An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Jack: Hang on tightly, let go lightly.
Jani de Villiers: Do you believe in astrology?
Jack: Absolutely not! But then, I'm a Gemini, and Geminis don't believe in astrology.
David Reynolds: He's a good customer.
Jack: A good customer is a consistent looser... but is that what he meant?
Jack: [voiceover] Chapter 3. His existence was forming an interesting of pattern of betrayals. Sometimes he was unsure whether he was the betrayer or the betrayed.
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.
Manicurist: So, what line of work are you in then?
Jack: I'm an undertaker.
Jani de Villiers: I understand if you don't, but I hope that you do.
Jack: "The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places"-Ernest Hemingway.
Matt: Wasn't he the one who shot himself?
Lucy: You've been avoiding me.
Jack: Have I? What's your name?
Lucy: Lucy.
Jack: So, what do you do, Lucy?
Lucy: I'm a white witch!
Jack: Are you gonna put a spell on me?
Lucy: I might!
Jack: I'm not an enigma, just a contradiction.
Marion: Most men'll fuck a lamppost.
Jack: The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break, it kills - it kills the very good, and the very gentle, and the very brave, impartially. If you are none of these, you can be sure it will kill you, too, but there will be no special hurry.
Jack: You're my conscience.
Jack: [voiceover] Welcome back Jack, to the house of addiction.
Bella: How do I look?
Jack: [to himself] Like trouble.
[out loud]
Jack: You look fine.
Marion: Without hope there's no point to anything.
Ross: You didn't recognize the man who attacked you did you?
Jack: Of course I fucking recognized him.
Ross: You did?
Jack: I know a cheat when I see one... the man was a cheat.
[first lines]
Jack: [self reflection] Now he had become the still center of that spinning wheel of misfortune. The world turned 'round him leaving him miraculously untouched. The croupier had reached his goal. He no longer heard the sound of the ball.
Jack: [voiceover] Chapter 13. It's all numbers, the croupier thought. Spin of the wheel, turn of the card, time of your life, date of your birth, year of your death. In the book of Numbers the Lord said, "Thou shall count thy steps."
Jack: [voiceover] A wave of elation came over him; he was hooked again... watching people lose.

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