The highly quotable Chris Christie

Gambling industry types are always good for quotable content and in 2013, they had plenty to say. Here are ten of the top gambling quotes from the last 12 months.

That is the folly of the leagues’ argument — that somehow if you legalize it, take it out of the hands of criminals, that somehow you are destabilizing the leagues. I mean, only the commissions of these leagues and the NCAA can make that argument with a straight face.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaking some truth about pro sports’ arguments against legal sports betting.

There is a sense of community and sharing and entertainment that happens inside a casino that you cannot replicate online. Most people want to interact with other humans. That’s never going away.LoCaid, CEO, Rip Gerber explaining why igaming isn’t a real threat to land-based casinos in Nevada.

Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!– Tweet from US Senator John McCain after being photographed playing poker on his iPhone during a Senate hearing on whether or not to commence combat operations in Syria.

Yes, we shouldn’t expect our Senators to pay attention for 3 whole hours. It’s just bombing another country, after all! – Tweet from US astronomer, Phil Plait calling out McCain.

I don’t see any compelling reason for the government to allow people to gamble on the Internet and nobody has ever explained except for the two companies whose special interest is going to be served if there is gaming on the Internet, Caesars and MGM. – Shel Adelson explaining why online gambling should be illegal. Adelson failed to give a compelling reason why the government should “allow” anyone to gamble at land-based casinos, but that’s not really his concern.

PayPal does not allow the use of its service for online wagering in the America according to our acceptable use policy.Paypal spokesman, Jeff Rutledge explaining why Paypal is not down with regulated igaming in New Jersey. (Their competitors, however, are okay with new customers.)

I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. – Disgraced baseball legend Pete Rose’s advice to athletes on picking vices besides sports betting. (From USA Today)

We were so sanguine that we never paid any attention to it; we had no exposure. It was a non event except for the damn newspapers – Steve Wynn on Securities & Exchange Commission investigation into his donations to a Macau university.

The fact that I have issued a lawsuit in the face of what they are alleging says everything about how comfortable I am with my conduct and the validity of my win.Phil Ivey responding to allegations that he cheated Crockford’s Casino in London during a marathon baccarat run.

Of our $49 billion, we haven’t moved any of it into Bitcoin.Warren Buffet speaking back in May when Bitcoin were trading at around $49. Bitcoin are currently trading between $900-$1,000 (USD).

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