Thursday, March 08, 2007

Presto: The Origins

Subzero (free pimpage!) asked why 55 had come to be known as Presto. And to be honest I had no fawking clue. So I figured pocketfives.com would probably have the answer and they do.

"It seems that for many players, especially online players, there is a mystical aura surrounding this hand that somehow makes it special and gives it a better chance of winning."

"Presto" is used Blackjack and poker players wanted a hand to call Presto too. 55 was seemingly chosen in a somewhat random manner. Not too glamourous an explanation ...

However Kent has pointed me to Cardplayer that elaborates a little further:

"presto: 5-5. Comes from what one says when revealing a pair of fives as one's holecards. The term was coined at BARGE and evolved from what a blackjack player says when turning over a blackjack. (BARGE is Big August Rec.Gambling Excursion, an annual Las Vegas convention of online poker enthusiasts. RGPers - those who read and post on the Usenet newsgroup rec.gambling.poker - have used the term presto as an identifying catchword.)"

The bottom line: Presto is Gold and you all know it!

6 comments:

Kent said...

Hmmm. I always thought presto originated with the tiltboys/BARGE. Cardplayer says it does anyway: http://www.cardplayer.com/magazine/article/14123

smokkee said...

presto blooooooowzzzzzzzz..

seriously, the flop's gonna have overs. unless you hit your 2-outer, ditch that shit.

sag said...

it's route 66, not 55... 55 is ok, but ....

SirFWALGMan said...

I thought it was cause the 5's looked like magician hats.

Klopzi said...

I've heard the term Presto comes from the Presto card club, located at 55 (some street name).

I think the club was in Paris, but I can't find the information right now to confirm.

Tom said...

I thought it came from Raymer yelling it at the WSOP when he made he set with them.