Actually it's from the comedy show, Weird Loners.

What does "You play you pay!" mean? Thanks.

Phone image

Text from phone :

Where's my money ?

I know where you live.

You play you pay!

1K tomorrow.

In case you don't pay which is your favorite kidney?

  • You misread the text. It actually says "you pay you play!" Look here. Then the meaning is obvious
    – djf
    Apr 22, 2015 at 6:44
  • I didn't. It's "you play you pay" though. Thank. By the way, I still don't get it..
    – puputeh24
    Apr 22, 2015 at 7:00
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    The person receiving the text is being threatened by a bookie (bookmaker) with whom he evidently placed a bet and whom he now owes $1,000. The bookie asks, “Where’s my money? I know where you live!” as a threat, and then states that, “You play you pay”, which is equivalent to, “If you play [= place bets and gamble money], then you have to pay [the money back if you lose]”. He wants his $1,000 by the next day, otherwise he is going to cut out one of Stosh’s kidneys and take that instead. Apr 22, 2015 at 11:51
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is based on a mishearing of the phrase that the questioner is asking about. To save the question from being closed, the questioner should revise the phrase given in the question so that it matches the phrase actually used in the reference comedy.
    – Sven Yargs
    May 22, 2015 at 9:06

2 Answers 2


It's indeed

You play, you pay.

It's a shortened version of

If you play (and you lose), you (have to) pay your debts.

or simply, you cannot play (get something) without paying; a sentiment that is also expressed as TINSTAAFL:

There is no such thing as a free lunch.


Using Blackjack as an example, here the person is being blunt and saying that if you're playing, you are risking your money and may ultimately lose it.

  • Since it's a bookie demanding money, it's not risking -- he already lost the bet and has to pay.
    – Barmar
    Apr 22, 2015 at 21:57

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