Playing poker is a hell of a lot of fun. And the nicknames for poker hands people use are seriously wild.
We happen to think poker players are particularly gifted when it comes to language. Just check out this guide to poker lingo to see what we mean. And when you get further into the world of poker, whether that’s in podcasts or even articles on our site, you’re going to come across even more gems.
But today we’re going to take a closer look at something even more specific. Nicknames for poker hands are fascinating. Some of the ones we’ll touch on aren’t that widely used. Meanwhile others have a cult following!
But what they all have in common is that they’re are super quirky and super interesting. And when you’re playing poker online (bet365 bonus code for new players, btw), at a poker party or even on holiday, you’ll get an extra kick out of seeing these hands.
Nicknames for poker hands
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
We’re putting this on the list because when we’re not watching poker movies, it’s got to be one of our favourites. Named after the Michael Palin romp, this is when you get AAAAK, you lucky devil.
The story goes that three kings visited Joseph and Mary to see Jesus being born. And that’s why KKKAA is called The Nativity.
A flush of spades might see you digging deep to steal that pot.
One of the funniest nicknames for poker hands, this one is JA55.
For those who weren’t paying attention in maths class, a fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. So when it comes to poker, this is either AA235 or 2358K.
All the primes
We’re keeping it in the classroom for this one too. A prime number is a number greater than 1 where its only factors and 1 and itself. So we’ve got 2357J and 357JK.
Okay, perhaps this is a slightly easier mathematical reference to get. And it’s going to be the last maths reference in our nicknames for poker hands, we promise! This is a hand full of even numbers, including 2468T, 468TQ and 68TQA.
Athos, Porthos and Aramis
Turns out that poker players don’t just read strategy books the whole time. This is when you get AAA and is named after the 19th century classic The Three Musketeers.
It’s true, it is a heart break when you lose with a flush of hearts.
Dead Man’s Hand
Have you heard the story of the Dead Man’s Hand? Well sit tight because it’s a gruesome tale, all about a hand made up of black AA88, plus a mysterious fifth card.
We’re sorry if this song is going to be in your head for the rest of the day, but we’ve got to tell you about one of the greatest nicknames for poker hands. QQQQ is Village People.
A flush of clubs is, of course, a golf bag. Because you use clubs to play golf. Get it? Yup, it’s an easy one to remember!
And finally, let’s head off to Berkshire, England, where AAAKK is known as Windsor Castle.