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Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.

Prov. If you frequently win at card games, you will not have happy love affairs. (Can imply the converse, that if you do not win at card games, you will have happy love affairs.) Fred: I wish I was George. He always wins tons of money at our poker games. Alan: Don't be jealous of him. Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.
See also: love, lucky
References in classic literature ?
The innkeeper retreated to his room, the carrier to his pack-saddles, the lass to her crib; the unlucky Don Quixote and Sancho alone were unable to move from where they were.
The natives, adopting a system of denials and evasions, refused to take them to the unlucky place.
The loss of his horses completed the ruin of the unlucky partisan.
Going below to speak to him soon after, I was unlucky enough to catch my captain in the very act of hasty cork-drawing.
We are not so unlucky," said the new ruler, "for this Palace and the Emerald City belong to us, and we can do just as we please.
1304a] a quarrel about a wedding was the beginning of all the seditions that afterwards arose amongst them; for the bridegroom, being terrified by some unlucky omen upon waiting upon the bride, went away without marrying her; which her relations resenting, contrived secretly to convey some sacred money into his pocket while he was sacrificing, and then killed him as an impious person.
Dirk Stroeve was one of those unlucky persons whose most sincere emotions are ridiculous.
I say, Rostov," said Dolokhov clearly, smiling and looking Nicholas straight in the eyes, "you know the saying, 'Lucky in love, unlucky at cards.
I never knew I was called the Unlucky," said Ojo, soberly; "but it is really a good name for me.
She was now disposed to attribute the tone of mystery in Alban's unlucky letter to some possible concealment suggested by regard for herself.
By an unlucky chance a Fox fell into a deep well from which he could not get out.
But the populace, seeing in that title an allusion damaging to Barbicane's project, broke into the auditorium, smashed the benches, and compelled the unlucky director to alter his playbill.
When I come to think of it," said the Marionette to himself, as he once more set out on his journey, "we boys are really very unlucky.
But while the captain was one day busied in deep contemplations of this kind, one of the most unlucky as well as unseasonable accidents happened to him.
Most unpleasant of all was the first minute when, on coming, happy and good-humored, from the theater, with a huge pear in his hand for his wife, he had not found his wife in the drawing-room, to his surprise had not found her in the study either, and saw her at last in her bedroom with the unlucky letter that revealed everything in her hand.