Top 20 Quotes about Gambling from Movies

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There’s something about quotes… everyone loves them. Somehow, in just a couple of words, you get the whole gist of things and it makes sense, maybe it gives you a different outlook on a situation or even on life.

We’ve prepared for you today a series of 20 quotes about gambling. Some are funny gambling quotes, others are gambling addiction quotes, but what’s true for all of them is that they are gambling quotes from movies.

We felt a need to compile this list ever since we wrote about the best gambling movies and rewatched all those amazing classics. 

And while we enjoy a great movie with this theme, some of them reminded us about gambling addictions and the psychology behind them. That’s why we decided to dive into the matter once again with these quotes which show all sides of the matter – the thrill, the fun, the problems, the challenges, the winning, the losing… everything.

Top 20 Movie Quotes about Gambling


21 – Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey)

You know what’s worse than a loss? Someone who won’t admit he played it wrong.

Casino – Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro)

“Now you’re insulting my intelligence; what you think I am, a f****** idiot? You know goddamn well that someone had to get into those machines and set those f****** reels. 

The probability of one four-reel machine is a million and a half to one; the probability of three machines in a row; it’s in the billions! 

It cannot happen, would not happen, you f****** momo! What’s the matter with you? Didn’t you see you were being set up on the second win?”

Casino – Ace Rothstein (Robert DeNiro)

“Nicky’s methods of betting weren’t scientific, but they worked. When he won, he collected. When he lost, he told the bookies to go f**k themselves. 

I mean, what were they going to do, muscle Nicky? Nicky was the muscle.”

Casino Royale – Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen)

Weeping blood comes merely from a derangement of the tear duct, my dear General. Nothing sinister. All in. I have two pairs and you have a 17.4% chance of making your straight.

Croupier – Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) 

Jack: “Gambling’s not about money … Gambling’s about not facing reality, ignoring the odds.”

Marion: “I must be a fool – I never think about the odds.”

Highway 61 – Mr. Skin a.k.a. Satan (Earl Pastko)

Bingo Angry Woman: “He must be cheating that’s how.”

Mr. Skin (A.K.A. Satan): “Lady, you can’t cheat at bingo. If you could, I would, but you can’t. I won because I was lucky – lucky to wind up in a town full of losers!”

Honeymoon in Vegas – Jack Singer (Nicolas Cage)

Singer: “Do you know what a straight flush is? It’s like…it’s like unbeatable.”

Betsy: “‘Like unbeatable’ is not ‘unbeatable'”

Singer: “I know that now.”

Let it Ride – Jay Trotter (Richard Dreyfuss)

Marty: “Eight’s the one. I’d stake my life on it.”

Trotter: “Sorry Marty, they’ve got a $2 minimum bet.”

Ocean’s Eleven – Danny Ocean (George Clooney):

“Cause the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along. 

You bet and you bet big, then you take the house.”

Ocean’s Thirteen – Willy Bank (Al Pacino)

Oh, I don’t lose. People who bet on me to lose, lose. And they lose big.

Rounders – Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) 

“I’ve often seen these people, these squares at the table, short stack and long odds against them. All their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such bad shape and how the hell they thought they could turn it around.”

Rounders – Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) 

“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.”

Star Wars – Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to C-3PO:

C-3PO: “But sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one.”

Han Solo: “Never tell me the odds.”

The Big Street – Gentleman George (Millard Mitchell)

“I find I can make a very honest living cheating at cards.”

The Cincinnati Kid – Lancey Howard (Edward G. Robinson)

It’s a pleasure to meet someone who understands that to the true gambler, money is never an end in itself. It’s simply a tool, as language is to thought.

The Color of Money – Eddie Felson (Paul Newman)

You gotta have two things to win. You gotta have brains, and you gotta have balls. Now, you got too much of one and not enough of the other.

The Color of Money – “Fast” Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) 

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

Two for the Money – Walter Abrams (Al Pacino)

“You know the best part of the best drug in the world isn’t the high. It’s the moment just before you take it. The dice are dancing on the table. Between now and the time they stop, that’s the greatest high in the world.”

Two for the Money – Walter Abrams (Al Pacino)

States are not enough; you need a voice! These are gamblers ready to risk what they can’t afford for what they can’t have; you’re selling the world’s rarest commodity: certainty, in an uncertain world.

Vegas Vacation – Marty the Blackjack Dealer (Wallace Shawn) 

“You don’t know when to quit, do ya Griswold?… Here’s an idea: Why don’t you give me half the money you were gonna bet, then we’ll go out back, I’ll kick you in the nuts, and we’ll call it a day!”