We have covered plenty of poker terms and there are some pretty wild and strange ones in the mix. Today, we’ll be looking at a poker term that takes its name from one of the most famous socialites in the 1930s – Barbara Hutton. But what does the term mean and why is it named after her? These are the questions we’ll be answering in this article.
Many of these poker terms have their roots in the United States of America where poker is widely played. This has led to some poker terms being coined after cultural or historical figures. This term is an example of that. In poker, the term ‘Barbara Hutton’ is a nickname given to the hand consisting of cards 10 and 5. It was named after her as she was the heiress to the famous five and dime stores. The dime is a ten cent US coin, hence the name.
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Born in 1912, Barbara Hutton was an American socialite, heiress and philanthropist. She was most famously known for her lavish lifestyle and troubled personal life. Dubbed by the media as ‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ she was one of the wealthiest women in the world and heiress to a third of the Frank Winfield Woolworth estate.
The F.W Woolworth Company was one of the first pioneers of the five-and-dime stores in the United States. Five-and-Dime is a retail store or a variety store that sells various general merchandise at discounted prices. The popularity of the stores soon made the company into one of the most successful businesses in the US.
Hutton’s infamous and lavish lifestyle coupled with the success of her grandfather’s business caused her name to be associated with the five and ten hand in poker.
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