Rands What's a jack for?

Poker Hand Slang

The project list for the week off is extensive. Finish How to Lose Your Job, Pt. 2… seriously mess around with Photoshop via a fine Xmas gift from the Mom… tidy up my Del.icio.us bookmarks to make some sense… hey, I should clean-up my local bookmarks, as well. NOTE TO SELF.

Oh yeah, I’m going to play some poker, as well. In preparation for a Vegas trip in February, the boys are gathering together to put in some reps in at a local casino. The idea being to get a feel for a professionally run poker game versus the home game where we’re drunk, loud, and sloppy. Not that you can’t do the same in Vegas, it’s just that you’ll lose lots of cash to folks who aren’t.

I’ve been putting together a list of slang to describe Texas Hold ‘Em hands for a few weeks now. It’s a list of common and uncommon names for those two hole cards that I’ve collected from websites too many to credit here, so I’ll just say THANK YOU INTERNET.

22 = Ducks, Quackers, Barely Legal

33 = Crabs

3A = Baskin-Robbins (31 flavors)

44 = Mid-life Crisis, Magnum, Sailboats

45 = Jesse James

55 = Presto, Speed Limit, Nickles

57 = Chevrolet, Heinz

5T = Walgreens

66 = Kicks

69 = Big Lick, Dinner for Two

72 = Beer Hand

76 = Union Oil

77 = Hockey Sticks, Mullets, Sunset Strip

7T = Split

88 = Snowmen, Piano Keys

95 = Dolly Parton

99 = Get Smart, Gretzky

TT = Dimes, Boxcars

J4 = Flat Tire (What’s a jack for?)

J5 = Motown (Jackson 5)

JJ = Hooks

JA = Jackass

Q3 = San Francisco Waiter (Queen w/ a tray)

QQ = Hilton Sisters, Siegfried and Roy

K3 = Seafood

K9 = Fido, Canine

KJ = Kojak

KQ = Marriage, Mixed Marriage

KK = Cowboys, Krispy Kreme, Gorillas (King Kong)

AJ = Ajax

A8 = Dead Mans Hand

AQ = Mrs. Slick

AK = Big Slick

AA = Pocket Rockets, American Airlines, Bullets, Alcoholics Anonymous

4 Responses



  3. John Whitlock 19 years ago

    James McManus’s “Positively Fifth Street” has a whole slew of nicknames for the pocket cards. These are mostly derived from the names of professional poker players that were holding those cards during interesting rounds. However, I suspect that these sorts of names are only used for a few months to a year after the event in question.

  4. jerkcity_reader 19 years ago

    T Rands I totally saw you at the Rio last month playing 10 dollar/hand craps.