Knowing the Tale of Dead Man’s Hand with PokerLion.com

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If you are a poker lover then you should know the poker game rules. And it is also important to know the history of the game too.

The game of poker online has innumerable amazing tales to listen and talk about! Its history, its present tournaments’ stories, stories of the people associated with this age old game and so on.

Today we are here with one such tale! The tale of Dead Man’s Hand or Wild Bill Hickok! Have you heard about it before?

On August 2, 1876, Wild Bill Hickok, originally named James Butler Hickok, was playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. Suddenly, a pistol fired from the back of his head. Hickok died immediately. He was holding two pairs: black aces and black eights at that time and it shave become known as the Dead Man’s Hand. But is that a legend? Or is it real?

Dead Man’s Hand

According to popular legend, Hickok held two black aces and two black eights at the time of his death. The fifth card, or kicker, is a source of mystery. A few claim it was the queen of clubs. Others say it was the nine of diamonds, the jack of diamonds, the five of diamonds, or the queen of hearts. Still others say no fifth card ever existed, suggesting Hickok was in the middle of drawing a new card when he was murdered.

Even though it’s true Hickok was shot and killed on that day, convincing evidence is sorely lacking to prove what exact cards Wild Bill was holding at the time of his death. To date, no contemporary accounts have been discovered that might reveal what the hand was, or if there even was a hand in progress at the time.

The term “dead man’s hand” has been used in Western lore since 1886, but that early citation wasn’t in reference to Bill’s hand. The story of Hickok’s final hand doesn’t actually appear in print until 1926.

Frank J. Wilstach in his 1926 book, Wild Bill Hickok: The Prince of Pistoleers quoted “Doc” Peirce, the town barber, who was asked to serve as an “impromptu undertaker.”

For those of you keeping score, that’s fifty years after the actual, shooting occurred. This mystery will likely never be solved.

The Dead Man’s Hand in Popular Culture

This infamous hand has been mentioned in numerous songs, television shows, movies, written fiction, and video games, to name a few. The dead man’s hand is also quite popular in logos, insignias, and tattoo designs.

If you ever get to play poker hand of those 4 cards, be happy to play the ‘Dead Man’s Hand.’

Good luck at the poker table!