Part 1

"The best bet you get is an even break." -Franklin Pierce Adams

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

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

Yes, I think poker really isn’t gambling – Al Alvarez

“I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table.” Al Alvarez

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

“It's going to finish when I fold my hand and go up to the big poker game in the sky.” - Al Alvarez

"If, after the first twenty minutes, you don't know who the sucker at the table is, it's you." – Anonymous

"Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put any in the pot, there won't be any to take out" – Anonymous

"In the case of an earthquake hitting Las Vegas, be sure to go straight to the keno lounge. Nothing ever gets hit there." -An anonymous casino boss

"This was the first time he had seriously confronted what he was doing, and the force of that awareness came very abruptly - with a surging of his pulse and a frantic pounding in his head. He was about to gamble his life on that table, and the insanity of that risk filled him with a kind of awe." Paul Auster, "The Music of Chance" (1990)

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

"You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night, go crazy, and throw it all away." - Bobby Baldwin

"In a game of poker, I can put the players' souls in my pocket." Beausourire, Haitian Poker Player

Part 2

“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

“The best part about poker is there's no down side” - Samantha Bee

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

“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, Poker Nation

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

"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

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

POKER, A game said to be played with cards for some purpose to this lexicographer unknown." - Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" (1906)

"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

Good luck needs no explanation. - Shirley Temple Black

The champion makes his own luck. - Red Blaik

"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, modern-day road gambler