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"Always remember, the first thing a gambler has to do is make friends with himself. A lot of people go through this world thinking they're somebody else. There are a lot of players sitting at this table with mistaken identities." - Pug Pearson, Fast Company (1975)

"Nobody knows why one person is lucky and another unlucky." D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking Horse Winner (1926)

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

"Your mother has this crazy idea that gambling is wrong. Even though they say it's okay in the Bible." - Homer Simpson

"Judged by the dollars spent, gambling is now more popular in America than baseball, the movies, and Disneyland-combined." - Timothy L. O'Brien, Bad Bet (1998)

"Blackjack is the only casino game an amateur can learn to play and at which he can definitely win." - Lawrence Revere, author, Playing Blackjack as a Business

"I've noticed that a good poker player generally is a success in whatever business or profession he's in, or could be if he put his mind to it. Why? Because he understands people, and that's the foundation for success in this world." Maverick's Guide to Poker

"What better metaphor for democratic free-market risk-tacking than poker." - James McManus, Positively Fifth Street

"Whether at Binion's World Series or played for pennies around the kitchen table, poker makes con jobs not only legal, but lucrative." - James McManus, Positively Fifth Street

"One day a chump, the next day a champion. What a difference a day makes in tournament poker." - Mike Sexton

"Most people probably think casino games are for fun and can be played without considering serious things like payback percentage, expert strategy or bankroll management." - Frank Legato "Strictly Slots"

"Gambling has held human beings in thrall for millennia. It has been engaged in everywhere, from the dregs of society to the most respectable circles." - Peter L Bernstein, Against the Gods

"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here." - Captain Louis Renault, "Casablanca"

"The action is everything. More consuming than sex, more immediate than politics; more important always than the acquisition of money, which is never for the gambler, the true point of the exercise." - Joan Didion, "The White Album"

"Whether he likes it or not, a man's character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other poker 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 poker, as in life." - Anthony Holden, author of Big Deal (1990)

"Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and -- when played well -- nourishes the wallet." - Lou Krieger, author

Going to the bathroom during a poker or dice game is a mistake. You might miss a hot hand worth a hundred thousand, and nothing in the bathroom is worth that much. - Nick "The Greek" Dandalos, quoted in Cy Rice, Nick the Greek, King of Gamblers (1969)

"The restaurants, the themes, the nightclubs, the eternal ringing of slot machines, the endless hordes of people having fun, and that wild sense of freedom that comes with walking along the strip at night. It's a blast!" - Adam Fine

"Son, I've made a life out of readin' peoples faces, and knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes." - Kenny Rogers, The Gambler

"No use gambling if you can't lose your head once in awhile." - Larry Merchant, The National Football Lottery (1973)

"The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling." - Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Las Vegas is also a cultural center, featuring extravagant theatrical productions in which world-class performers express the artistic concept: "Get a load of those hooters." - Dave Barry

"Some players wait until they start to shake and that gives them a warning that they have reached their limit of betting." - Mike Goodman, "How To Win"

"A casino is like a beehive. You know there is honey in it, but to get at it, you have to endure many stings." - VP Pappy

"Some people are actually paranoid about giving their names and addresses to a casino." - "Gambling For Dummies"

"Some players prefer to rely on hunches and superstition. That's okay, but it's expensive. - Basil Nestor, "Casino Player"

"Besides lovemaking and singing in the shower, there aren't many human activities where there is a greater difference between a person's self-delusional ability and actual ability than in poker." - Steve Badget

"Gamblers everywhere are eating better these days; even the buffets--some of which barely used to count as edible--are serving top-notch nosh." - Buster Phillips

"Gambling on football has never been really good for you; but on some days, it can be serious fun. That is how it works for some people; and on Monday night, I was one of them. I won big on Indianapolis, and came dangerously close to winning a mysterious woman from a visiting gambler. She almost went crazy when he said he would leave her here as collateral until he could pay off his losses in cash, which has been standard gambling procedure out here in the sporting West for 200 years, and nobody has ever called it White Slavery." - Hunter S Thompson

"Decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time." - Chinese Proverb

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