"Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money."
- Steve Wynn
"In a bet there is a fool and a thief."
A hand with marginal strength that is not good enough to bet or raise with, but strong enough to go to showdown against an opponent’s bluffs.
"I won my ticket on Titanic in a lucky hand of poker, a very lucky hand."
- Jack, Titanic
The Longest of Longshots
The 1913 Kentucky Derby produced the longest of longshots in the history of the race when 91-to-1 outsider Donerail claimed victory. One hundred years ago, those putting $2 on Donerail would have collected $184.90.
"Better than an Oscar!"
- Jennifer Tilly, on winning her WSOP bracelet in the 2005 ladies championship.
“At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.”
- Ian Fleming , Casino Royale, 1953
“Let me tell you, there’s no better medicine than a friendly card game for sloughing off the cares of a workaday world.”
- Paul Auster, The Music of Chance,1990
Puggy Pearson Quotes
"I'll play any man from any land, any game he can name, for any amount he can count - provided I like it."
"Ain't only three things to gambling; knowing the 60-40 end of the proposition, money management and knowing yourself."
"Losing is like smoking, it's habit forming."
"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 willing' to lose everything. If they win, they're usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gambler's know that."
"Life is too long to play bad cards."
- Frank Di Elsi
"A faint heart never filled a spade flush."
- Anonymous (1905)
"Playing poker for a living gives you backbone. You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart."
- Bobby Baldwin, 1978 WSOP Champion
"Trust everyone, but always cut the cards."
- Benny Binion
"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
"Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains."
- Mike Caro
"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."
- Crandall Addington
"The good news is that in every deck of fifty-two cards there are 2,598,960 possible hands. The bad news is that you are only going to be dealt one of them."
- Anthony Holden, Big Deal (1990)
"Poker is generally reckoned to be America's second most popular after-dark activity. Sex is good, they say, but poker lasts longer."
- Alfred Alvarez (2001)
"Serious poker is no more about gambling than rock climbing is about taking risks."
- Alfred Alvarez
"Avoid people with gold teeth who want to play cards."
- George Carlin
"In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all."
- Ace Rothstein, Casino
"In Vegas, everybody's gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all."
- Ace Rothstein, Casino
"I hadn't been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word the bookmakers were offering 3-to-1 that Frank wouldn't show for my wedding."
- Sammy Davis Jr.
"Every time I go to Vegas, I seem to incur some kind of fine."
- Artie Lange
"The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high."
- Norman Mailer
"In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number."
- Steven Wright
"It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different. Think about what it's like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside."
- Stu Unger, 3-time WSOP Champion
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