Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Popular Card and Hand Nicknames in Card Games

Like people, card games such as Texas Hold’em poker need some nicknames to easily identify hands. Hundreds of these monikers exist throughout the online gaming world but not all of them may be completely remembered by players. Here are a few of the most interesting nicknames used in card games:

One-eyed royals. These are the three court cards (face cards) showing only, as the name suggests, one eye: the Jack of Spades, Jack of Hearts, and King of Diamonds. The nickname stems from the depiction of the face on the card as being shown on side view, so only one eye is visible (all other face cards show two eyes).

Batteries. This refers the Ace Higher Card “AA,” which is also the symbol used to identify one of the most common sizes of a battery.

Brokeback. This is the nickname given to “KK” (King Higher Card) which in turn is a reference to the film “Brokeback Mountain” where a romantic relationship between two cowboys (the King card is also known as Cowboy) was depicted.

Bus Pass. This term was coined for the Six Higher Card “65” as reference to the UK bus passes for citizens over the age of 65.

Valentine’s Day. Obviously, this refers for the Heart Flush in poker. If the hand wins, it is called “All My Hearts.” If it losses, it is called “Heart-breaker.”

Jackson Five. The nickname for the hand “JJJ55” as an attribute to the famous family band composed of the Jackson brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael.

The Devil. The “666” hand is often considered the devil’s hand due to the number’s religious meaning. It is also known as The Beast, Lucifer, or Kotch.

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