• We would love to hear your thoughts! Click here to take a short survey on your CardsChat experience: Rate Your CardsChat Experience

    Forum members receive 10 VIP Chips for participating (follow instructions on form).

History of "Big Slick"

S

shankomatic

Rising Star
Bronze Level
Joined
Mar 19, 2005
Total posts
1
Chips
0
We were having a debate the other night in a poker game about the where the term "Big Slick" orginiated from. I searched around on the internet but found nothing. Does anyone have any ideas?
 
Grumbledook

Grumbledook

Legend
Silver Level
Joined
Oct 19, 2004
Total posts
1,750
Chips
0
nope I couldn't find anything either
 
S

sooselects

Rising Star
Bronze Level
Joined
Mar 19, 2005
Total posts
14
Chips
0
i think big slick was an old greek term used to desrible a wood ship
 
L

longhairdave

Rising Star
Bronze Level
Joined
Mar 15, 2005
Total posts
11
Chips
0
Here's the definition according to Mike Caro at his site.

Mike Caro: Quote:
(n phrase) In hold 'em, A-K as one's first two cards. Derives from a destructive oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, the name arising from the more well-known name for the hand, big slick.


This was his definition for a Santa Barbara which is also A/K in the hole. Now all you need to find out is how an oil spill correlates to poker.
 
D

Docriver1983

Enthusiast
Silver Level
Joined
Feb 23, 2017
Total posts
47
Chips
0
Yeah i dont understand that one. In what year was that quoted
 
atlantafalcons0

atlantafalcons0

Legend
Silver Level
Joined
Mar 4, 2010
Total posts
3,713
Awards
1
Chips
4
In the poker variant of Texas Hold 'em, Big Slick refers to holding an ace and a king as your two hole cards. It is famously refered to Big Slick as it is a slippery hand that one can easily lose a fortune over. Usually grouped together as one of the premium hands along with Aces and Kings, but this hand is more flexible especially if suited.

Other nicknames for Big Slick include: Space Cowboy, Walking Back to Houston, Big Ugly, Santa Barabara, Ass Kicker, Machine Gun, and Big Slick in a Suit (if suited)

From Urban Dictionary
 
Andrei Korolev

Andrei Korolev

Legend
Silver Level
Joined
Sep 16, 2015
Total posts
3,014
Chips
0
Do not know from where this name...
 
P

ph_il

...
Silver Level
Joined
Feb 5, 2005
Total posts
10,128
Awards
1
Chips
25
It was originally called 'Santa Barbara' after the oil spill. Then it became 'Big Slick', still referring to the oil spill but (maybe) just a bit cooler sounding?

Anyway, I think the name has to do with how tricky the hand can be sometimes. On one hand, if played correctly, the hand (AK) can be very profitable. Think big oil tycoons striking it rich.

At the same time, if you misplay the hand and slip up (because oil is very slippery) you can have disastrous results. Much like the oil spill in Santa Barbara, you might find yourself "leaking/spilling chips".

That's my take on it.
 
Zorba

Zorba

27
Platinum Level
Joined
Jul 21, 2007
Total posts
41,976
Awards
15
AQ
Chips
943
In the poker variant of Texas Hold 'em, Big Slick refers to holding an ace and a king as your two hole cards. It is famously refered to Big Slick as it is a slippery hand that one can easily lose a fortune over. Usually grouped together as one of the premium hands along with Aces and Kings, but this hand is more flexible especially if suited.

Other nicknames for Big Slick include: Space Cowboy, Walking Back to Houston, Big Ugly, Santa Barabara, Ass Kicker, Machine Gun, and Big Slick in a Suit (if suited)

From Urban Dictionary

Anna Kournikova, Kalashnikov (AK-47), Big Ugly (offsuit, Imitating Big Slick, but "Ugly" if offsuit), Exxon Valdez (A♠ K♠ Since it has a lot of black in it), King Arthur, Korean Airlines.

This was easy to find on the net, nicknames of all hands.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_playing-card_nicknames#Poker_hand_nicknames


:top:
 
Top