Hand Nicknames

We use abbreviations for aces through tens, A-K-Q-J-T respectively.

HandNickname(s)Description
A A "Bullets" or
"American Airlines" or
"Pocket Rockets"
This is the best starting hand in holdem.
K K "Cowboys"or
"Ace Magnets"
or "King Kong"
Ace Magnets because the ace is the only card you don't want to see.
Q Q "Bitches" or
"Sigfried & Roy"
or "Four Tits"
Unfortunately, the most common nicknames for QQ are derogatory.
J J "J-Birds"
or "Hooks"
JJ is considered the highest medium pocket pair.
T T "Dimes"
or "Tension"
The chance of getting overcards on the flop with TT is almost 70%.
9 9 "Phil Hellmuth"
or "Popeye's"
Phil Hellmuth won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1989 with this hand.
8 8 "Snowmen" or
"Little Oldsmobile"
or "Dog Balls"
Snowmen and dog balls look like the number "8". 88 was an oldsmobile model that's smaller than the 98.
7 7 "Mullets" or
"Hockey Sticks"
Nicknamed because of similarity to the shape of the number 7.
6 6 "Cherries"Nicknamed because of similarity to the shape of the number 6.
5 5 "Presto"
or "Speed Limit"
It's unconfirmed that the nickname "Presto" for 55 came from the rec.gambling newsgroup.
4 4 "Magnum"
or "Sailboats"
"'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Now, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is the .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and could blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do you feel lucky?' Well do ya, punk?"
3 3 "Crabs"
or "Treys"
Nicknamed treys because treys are 3 pointers in basketball. Crabs because of the similarity to the shape of the number 3.
2 2 "Ducks"Nicknamed ducks because of the similarity to the shape of the number 2.
A K "Big Slick" or
"Walking Back To Houston" or
"Anna Kournikova"
Ace King was famously nicknamed after tennis player Anna Kournikova by Vince Van Patton during commentary during an episode of the WPT because the hand "looks great but never wins".
A Q "Big Chick"In Texas this hand is known as Doyle Brunson.
A J "Ajax"
or "Blackjack"
or "Jackass"
Nicknamed Ajax and Jackass for purely phonetic reasons.
A T "Bookends"
or "Johnny Moss"
It's speculated that Johnny Moss is associated with this hand because he began playing poker at the age of 10.
A 9 "Jesus/Chris Ferguson"Chris Ferguson beat TJ Cloutier at the final hand of the 2000 WSOP Championship event holding A9 against TJ's AQ.
A 8 "Dead Man's Hand""Wild Bill" Hickock held two pair, Aces and Eights, when he was fatally shot in the back by Jack McCall on August 2nd, 1876.
A 7 "Slap Shot"Nicknamed 'Slap Shot' as a hockey reference as sevens are sometimes called hockey sticks and aces are bullets.
A 6 "Ray Finkle"A 6 is considered the worst kicker with an Ace, because of its inability to make a straight.
A 5 "High Five"A5 is a statistically better hand than A6 because of its ability to make a straight.
A 4 "Transvestite"Called Transvestite because you see the first ace, and the 4 looks like another, but it turns out not to be.
A 3 "Baskin Robbins"
or "Ashtray"
Nicknamed Baskin Robbins because of their 31 different flavors of ice cream.
A 2 "Hunting Season"Aces are known as bullets and twos are known as ducks, hence hunting season.
K Q "Marriage"...or "Divorce" if it doesn't hold up.
K J Suited"Kojak"Nicknamed 'Kojak' for phonetic reasons. Nothing to do with Telly Savalas.
K J Offsuit"Kojak" or
"Bachelor's Hand"
Nicknamed 'Bachelor's Hand' because it is literally Jack King off.
K T "Katie"
or "Big Al"
K-T sounds like Katie, "Big Al" is a reference to a Wisconsin poker player named "Big Al" Emerson.
K 9 "Canine"
or "Dog"
K9 sounds like Canine.
K 8 "Kokomo"
or "Kate"
Called "Kate" for phonetic reasons.
K 7 "Columbia River"The Columbia River is famous for its salmon runs. "King Seven" sounds like "King Salmon".
K 6 "Kicks"Nicknamed "Kicks" (if pig-latin is used) for phenetic reasons.
K 5 "Seattle Special"The nickname refers to the Seattle TV channel 5 based in King county, Washington, United States.
K 4 "Fork"4K sounds like Fork.
K 3 "King Crab"
or "Sizzler"
Because of their specials on Alaskan King Crab?
K 2 Suited"Big Fritz"
or "Donald"
'Big Fritz' is an unconfirmed reference to German poker player Andreas Fritz. 'Donald' is a reference to Donald Duck.
K 2 Offsuit"Donald"'Donald' is a reference to Donald Duck.
Q J "Maverick" or
"Oedipus Rex"
Taken from Maverick TV show theme song, "Livin' on jacks and queens. Maverick is a legend of the west." Also, "Oedipus Rex" refers to a play by Greek playwright Sophocles referring to an incestuous mother and son.
Q T "Quint"
or "Robert Varkonyi"
Robert Varkonyi won his 2002 WSOP Championship bracelet holding QT and making a boat over Julian Gardner's flush.
Q 9 "Quinine"Queen Nine sounds like Quinine, an early anti-malarial drug.
Q 8 "Kuwait"Nicknamed "Kuwait" for phonetic reasons.
Q 7 "Computer Hand"Calculations tell us that this is the average hand.
Q 6 "PB&J"That's short for "Peanut Butter and Jelly".
Q 5 "Granny Mae"Nicknamed because granny can be a queen and May is the fifth month of the year.
Q 4 "Housework"Answer to the question "What's a Queen Four?"
Q 3 "San Fransisco Busboy"A queen with a trey.
Q 2 "Daisy""Daisy" is a reference to Daisy Duck.
J T  Preflop, Jack-Ten is 50% or better against a low pocket pair because of the overcards and the ability to make a straight.
J 9 "TJ Cloutier"Scotty Nguyen won the '98 WSOP with this hand when the board came 89988 and induced a call from Kevin McBride by saying the memorable line, "You call this one and it's all over, baby".
J 8 "Jeffrey Dahmer"Jeffrey Dahmer ate Jack.
J 7 "Jack Daniels"The nickname comes from Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee whiskey.
J 6 "Jack Talley"Jim Bechtel won the '93 WSOP with J6. The board didn't help either player and the winning hand was jack high!
J 5 "Motown"The Jackson Five released their albums through the record company 'Motown'.
J 4 "Flat Tire"Answer to the question "What's a jack for?".
J 3 "J-Lo"Nicknamed so because of pop star J-Lo, the "3" because of its similarity to a butt.
J 2 "Heckle and Jeckle"Nicknamed "Heckle and Jeckle" after twin cartoon jaybirds (2 Jays) that first appeared on television in 1946.
T 9 "Countdown"Countdowns usually start at ten...nine...
T 8 "Tetris" 
T 7 "Bowling Hand"The 7-10 split in bowling is a famously tough pin setup.
T 6 "Sweet"Nicknamed so as a reference to 'Sweet Sixteen'.
T 5 "Woolworth"
or "Merfs"
"Woolworth" comes from nickel and dime (10 and 5). "Merfs" is a draw poker game where tens and fives are wild.
T 4 "Broderick Crawford"From show "Highway Patrol" where he used to say 10-4 all the time.
T 3 "Fast Connection" or
"Weinberg"
"Fast Connection" refers to the T3 telecommunications connection.
T 2 "Doyle Brunson"Doyle Brunson won his 1976 & 1977 WSOP Championship bracelets holding T2.
9 8 "Oldsmobile"98 was an oldsmobile model that was bigger than the smaller 88 model.
9 7 "Persian Carpet Ride"Nickname given to Antonio Esfandiari's favorite hand.
9 6 "Big Lick"
or "Railroad"
Sexual reference to "Big Slick".
9 5 "Dolly Parton"Dolly Parton starred in the movie "9 to 5".
9 4 "Joe Montana Banana" or
"San Fransisco"
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.
9 3 "Jack Benny"For years Jack Benny claimed to be 39 years old.
9 2 "Montana Banana"
or "Twiggy"
or "Golf Bag"
Twiggy was a fashion model.
8 7 "RPM"The very first record format was a 10 inch disc that spun 78 revolutions per minute.
8 6 "Henry Bowen"Henry Bowen was a Texas gambler.
8 5 "Finky Dink" 
8 4 "Orwell"George Orwell was the author of the book "1984".
8 3 "Raquel Welch"
or "Sven"
Raquel Welch still claims to be 38.
8 2  The second worst starting hand in holdem.
7 6 "Union Oil"
or "Trombones"
Named after the gas station "Union 76" and the song "76 Trombones" in the movie "Music Man".
7 5 "Heinz"The Heinz company in Pittsburgh, PA has 57 varieties of condiments, the most famous being ketchup.
7 4 Suited"Cambodian Big Slick"Tragically, 1974 was the year of the genocide in Cambodia.
7 4 Offsuit"Cambodian Big Slick"Tragically, 1974 was the year of the genocide in Cambodia.
7 3 "Hachem"Joseph Hachem won the 2005 World Series main event holding 7c3s when the flop came 4d5d6h.
7 2 "Beer Hand"The worst starting hand in holdem. It's called the 'Beer Hand' because it's either time for a beer; or if you win with this you need to get other players a beer; or only a person full of beers would play this hand.
6 5 "Ken Warren"Ken Warren is a poker writer, who lists himself as the nickname for 65 in one of his books.
6 4 "Gilchrist" or
"The Rabbit"
Named "Gilchrist" after the Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist for his ability to always hit 6's and 4's.
6 3 "Blocky" or "Jimmy Summerfield"It's unconfirmed that the nickname "Jimmy Summerfield" is named after a poker tournament director.
6 2 "Ainsworth"
or "Cowboy Wolford"
Unconfirmed reference to British poker player Ron Ainsworth. Byron "Cowboy" Wolford would also play this hand.
5 4 "Jesse James"
or "Jane Russell" or
"Moneymaker"
Jesse James was thought to have been shot with a .45. Moneymaker won in 2003 with this hand.
5 3 "Bully Johnson"A poker player that Doyle Brunson described as being laid back and quiet. He played this hand after being raised preflop and caught a straight on the flop to beat another guy's trip aces.
5 2 "Quarter"
or "Two Bits"
Nicknamed because they are synonymous with 25 cents.
4 3 "Waltz"In music, waltzes are always in 3/4 meter.
4 2 "Lumberman's Hand"A common piece of lumber is a two by four.
3 2 "Mississippi Slick"
or "Polish Big Slick"
Derogatory terms, as 32 is the complete opposite hand of Ace-King or Big Slick, the best non-pair starting hand in holdem.


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