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So-called because in common depictions, the king of hearts appears to be stabbing himself in the head with his sword
- (card games slang) a king of hearts in a deck of playing cards
- When Henry played poker, he liked to declare suicide kings wild, as he felt it lent him an air of sophistication.
- 2008 April 30, Connie Bailey, “Fancy Pants”, in Know When to Hold'em: A Dreamspinner Press Anthology, Frisco: Dreamspinner Press, ISBN 9780981508467, page 115:
- Bayr laid the card down on top of the cowboy's. “Suicide king,” he said softly, touching the king of hearts' sword with his forefinger.