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21,977. I backed a horse today at twenty to one. He came in twenty past four. (Horse & Betting & Gambling & Odds) Tommy Cooper
2,113. Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you. (Life’s Like That & Boxing & Accidents & Gamble) Muhammad Ali
85,383. To be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money. (Poker & Gamble) Doyle Brunson
775. It really just means what you are going to take for granted, what your acts are, and what you’ll assent to, gamble on. (Belief & Gamble) Colin McGinn, philosopher
2,139. Life is a gamble at terrible odds – if it was a bet, you wouldn’t take it. (Life’s Like That & Gamble & Bet & Odds) Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead 1967
4,608. Mote: You are a gentleman and a gamester, sir.
Armado: I confess both. They are both the varnish of a complete man. (Man & Gentleman & Gambling) William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost I ii 42-43
17,318. ‘I was a world class gambler by then.’ (Gangsta & Gambling & Baltimore) American Gangster: Melvin Williams & The Baltimore Hustle, BET 2013, Williams & manipulated dice
17,319. ‘You could win two million in there if it was your night.’ (Gangsta & Gambling & Baltimore) ibid. Williams and pool hall
17,605. By the end of the decade there were more than 7,500 gambling dens in the city. (Gangstas: Chicago & Mafia & Gambling) Mobsters: Tony Accardo
17,608. Gambling was still the outfit’s most profitable racket. (Gangstas: Chicago & Mafia & Gambling) ibid.
18,531. Off-track betting was still illegal. It was a high-stakes racket. Bookmakers would pay as much as twelve-hundred dollars a week for access. (Gangstas: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia & Bookmakers & Murder: Cohen & Horses & Betting & Gambling) Mobsters: Mickey Cohen
19,153. The elite always looked upon gambling as an evil. Only when they used it as a pleasure or for the purposes of personal gains was it legitimate and not sinful. (Gangstas: New York & New York & Mafia & Gambling) Meyer Lansky, notebook
20,471. One more time. Come on, man. (GBH Films & Poker & Gambling) The Cincinnati Kid 1965 starring Edward G Robinson & Steve McQueen & Ann Margret & Tuesday Weld & Rip Torn & Karl Malden & Joan Blondell & Midge Ware & Jack Weston et al, director Norman Jewison, kid to McQueen
20,481. You’re trying too hard, man. You just ain’t ready for me yet. (GBH Films & Poker & Gambling) ibid. kid
20,559. No Gambling Allowed. (GBH Films & Gambling & Pool) The Hustler 1961 starring Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason & Piper Laurie & George C Scott & Myron McCormick & Murray Hamilton & Stefan Gierasch et al, director Robert Rossen, sign in billiards hall
20,978. This thing isn’t about a gambling debt? (GBH Films & Gambling) 2 Days in the Valley 1996 starring Charlize Theron & Jeff Daniels & Danny Aiello & Greg Cruttwell & James Spader & Teri Hatcher & Glenne Headly & Eric Stoltz & Peter Horton & Marsha Mason & Paul Mazursky et al, director John Herzfeld, assassin to assassin
24,591. Gallitep ... imagine living through that hellhole ... the pain ... the sorrow ... Do you think they like to gamble? (Star Trek & Gamble) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Duet s1e19, Quark
24,682. You see, I have a dream. A dream that one day all people – Human, Jem’Hadar, Ferengi, Cardassians, stand together in peace. Around my dabo tables. (Star Trek & Gambling) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Search II s3e2 *****
18,544. The race-wire broadcast the results to bookmaking runs throughout Los Angeles. So that people could lay bets up to the last moment. It was split-second timing. And Mickey [Cohen] was the king. (Gangstas: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia & Murder: Cohen & Bookmakers & Betting & Gambling & Horses) James Ellroy, author L A Confidential
64,549. ‘No, he’s a gambler.’ Gatsby hesitated, then added cooly: ‘He's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919.’
‘Fixed the World Series?’ I repeated.
The idea staggered me. I remembered, of course, that the World Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as something that merely happened, the end of an inevitable chain. It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people – with the singlemindedness of a burglar blowing a safe. (Baseball & Gamble & Cheat & Fix) F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
66,254. One thing I have learned in my painful career as a gambler is that bragging when you get lucky and win a few games will plunge you into gloom and unacceptable beatings very soon. It happens every time. (Career & Gamble) Hunter S Thompson
73,356. There is no fool like a careless gambler who starts taking victory for granted. (Fool & Gamble & Victory) Hunter S Thompson
73,892. There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart. Hunter S Thompson
73,893. I have long understood that losing always comes with the territory when you wander into the gambling business, just as getting crippled for life is an acceptable risk in the linebacker business. They both are extremely violent sports, and pain is part of the bargain. Buy the ticket, take the ride. (Gambling & Lose) Hunter S Thompson
73,878. Kirkland senior struck a bet almost 10 years ago with William Hill that Chris, then starring for South Leicestershire Under-15s, would one day play in goal for England. The bet, contrary to reports, was not £100 but £98.10, which somehow adds to the romance, suggesting that Mr Kirkland just emptied whatever was in his pockets on to the counter.
Yesterday I spoke to Graeme Sharp, the spokesman for William Hill, who told me that in the wake of the Kirkland bonanza he fully expects a rush of proud parents backing little Jimmy to play in the 2015 Rugby World Cup or little Jemima to win a gymnastics medal in the 2016 Olympics. Most bookmakers have thousands of such bets already on their files. Graeme told me that his company stands to lose a million quid if a lad called Freddie Martin-Dye ever wins a Formula One grand prix; Freddie’s father, Philip, was offered 1,000-1 and stuck on £1,000. (Gamble & Bet) Independent online article 19th August 2006 'Brian Viner: Kirkland proves all bets are on when insight, intuition and inspiration meet'
73,879. Mark Johnson, who in 1994, with a mate of his, had a 15-team accumulator on the first round of the Uefa Cup.
By the end of the evening, 14 of the results had gone their way, and they needed only Benfica to win to land £15,000. But Benfica had kicked off late and in those days, before the internet and before blanket television coverage, there was no easy way of finding out the score. Mark phoned every national newspaper and even the Portuguese embassy, but no joy. Finally, he remembered that Alfredo, the owner of a restaurant on the Algarve that he’d once been to, was a big Benfica fan. He got the number, and phoned Alfredo who, though somewhat bemused by the call, confirmed that Benfica were 2-0 up in injury time. (Gambling & Bet) ibid.