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Nicknames of Poker Hands

Hand Nicknames

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.

Pocket Pair Nicknames

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.

Pair of AcesPair of Aces

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.

  • American Airlines
  • Snake Eyes
  • Batteries
  • Needles
  • Alan Alda
  • Two Pips
  • Admiral Ackbar
  • Teepees
Pair of KingsPair of Kings

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.

  • King Kong
  • Kevin Keegan
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Ace Magnets
  • Gorillas
  • Elvis Presley
Pair of QueensPair of Queens

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.

Pair of JacksPair of Jacks

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.

Pair of TensPair of Tens

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.

Two CardsOther Pairs

The following are some of the frequently used terms to describe other pocket pairs.

Pair of Nines

Pair of Nines

Phil Hellmuth, Wayne Gretzky, Popeyes

Pair of Eights

Pair of Eights

Piano Keys, Pretzels, Snowmen

Pair of Sevens

Pair of Sevens

Candy Canes, Walking Sticks, Axes

Pair of Sixes

Pairs of Sixes

Boots, Kicks, Route 66

Pair of Fives

Pair of Fives

Nickels, Snakes, Speed Limit

Pair of Fours

Pair of Fours

Sailboats, Magnum

Pair of Threes

Pair of Threes

Crabs, Treys

Pair of Twos

Pair of Twos

Ducks, Desmond, Richard Nixon

Nicknames for Hole Card Combinations with an Ace

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.

  • Anna Kournikova
  • Kalashnikov
  • King Arthur
  • Korean Airlines
  • Walking Back to Houston

Below we have listed popular nicknames for all the other combinations that include an Ace.

Ace, Queen

Ace & Queen

Big Chick, Little Slick, Mrs Click

Ace, Jack

Ace & Jack

Armani Jeans, Hijack, Jackass, Ajax, Apple Jacks

Ace, Ten

Ace & Ten

Bookends, Johnny Moss

Ace, Nine

Ace & Nine

Rounders Hand, Jesus, Gimp

Ace, Eight

Ace & Eight

Dead Man’s Hand, Asterix and Obelix

Ace, Seven

Ace & Seven

The Sonnert, Slapshot

Ace, Six

Ace & Six

High Five

Ace, Five

Ace & Five

Ducks, Desmond, Richard Nixon

Ace, Four

Ace & Four

Stu Ungar, Transvestite, Plane Crash

Ace, Three

Ace & Three

Ashtray, Thrace, Baskin-Robbins

Ace, Two

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.

  • King & Queen – Marriage
  • King & Jack – Kojak
  • King & Ten – Katie
  • King & Nine – Canine
  • King & Eight – Kate
  • King & Six – Kicks
  • King & Four – Fork
  • King & Two – Donald
  • Queen & Jack – Maverick
  • Queen & Eight – Kuwait
  • Queen & Seven – Computer Hand
  • Queen & Four – Housework
  • Jack & Ten – TJ Hooker
  • Jack & Eight – Jeffery Dahmer
  • Jack & Five – Jackson Five
  • Jack & Three – J-Lo
  • Ten & Nine – Countdown
  • Ten & Two – Doyle Brunson
  • Nine & Eight – Oldsmobile
  • Nine & Six – Breakfast of Champions
  • Nine & Five – Dolly Parton
  • Nine & Four – 49er
  • Eight & Six – Pooch
  • Eight & Four – Big Brother
  • Seven & Two – WHIP (Worst Hand In Poker)
  • Six & Four – Billion Dollar Hand
  • Five & Two – Bomber
  • Four & Two – The Answer

More Poker Hand Nicknames

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.

Four Kings

Quad Kings

Four Horsemen

Two, Four, Six, Eight, Ten

2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Even Stevens

Four Aces

Quad Aces (with a king kicker)

Knights of the Round Table

Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten

A, K, Q, J, T


Ace, Two, Three, Four, Five

A, 2, 3, 4 ,5


Four Queens

Quad Queens (with a jack kicker)

Bachelor’s Dream

A Flush of Clubs

Any Club Flush

Golf Bag

Four Twos

Quad Twos

Mighty Ducks

Three Twos

Three Twos

Huey, Dewy and Louie