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Slang for Poker Hands

Nicknames for Hold'em Hole Cards

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If you play or watch Texas Hold'em at all, you'll start hearing people announce they've got "Big Slick" or "I've got snowmen!" They're not being literal -- they're talking about the hole or pocket cards they've been dealt in the lingo of poker.

Learn the slang for poker hands so when you hear these nicknames while playing Texas Hold'em, you'll know what everyone is talking about.

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A-A – American Airlines, bullets, pocket rockets

A-K – Big Slick, “Walking back to Houston”, Anna Kournikova

A-J -- Ajax

K-K – Cowboys

K-Q – Marriage

K-J – Kojak

K-9 -- Canine

Q-Q – Dames, divas, ladies, the Hilton sisters, Siegfried & Roy

Q-J – Maverick, Oedipus Rex

Q-7 - Computer Hand

Q-3 – A San Francisco Busboy (a queen with a trey – har har)

J-J – Jokers, hooks

J-9 – T.J. Cloutier.

J-5 – Jackson Five, Motown

10-5 – Five and dime

10-2 – Doyle Brunson. (He won two World Series of Poker titles with this hand.)

9-9 – Meat hooks

8-8 – Snowmen, Octopuses

7-7 – Hockey Sticks, walking Sticks

7-2 – The Hammer

5-5 – Nickels, presto, speed limit

5-4 – Jesse James, for his Colt .45

4-4 -- Sailboats

2-2 -- Ducks

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