Thursday, December 18, 2008

What's An Anna Kournikova?

In the game of Texas Hold 'em, when you are dealt Ace King as the two hole cards, it has become known as the Anna Kournikova hand, aka Big Slick. The reason for this has everything to do with Anna's time on the professional tennis circuit.

Looks great but never wins anything!

We think this is of course a huge exaggeration (poker players are known to do that now and again). In fact, we have come to the conclusion that this hand is ranked number 3 behind Pocket Aces and Pocket Kings for winning frequency. The problem with the hand, in our experience, is that it is ranked number 1 as the hand that you will lose most often with.

It's not unlike the young male's adolescent experience with courting the Anna's of this world. You get great satisfaction from winning but the bad beats are harder to forget.

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