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Learn Texas Hold'em terminology

There are a lot of words and phrases poker players use without even noticing that they do it: drawing dead, fifth street, gutshot straight, dead man's hand... It can scare rookie players when they are unsure what people are talking about round the table. Here is a guide to Texas Hold'em terminology and sayings for pocket cards (the cards you are dealt at the start of the game)...

‘Ajax’ means being dealt an Ace and Jack

‘Bullets’ means being dealt a pair of Aces

‘Cowboys’ means being dealt a pair of Kings

‘Dead man’s hand’ means being dealt an Ace and 8 (dead man’s hand is a hand of two pair, aces and 8s usually in 5 card draw. It is said to be the hand Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was shot dead)

‘Pair of ducks’ means being dealt a pair of 2s

‘Fish hooks’ means being dealt a pair of Jacks

‘Ladies’ means getting dealt a pair of Queens

‘Snowmen’ means getting dealt a pair of 8s

‘Flat tire’ means getting a Jack and 4 (it’s easy to see where most them got their name from, but not this one. It is known as flat tyre because you use a Jack when you have a flat tire. So what is a Jack Four? A flat tyre.)

‘Pocket pair’ means getting dealt any pair

‘Dolly Parton’ means being dealt a 9 and 5 (because of her song 9 to 5)

‘Jackson 5’ means being dealt a Jack and 5

‘Kojack’ means being dealt a King and Jack

There are literally thousands of hands and the majority have different names. Remember also that the names may vary from place to place!

 

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