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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.