list of playing card nicknames has the common nicknames for the playing cards in a 52-card deck, as used in some common card games, such as poker.
Single cards [ edit ]
The following is a list of nicknames used for playing cards used in most card games which use the standard 52-card pack. Such games usually require the revealing or announcement of held cards, at which point the nicknames may be used.
K-Boy, Knight, Monarch, [1 ] Sergeant, [2 ] Alexander ( ), [3 ] Charlemagne ( ), [3 ] Charles ( ), [4 ] David ( ), [3 ] Julius Caesar ( ), [3 ] One-Eyed King ( ), the Man with the Ax ( [5 ] ), [6 ] Suicide King ( ), [7 ] The Butcher of Baghdad ( ) [8 ] Coat Card,
Court Card, [9 ] [10 ] Face Card, Figure, Liner, Paint, Paintskin, Picture, Picture Card, [11 ] Redskin, [12 ] Rembrandt, Royal Cards, [13 ] Picasso Broadway Cards,
Honor Card [14 ]
Cowgirl, Dame, Lady,
Girl, Hen, Joy Girl, Painted Lady, mop-squeezer, Bedpost Queen (Q♠), [15 ] Argine ( ), [3 ] Black Maria ( ), Calamity Jane ( [2 ] ), [2 ] Helen of Troy ( ), [3 ] Judith ( ), Molly Hogan ( [3 ] ), Dirty Gertie ( ), Pallas Athena ( ), [3 ] Fanny Kaplan ( ), Stenographer [3 ] [2 ]
Bower, [2 ] Fishhook, [16 ] Hook, [17 ] J-Bird, J-Boy, Jackal, Jackson, [18 ] Jacksonville, Jake, [2 ] John, Johnny, [2 ] Johnson , Knave, Valet, [2 ] Fish Hook, Eunuch ( [2 ] ), Hector ( ), [3 ] Ogier ( ), [3 ] La Hire ( ), [3 ] Lancelot ( ), Pam ( [3 ] ), Roland ( )
Big Cassino ( ), Dime, Sawbuck, [2 ] Bo Derek Spotter
Neener, Nina Ross, Niner,
Curse of Scotland ( ) , Pothook,  Scourge of Scotland ( [2 ] )  Pusher,
Spot [2 ] [2 ]
Fat Lady, Ocho, Snowman, 8 Land, Race track, Time travel
Beer Card ( ), Candy Cane, Hockey Stick, Mullet, Salmon, [19 ] Walking Stick [20 ]
A Boot, Grace's Card (
) , Loyalty at the Risk of Death (  ) , Sax, Sex  N/A
Five Spot, Nickel,
Pedro, Fever Wheelcard
Boat, Four Spot, One Legged Ace, Broken Ace, Sailboat, Sharp Top, The Devil's Bedpost (
) [20 ]
Butts, Trey [22 ] [23 ] No-Spotter
Dewey, Duck, [24 ] [25 ] Little Cassino ( ), Swan, The Curse of Mexico ( [20 ] ) [20 ]
, Clover (A♣)  Blackberry ( ),The Crispin( ) , Bull,  Bullet, [2 ] [26 ] Death Card ( ), Eyes, MasterCard, One Spot, [27 ] Pig's Eye ( [2 ] ), Puppy Foot ( [20 ] ), Rocket, Seed, [2 ] Sharp Top, [2 ] Spadille ( [2 ] ), Spike, Spot, Tax Card ( [28 ] ) [2 ] Broadway Cards,
Honor Card [14 ]
Wildcard, Pagliacci, Old Maid, Trump Card, Imperial Bower, The Fool, The Fly, The Bird
One-eyed royals [ edit ]
one-eyed royals is jargon referring to the three face cards showing only one eye: the Jack of Spades ( ), Jack of Hearts ( ) and King of Diamonds ( ). The terminology results from the depiction of the face on the card as being shown in profile, so only one eye is visible (all other face cards show two eyes). The jacks are also referred to, separately, as one-eyed jacks: Jack of Spades ( ), Jack of Hearts ( ).
They are frequently used in home games of
draw poker as wildcards. Because the King of Diamonds is the only king card bearing an axe (the others show swords), a common phrase for the one-eyed royals is "One-eyed Jacks, the Man with the Axe". Another common phrase is "One-eyed Jacks and Suicide King" denoting the King of Hearts ( ) bearing a sword through his head. These four cards are the only cards of differing rank and suit in a common deck that share an identifying trait.
Texas hold 'em pocket card nicknames [ edit ]
The following is a list of nicknames for pairs of two playing cards, usually hole cards, used in poker derivatives such as
Texas hold 'em and Omaha hold 'em poker. These nicknames are usually used by the player when announcing their hand or by spectators or commentators who are watching the game.
Ace higher card [ edit ]
Alan Alda was the star of the TV version of M*A*S*H [29 ]
Albert Anastasia An alliteration, first mob boss killed gangland style in 1957
American Airlines ( ) So called due to the commercial airline's acronym, AA
) Swedish for "the Bandits"
AA like a
AA battery commonly used in portable electronic devices
Looks like bullets, possibly a reference to the
Dead Man's Hand, two pair of aces and eights, suggesting that Wild Bill drew a third bullet in the back, which filled his hand in death [29 ]
snake eyes in dice [29 ]
Eyes of Texas
From the song, probably an elaboration on dice
[32 ] Probably because an A looks like a plane, and the Nazis had the most successful flying "aces" in their air force
Joe Louis (
) Two black eyes, what you will get in the ring if you fight
Joe Louis [33 ]
Looks like rockets
Looks like needles
Looks like mountains, from Mat Rampson
Sharp on top, see also A4
[29 ] snake eyes is the outcome of rolling the dice in a game of craps and getting only one pip on each die
[34 ] Probably named because the hand is "
the nuts". Possibly also a reference to the phrase "Even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while" [35 ]
Looks like sticks
teepees [29 ]
[36 ] A pip is a mark indicating the suit or numerical value of a playing card
Visine ( ) Two red eyes, it gets the red out
Anna Kournikova Initials; also looks good, but never wins.
Barry Greenstein( ) From 5th annual Jack Binion World Poker Open in Tunica MS, as per Hooter Huon
It is a slippery hand that one can easily lose a fortune over
Due to the name of a gun designed by
Mikhail Kalashnikov, AK-47.
Big Ugly (offsuit)
[38 ] Imitating Big Slick, but "Ugly" if offsuit
Exxon Valdez ( ) Since it has a lot of black in it.
King Arthur [40 ] Named after the legendary British leader.
Korean Airlines [40 ] Named after the South Korean Airline
Mike Haven (
) Mike played two pre-flops all-in in a row with these cards to win the final table, coming from behind
Salt Lake Pair
[38 ] No explanation found. The "pair" refers to the cards being well matched, rather than of equal value.
Due to a big
oil spill off Santa Barbara [29 ]
Walking Back to Houston
Gamblers who played this hand too strongly were often left with no getaway money.
Although other sources state its name was derived because the old time poker players would play this hand so well that they'd leave their opponents walking back to Houston [29 ] [38 ]
Antony & Cleopatra [29 ] A for
Antony and Cleopatra his queen. Named after the famous lovers and Shakespearian works
Imitating Big Slick
(AK) [29 ]
[41 ] Imitating Big Slick (AK). Hands involving Queens are often derogatory, especially if they don't win.
In his book, Doyle said he would never play AQ, and busted out of the 2008 WSOP Main Event holding AQ offsuit.
[41 ] Imitating Big Slick (AK)
[42 ] Imitating Big Slick (AK)
Rocket Queen A song made popular from Guns N'Roses
AJ is the acronym used by the brand Armani Jeans
Backronym of AJ
Ajax [36 ] Named after the foam cleaner due to the phonetic similarity between "Ajax" and "Ace-Jack", or "A-Jacks"
Blackjack [43 ] Named after the card game in which AJ (Or an Ace with a picture card or 10) is the highest possible hand
Foamy Cleanser Ajax
[44 ] As in "High-Jack"
Jackass [45 ] Imitative of "Jack-Ace"
[46 ] Likely to be named after the
American Football player A.J.Trapasso
Bookends 2 ends of the highest straight
It's speculated that
Johnny Moss is associated with this hand because he began playing poker at the age of 10 [48 ]
Rounders Hand From the movie
) A corruption of the last name of Mike McDermott, the character played by
Matt Damon in the movie , whose fortune rode heavily on this hand. Rounders [29 ]
Chris Ferguson) Chris Ferguson beat
TJ Cloutier at the final hand of the 2000 WSOP Championship event holding A9 against TJ's AQ [48 ]
Because it's so much weaker than Ace-Ten.
Dead Man's Hand See
Dead man's hand
Asterix and Obelix
[49 ] Inspired by characters from
René Goscinny's The Adventures of Asterix. Asterix represents the Ace due to the matching initial with Obelix representing the 8 due to their similar shape.
Slapshot as a hockey reference as sevens are sometimes called hockey sticks and aces are bullets [40 ]
[50 ] Named after poker player Bengt Sonnert for his success with it in the
World Series of Poker Europe 2008
Mile High Club
Airplane and sex
(Aces are often nicknamed after planes due to their shape, "six" in German is pronounced as sechs similar to "sex") [47 ]
Tennessee Ernie Ford Singer famous for the song
Sixteen Tons [51 ]
[32 ] An Ace is high, combined with a five gives us a
[32 ] Aces are synonymous with flying (e.g., 'Flying Nazis', 'Pocket Rockets' and 'American Airlines') probably due to the shape of the 'A', a '4' is like an 'A', but with a missing 'wing', hence Plane Crash
Stu Ungar Ungar won the last of his three World Series of Poker Main Event titles in
1997 with this hand, making a straight.
The disappointment inherent in seeing an Ace, then seeing the top half of the four and assuming it is another Ace. The unhappy surprise occurs when the player realizes he does not have two Aces.
Ashtray Imitates Ace-trey
Baskin-Robbins because of their 31 different flavors of ice cream. [48 ]
portmanteau of " Three" and " Ace", also named after the historical and geographic area in southeast Europe Thrace [53 ]
From the game
Acey Deucy [54 ]
Playing number of
St. Kilda Captain, Nick Riewoldt (12)
Aces are known as bullets and twos are known as ducks, hence hunting season
[32 ] Imitation of 'Big Slick' (AK)
King higher card [ edit ]
Ace Magnets because the ace is the only card you don't want to see
Brokeback [55 ] Named after the film that depicts the complex romantic and sexual relationship between two cowboys (KK also being called "Cowboys")
Butchers of Baghdad
2003 invasion of Iraq and the most-wanted Iraqi playing cards
[32 ] No explanation found. The nickname is probably given for a number of reasons, including the association between cowboys and playing poker, the similarity between the "K" of "King" and the "C" of "Cowboys" and both characters are male.
Elvis Presley [55 ] Named after the
"King" of Rock and Roll
From King Kong
Gorillas in the Mist From the movie starring
Sigourney Weaver, a nickname taken from "King Kong" (Also KK) [29 ] [56 ]
Kangaroos are used on children's alphabet cards to illustrate a K
Kevin Keegan [57 ] An alliteration
King Kenny An alliteration; the nickname of former
Liverpool player Kenny Dalglish, who would soon be manager of Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United
[57 ] An association with the feudal king images on the cards
[32 ] An alliteration
[58 ] Courtesy of
Vince Van Patten on Celebrity Poker
[32 ] An alliteration
If it loses
Ferdinand and Isabella
A Spanish King and Queen
Lucy and Ricky
The King and Queen of TV
If it wins, comes from the game
Pinochle [29 ]
Mixed Marriage (offsuit)
Comes from the game Pinochle
[32 ] This is reference to Othello and Desdemona, the fated couple from
William Shakespeare's play Othello. Possibly also a reference to 'Mixed Marriage'
A King and Queen!
King of Queens Popular American Sitcom starring
Kevin James and Leah Remini.
Valentine's Day (
) [48 ] A matched couple, both showing their hearts
Bachelor's Hand (offsuit)
Bill Fillmaff (offsuit)
The "signature hand" of "Bill Fillmaff", a character parodying poker professionals in general and
Phil Hellmuth in particular, portrayed by Internet personality Kevin Bowen [59 ]
Written by J.K. Rowling
Backronym of JK
Wife of JFK
As said by Daniel Negreanu
'Jo' referring to the Jack; also, in textspeak, "j/k" is a pseudo-emoticon meaning "joking" or "just kidding"
Initials of Dutch poker player
thanks to the '70s crime drama starring [29 ] Telly Savalas, who was himself a poker player and occasional participant in WSOP Main Events [56 ]
2002 WSOP Main Event finalist berated by Antanas Guoga for overplaying the hand
Starsky and Hutch
[32 ] No explanation found
A reference to a Wisconsin poker player named "Big Al" Emerson
Katie Imitation of K-T
[57 ] A
portmanteau of " King" and "T en"
Beats QT (Tina Turner – see below)
Possibly from the Legend of King Edward and the Woodcutter
[32 ] From canine
A derivative of canine
The term "J-Ball" came about in Austin when a player would self-promote that his favorite hand was K9. He would always be sure to point out to people that K9 would have been the nutz for that flop or when he won with it, he made sure everyone knew. Soon people started calling the hand "J-Ball" after the player because they associated the hand with him
Rin Tin Tin
[57 ] From
Rin Tin Tin K9 cop
The Doctor Who
K-9, the Robotic Dog from the British Television Series Doctor Who
Byron 'Cowboy' Wolford says:
Milton Butts and I were playing poker in Bryan, Texas, where they had a good game going on the weekends. We'd been playing for a couple of days when a hand came up in which I had a K-9. I made a pretty good hand with it, but lost the pot and went broke. As I was driving back home to Houston with Milton, feeling kind of disgusted about going broke with that K-9, we passed by a sawmill where a man was sawing logs in the lumberyard. "As hard as that guy works for his money, I'll bet he would never go broke with a K-9", I told Milton. And that's how K-9 got named "Sawmill." Some of those names are still going around – Doyle Brunson mentioned the sawmill hand in his book, Super/System [61 ]
portmanteau of " King" and "Eight " [53 ]
What the 'King ate'
Columbia River The
Columbia River is famous for its salmon runs. "King Seven" sounds like "King Salmon" [48 ]
Sounds like Kevin
Nicknamed "Kicks" (if
Pig Latin is used) for phonetic reasons [53 ]
[57 ] A combination of "
Ki ng" and "F ive"
The nickname refers to Seattle's NBC affiliate, channel 5 with call letters KING
Seattle TV channel 5 based in King County, Washington, United States [53 ]
[57 ] A
portmanteau of " King" and "F our"
4K sounds like "Fork"
Fork Off (offsuit)
[57 ] 4K sounds like "Fork" plus "Off" for offsuit
[57 ] From "Fork". Probably a suggestion that you would have to be an idiot to play the hand
Oppression of the Masses
The answer to the question: "What is a king for?"
From Alaskan King Crab
A derivative of King Crab
3 looks like a crab
The home of all-you-can-eat King Crab
Big Fritz (suited)
An unconfirmed reference to German poker player Andreas Fritz
Donald A reference to Donald Duck,
the "King" of ducks (since 2s are also known as "ducks") [53 ]
An unconfirmed reference to Canadian poker player Kevin Zepik. Named for the resemblance K2 has to the initials "KZ".
Hand of the Night
A reference created by Chris Hinst during his weekly poker night. Named because he kept getting this same hand.
Queen higher card [ edit ]
[53 ] As obviously named as cowboys.
[32 ] No explanation found, but the nickname is likely to come from
Cowgirls the female equivalent of Cowboys (KK). Calamity Jane was also a friend of Wild Bill Hickok, a gunfighter who died during a poker game.
The last two queens of England
Canadians revere the Queen of England [47 ]
Canadians revere the Queen of England [47 ]
Jetset party girls
Paris & Nicky Hilton [29 ]
Homosexuality in prison
[51 ] Because they're the only female cards. Queens tend to have derogatory names, especially when they lose, so
Ladies is more likely to be used when they win.
Pair of Wire Cutters
Pocket Tubmans (
) Reference to
Harriet Tubman [29 ]
San Francisco Wedding
A gay reference
Siegfried & Roy Two Queens
[51 ] Probably because they're the shape of a traditional
[51 ] Combination of Queen and Jack
TV show theme song, "Livin' on jacks and queens. Maverick is a legend of the west" Maverick [29 ]
According to the pros if you don't play QJ for a year you'll save enough money to go there.
an allusion to Sophocles' Oedipus the King, the ancient Greek tragedy in which
Oedipus (the "J" in this pairing) unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother, Jocasta (the "Q") [56 ]
) The big hand in the game
Pinochle [29 ]
JQuery never loses
[63 ] For phonetic reasons
Named for Everett Goolsby, well known Texas gambler. Crony of
Doyle Brunson, Cowboy Wolford and Benny Binion [29 ]
Quentin Tarantino, a famous movie maker [56 ]
[64 ] A
backronym of QT. A Q-tip is a cotton swab.
2002 WSOP, Varkonyi knocked out Phil Hellmuth and eventually won the final event with this hand [29 ]
"Queen Nine" sounds like "
Quinine", an early anti malarial drug, from lowball [48 ] [29 ]
Snow and a Ho
8 is a snowman, Q is a ho
A vulgar reference to
analingus, what the 'queen ate' [29 ]
Bitch Called Hope
Tempting to try for a straight, but rarely succeeds
Kuwait" for phonetic reasons [48 ]
Computer Hand (offsuit)
From an apocryphal story that a computer proved that these were the most commonly occurring cards on the Flop.
There is also a story of an early computer simulation in which Q7 was a break-even hand
[29 ] [66 ]
Nickname for the
IBM Q7 (AN/FSQ-7) SAGE computer. This type of vacuum tube computer was physically the world's largest computer ever built.
Arnold Palmer's ex-wife Palmer was nicknamed the King.
Nesquik No explanation found
Sad Ole Bess
A play on Queen
Elizabeth I's other nickname, "The Virgin Queen," AKA the Cherry Queen
If both spades, an old-time player, Granny=Queen, Mae=5th Month, some say Q5 spades was her favorite
A joking response to the question, "What's a queen for?"
A joking response to the question, "What's a queen for?"
'Queen' with a 'tray'
San Francisco Busboy
'Queen' with a 'tray'
'Queen' with a 'tray'
A reference to
Daisy Duck, the "Queen" of ducks (since 2s are also known as "ducks"). See also "Donald" – K2 [53 ]
A reference to
Queen Elizabeth II
Jack higher card [ edit ]
[46 ] Two similar looking males, e.g., brothers
They look like them, and because fish get beat with overpairs
Starts with J
Named after the Jacks from the card game Euchre where jacks are the highest trumps and are called bowers, in turn from the German
Bauer (literally, farmer)
Jonatan Johansson An alliteration, former
Finnish footballer and Charlton Athletic forward, nicknamed 'JJ' by the fans
[32 ] An alliteration,
John Juanda is an American professional poker player
Colostomy Bag Vulgar, from "Pocket Jacks", 'Jacks' being a UK/Irish slang term for a toilet
Kid Dy-no-mite Signature expression of the character JJ from the TV show
Good Times [40 ]
One Eyed Jacks ( ) Both side views
Two young men, similar to pocket queen's "Prostitutes" nickname
The Two Jakes The movie sequel to
starring Chinatown Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel [29 ]
Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake's initials
Greek Passport A Greek immigrant won with this to buy an Australian Residency
John Terry Named after the England Football Captain.
T.J. Hooker After the '80s action drama starring
William Shatner [56 ]
Jacks and nines are wild in the game of braggars
T.J. Cloutier (
T.J. flopped three straight flushes with this hand in one year [64 ]
Jeffrey Dahmer He 'ate Jack', serial killer who ate his victims
Jacket Sounds like jacket
[64 ] Named after
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee whiskey
Say it rhythmically, jacks and sixes, jacks and sixes
Michael Jackson's childhood group [29 ]
Record label for
Jackson Five [29 ]
The New Motown
Motown was named for the Jackson Five, but now there's only four
John "Austin Squatty" Jenkins due to his penchant for raising and reraising with this hand [29 ]
What's a 'jack for'?
After a poker dealer who when he played was "liable to go off at any moment"
As in "J-lo", "lo" meaning "low card" or perhaps the resemblance the 3 has to a derrière
Lumberjack A Tree and a Jack
Minus Michael and Jermaine
Jackson 5 without two members, preferably clubs to resemble afros.
The Prince and the Pauper (suited) After the novel set in 1547, which tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance:
Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. They end up changing places.
Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle after twin cartoon jaybirds (2 Jays) that first appeared on television in 1946. (Heckle and Jeckle were, in fact, magpies). [53 ]
Popular English phrase referring to "nothing", in this context referring to the fact there is a Jack with the worst possible kicker and also something widely regarded among poker players "nothing" hand.
Ten higher card [ edit ]
[34 ] Named after the famous
Audi TT car
[64 ] In
Binary, 1010 equal 10 (in decimal notation)
Bo Derek Actress from movie
10 [40 ]
[53 ] A
dime is a coin worth ten cents or one tenth of a United States dollar
[69 ] Comes from T and T sounding like the explosive TNT
Named after the ten piece McNugget
[69 ] Comes from T and T sounding like the explosive TNT
Named after the "Text on 9 Keys" mode on mobile phones
Countdowns usually start at ten, nine...
Seven-ten split [29 ]
Daniel Negreanu (suited) His favorite hand
Split A bowling reference, a
seven-ten split [29 ]
Six and Ten. Should be mumbled with sarcasm as you fold it
From 5 & dime
A gay reference, as you cannot make a straight with a ten and a five in your hand.
Five and Dime
[71 ] From nickname "Dimes" as a dime is a
United States coin worth 10 cents. A Five and Dime is a type of variety store.
A draw poker game where tens and fives are wild
The Five and Dime store chain
Named after a Las Vegas local's highschool girlfriend, because it sounds like the last name "fortin"
From 50s "
Highway Patrol", who said " 10-4" into radio [29 ]
Ten-four is CB radio language for OK [29 ]
From the old trucker song,
ten-four good buddy [29 ]
Old trucker radio language,
ten-four is CB language for OK [29 ]
Over and Out
Two-way radio language for end of conversation,
ten-four is radio language for OK [29 ]
Two-way radio language for OK,
ten-four is also radio language for OK [29 ]
Truckers' Hand Following the CB radio craze of the '70s, for the same reasons as "Broderick Crawford"
[72 ] From CB radio
The T3 must be offsuit; refer to Dipthrong's kitchen for origin
Fast Connection Refers to the T3 telecommunications connection
Ten with a tray (trey)
Terminator 2 T2 is abbreviation for
Terminator II [29 ]
Doyle Brunson (aka Texas Dolly)
Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson twice won the WSOP in 1976 and 1977 turning these hole cards into full [houses] [29 ]
Nine higher card [ edit ]
Barbara Feldon Played Agent 99 on Get Smart
What a German Virgin would say. Nein, nein!
Phil Hellmuth ( ) He won the 1989 WSOP with this hand
Red Balloons (
) From the 80s song
99 Red Balloons by Nena
Popeye's arm muscles [40 ]
[73 ] The 9 looks like a traditional
Wayne Gretzky Hockey player's uniform number
Oldsmobile The Olds 98 car
Persian Carpet Ride
Antonio Esfandiari coined for his favorite hand, making joking reference to his Persian heritage. He used the term on , apparently after his friends teased him about the hand, no further explanation given. Poker After Dark However, Esfandiari also used the term on the commentary track of the World Poker Tour Season 2 DVD set, so the term dates back to at least 2004. [74 ]
The Dirty 69, sexual reference
Big Lick 69, sexual reference to Big Slick
Breakfast of Champions 69, sexual reference
Dinner For Two 69, sexual reference
Good Lover 69, sexual reference
Happy Meal 69, sexual reference
Mighty Meal 69, sexual reference, 96 suited, stronger than a Happy Meal (see above)
Big Love 69, sexual reference
Joe Bernstein A gambler from the 30s, a sharp road gambler. Joe was known as a dapper dresser at the poker table
Famous Slovenian improv comedian and poker player.
Percy (offsuit) 69, sexual reference
Prom Night (suited) If suited because they wear a tux on prom night, 69 sexual reference
From a version of stud with nines & fives wild
Dolly Parton From the movie 9 to 5
Hard Working Man
Works 9 to 5
Joe Montana 49ers quarterback, borrowed from 92 Montana Banana, when he was benched the joke was 49 unsuited
Lost World Series
Refers to the
lost baseball World Series of 1994. Could also refer to the fate of a player who plays these cards incorrectly. [51 ]
San Francisco 49 refers to San Francisco's Football team, the 49ers, which in turn refers to men of the 1849 gold rush in the Sierra Nevada mountains east of San Francisco
Jack Benny claimed to be 39 years old [53 ]
Sandy Dunlop became 2013 champion of the Black Cat Poker tournament with these hole cards
It is a widely asserted myth that this nickname originates from the legalization of poker in
Montana by Proposition 92. However, poker was legalized in Montana by the Card Games Act, 23-5-311. The nickname is referring to how it is more likely that bananas will grow in chilly Montana than this hand making money. [75 ]
Other sources suggest it is
Joe Montana's quarterback rating [40 ]
Twiggy From the 70's model's top measurement of 29
Eight higher card [ edit ]
Dawg Balls/Doggie Balls
Looks like them
There are 88 keys on a piano
Rocket 88 Big was Olds 98, smaller car called Olds 88
Goes round and round like a race track
Looks like two snowmen
Eric Lindros wore Jersey #88
Number 88 Car
Two Fat Ladies
[76 ] Looks like two fat ladies
taken from [29 ] bingo [77 ]
Looks like shoe laces
Looks like two pretzels
The number of keys on the
Wurlitzer electric piano [29 ]
The time travel speed (88 mph) used in the
trilogy Back to the Future [29 ]
Infinity on the side
Looks like two infinity symbols on their side
A reference to the hockey player, #8
RPM The very first record format was a 10 inch disc that spun 78 revolutions per minute
From the seven/8 variation of holdem
A reference to the hockey player, #87
Bill Puccio swears these cards win every time
Named after hockey player
Jaromir Jagr, who wore number 68 his entire career.
Named after Singer/Celeb
Rick James, who died on 8/6.
If you play these, you be broke
Henry Bowen A Texas gambler
From TV show
, Get Smart Agent 86, see also 99 [29 ]
Pacheco Nuts (offsuit)
[78 ] The California Grand, in Pacheco is right alongside Highway 680.
This hand is so named after a well known Scottish player. It is of course not a powerful hand but can on occasion make a well disguised straight. Its main function, though, is to tilt other players.
Chad Ochocinco wears uniform number 85. Ochocinco, translated literally from Spanish, means "Eight Five."
George Orwell's book titled 1984 [29 ]
From boris89 winning 217,752.13 on this hand
Orwell Author of the book titled
1984 [29 ]
Most Feared Hand in Hold'em
[29 ] A tongue in cheek reference to it being the third worst hand in poker
Raquel Welch still claims to be 38 [48 ]
An answer to the statement, "What the duck ate."
Seven higher card [ edit ]
Looks like them
Seven look like a Scythe
Len Goodman Renowned judge from
, known for his famous catchphrase, "Seven!" Strictly Come Dancing
Looks like them
Looks like them
Because of the hair style, flat in front, long in back
Saturn VII Rocket
a TV series that aired from '58-'64 starring 77 Sunset Strip Efrem Zimbalist Jr [29 ]
[64 ] Looks like them
From the song
76 Trombones, from the musical and The Music Man its film adaptation [29 ]
Union 76 gas stations [29 ]
) Reference to James Bond's winning hand in the 2006 movie
Year the Vietnam War ended
H. J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has 57 varieties of condiments, the most famous being ketchup [48 ]
A reference to Heinz of 57 sauces fame
A reference to the famous pistol made by
Fabrique Nationale the FN Five-seven
[42 ] A
Double Down is a player decision in Blackjack, in which you are betting that your hand can be won with one more card. A player may only double down on his first two cards dealt. When a player doubles down, the original bet is automatically doubled (a second chip appears) and the player receives one more card. Since there are more 10 point cards than any other, doubling down is most worthwhile on an 11-point hand, 7-4 being worth 11 points. [79 ]
[46 ] Almost undoubtedley from the film
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai starring Forest Whitaker, but no explanation found
Most likely refers to the famous
AK-47 and AK-74 assault rifles designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov
Sven with a Tray
Joe Hachem Joseph Hachem won the 2005 World Series main event holding
when the flop came [48 ]
Sven with a Tray, see also San Francisco Busboy and Dutch Waiter
Beer Hand (offsuit)
It's called the
Beer Hand because it's either time for a beer; or if you win with this you need to get other players a beer; or only a person full of beers would play this hand.
The beer hand has the worst chance of winning of all possible pocket cards in a full table playing Texas Hold'em. It is slightly better in short-handed games because the fact that it is not possible to make a straight or flush without hitting four appropriate community cards is less important in short-handed games.
Jeremy Beadle Bad Hand
[76 ] The Hammer isn't specifically the 72 hand. At least not officially. In poker, the hammer is defined as the last position (the cut-off), particularly when you're heads-up. The 72 offsuit got the nickname as a result of a competition to play "The Hammer" on "The Hammer" and has been adopted into legitimate Oxford Dictionary poker parlance
Worst Hand In Poker
Six higher card [ edit ]
Looks like boots
Nicknamed because of similarity to the shape of the number 6
Kicks Get your kicks on route 66
Route 66 The road from Chicago to LA
[34 ] UK bus passes are often available to citizens over the age of 65 (although this age varies)
Won with this hand at
World Series of Poker [29 ]
Billion Dollar Hand
[34 ] In reference to
The $64,000 Question
Named after the Australian cricketer
Adam Gilchrist for his ability to always hit 6's and 4's [53 ]
Royal Arlo if suited, named after Arlo Payne, a long time regular poster to the
usenet newsgroup rec.gambling.poker
Another nickname of Broomcorn from the story in
Doyle Brunson's Super/System. He used to play 63 as an ambush hand [29 ]
Jimmy Summerfield (offsuit)
Kevin Larsen says:
One time while playing with Jimmy, she [the dealer] had noticed that trash cards were hitting the flop quite often especially 6's and 3's, so Jimmy wins a huge pot after she told him to play the 63 off he was holding. Thus was born the "Jimmy Sommerfield".
Once, while playing down on the coast, a player wins a big pot. He slaps his cards down on the table and announces "I've got a Jimmy Somerfield!". Then Jimmy says "Let me introduce myself", and shows the player his ID.
I was dealing a four eight game one night to Jimmy, a few other dealers and a bunch of locals. A fairly loose game. The pot is capped six or eight way action. Jimmy announces preflop "I've got my hand !" Nobody believes him when the flop comes 6 6 3 He gets four or five callers to the river. Monster Pot! [83 ]
Nickname given to this starting hand by Iron Men of Poker. Refers to the fact that "
Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition", a reference to the classic Monty Python quote. [84 ]
Byron 'Cowboy' Wolford says:
I was in San Antone playing a big no-limit game with Jack Straus, Sen. Red Berry, and a bunch of the old-time players. Jack was on top of you all the time, but in full ring games, he wasn't as tough as he was shorthanded or heads up. He had two aces and I took the flop with a 6-2. A deuce came on the flop, he made a bet, and I called him. Off came another deuce on the turn, he bet, and I called him. A third deuce came on the river and we got all in. When I showed him that 6-2, he said, "What the hell were you drawing at there, Cowboy?"
"Oh, I wasn't drawing at nothing", I answered. "Just aiming at another deuce. I guess I'm Aimsworth." [61 ]
Five higher card [ edit ]
Sammy Hagar After Hagar's song, "I Can't Drive 55"
Five cents per nickel
There is debate as to where this term originated. The most commonly accepted source of the nickname is that many years ago, before Rec.gambling
was split into several groups, followers of the group who were [85 ] blackjack players were fond of saying "Presto!" as they turned up a 21. This became a sign of recognition of fellow travelers. Around this time (circa 1991), the World Rec Gambling Poker Tournament(WRGPT), of which the first few were played slowly over email, came into being. During WRGPT2(92-93), the attribution of pocket fives as the "Presto Hand" was made by the player Howard Simonson, after using pocket fives to knock out several players from the tournament some number of times. [If a copy of the table-talk from WRGPT2 can be found and cited, this can be absolutely confirmed] Consequently, the term stuck among the rec.gambling minions, and has become a common poker term today. There is also suggestion that the hand won more often than it should due to a computer glitch. [86 ]
However, there is a counter-argument that there used to be a club in London called the Presto Club. The address was 55
Victoria Street, London. Therefore, whenever someone was dealt 55 in hold'em, they'd say they were dealt "Presto", because of the club's street address. When English players played events worldwide, the word spread, and it caught on everywhere. [87 ]
[40 ] Looks like two snakes
the maximum speed limit in the US in the [29 ] National Maximum Speed Law era
The gun, and the beer
Jesse James Because the outlaw was rumored to have been shot by a .45
Winning hand of
Chris Moneymaker, 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion [48 ]
A poker player that
Doyle Brunson described as being "laid back and quiet". He played this hand after being raised preflop and caught a straight on the flop to beat another guy's trip aces [53 ]
artifact card with power of five and toughness of three. Magic: The Gathering
B-52 bomber [48 ]
52 card pick up [48 ]
Named for one of the greatest bluffs on High Stakes Poker, when Phil Ivey raised pre-flop with a five-deuce offsuit, was re-raised by Lex Veldhuis with KJ suited, and then went all in causing Lex to fold his hand.
Four higher card [ edit ]
4's look like sails on a boat.
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States
Dark Force (
) Dark Side Of The Fours
Darth Vader (
) The two black fours are the
"Dark Side of the Fours" [29 ]
Diana Dors Her top measurement
The Harley (
) Favorite hand of BCP pro Harley Quin after flopping quads with these hole cards: "The Fours are strong with this one..."
"May the Fours be with you." Usually referenced with one black four, and one red four.
Princess Leia (
) An extension of the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader reference
Magnum The .44 cal gun
[88 ] Likely to be named after the approximate age of the average
midlife crisis (actually given as 46) [89 ]
waltzes are always in 3/4 meter [48 ]
"What's a tree for ?"
Jack Bauer [48 ] The main character in
A common piece of lumber is a
two by four [48 ]
[48 ] Canadian Politician, Steven Hicks Favorite hand. He always said he played it
, the computer decided that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the answer to everything in the universe was 42 [29 ]
Three higher card [ edit ]
Because a 3 looks like it has pincers
"Trey" dates back to the 14th century, and is a name for a card or a
die showing three points; originally from Old French treis. [90 ]
Named after Mahdi Ghafghazi who called his rest with pocket 3 in hand while ace, King and queen and no three were on the table and lost it all in Mafi Tournament, He interestingly claimed that he has played very well
Can of Corn
[29 ] This nickname likely comes from baseball where a "
Can of Corn" is an easily caught fly ball. Supposedly comes from a general store clerk reaching up and dropping a can from a high shelf. Likely to be analogized due to the ease in which 32 is caught since it is the lowest possible non-hand (22 being a pair). [91 ]
[29 ] No explanation found
Michael Jordan From his jersey number (23)
Polish Big Slick
A bad Polish joke mimicking AK Big Slick
The Nut Low
[92 ] In this instance 'nut' meaning 'most' rather than 'best', low hand (i.e., the lowest hand)
Hooter Hand (suited)
Named after famous poker dealer Houth "Hooter" Houn who played this hand as aggressively as AK.
Crubs (if clubs)
From the card game Hearts
Two higher card [ edit ]
[34 ] Named after
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
[93 ] From deux, French word for two, also a 2 looks like a duck,
also used in [29 ] bingo [77 ]
[64 ] From two little ducks, also bingo reference to the number 22
Swarovski Crystal swans [29 ]
From the famous photo of Nixon getting on a helicopter giving two victory signs
Poker hand nicknames [ edit ]
The following sets of playing cards can be referred to by the corresponding names in card games that include sets of three or more cards, particularly
3 and 5 card draw, Texas Hold 'em and Omaha Hold 'em. The nicknames would often be used by players when revealing their hands, or by spectators and commentators watching the game. With TV and web broadcasting of Poker tournaments, nicknames became much more popular all over the world.
flush Golf Bag (set of clubs), Puppy Feet, Puppy Prints (from the design of the club)
flush Well-Dressed, Decked Out
Valentine's Day, All My Hearts, Heart-breaker (if it loses)
flush Laborers, Digging Deep, In The Hole (if it loses)
A3579, 3579J, 579JK
What Are The Odds
All The Primes
2468T, 468TQ, 68TQA
Knights of the Round Table, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Team Rocket, Thunderbirds, Musketeers
Windsor Castle, The Penthouse, Updown Court, The Pinnacle, Bran Castle (amongst some of the world's largest and/or most expensive buildings and/or mansions)
Athos, Porthos and Aramis
Big Slick Did the Trick (a rhyme, if the appropriate two-pair hand is formed from the AK starting hand (aka Big Slick); poker professionals will tend to bet aggressively with this hand)
Jackasses (play on "Jacks and Aces")
Dead Man's Hand
Royal Flush (suited)
Austin 3:16 (after WWE wrestler
Stone Cold Steve Austin)
Golden Hand (from the Golden Mean)
AK-47 assault rifle developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov
The Nativity (the famous Biblical story in which the Three Wise Men visit Joseph & Mary to witness Jesus Christ's birth)
Alabama Knight Riders, Three Wise Men, Christmas Special, Ku Klux Klan
Mommas and Poppas,
ABBA, Double Date, "Aerosmith" (based on the song title, "Kings and Queens"), The Ice Breaker
Off-Broadway (off-suit), Hail to the King (suited)
Elvis in Vegas, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Village People, Magnolias, Scrabble Player's Dream, The Joy Luck Club
Six Tits, Daisy Hand
San Francisco waiters (Queens and Treys)
Honeymoon in Vegas (if it wins, based off a scene from the movie of the same name)
The Strip Club
Riewoldt On A Roll (after AFL Richmond full-forward
"Hart, Schaffner and Marx"
Rock 'n' Roll, Motown
Hookers With Crabs
Convenience Store Straight,
Honeymoon in Vegas (if it loses, based off a scene from the movie of the same name)
Larry Fortensky, Elizabeth Taylor's eighth husband), Shotgun
Thirty Miles of Bad Road, Elk River, Gilroy, Judge Bean, Judge Duffy, Judge Judy, Judge Wapner, San Jose to Gilroy (approximate distance in miles between the two cities), Dallas to Fort Worth (ditto), Judas (his pay was "thirty pieces of silver")
Fingers n' Toes (ten of each), Dubs Dimes, Duff McKagan, Top Titties
Hot Waitresses (Tens with treys)
Star Wars, Stormtrooper (Why aren't you at your post?)
Rizlo, Scotch Straight
Dinner For Four, Dubs Sixtyniners
Extra Virgin (99 is "German Virgin")
21, 21 Miles of Rough Road, Jackpot,
Slot Machine [66 ] [51 ]
Queens of the Stone Age (after their song 3's and 7's)
Sympathy Hand (it is the worst hand possible) [95 ]
Devil's Convenience Store
The Devil, Lucifer, The Beast, Devil's Area Code, Kotch
Rabbit, The World Trade Center Straight
Washington Monument, Pork Chop Sandwich, Movie Call (All bogus numbers start with "555")
First Street, Little Minnie,
Little Wheel , Pup, Puppy,  Spoke ,  Steel Wheel (suited) ,  Steel Wheel Bike (suited) ,  The Bicycle 
Full Cup (Joke from the TV Series Friends, where Chandler and Joey play "Cups")
The Royal Sampler (from a joke on
Teddy, EJ, Mr Football (after AFL/VFL Footscray/Western Bulldogs legend
Ted Whitten), 1961 (if it loses)
Forest, Four Trees,
The Magic Numbers
Socks and Shoes, Mits and Mites, Mites and Lice,
Nits and Lice [97 ] [97 ]
Tent, Mites and Lice, Nits and Lice [97 ] [97 ]
Huey, Dewey, and Louie
See also [ edit ]
The ace card has been called ^ As-Nas, the name of a Persian card game believed to be an ancient ancestor of modern poker [98 ]
The nine of diamonds playing card is often referred to as the ^ Curse of Scotland or the [99 ] Scourge of Scotland, there are a number of reasons given for this connection: [100 ]
It was the playing card used by
Sir John Dalrymple, the Earl of Stair, to cryptically authorise the Glencoe Massacre. Certainly there is a resemblance between the nine of diamonds and his coat of arms.
The Duke of Cumberland is supposed to have scribbled the order for "no quarter" to be given after the Battle of Culloden on a nine of diamonds playing card. It has also been suggested that it is a misreading of the "Corse of Scotland" i.e., the "
Cross of Scotland" or St Andrew's Saltire. There is a resemblance between the pattern of the nine of diamonds and the Saltire. Nine diamonds were at one time stolen from the
crown of Scotland and a tax was levied on the Scottish people to pay for them – the tax got the nickname "The Curse of Scotland". [101 ] The game of Comète being introduced by
Mary of Lorraine (alternatively by James, Duke of York) into the court at Holyrood, the Nine of Diamonds, being the winning card, got this name in consequence of the number of courtiers ruined by it. In the game of
Pope Joan, the Nine of Diamonds is the Pope – a personage whom some Scottish Presbyterians consider as a curse. Diamonds imply royalty and every ninth
king of Scotland was a curse to his country. [102 ]
The Six of Hearts is known as ^ loyalty at the risk of death or Grace's Card. This is because in 1688 an Irish Jacobite soldier, Colonel Richard Grace of Moynelly House, Athlone, used this card to write a refusal to surrender and sent it to William of Orange. Colonel Grace was loyal to King James II of England, and risked being shot or hanged for his refusal to give up. The words Colonel Grace wrote were, "Tell your master I despise his offer, and that honor and conscience are dearer to a gentleman than all the wealth and titles a prince can bestow" [103 ] [104 ]
The origin of ^ The Bicycle, Little Wheel, Spoke, Steel Wheel, Steel Wheeled Bike or simply The Wheel is unknown, but it is believed to have something to do with the popular bicycle-patterned playing cards issued by the United States Playing Card Company. [105 ] [106 ]
The ^ Princess Leia is the hand AA23 (more common in Omaha since this version of poker used 4 hole cards) . This is because Leia was held prisoner in detention block AA23 before she was rescued by Han, Chewbacca and Luke in . Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope [107 ]
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