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Jackpot

Origin of Phrases - J

 

Jackpot

The word for a big payoff gets its name from poker.  In draw poker, a person must have a pair of jacks or better to open, but has to ante regardless.  If no one holds these cards, the pot grows larger and larger.  The pot keeps growing until someone has at least a pair of jacks.

 

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