Aces & 8s...
Dead Mans Hand

Date: 15th May 2022

Days: 1 day

Rounds: 3

Points Level: 2000

Time on Clock: 55 minutes

Scoring System: King of Herts

More Details: Core Tournament Pack

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Why is it called: Aces & 8s?

The 15th May is the day Las Vegas came into being, the gamblers den.

The most famous gamblers hand of all consisted of the black aces and black eights. The pair of aces and eights, along with an unknown hole card.

Aces over 8s or the Dead Mans hand.

The hand held by Old West folk hero, lawman and gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickok when he was murdered while playing a game.

The Reaper - The Horseman

What is currently considered the dead man's hand card combination received its notoriety from a legend that it was the five-card stud or five-card draw hand, held by James Butler Hickok (better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok) when he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall in 1876, in Nuttal & Mann's Saloon at Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Hickok's final hand included the aces and eights of both black suits.

From there the Reaper got him and he rides on as one of his horsemen.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse also have links to Blackjack and discovered the best playing strategy in the casino's Blackjack game.

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