If you are serious about poker, or just really love the game, it is fun to know about it as much as possible. On today´s post, I´m going to deal a little more poker trivia for you. Knowing the most common Texas Hold´Em poker hand names gives you credit as a poker player, since most of the active poker players know at least some of these terms.
These poker hand names are more like nicknames, they are not “official” names. However, at poker tables players use these terms all the time. Many of these names may seem a little absurd or funny. Well, they are funny. They are nicknames, after all. This is a list of the most popular Texas Hold´Em hand nicknames from A to W.
Probably the most common nickname for the best Texas Hold´Em starting hand, pocket aces, is the name of an airline.
Ace King has received a nickname from the Russian tennis player, because just like Anna Kournikova, Ace King “looks good, but never wins”. Obviously, this is not quite true. Against any two cards, Ace King wins around 66% of the times.
“A five and a dime” are named after the dime-store heiress. Ten Five is not a great poker hand, and Hutton did not do well in life. Hutton was “a poor little rich girl”, an unhappy heiress. The most famous of her seven husbands was the film star Cary Grant.
Ace Three is named after the American ice cream chain, because they have 31 flavors of ice cream.
It is better to have a beer than play this hand, so it is called a beer hand.
Obviously, this refers to pocket queens, although there are other names for this great pair too.
I do n´t see the logic of calling it a “computer hand”, but Q7 is exactly middle-ranked starting hand between AA and 72offsuit.
I love it when poker hands are named after animals! Pocket threes do look like two crabs, right?
I do n´t know if this is a very common one, but as a Star Wars fan I just had to mention it. The “dark fours” sounds like “dark force”, so it´s called Darth Vader. Of course!
DEAD MAN´S HAND
Wild Bill Hickock was shot at the poker table holding this hand.
“Deuces never loses.”
“Working nine to five.” Poker pros usually try to avoid that, so maybe you should avoid this hand too?
Ten two is usually a poor poker hand, but it is named after the legendary poker player Doyle Brunson, because he won a World Series Of Poker championship twice with this hand (1976 and 1977)!
Pocket twos are called ducks, because they look like two swimming ducks. Do n´t they?
The Kings are also named after “The King”.
Can you actually hook the fish with pocket jacks? At least they look like two hooks.
This poker hand nickname makes more sense to me than many of the other ones. When you pronounce “KT”, it sounds like “Katie”, hence the name.
There´s a king next to a crab, so it´s called king crab, right?
King Kong is what the second best starting hand in Texas Hold´Em is often called.
Kojak was an American crime TV show in the 1970´s.
“Looks good, but often gets licked.”
Mr and Mrs.
Phil Hellmuth won the World Series Of Poker Main Event 1989 with pocket nines.
This hand has been named after the curvy actress.
Sail to victory with pocket fours! They look like two sails, so they are called sailboats.
Pocket eights look like snowmen, so that´s what they are called. I wish all poker hand nicknames were that easy to figure out!
The famous hockey player´s player number was 99.
Do you know any other funny poker hand nicknames? Which one is your favorite? Have you invented any own nicknames for poker hands? Please share them on the comment section below!