A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 30, 2019
“Luck is for losers” (sports adage)

"Luck is for losers” is a gaming/sporting adage that has been printed in many images. Winners use skill and talent, not luck. “Believers In Luck Are Usually Losers” was a headline in the Sun-Democrat (Paducah, KY) on December 2, 1970.

“We have had good fortune but not luck. Luck is for losers” was said by Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire (1928-2001) and printed in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on March 12, 1971.

American mixed martial artist and retired professional wrestler CM Punk has popularized “Luck is for losers” since 2009 and has this on a tattoo on his left arm.

Wikipedia: CM Punk
Phillip Jack Brooks (born October 26, 1978), better known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American mixed martial artist and retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to both the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in the welterweight division, and to Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), where he works as a commentator. He is perhaps best known for his time in WWE, where his 434-day WWE Championship reign stands as the longest of the 2010s, as well as the sixth longest in history. In addition, he also appears on the Fox Sports 1 series WWE Backstage as an analyst.
A sleeve tattoo on his left arm that reads “luck is for losers” and features numerous good luck symbols, including a rabbit’s foot, four-leaf clover and a horseshoe. The tattoo also features four ace playing cards as a tribute to trainer Ace Steel.

2 December 1970, Sun-Democrat (Paducah, KY), “Believers In Luck Are Usually Losers,” pg. 4B, col. 2:
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP)—Two Emory University psychologists say the person most likely to succeed in life believes he has a measure of control for his own destiny.

Life’s losers, on the other hand, tends to feel that luck is the compelling factor and that they can do nothing about it, say the psychologists, Dr. Bonnie Strickland and Steve Nowicki.

12 March 1971, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Al’s Warriors Go to War” by Roy Damer, sec. 3, pg. 2, col. 5: 
“We have had good fortune but not luck. Luck is for losers.”
(Al McGuire, basketball coach of Marquette.—ed.)

13 January 1984, The Times-Picayune/The States-Item (New Orleans, LA), “New insight into triskaidekaphobia” by Angus Lind, sec. 2, pg. 1, col. 1:
Some people say there’s no such thing as luck—that luck is for losers, and you make your own luck. Others believe that if it weren’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.

Google Books
The Deputy
By Justin Ladd
New York, NY: Pocket Books
Pg. 88:
“Luck is for losers,” Kincaid scoffed.

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steelers (re: browns fan again)
“Lucky”?  Luck is for losers!  Winners are in position to make their own breaks.

Google Groups: rec.gambling.poker
ThighMaster Bob
Luck is for losers, but you cant beat ‘em when they’re hot.  Be happy when the fish win, they tend to play even worse with big stacks.

Daniel Barradas
Replying to @pedrocustodio
@pedrocustodio luck is for losers. You’re gonna rock! wink
10:36 PM · Nov 7, 2007·Twitter Web Client

OCLC WorldCat record
LUCK IS FOR LOSERS Bill Kaplan was conspicuously absent from the movie 21, but the famed MIT Blackjack Team was his project
Author: L Buchanan
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: INC -BOSTON MA- 30, no. 8, (2008): 94-101

As CM Punk says: “luck is for losers”
And I think so too
10:12 PM · Jul 1, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Wanda Paryla
CM Punk claims “Luck is for losers.” I think I understand that concept 4 the most part.
10:08 AM · Jul 6, 2009·Twitter Web Client

CM Punk - Luck Is For Losers
Sep 4, 2011
Luck Is For Losers :D
Claude Akel
He has a tattoo that says luck is for losers
Owen Sproule
hes been saying that since he begun in wwe probaly even before.

OCLC WorldCat record
Dynamic blackjack
Author: Maverick Sharp
Publisher: United States : DiamondBack Publishing, LLC, [2013].
Edition/Format: Print book : English : First edition
Notes: "The professional approach ; luck is for losers!"--Cover.

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