Boat and Royal Family: Poker Terms

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Feb 11 14:21:50 UTC 2004

In an earlier life which apparently far outstrips Larry's
(regionally), I have heard "(full) boat" everywhere I have played the
game and never heard "royal family," even in the silly games where
they occur with absurd frequency.


>At 2:43 PM -0800 2/10/04, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>>?I'm having a devil of a time confirming "boat" and "royal family" as terms
>>for "full house" and "royal flush" respectively. My friends and I use them
>>in poker all the time (Seattle).
>>Can anyone confirm whether these are regional or common slang?
>Boat is very general.  Royal family I've never heard, but then royal
>flushes don't come up that often (although more often in wild-card
>games).  Ooops, just saw Doug sent the same message (I remembered to
>look at my mailer this time), but I'll send this anyway just to
>confirm the point.  I've played in California, New England,
>Wisconsin, and various places in between; (full) boat is indeed quite
>general.  There are also various terms for the unfortunate 3-pair
>hand and the superfluous two-trips hand, both occurring periodically
>in 7-card games.

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