What is ‘Village People’?
Village People is a poker term used to describe a hand of four queens. The saying has largely died out and it is very rarely heard in casinos. If a player were to hit four queens, they would be sitting pretty with a hand that their opponents would find very hard to beat. Village People or ‘quad queens’ may come about after the flop. If, for example, a player starts with a pair of queens and two more queens are dealt on the flop, their hand would instantly be upgraded to Village People. Hitting a hand as good as quad queens on the flop is sometimes referred to as ‘flopping a monster’.
‘Village People’ Explained
If a player has Village People, they can be pretty sure that they’re going to be taking the pot. Experienced players will adapt a strategy depending on the style of play of their opponents to ensure that not only do they win the hand, but that they take the maximum number of chips possible. If a player holding village people comes up against a conservative or ‘tight’ player, they may bet smaller amounts than they usually would with quad queens. This is because they will want to entice the tight player to make more bets and in turn take more chips from them. The best type of an opponent a player with village people can face is an aggressive or loose player. These players tend to bet more and in large amounts, even if they have a beatable hand. In this instance, a player with village people will almost know for certain that they’ll be able to scoop a significant amount. All they have to do is keep their cool and stay in the hand.
Although village people is no longer a popular saying, there are still a number of poker hands that have slang attached to them including ‘four horsemen’ for a hand of quad kings, ‘golf bag’ for a flush made up of clubs and ‘mighty ducks’ for quad twos.