Dead-man-s-hand meaning

(poker) A pair of aces and a pair of eights, in a player's hand.
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(poker) An ace and an eight as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em.
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Origin of dead-man-s-hand

  • The aces and eights sense is from a legend that Wild Bill Hickok was holding such cards at the time he was killed in 1876.

    From Wiktionary