Poker Hand Nicknames Research Paper

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Poker Hand Nicknames


The game of poker - Texas Hold'em in particular - is exciting and vibrant. One of the things that make it so entertaining is the unique vocabulary developed by its players to describe the 'high' poker hand rankings the game uses. The nicknames for many of the more common hands are used by spectators, and by the players, so knowing the lingo greatly enhances the enjoyment and understanding of the game.

We have got you covered with our poker hand chart and guide to many of the unique names for Hold'em hands. Read on to learn about cowboys and pocket rockets, so the next time you sit down at a poker table, you can sound like a pro and identify the best poker hands with ease.

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Tennessee Ernie Ford Singer of the popular country/folk song "Sixteen Tons."

High Five The "high" card (Ace) combined with the five, nicknamed for the popular celebratory greeting.

Plane Crash Because the A/4 combination resembles the double Ace combination with one of the "wings" missing (the 4 being a 'partial' Ace), and the Ace associated with flying: American Airlines, Korean Airlines, flying Nazis). So an airplane with a broken wing crashes.
Stu Ungar Famous poker player Stu Ungar won his last three WSOP titles with this hand as part of a straight.
Transvestite Because the holder of this pair may think he's holding a pair of Aces at first glance, if the second card (4) is partially hidden, and is unhappy to find the second half of the pair is a fake.

Ashtray Due to the phonetic similarity of Ace-Trey (French for Three).
Baskin-Robbins The Ace/Three (numerically 1 and 3) are given the nickname due to Baskin Robin's famous 31 flavors of ice
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