Winner winner chicken dinner is an exclamation of victory used in gambling and in Playerunknown’s Battleground, also known as PUBG.
The phrase has been associated with gambling through the story of a casino selling chicken dinners for the price of a standard bet; $2.
This meant that if you won the bet, you automatically won a chicken dinner as well.
However, David Gusman debunks this in the book A Guide to Craps Lingo: From Snake Eyes to Muleteeth, where he originated the phrase to the 30’s, when gamblers would bet anything to win a chicken dinner.
“Winner winner chicken dinner” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2006.
The expression was popularized in the 2008 casino heist film, 21, which features the phrase frequently.
Its position in popular culture was solidified in 2017, thanks to the famously difficult game PUBG, where “winner winner chicken dinner” is displayed on the screen after a victory.
The phrase is featured in the choir of Hovey Benjamin’s song, Winner Winner, which was published on October 6th, 2017.
- Onthefelt.com – Myth Debunked – “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!”