Poker Trivia & Facts

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Did You Know

– There are many theories about the history of poker. Many people believe that poker was first played in China around 900 A.D. Others believe that the card game that poker was derived from likely came from a French game that goes by the name “Poque”.

– That professional poker player Phil Ivey once took billionaire Andy Beal for more than $16 million dollars over the course of a grueling 3-day heads-up poker game in Las Vegas. After leaving Vegas, Beal vowed he would never play poker again.

– The French introduced the suits in playing cards we know today, and they represent four classes of men. Spades stands for Nobility, Diamonds stands for Merchants, Clubs stands for Peasants and Hearts stands for Clergy.

– The King of Hearts represents Charlemagne, the King of France. The King of Hearts represents Julius Caesar. The King of Spades represents David, King of Israel. The King of Clubs represents Alexander the Great.

– The “Dead Mans hand” got its name when Wild Bill Hickock was shot from behind by Jack McCall while he was playing poker, holding two pair, Aces and Eights.

– No one born between the years 1975 and 1985 has ever won the WSOP Main Event. Noel Furlong (b.1937), Chris Moneymaker (b.1975) and Carlos Mortensen (b.1972) aside, every Main Event champ from 1998 until 2007 was born in the 60’s… until Peter Eastgate (b.1985) won in 2008, kicking off a rash of young online players born in the 80’s and 90’s winning the top prize. No one born before the 80’s has won the Main Event since.

Poker Hand Nicknames

Here’s a comprehensive list of poker hand nicknames used to describe the most popular starting hands in poker, as well as poker hand rankings.

Pairs

AA – Rockets, Pocket Rockets, Bullets, American Airlines, Sticks, Snake Eyes, Flying Nazis, Teepees, Alan Alda, Joe Louis (As-Ac), Visine (Ah-Ad), Sharp Tops
KK – Cowboys, King Kong, Gorillas, Kangaroos, Krispy Kreme, Ace Magnets
QQ – Ladies, Whores, Bitches, Hookers, Hilton Sisters, Canadian Rockets, Canadian Aces, Siegfried & Roy, Four Tits, Double date, Jailhouse Rock, Snowshoes, Pair of Wire Cutters (Dikes), Mop Squeezers, Divas, Calamity Jane
JJ – Fishhooks, hooks, Johnnies, Jay Birds, Kid Dynamite, Gents, Dyne-O-Mite (JJ from Good Times)
TT – Dimes, Tension
99 – German Virgin (“nine nine” nine sounds like the German word for “no”), Barbara Felton (Get Smart Agent 99), Gretzky, Popeye’s
88 – Snowmen, Dog Balls, Octopuses, Piano Keys, Racetracks, Double Infinities, Wurlitzer, Two Fat Ladies, Little Oldsmobile
77 – Walking Sticks, Hockey Sticks, Sunset Strip, Mullets, Saturn
66 – Route 66, Cherries, Kicks
55 – Presto, Speed Limit, Nickels
44 – Magnum, Sailboats, Canadian Presto, Dirty Harry, Sailboats, Midlife Crisis, Darth Vader (black fours)
33 – Crabs, Treys, Strumpor Och Skor (Socks and Shoes)
22 – Ducks, Deuces, Pocket Swans, Quack Quack

Aces

AKBig Slick, Big Ugly (offsuit), Big Slick in a Suit (suited), Santa Barbara, Anna Kournikova (good looking but rarely wins), Salt Lake Pair
AQ – Big Chick, Little Slick, Walking Back to Houston, Doyle Brunson
AJ – Jack Ass, Blackjack, Ajax, Apple Jacks
A9 – Jesus/Chris Ferguson
A8Dead Man (see above)
A5 – High Five
A4 – Plane Crash, Transvestite (you see the first ace, and the 4 looks like another, but it turns out not to be)
A3 – Ashtray, Baskin Robbins (31 flavors)
A2 – Little Slick, Acey-Deucy, Hunting Season (a bullet and a duck)

Other Starting Hand Nicknames

KQ – Royal Couple, Marriage (suited), Divorce (suited), Mixed Marriage (offsuit), Othello (offsuit), Lucy and Ricky
KJ – Kojak, King John, Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), Bill Fillmaff (offsuit), Bachelor (offsuit), Tucson Monster, Just Kidding
KT – Katie, Big Al, Wood Cutter
K9 – Canine, Dog, Bow wow, Fido, Saw Mill, What a Dog, Pedigree (suited), Mutt (offsuit), Mongrel
K8 – Feast (the king ate), Kokomo
K7 – Columbia River (famous for Salmon, K7 sounds like King Salmon)
K4 – Fork, Fork Off when offsuited.
K3 – King Crab, Commander Crab, Krablar, Sizler
K2 – Everest, “Big Fritz” when suited.
QJ – Oedipus Rex, Maverick “Livin’ on jacks and queens”
QT – Quint, Robert Varkonyi, Hot Babe or Hot Stud, Goolsby
Q9 – Quinine
Q7Computer Hand
Q6 – Peanut Butter and Jelly
Q5 – Granny Mae
Q3 – Gay Waiter, San Franscisco Busboy, Streetwalker, Windsor Waiter
JQ – Fred & Ethel
JT – One Time Thought to be the Best Drawing Hand (suited)
J9 – T.J. Cloutier
J8 – Jeffrey Dahmer (Jeffrey Dahmer ate Jack)
J6 – Jack Talley, Railroad Hand
J5 – Motown, Jackson Five
J4 – Flat Tire
T9 – Countdown
T8 – Golden Dan, Tetris
T7 – Bowling Hand, Split
T5 – Woolworth, Merfs, Dimestore
T4 – Roger That, Convoy, Good Buddy, Over and Out, Broderick Crawford
T3 – Weinberg
T2Doyle Brunson or Texas Dolly
98 – Oldsmobile
96 – Big Lick, Railroad, Dinner for Two, Happy Meal, Good Lover, Prom Night (suited)
95 – Dolly Parton, Hard Working Man
94 – San Francisco (49ers), Joe Montana Banana
93 – Jack Benny
92 – Twiggy, Montana Banana, Golf Bag
86 – Henry Bowen, Pacheco Nuts
85 – Finky Dink
84 – Big Brother, Orwell
83 – Sven, Most feared hand in Texas Hold’em.
78 – RPM
76 – Union Oil, Philadelphia (76ers), Trombones
75 – Filipino Slick
74 – Cambodian Big Slick
73 – Hachem
72 – Whip (Worst Hand In Poker), Beer Hand, The Hammer
69 – Joe Bernstein
65 – Ken Warren
64 – The Rabbit
63 – Blocky, Jimmy Summerfield (offsuit)
62 – Ainsworth, Cowboy Wolford
57 – Heinz, Pickle Man
53 – Bully Johnson
52 – Pick up (as in 52 card pick up), Quarter, Two Bits
45 – Jesse James, Jane Russell, Moneymaker
43 – Waltz
42 – Lumberman’s Hand
38 – Raquel Welch
32 – Mississippi Slick, Polish Big Slick, Hooter Hand (suited), Can of Corn
24 – Solid Gold, Jack Bauer

Other Hands

A, K, Q, J, T – Broadway
A, 2, 3, 4, 5 – Wheel (Steel Wheel if suited), Bicycle or Bike, Pup or Puppy
Q, Q, Q, 3, 3 – San Francisco Waiters (‘queens with treys’)
K, K, K, K – The Four Horseman (of the Apocalypse)
Q, Q, Q, Q – Village People (‘four Queens’)
3, 3, 3, 3 – Forest (‘four trees’)
A, A, 8, 8 – Dean Man’s Hand
A, K, 4, 7 – Assault Rifle
K, K, 9, 9 – Pair of Dogs (two K-9’s)
J, J, 5, 5 – Rock and Roll (Jackson Five)
9, 9, 6, 6 – Dinner for Four
K, K, K – The Three Wise Men, The Alabama Night Riders, Ku Klux Klan
A, A, A – Beatles Reunion
Q, Q, Q – Six Tits
T, T, T – Thirty Miles of Bad Road
6, 6, 6 – The Devil, The Beast
5, 5, 5 – Washington Monument
4, 4, 4 – Grand Jury
2, 2, 2 – Huey, Dewey and Louie
A, 2, 3 – ABC (First 3 Cards)
A – Bull
K – Cowboy
Q – Lady, Dame
J – Hook, J-bird, J-boy
9d – Course of Scotland
3 – Trey
A Joker – Bug
All Blue or All Pink – Any Flush
Any face card – Paint, Liner
Arkansas Flush – A Four Flush
Case Card – Fourth Card of a Rank
Club Flush – Golf Bag
Four of a Kind – Quads
Four Pair (Omaha) – Noah’s Ark
Pair in First Two Cards – Wired Pair
Heart Flush – Valentines
King high Club flush – Rodney
Three of a Kind – Trips, Gleek
Three of a Kind with Pair in the Hole – Set
Three Pair – Shoe Store

If you know of any nicknames I missed, leave a comment at the bottom and I will update the list.