Fun Phrases From The World Of Poker

Considering the colorful characters playing poker, it’s not surprising that some wonderful phrases and quips have evolved. Here are a few.

Anna Kournikova – A-K hole cards: looks good, doesn’t win that often.

Big Slick – Another name for A-K in the hole.

Belly Buster – Drawing to an inside straight.

Card Dead – When a player is dealt lousy hands for what feels like forever (it usually isn’t).

Cooler – When an incredibly high hand, e.g., full house, is beaten by a higher hand.

Cutoff – Position at the table immediately to the right of the dealer.

Deadman’s Hand – Wild Bill Hickcock held aces and eights when he was shot in the back and killed by Jack McCall.

Doyle Brunson hand – The poker legend won back-to-back world championship tournaments on the final hand with 10-2 off suit as his hole cards.

Drawing Dead – When a player cannot win, regardless of the remaining cards dealt.

Hijack – Position immediately to the right of the cutoff.

On the Button – The dealer’s position, last to act on the first round and then first to act after that.

Rainbow – A flop with three different suits.

Runner, Runner/Backdoor Draw – Two specific cards needed to make a winning hand.

Slow Roll – Not showing or declaring a winning hand quickly when the betting is over. It’s lousy table etiquette.

Steaming or on Tilt – Playing poorly after a bad beat or a series of consecutive losing hands.

And some worthwhile quotes:

If, after the first twenty minutes, you don’t know who the sucker at the table is, it’s you…David Levien and Brian Koppelman, Rounders

I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand…Jonathan Swift.

Last year people won more than one billion dollars playing poker. And casinos made twenty-seven billion just by being around those people…Samantha Bee.

Think long, think wrong – don’t overthink your hand

The difference between winners and losers in poker is that winners bet most of the time and losers call most of the time…Mike Sexton

There are three ways to play pocket Jacks…all are wrong.

If there weren’t luck involved, I would win every time…Phil Helmuth.

These phrases, quips, and much more can be found in the free app Omaha Tutorial/Poker Resorts in the iTunes store.







Howard Hian





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Thanks to QuoteGarden, Pinterest and Brainy Quote for some of the above quotes. 

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