When you start playing poker even a free poker game or tournament can be confusing. All those poker words, they make no sense!
That’s where NoPayPOKER’s free poker game hands guide comes to the rescue.
The free poker games hands guide is split into 3 sections:
- Important Poker Hand Related terms.
- Starting Poker Hands.
- Game play Poker Hands.
- For a quick poker hands video fun guide see Free Poker Hand Guide on YouTube
This guide only covers poker Hand and Card words. We’ll cover things like all the betting, odds, bluffing and action terms in another guide.
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The type of free poker game played on NoPayPOKER is called Texas Hold ‘em. If you are totally new to poker here is a very brief game overview. For a more detailed game guide see our free poker game guide here.
- Poker games are played as a series of rounds or hands. Each round of gameplay involves 4 inner-rounds of betting before the winner is declared.
- Players compete to win chips that represent monetary value. This value varies depending on the value assigned to the game.
- At the end the winner, or winners depending on the game variation cash in their chips for their winnings.
- Winning and losing is determined by the strength of the cards a player has – his or her “Hand power” in relation to the other players
At the start of a poker game, free poker or otherwise, you’re given 2 cards to start.
- These 2 cards are your “Starting Hand” also called your “Hole cards”.
- Only YOU see these cards.
- After the starting hand cards have been given out there are 4 rounds of betting. The first round is based on just the 2 hole cards.
- Then 3 more rounds called the Flop, Turn and River where a total of 5 more cards are added to the poker table.
- Unlike the private Hole Cards these cards are public. They are called either Board Cards or Community cards.
- Your hole cards plus the Board cards are what make up your personal “Hand”.
- Your Hand plus your game play/acting skills plus maybe some luck determines your success of failure in the game.
So Starting Hands are the 2 secret Hole Cards you get at the start and Game Hands means your 2 hole cards plus the best 3 of the 5 community cards.
Important Poker Hand Related Terms
These terms will help you understand some of the terms that relate to poker hands.
Blank or Brick
A card that means nothing to anyone’s hand. For example, in a hold’em game if the board is: As Ks Jd 8h, if a 3c came on the river, the 3c is considered a blank. Also known as a Brick.
Board Cards or Community Cards
The cards dealt during the 3 rounds that go in the middle of the table and are shared by everyone.
When your hole (starting) cards are consecutive, (8,9, 4,5, etc). Suited and connected means consecutive cards of the same suit, (Qs Js 2d 3d).
A card which is dealt to the player face down so that no other player can see it. Also known as Down Card.
Highest card that is unrelated to the hand held. E.g., QQJ89 = Jack kicker. Important in tie break situations where the highest kicker will in the hand. So with QQJ89 vs QQ985 the Jack kicker wins it. If the first kickers match then the next kickers down are used. Example QQJ89 vs QQJ65 = 8 vs 6 as the 2nd kicker so the hand with 8 wins.
Almost the best hand possible with just one or more very unlikely hands that could beat it. For example, if you have AA, and the board is AKK93, you have the near nuts, because someone else may have 4-of-a-kind kings.
The best possible hand that is a guaranteed winner. Also known as Lock, Nut Hand.
A face card or card of high value (Jack, Queen, King, Ace).
Having two hole cards of the same rank in your Starting Hand.
A board that is comprised entirely of different suits. For example, a flop of Ace of hearts, King of clubs, and 6 of diamonds could be described as AK6 rainbow.
The number or letter on the card. The highest rank is Ace, and the lowest rank is 2. However, the Ace can usually be used as a “1″ in a straight. The ranks are sometimes abbreviated as follows:
Stone Cold Nuts
The best holding possible in a hand of poker that will win the entire pot (as opposed to possibly winning only half or some fraction). Such an example would be holding a suited ace and making a flush with it on an unpaired board in Hold’Em. This is in contrast to holding an ace high straight, which even though it may not possibly be beaten, could end up in a tie with another one.
Spades (s), hearts (h), diamonds (d), or clubs (c). Important for determining a flush, but has no other meaning in most poker games.
Starting hands with two cards of the same suit. Suited hands are better than unsuited hands because of flush possibilities. Sometimes denoted by an ‘s’; for example, T9s is pronounced “Ten-nine suited” and refers to a 10 (T) and an 9 of the same suit.
Two starting hand (hole) cards of the same suit that are consecutive in rank. e.g. 9 and 8 of spades.
A Pair in your starting hand.
2 Kings (KK) Also called Cowboys.
Ace-Jack (AJ) Also called Ajax or Blackjack.
Ace-Jack (AJ). Also called Action Jackson or Blackjack.
2 Aces (AA). Also called Rockets, Bullets or Pocket Rockets.
Ace King (AK). Looks pretty but never wins!
Poker abbreviation for Ace-X suited. An Ace and a low card of the same suit, normally 9 or less.
Two 2′s (2,2) Also known as Ducks, Deuces or Swans.
A 3 and 9 (3,9)
Generally a 2-7 offsuit, although 2-7 suited is often called a beer hand too. It’s the worst starting hand in hold em and justifies a beer! Also called Dead Mans Hand.
Ace-Jack (AJ). Also called Action Jackson or Ajax.
Ace and Queen (AQ).
Ace and a king (AK). Also known as Anna Kournakova
Bird on a Stick
7,2. Awful. Also known as Beer Hand.
Pair of Jacks (JJ). Also known as Hooks.
A pair of fours (4,4).
A pair of Aces. Also known as Rockets, Pocket Rockets or American Airlines.
Two 7s, (7,7). Also known as Hockey Sticks.
King-Nine (K9). Also known as Dog
4 and 5 of spades (4,5)
2 kings (KK), also known as Ace Magnets.
Two 3 (3,3)
Dead Mans Hand (Starting Hand)
Starting hand – A 2 7 offsuit. Considered the worst hand in Texas Hold ‘Em. Also known as a Beer Hand. There is also another version of this hand name in the Game Play Hands section.
A Pair of two’s, also known as Ballerina, Ducks or Swans.
King-Nine (K9). Also known as Canine.
9, 5 (for her movie of same name).
A pair of two’s, also known as Deuces, Ballerina or Swans.
Jack and Four suited or not. As in If you have a flat tire, it’s what you use the jack “four”. Also known as Full Employment.
Forking Idiot �
A Four-King (4K).
Jack 4. Named full employment because if you play Jack 4 you’ll always have a day job. Also known as a Flat Tire.
Gay Waiter �
A Queen and Three.
Two nines (9,9). Nine in English is very similar to the German for No “Nein”. Two nines then are “Nein Nein” then which might be said by a reluctant young German lady! Poker eh! Also known as Wayne Gretzky.
A 4 and a 7.
7 and 2. Also Beer Hand and Dead Mans Hand. “Dropping the hammer” refers to winning with this terrible starting hand (a very rare event!)
Two queens, (Q,Q) Also known as: Ladies and Siegfried and Roy
A pair of sevens, (7,7) Also known as Candy Canes.
A Pair of Jacks (JJ), Also known as Brothers.
A Jack and a Five (J,5)
A Jack and a Queen. (JQ)
Starting hand Ace-Ten. (AT) Named after the famous poker player.
A 2-3. Named for Michael Jordan’s number.
Two Kings. (KK) Also called Ace Magnets and Cowboys and as a name for a player who has lost it and started playing erratically.
A King and 3. (K3)
A King-Jack (KJ)
Two queens (QQ). Also known as Hilton Sisters and Siegfried and Roy
Reference to a queen.
An ace-queen (AQ). Also known as Big Chick.
Two 4′s (4,4)
Jack and five (J5)
Two 8′s (8,8)
Pocket Rockets �
2 Aces (AA) Also known as Rockets, Bullets and American Airlines.
2 Aces, (AA) Also known as: American Airlines, Pocket Rockets and Bullets.
A King-Queen, (KQ)
A Ten and a 4, (T4), referring to a “10-4″ response of “Roger” Also known as The Trucker.
Two six’s (6,6)
Two fours (4,4)
Siegfried and Roy
A pair of Queens starting hand. Also known as Ladies and Hilton Sisters.
Two eights (8,8)
A 7 and a 10.
A 4 and 2. Named after the defeat of the 6th German Army in the battle for Stalingrad in 1942. Because with 4 and 2 your chances to win the round are very poor.
Two 7′s, (7,7). Also known as Walking Sticks or Sunset Strip.
Two 7′s, (7,7). Also known as Walking Sticks or Stilts.
Two 2s (2,2) Also known as ducks, deuces or ballerinas.
A Ten and a 4, (T4), Also known as Roger.
An Ace Four (A4). Called so as when you first turn over the cards it looks like two aces, but on closer inspection all is not what it seems.
Two 7′s, (7,7). Also known as Sticks or Sunset Strip.
Two nines (9, 9) Also known as German Virgin.
A 5 and 10.
Poker Game Play Hands
In any poker game, free poker or Monaco level stakes your game play Hand is simply it’s your group of five cards made up from your 2 Starting Hand private cards combined with the best 3 of the 5 board/community cards related to your hole cards.
The ranking order is as follows.
Four of a Kind
Three of a Kind
Here are the most common poker hand names and meanings:
No pairs and an Ace high card. Beats all other hands with no high cards.
An Ace with a weak “Kicker”
Two pairs where one pair are Aces.
A hand with four of the five cards needed for a straight, but missing one in the middle. For example, 9-x-7-6-5. Also known as an inside straight draw or Gutshot.
The poker hand A2345. This is the lowest possible straight. Also known as Wheel.
A poker hand consisting of a three-of-a-kind and a pair. Also known as Full House or Full Boat.
Broadway means a straight from ten to ace. The best possible straight (AKQJT)
Dead Mans Hand (Game Play hand)
Two pair of aces and eights. Legendary lawman and gambler Wild Bill Hickok was shot to death while holding this hand.
Poker hand consisting of 5 cards of the same suit.
Four of a Kind
Poker hand of four cards of the same rank and one other card. Also known as Quads
A poker hand consisting of a three-of-a-kind and a pair. Also known as Full House or just Boat.
A poker hand consisting of a three-of-a-kind and a pair. Also known as Full Boat or just Boat.
A flush of clubs
A hand with four of the five cards needed for a straight, but missing one in the middle. Also known as an inside straight draw or Belly Buster.
To hold a poker hand that does not contain anything special. No paired cards, a straight, or a flush. Their poker hand is simply referred to their highest ranking card. A person with AKJ75 would have a high card ace, while the rest of the cards are kickers.
Mommas and Poppas
Pair of Queens and Kings
Two cards of the same rank. For example, KKQ54 would be referred to as holding a pair of Kings.�
The hand of Four of a kind, holding four cards of the same rank. Also called Four of a Kind.
A Set of Aces�
The poker hand consisting of AKQJT of the same suit. The highest possible Straight Flush.
Three of a kind. Where 2 hole/pocket cards connect to one board card to create the threesome.
A straight flush, Ace to Five, A2345
Poker hand consisting of 5 cards whose ranks form a sequence. The highest possible straight is AKQJT (Broadway) and the lowest straight is 5432A (Steel wheel).
Both a Straight and a Flush. Poker hand consisting of 5 cards of the same suit whose ranks form a sequence. The highest possible straight flush is AKQJT of the same suit (also called the Royal Flush). The lowest possible straight flush is 5432A of the same suit.
A set of Jacks (hooks, J’s)�
Three of a Kind
A poker hand consisting of three cards of the same rank, and two unpaired cards. Also known as Trips.
Three Wise Men
Three Kings. Trips or Set.
Three of a Kind. Where one hole card connects to two board cards to make the threesome.
Holding two pairs.
Mixed card hand, E.g., 8c,Jd Also known as Offsuit.
A wheel is the poker hand A2345, the lowest possible straight. Also known as a Bicycle.
That’s it for the free poker game hands and card names meanings and definitions glossary. We hope you found what you were looking for. See you at the tables for a good fun free poker game very soon!