There’s a seemingly endless list of nicknames used for hands in poker. The list seems to get bigger and bigger all the time too, as players are often coming up with new ones. Some of them are obvious, some of them amusing, and many of them are really quite tenuous.
It’s by no means essential to be aware of all, or even any, of these nicknames. You might see them used in chat at poker sites though, or in poker forums and you can even hear them at the live tables. It can, therefore, be useful to know at least a few them.
On this page we have listed a large selection of the most popular and commonly used nicknames for hands in poker. Please note that that there are many more that we could add to the list but this is certainly a good place to get started.
The term pocket pair is used in poker games such as Texas Hold’em where there are cards dealt to the players (hole cards) and cards dealt to the board (community cards). A pocket pair is when a player has a pair in their hole cards.
Each one of the possible pairs has at least one nickname associated with it and many of them have several. We’ve listed some of the most commonly used nicknames for each pocket pair below.
The most common terms used to describe a pocket pair of aces are bullets and pocket rockets. Several other terms are also used with varying degrees of frequency. These include the following.
A king card is commonly referred to as a cowboy in poker, so a pocket pair of kings is often referred to simply as cowboys. Other nicknames that are used include the following.
Ladies is probably the most frequently used term to refer to a pocket pair of queens. Several derogatory names are used too such as bitches, Hilton Sisters, Calamity Jane, and Snowshoes.
Brothers, jaybirds, and fish hooks are commonly used nicknames to describe a pocket pair of jacks. Also used are Kid Dy-no-mite, The Two Jakes, and Suckers.
A pocket pair of tens is normally referred to simply as dimes. TNT and Dynamite are also used, along with the term Tension. This is believed to be because holding a pair of tens is tense because of the high chance of over cards.
The following are some of the frequently used terms to describe other pocket pairs.
Pair of Nines
Phil Hellmuth, Wayne Gretzky, Popeyes
Pair of Eights
Piano Keys, Pretzels, Snowmen
Pair of Sevens
Candy Canes, Walking Sticks, Axes
Pairs of Sixes
Boots, Kicks, Route 66
Pair of Fives
Nickels, Snakes, Speed Limit
Pair of Fours
Pair of Threes
Pair of Twos
Ducks, Desmond, Richard Nixon
There are nicknames for all hole combinations that include an ace. In particular there are several for the ace and king combination which is most commonly known as Big Slick, but there are a myriad of other nicknames used as well. Here are a few examples.
Below we have listed popular nicknames for all the other combinations that include an Ace.
Ace & Queen
Big Chick, Little Slick, Mrs Click
Ace & Jack
Armani Jeans, Hijack, Jackass, Ajax, Apple Jacks
Ace & Ten
Bookends, Johnny Moss
Ace & Nine
Rounders Hand, Jesus, Gimp
Ace & Eight
Dead Man’s Hand, Asterix and Obelix
Ace & Seven
The Sonnert, Slapshot
Ace & Six
Ace & Five
Ducks, Desmond, Richard Nixon
Ace & Four
Stu Ungar, Transvestite, Plane Crash
Ace & Three
Ashtray, Thrace, Baskin-Robbins
Ace & Two
Acey-Deucey, Hunting Season.
Nicknames for Other Hole Card Combinations
Pretty much every single hole card combination has at least one nickname and poker players seem to be coming up with new ones all the time. We won’t list all of them, but here’s a selection of some of our favorites and some of the better known ones.
There are also nicknames for other specific combinations of cards, apart from simply hole card combinations. Some of these are used quite frequently, so we have listed a small selection of these below.
2, 4, 6, 8, 10
Quad Aces (with a king kicker)
Knights of the Round Table
A, K, Q, J, T
A, 2, 3, 4 ,5
Quad Queens (with a jack kicker)
Any Club Flush
Huey, Dewy and Louie