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Playing Card Nicknames: 6s, 7s, 8s

by Michael Wiesenberg |  Published: May 29, 2013

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Nicknames. Almost everything of value has them. That goes for playing cards. This series lists and explains many you have heard — and some you haven’t. So far we’ve looked at deuces through fives. Now we continue with individual ranks. 6 A 6 is sometimes called a 6-spot. You may hear a 6 called a sax. That’s just because it sounds similar. You also sometimes hear a cardroom wag call it sex, more often as the rank of an ace-to-five lowball hand than as the actual card. Back when the game was popular in Western states, particularly California, you might have heard this joke. He: “Do you like sex?” She: “Sure, sex-four, sex-five …” (That is, for example, 6-4-3-2-A or 6-5-4-2-A. Those of you who play high-low games or razz recognize the hands). Similarly, the card or the ace-to-five lowball hand was sometimes called sickening. All of the preceding are ...


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