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Dead Man's Hand

  1. Noun

    The hand two pair, Aces and Eights. More specifically, the hand As-Ac-8s-8c-x.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The name originates from the fact that Wild Bill Hickok held this hand at the time he was fatally shot by Jack McCall on August 2, 1876. Wild Bill is said to have always picked a seat facing the door, but was one of the last players to the table in that particular game and another player refused to change seats when Wild Bill asked to switch places.


    EXAMPLE: "In my time playing poker, I've only once seen someone hold a true dead man's hand."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

  2. Noun

    The pocket cards A-8.


    EXAMPLE: "I had dead man's hand in the pocket and made a pair of Aces on the flop."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Shared Card Games

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