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Famous poker hand nicknames that you should know

When you’re playing poker, you will encounter different nicknames that you may not recognize. Familiarizing yourself with these terms is important because it will help you get a better understanding of the game which will then lead you to be a wiser player. 

To help you get started on your journey to becoming a world-class poker player, here are some of the most famous poker hand nicknames that you should know:

Pocket pairs

Pocket pairs are what you call two cards that are of the same rank. Each pair of ranks have their corresponding nicknames. These are:

Pocket aces

Pocket rockets 

This pair is called pocket rockers since the letter A resembles a rocket. It can also mean that pocket aces can ‘launch’ the player to win. 

Pocket fours 

Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader

This nickname pertains to the famous quote/s that was mentioned in Star Wars, may the force (fours) be with you.

Pocket twos


The nickname ‘Desmond’ pertains to the world-famous archbishop from South Africa, Desmond Tutu (two-two).

Ace combinations

Ace combination is a pair of cards that contains one ace and another card of any rank. Some of the most famous nicknames include:


Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova is a famous tennis player who happens to share the same initials with an Ace-King combination.


Rocket Queen

Rocket pertains to the nickname given to Ace. When combined with a Queen, it turns into a Rocket Queen which is a reference to the Guns N Roses hit of the same name.



This combination is called Rounders because of the hit poker film of the same name where an ace and nine was featured in its climax.

King combinations 

King combinations are pairs that contain a single king and any other card from the deck. Some of the most famous nicknames under this combination are:



The nickname canine refers to the sound that it makes when you pronounce this combination of cards together.



A nickname that is a result of combining the two names of the cards. (King+Ten = Ken).



This combination got its nickname from the first letters of the two cards: J and K which are often used to abbreviate ‘just kidding’.

Queen combinations

A pair that contains a queen and any card of any rank is called a queen combination.



This nickname is based on one of the most famous filmmakers of all time Quentin ‘Queen-Ten’ Tarantino.



The name of this middle eastern country is the result of combining the words queen and eight.



This nickname goes back to one of the most famous pop culture references in history. The name Maverick is taken from Bret Maverick, a character from the Old West TV show who is a master poker player. The theme song of the show has a lyric that goes ‘livin’ on Jacks and Queens, Maverick is a legend of the west.’

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