry I have not learned to play cards. It is very useful in life. It generates kindness and consolidates society." /Samuel Johnson/

    "I believe in luck. How else can you explain the success of those you dislike?" /Jean Cocteau/

    "I believe in luck. The harder I work the luckier I get." /Sam Shoen/

    "I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet." /Lou Krieger/

    "I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table." /Al Alvarez/

    "I didn't want to be a slave to any passion anymore. I gave up card playing altogether, even bridge and gambling - more or less. It took me a few years to get out of it." /Omar Sharif/

    "I don't attempt to be a poker player before this crowd." /Dwight D. Eisenhower/

    "I have a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people, being always excited; women, wine, fame, the table, even ambition, sate now and then, but every turn of the card and cast of the dice keeps the gambler alive - besides one can game ten times longer than one can do any thing else." /Lord Byron/

    "I like to play blackjack. I'm not addicted to gambling. I'm addicted to sitting in a semi-circle." /Mitch Hedberg/

    "I love to relive the memories of when I was spry enough to fish the little trout streams. Otherwise, I like to write and play poker." /Tony Hillerman/

    "I love Vegas. God knows that I know how to find my way around the buffets in Las Vegas." /Rick Majerus/

    "I mean there are usually no direct answers to how do you play such-and- such a hand when somebody raises in front. Every poker situation is different. The only way you can learn is to play." /Doyle Brunson/

    "I still do my best to promote poker." /Doyle Brunson/

    "I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you're done for." /Al Alvarez/

    "I wanted Raging Bull. I wanted Casino. I got Rocky and Bullwinkle. But that's OK, because I still get to tell people I've worked with Robert DeNiro." /Rene Russo/

    "I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, 'You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit.' As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit." /Mitch Hedberg/

    "I'm absolutely gonna win it, because I'm ruthless. I sit at the poker table and my job is to destroy people." /James Woods/

    "I've always had confidence, but I never let my ego get to the point that I think I'm the superstar, because I know that ego has destroyed many a poker career." /Jim Boyd/

    "I've always played cards. I can't remember when there wasn't a gambling game going on somewhere, even if it was a craps game in a wheelbarrow on the backside of the racetrack." /Wilford Brimley/

    "I've been playing Texas Hold 'em and other forms of poker since I was about 12." /Richard Roeper/

    "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." /Andrew Beyer/

    "I've lost money so fast in these clubs it's left me reeling. I've read every poker book ever written, but the only way to get better at the game is to go out and play with people who are really good. The problem is, you stand to lose a lot of money doing it." /Matt Damon/

    "I've often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that's not worth it. But I'm not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that's what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game that is his privilege." /Jack Binion/

    "If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?" /Stanislaw J. Lec/

    "If I had the money and the drinking capacity, I'd probably live at a roulette table and let my life go to hell." /Michael Ventura/ "If I lose today, I can look forward to winning tomorrow, and if I win today, I can expect to lose tomorrow. A sure thing is no fun." /Chico Marx/

    "If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability" /Vannevar Bush/

    "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." /VP Pappy/

    "If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you." /Paul Newman/

    "In the absence of any mathematical explanation, one thing is for certain; if you engage in games of chance long enough, the experience is bound to affect the way you see God. Successfully draw to an inside straight three hands in a row, and you’ve got to be blessed. But if you’re the person drawn out on, the one whose trip aces just got snapped for the third time, you will go home feeling cursed." /Andy Bellin/

    "In the queer messes of human destiny the determining factor is luck. For every important place in life there are many men of fairly equal capacities. Among them luck decides who shall accomplish the great work, who shall be crowned with Laurel, and who shall fall back into silence and obscurity." /William E. Woodward/

    "Initial feedback we got from people was that Poker could and should be a product in its own right. For us, that was definitely a case of us not seeing the forest for the trees since we are Poker nuts." /Tim Page/

    "It can be argued that man's instinct to gamble is the only reason he is still not a monkey up in the trees." /Mario Puzo/

    "It is better to make people think you are a bad poker player, then to play and remove all doubt. Don't play to impress, play to win." /Michael Gersitz/

    "It is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck." /Joseph Conrad/

    "It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it." /Amarillo Slim/

    "It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where you’re going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice." /Jim Morrison/

    "Judged by the dollars spent, gambling is now more popular in America than baseball, the movies, and Disneyland-combined." /Timothy L. O'Brien/

    "Just as outlawing alcohol did not work in the 1920s, current attempts to prohibit online gambling will not work, either." /John Conyers/

    "Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died." /Steven Wright/

    "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/

    "Limit poker is a science, but no-limit is an art. In limit, you are shooting at a target. In no-limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you." /Jack Strauss/

    "Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album, not a smart poker strategy." /Richard Roeper/

    "Luck is not a factor." /Lindsay Brigman/

    "Luck is not chance - It's Toil - Fortune's expensive smile - Is earned." /Emily Dickinson/

    "Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men." /E.B. White/

    "Meanwhile, there's more poker than soft porn on cable TV these days - and the broadcast networks are getting in on the game as well”." /Richard Roeper/

    "Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science." /Henry David Thoreau/

    "Men have made an idol of luck as an excuse for their own Thoughtlessness." /Democritus/

    "Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck." /George S. Clason/

    "Most casino patrons’ view gambling as a mix of witchery, mysticism, entertainment and dumb luck. Very few view it the deadly game that it is." /VP Pappy/

    "Most of the money you'll win at poker comes not from the brilliance of your own play, but from the ineptitude of your opponents." /Lou Krieger/

    "Ninety percent of the hands aren't shown in a poker game." /Doyle Brunson/

    "No presidential candidate should visit Las Vegas without condemning organized gambling." /Ralph Nader/

    "No, that's poker. To win, you've gotta get damned lucky." /Wilford Brimley/

    "Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck." /Orson Welles/

    "Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker." /Amarillo Slim/

    "Once I accepted the fact my career in sports was over, I started playing poker to support myself." /Doyle Brunson/

    "One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds." /Dan Bennett/

    "People today who play in all the big fancy (legal) card rooms don't understand what it was like back in those days to be a poker player with all the problems we had." /Doyle Brunson/

    "People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker." /Mary Austin/

    "Playing poker in their Quonset hut on Tinian, killing the last hours of the preatomic age." /Peter Goldman/

    "Poker exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great." /Walter Matthau/

    "Poker is a lot like sex, everyone thinks they are the best, but most don't have a clue what they are doing!" /Dutch Boy'd/

    "Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy. It can be rough-hewn or polished, warm or cold, charitable and caring, or hard and impersonal, fickle and elusive, but ultimately it is fair, and right, and just." /Lou Krieger/

    "Poker is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find outside an advertising agency." /Raymond Chandler/

    "Poker is... a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature." /David A Daniel/

    "Poker may be a branch of psychological warfare, an art form or indeed a way of life – but it is also merely a game, in which money is simply the means of keeping score." /Anthony Holden/

    "Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge." /David Mamet/

    "POKER, A game said to be played with cards for some purpose to this lexicographer unknown." /Ambrose Bierce/

    "Poker: the art of civilized bushwhacking." /Nick Dandalos/

    "Remember this: The house doesn't beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself." /Nicholas Dandalos/

    "Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect." /Ralph Waldo Emerson/

    "She got to go to heaven four days early." /Bill Clinton/

    "Show me a wealthy gambler and I'll show you someone who has made his money from something other than gambling." /VP Pappy/

    "Some folk want their luck buttered." /Thomas Hardy/

    "Sometimes a 3-1 favorite loses. That's why they call it gambling, and that's why they keep flipping over the cards." /Richard Roeper/

    "The best part about poker is there's no down side." /Samantha Bee/

    "The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing did cards, worse even than figuring your odds correctly, is becoming emotionally involved." /Katy Lederer/

    "The champion makes his own luck." /Red Blaik/

    "The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time." /General David Shoup/

    "The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling." /Ambrose Bierce/

    "The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius." /Big Julie/

    "The majority of casino players leave too much to chance when playing in a casino. To put it bluntly, they don't have a clue as to how to play." /Henry Tamburin/

    "The most difficult aspects of playing poker professionally are coping emotionally with the losses and coping with the recurring idea that you're not doing anything worthwhile." /Mike Caro/

    "The only difference between a winner and a loser is character." /Nick the Greek/

    "The only sure thing about luck is that it will change." /Wilson Mizner/

    "The point is that it looks like gambling because the language of the game is money." /Al Alvarez/

    "The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet." /Grantland Rice/

    "The racetrack is a place where windows clean people." /VP Pappy/

    "The real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willin’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that." /Pug Pearson/

    "The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown." /Bernard Shaw/

    "The rulers of the country generally believed that betting eliminates strikes. Men had to work in order to gamble." /Michael Ondaatje/

    "The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket." /Kin Hubbard/

    "The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil." /Heywood Hale Broun/

    "The world is a gambling table so arranged that all who enter the casino must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though they win occasionally by the way." /Samuel Butler/

    "The world is the house of the strong. I shall not know until the end what I have lost or won in this place, in this vast gambling den where I have spent more than sixty years, dice box in hand, shaking the dice." /Denis Diderot/

    "There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one." /Jack Yelton/

    "They (slot machines) sit there like young courtesans, promising pleasures undreamed of, your deepest desires fulfilled, all lusts satiated." /Frank Scoblete/

    "They are the new breed of slot machine-colorful, fancy, exciting, wonderful...and deadly." /Frank Scoblete/

    "They gambled in the Garden of Eden, and they will again if there's another one." /Richard Albert Canfield/

    "We are already too dependent on gambling revenue. If we continue, we will soon be owned by them." /Donald L. Carcieri/

    "We got an education when in 1992 Wolfgang Puck opened Spago in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace and proved to us that people will line up to get good food." /Steve Wynn/

    "We got robbed in poker games lots of times." /Doyle Brunson/

    "We never talk about gambling around my house." /Doyle Brunson/

    "What I know about poker, you can fit into a thimble with room left over, but I'm learning." /Wilford Brimley/

    "When I saw those pictures of me at the poker tournament, I couldn't believe how old I looked." /Doyle Brunson/

    "When your opponent's sittin' there holdin' all the aces, there's only one thing to do: kick over the table." /Dean Martin/

    "Whether he likes it or not, a man's character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life." /Anthony Holden/

    "With spots quadrangular of diamond form, ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife, and spades, the emblems of untimely graves." /William Cowper/

    "With the perverse logic of a degenerate gambler he figured God was testing his faith." /Mario Puzo/

    "Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance." /Ralph Waldo Emerson/

    "Yes, I think poker really isn’t gambling." /Al Alvarez/

    "You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it." /Albert Einstein/

    "You're not allowed to give yourself a nickname. This holds true in life as well as in poker." /Richard Roeper/

    "Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom." /VP Pappy/