Texas Holdem - Nicknames of Pocket Cards

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America Airlines
So called due to the commercial airline's acronym, AA

Pocket Rockets
Looks like rockets


     
Anna Kournikova
looks good, but rarely wins

Big slick
It is a slippery hand that one can easily lose a fortune over.


     
Big Chick
Imitating Big Slick (AK).

Big Slut
Imitating Big Slick (AK). Hands involving Queens are often derogatory, especially if they don't win.

Doyle Brunson
In his book, Doyle said he would never play AQ, and busted out of the 2008 WSOP Main Event holding AQ offsuit.


     
Blackjack
Named after the card game in which AJ (Or an Ace with a picture card or 10) is the highest possible hand.

Jackass
Imitative of "Jack-Ace"


     
Bookends
2 ends of the highest straight.


     
Rounders Hand
From the movie. Mike looses with A9 against Teddy KGB both having a full house on the river.


     
Dead man's hand
These were the cards reportedly held by "Old West" folk hero, lawman and gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickok when he was murdered.


     
Slapshot
Nicknamed Slapshot as a hockey reference as sevens are sometimes called hockey sticks and aces are bullets.


     
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").


     
High Five
An Ace is high, combined with a five gives us a high five.


     
Transvestite
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..

Plane Crash
Aces are synonymous with flying (e.g. 'American Airlines'), a '4' is like an 'A', but with a missing 'wing', hence Plane Crash.


     
Ashtray
Imitates Ace-trey.


     
Hunting Season
Aces are known as bullets and twos are known as ducks, hence hunting season.

Little Slick
Imitation of 'Big Slick' (AK).


     
Cowboys

King Kong
An alliteration

Ace Magnets
Ace Magnets because the ace is the only card you don't want to see.


     
King of Queens
Popular American Sitcom starring Kevin James and Leah Remini.

Divorce
If it loses.

Marriage
If it wins, comes from the game Pinochle.


     
Kojak
Mimics KJack,thanks to the '70s crime drama starring Telly Savalas, who was himself a poker player and occasional participant in WSOP Main Events.

Harry Potter
Written by J.K. Rowling


     
Katie
Imitation of K-T.


     
Canine
'K'-nine, (dogs)


     
Kate
A portmanteau of "King" and "Eight".


     
Columbia River
The Columbia River is famous for its salmon runs. "King Seven" sounds like "King Salmon".


     
Kicks
for phonetic reasons


     
Knives
A combination of "King" and "Five"


     
Oppression of the Masses
The answer to the question: "What is a king for?"

Fork
4K sounds like "Fork".

Forking Idiot
From "Fork". Probably a suggestion that you would have to be an idiot to play the hand.


     
King Crab
3 looks like a crab.


     
Donald
A reference to Donald Duck, the "King" of ducks (since 2s are also known as "ducks").


     
Bitches
As obviously named as cowboys..

Four Tits
Vulgar.

San Francisco Wedding
A gay reference.

Canadian Aces
Because Canadians revere the Queen of England.


     
Hawaii
According to the pros if you don't play QJ for a year you'll save enough money to go there.

Quack
Combination of Queen and Jack.

Oedipus
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").


     
Cutie
For phonetic reasons.

Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino, the famous movie maker.


     
Quinine
"Queen Nine" sounds like "Quinine", an early anti malarial drug.


     
Kuwait
for phonetic reasons.

Face Sitter
A vulgar reference to analingus, what the 'queen ate.


     
Computer Hand
There is a story of an early computer simulation in which Q7 was a break-even hand.


     
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Housework
A joking response to the question, "What's a queen for?"


     
Gay Waiter
'Queen' with a 'tray'


     
Daisy
A reference to Daisy Duck, the "Queen" of ducks (since 2s are also known as "ducks").


     
Fishhooks
They look like them, and because fish get beat with overpairs.

Brothers
Two similar looking males, i.e. brothers.


     
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake's initials.


     
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Jacket
Sounds like jacket.


     
Jack Daniels
Named after Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee whiskey.


     
Railroad
Say it rhythmically, jacks and sixes, jacks and sixes.


     
Jackson Five
Michael Jackson's childhood group.


     
Flat tire
What's a 'jack for'?.


     
J Lo
As in "J-lo", "lo" meaning "low card" or perhaps the resemblance the 3 has to a derrière.


     
Jack Shit
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 as a "nothing" hand.


     
Audi
Named after the famous Audi TT car

TNT
Comes from T and T sounding like the explosive TNT.


     
Countdown
Countdowns usually start at ten, nine...


     
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Daniel Negreanu
His favorite hand (suited)


     
Sweet Sixteen
Six and Ten. Should be mumbled with sarcasm as you fold it.


     
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The Trucker
Ten-four is CB radio language for OK.


     
Fast Connection
Refers to the T3 telecommunications connection.


     
Terminator 2
T2 is abbreviation for Terminator II


     
German Virgin
What a German Virgin would say. Nein, nein!

Popeyes
Look like Popeye's arm muscles.


     
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Big Lick
69, sexual reference to Big Slick

Dinner for two
69, sexual reference


     
Hard Working Man
Works 9 to 5


     
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.


     
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Snowmen
Looks like two snowmen.


     
RPM
The very first record format was a 10 inch disc that spun 78 revolutions per minute.


     
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Big Brother
From George Orwell's book titled 1984.


     
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Tadpole
An answer to the statement, "What the duck ate?"


     
Hockey Sticks
Looks like them


     
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007
Reference to James Bond's winning hand in the 2006 movie Casino Royale (suited).


     
Kalashnikov
Refers to the famous AK-47


     
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Beer Hand
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.

The Hammer


     
Route 66
The road from Chicago to LA


     
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Snakes
Looks like two snakes

Speed Limit
55 MPH, the maximum speed limit in the US in the National Maximum Speed Law era.


     
Jesse James
Because the outlaw was rumored to have been shot by a .45


     
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Bomber
B-52 bomber


     
Luke Skywalker
"May the Fours be with you."

Sailboats
4's look like sails on a boat.

Obama
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.


     
Books
"What's a tree for ?".


     
The Answer
In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the computer decided that the answer to everything in the universe was 42.


     
Crabs
Because a 3 looks like it has pincers.


     
Birthday
Daniel's birthday


     
Ducks
A 2 looks like a duck.

Swans/Swarovskis
Looks like Swarovski Crystal swans.


  
Bullet

Rocket


  
Cowboy


  
Lady

Cowgirl

Hen


  
Boy

Fishhook

John


  
Dime

Bo Derek
Actress from movie 10


  
Niner


  
Snowman

Race track

Fat Lady

Time travel


  
Walking stick

Candy cane


  
Sex


  
Nickel


  
Sailboat

Broken ace

Sharp top


  
Crab

Butts


  
Duck

Swan

Deuce




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