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Playing Card Nicknames: Kings

by Michael Wiesenberg |  Published: Apr 01, 2015


Depending on whether the deck in question is English or French, the king has different names. In the French deck, the kings have names based on history. The English deck court cards are not based on history. The usual rank of the king is 13th in the hierarchy, starting with ace, that is, one higher than the queen. In decks in which the knight is a rank, the king is 14th. In tarot decks, for example, the knight ranks between the jack and queen. Poker and bridge decks, that is, the most common playing cards, have no knight. Kings as starting cards in hold’em are sometimes referred to as ace magnets, sardonically named because pocket kings are involved in (too) many bad beat stories about confrontations with aces. Any nonspecific king can be called a cowboy, kowboy, or K-boy. A king can be called a monarch. You’ll also hear King ...

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