A Dead Man's Hand

A deadman's hand

I've heard of the term,

A Dead Man's Hand 

and have always wondered what it meant. Then today, I'm looking through events in history for this day Aug 2. when the answer came to me.  

The story goes like this:

Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok was playing poker one night in a saloon. He drew a pair of Eights, both black, a club and a spade, and a pair of Aces, the club and the spade.

The fifth card was disputed as being the Deuce of spades. A loser hand. 

He was shot, dead, at the table by Jack MaCall, August 2, 1876 in Deadwood with a Colt 45-6 gun.

From that moment on, A pair of aces and a pair of eights are considered a Dead Man's Hand.

The saying "A Dead Man's Hand" became immortalized after Frank J. Wilstach published "Wild Bill Hickok: The Prince of Pistoleers" in 1926.

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