word type: poker slang
- A common nickname for the hand 99.
Wayne Gretzky, holder of just about every major offensive record in professional hockey, was famous for wearing the number 99. Many poker players are also hockey fans, as seen during live tournament time when they wear their favorite player's jersey. Thus, to pay homage to Gretzky, 99 has been named The Wayne Gretzky hand.
Although there is no direct connection between Gretzky and poker, his hockey accomplishments are appreciated nonetheless. He played in 1,487 pro games and scored 894 goals and amassed 1,963 assists. Both are NHL career records.