Poker Hand Nicknames

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Texas Holdem Poker Hand Nicknames

Have you ever wondered how poker hand nicknames originated? Many of the original names were established in the old west table games. A8 "Dead Man's Hand" - Wild Bill Hickok got shot from behind holding that hand. However, with the popularity of televised poker growing, so is the list of pop cultured inspired poker hand names. Many of the most widely used poker hand nicknames are starting to get new names based on pop culture icons. Here's a few of my favorite pop culture poker hand nicknames: AK "Anna Kournikova" - she's good looking but rarely wins. QQ "Hilton Sisters" - America's Royalty. Check out the complete list below!

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AA - Rockets, Pocket Rockets, Bullets, American Airlines (Ah-Ad), Sticks, Snake Eyes, Flying Nazis, Teepees, Alan Alda, Joe Louis (As-Ac), Visine (Ah-Ad), Sharp Tops, Needles, Eyes, Eyes of Texas

KK - Cowboys, King Kong, Gorillas, Gorillas in the Mist, Kangaroos, Krispy Kreme, Ace Magnets, Brokeback, Butchers of Baghdad, Elvis Presley, Knights, Kinkerbells

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, The Prostitute (It blows and it will cost you money)

JJ - Fishhooks, hooks, Johnnies, Jay Birds, Kid Dynamite, Gents, Dyne-O-Mite (JJ from Good Times), JJ for John Juanda, Brothers, One Eyed Jacks (Js-Jh), Rentboys, Two Jakes

TT - Dimes, Tension (Imitative), Audi, Binary, Bo Derek, Dynamite (TNT)

99 - German Virgin ("nine nine" nine sounds like the German word for "no"), Barbara Felton (Get Smart Agent 99), Gretzky, Popeye's, Phil Hellmuth (9c-9s), Pothooks

88 - Snowmen, Dawg Balls, Octopuses, Piano Keys, Racetracks, Double Infinities, Pretzels, Wurlitzer, Two Fat Ladies, Little Oldsmobile, Lacey (Looks like shoe laces)

77 - Walking Sticks, Hockey Sticks, Sunset Strip, Mullets, Saturn, Axes, Candy Canes

66 - Route 66, Cherries, Kicks, Boots

55 - Presto, Speed Limit, Nickels, Snakes

44 - Magnum, Sailboats, Canadian Presto, Dirty Harry, Sailboats, Midlife Crisis, Darth Vader (black fours), Dark Force, Diana Dors, Barack Obama, (44th President), Luke Skywalker

33 - Crabs, Treys, Strumpor Och Skor (Socks and Shoes)

22 - Ducks, Deuces, Pocket Swans, Quack Quack, Desmond, Swans/Swarovskis, Richard Nixon


AK - Big Slick, Big Ugly (offsuit), Big Slick in a Suit (suited), Santa Barbara, Anna Kournikova (good looking but rarely wins), Salt Lake Pair, Barry Greenstein, Exxon Valdez (As-Ks), King Arthur, Korean Airlines, Mike Haven (Ad-Kd), Walking Back to Houston

AQ - Big Chick, Little Slick, Walking Back to Houston, Doyle Brunson (in Texas), Antony & Cleopatra, Mrs. Slick, Big Slut

AJ - Jack Ass, Blackjack, Ajax, Apple Jacks, Armani Jeans, Foamy Cleanser (Ajax), Hijack, Trapasso

AT - Johnny Moss, Bookends

A9 - Jesus/Chris Ferguson, McDerment (Ac-9c), Rounders Hand

A8 - Dead Man's Hand, Asterix and Obelix

A7 - Avenged Sevenfold, Slapshot, The Sonnert

A6 - Mile High Club, Tennessee Ernie Ford

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), Stu Ungar (Ungar won the last of his three World Series of Poker Main Event titles in 1997 with this hand, making a straight.)

A3 - Ashtray, Baskin Robbins (31 flavors), Thrace

A2 - Little Slick, Acey-Deucy, Hunting Season (a bullet and a duck), Arizona (AZ, Z looks like a 2)

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Other Starting Hands

KQ - Royal Couple, Marriage (suited), Divorce (suited), Mixed Marriage (offsuit), Othello (offsuit), Lucy and Ricky, Valentine's Day (Kh-Qh), King of Queens, Ferdinand and Isabella (Spanish King and Queen)
KJ - Kojak, King John, Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), Bill Fillmaff (offsuit), Bachelor (offsuit), Tucson Monster, Just Kidding, Just Kidding, Jackie Kennedy, Joking, Starsky and Hutch
KT - Katie, Big Al, Wood Cutter, Ike Turner, Ken
K9 - Canine, Dogs, Bow wow, Fido, Saw Mill, What a Dog, Pedigree (suited), Mutt (offsuit), Mongrel (offsuit), J-Ball
K8 - Feast (the king ate), Kokomo, Kate
K7 - Columbia River (famous for Salmon, K7 sounds like King Salmon), Kevin
K6 - Kicks
K5 - Seattle Special, Knives
K4 - Fork, Fork Off (offsuit), Core, Forking Idiot
K3 - King Crab, Commander Crab, Krablar, Sizzler, Alaska Hand
K2 - Everest, "Big Fritz" (suited), Donald, The Zepik

QJ - Oedipus Rex, Maverick "Livin' on jacks and queens", Quack, Hawaii, JQuery
QT - Quint, Robert Varkonyi, Hot Babe or Hot Stud, Goolsby, Q-Tip
Q9 - Quinine
Q8 - Face Sitter, Kuwait
Q7 - Computer Hand (offsuit)
Q6 - Peanut Butter and Jelly, Arnold Palmer's ex wife
Q5 - Granny Mae
Q4 - Housework
Q3 - Gay Waiter, San Franscisco Busboy, Streetwalker, Windsor Waiter
Q2 - Daisy, Queen Liz

JQ - Fred & Ethel
JT - One Time Thought to be the Best Drawing Hand (suited), Justin Timberlake, T.J. Hooker
J9 - T.J. Cloutier, Braggars
J8 - Jeffrey Dahmer (Jeffrey Dahmer ate Jack), Jacket
J7 - Jack Daniels
J6 - Jack Talley, Railroad
J5 - Motown, Jackson Five
J4 - Flat Tire, The New Motown, Austin Squatty, Kid Grenade
J3 - J Lo, Lumberjack
J2 - Heckle and Jeckle, Jack Shit

T9 - Countdown, Mobile Hand
T8 - Golden Dan, Tetris, Chuck Norris
T7 - Bowling Hand, Split, Daniel Negreanu (suited)
T6 - Sweet Sixteen
T5 - Woolworth, Merfs, Dimestore, Homosexual, Five and Dime
T4 - Roger That, Convoy, Good Buddy, Over and Out, Broderick Crawford, CB Hand, Truckers' Hand, The Trucker
T3 - Weinberg, Fast Connection
T2 - Doyle Brunson, Texas Dolly, Terminator 2

98 - Oldsmobile
97 - Persian Carpet Ride
96 - Big Lick, Railroad, Dinner for Two, Happy Meal, Good Lover, Prom Night (suited), The Dirty, Breakfast of Champions, Joe Bernstein, Jaka ubic, Percy (offsuit)
95 - Dolly Parton, Hard Working Man, Betty Hutton
94 - San Francisco (49ers), Joe Montana, Lost World Series
93 - Jack Benny
92 - Twiggy, Montana Banana, Golf Bag

87 - RPM, Tahoe
86 - Henry Bowen, Pacheco Nuts (offsuit), Pooch, Eubie, Maxwell Smart
85 - Finky Dink, "The Hamilton" or the "Chad" in honor of Chad OchoCinco
84 - Big Brother, Orwell
83 - Sven, Most feared hand in Texas Hold'em, Raquel Welch
82 - Tadpole

76 - Union Oil, Philadelphia (76ers), Trombones, Dead German baby it Aushwitz
75 - Filipino Slick, 007 (7s-5s), Heinz, Pickle Man
74 - Cambodian Big Slick, Double-down, Ghost Dog
73 - Hachem, Dutch Waiter, Swedish Busboy
72 - Whip (Worst Hand In Poker), Beer Hand, The Hammer, Jeremy Beadle

69 - Joe Bernstein
65 - Ken Warren, Bus Pass
64 - The Rabbit, Billion Dollar Hand, Gilchrist, Arlo
63 - Blocky, Jimmy Summerfield (offsuit)
62 - Aimsworth, Cowboy Wolford

54 - Colt 45, Jesse James, Jane Russell, Moneymaker
53 - Bully Johnson, Juggernaut
52 - Pick up (as in 52 card pick up), Quarter, Two Bits, Bomber, Safai

43 - Waltz, Books
42 - Lumberman's Hand, Jack Bauer, The Answer

32 - Mississippi Slick, Polish Big Slick, Hooter Hand (suited), Can of Corn, Little Pete, Michael Jordan, The Nut Low, Crubs (if clubs)

24 - Solid Gold

Other Hands

A, K, Q, J, T - Broadway
A, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Wheel (Steel Wheel if suited), Bicycle or Bike, Pup, Puppy, Spoke, First Street, Little Minnie, Little Wheel
A, A, 2, 2, 2 - Marksman
K, Q, J, T, 9 - Off-Broadway
T, 8, 6, 4, 2 - Rizlo, Scotch Straight
7, 7, 7, 4, 4 - Sailing Rednecks
7, 5, 4, 3, 2 - (offsuit) Kansas City
6, 5, 4, 3, 2 - Rabbit
3, 3, 2, 2, 2 - Mites and Lice, Nits and Lice
2, 3, 5, 7, J - All The Primes

A, A, 8, 8 - Dean Man's Hand
A, A, 2, 3 - Princess Leia
A, K, 4, 7 - Assault Rifle, Machine Gun
A, K, 2, 7 - Alex Kovalev
K, K, K, K - Four Horseman (of the Apocalypse)
K, K, Q, Q - Mommas and Poppas
K, K, 9, 9 - Pair of Dogs (two K-9's)
Q, Q, Q, Q - Village People ('four Queens')
Q, Q, 3, 3 - San Francisco Waiters ('queens with treys')
J, J, 5, 5 - Rock and Roll (Jackson Five), Motown
J, J, 3, 3 - Hookers with crabs
T, T, T, T - Larry (Larry Fortensky, Elizabeth Taylor's eighth husband)
9, 9, 8, 8 - Oldsmobile
9, 9, 6, 6 - Dinner for Four
3, 3, 3, 3 - Forest, Four Trees
3, 3, 2, 2 - Socks and Shoes, Mits and Mites, Mites and Lice, Nits and Lice

A, A, A - Beatles Reunion
A, 2, 3 - ABC (First 3 Cards)
K, K, K - The Three Wise Men, Christmas Special, The Alabama Night Riders, Ku Klux Klan
Q, Q, Q - Six Tits
J, J, J - "Hart, Schaffner and Marx"
T, T, T - Thirty Miles of Bad Road, Elk River, Judge Duffy, Judge Bean, Gilroy, San Jose to Gilroy
7, 7, 7 - 21, Slot Machine, 21 Miles of Rough Road, Jackpot
6, 6, 6 - The Devil, The Beast, Lucifer, Devil's Area Code, Kotch
5, 5, 5 - Washington Monument, Pork Chop Sandwiches
4, 4, 4 - Grand Jury
3, 6, 5 - Drievijfenzestig
2, 2, 2 - Huey, Dewey and Louie

A - Bull, Bullet, Death Card (As), Eyes, Pig's Eye (Ad), Puppy Foot (Ac), Spike
K - Cowboy, K-Boy, Knight, Julius Caesar (Kd),
Q - Lady, Dame, Bitch, Cowgirl, Dyke, Whore
J - Hook, J-bird, J-boy, Fishhook
10 - Dime, Sawbuck, Bo Derek
9 - Niner, Course of Scotland (9d)
8 - Fat Lady, Snowman
7 - Candy Cane, Hockey Stick, Walking Stick
6 - A Boot, Sax, Sex
5 - Five Spot, Nickel
4 - Four Spot, Boat, Sailboat, Sharp Top
3 - Trey, Crab
2 - Deuce, Dewey, Duck, Swan
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

Go ahead and email us if you know of any nicknames we might have missed or any that you might have dreamed up yourself!


by Bones McCoy at on February 10, 2006

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