History of Dead Man’s Hand

Sean Chaffin

Hickok was in a Five Card Stud game at Nuttal and Mann's Saloon. Card rooms at that were what one might expect from the Old West.

The Story Behind the Hand

Dead Man’s Hand and Wild Bill in Pop Culture

Wild Bill Hickok was much more than a gunfighter.
He was a gambler and poker player

‘Deadwood’ and Dead Man’s Hand

One of the most recent portrayals of Wild Bill and his death holding that famous hand came in the popular HBO series Deadwood.

Dead Man’s Hand Murder

The story of Dead Man’s Hand has also been featured in numerous pop culture references.

How to Play Dead Man’s Hand

In a game of Texa's Hold'em, Ace-Eight may only be a marginal hand. How to play it will vary depending on the player. 

Bluff-Catching with the Dead Man’s Hand

This hand might also be used to catch some players in a bluff during a fun home game or even at a table in Las Vegas.

The Basics of Five Card Stud 

In the game Hickok was playing back in 1876, Five Card Stud, a pair of Aces and a pair of Eights was a premium hand.

Dead Man’s Hand

Dead Man's Hand is one of the most iconic hand in poker. It harks back to the game’s roots in the American West and a real legendary lawman. 

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