Nuts

  • Having the best possible hand in the current poker situation.
    The term nuts stems from the old wild-west-days of poker. "Having the nuts" is a term used to say you have the best possible hand.

    Legend has it that a farmer playing back in the days, who ran out of money went to his waggon and unscrewed the nut from the wheels to put them into the pot on his return to the table. The other player involved in the hand said something along the line of "look how strong he think his hand is, he is betting the nuts!".

    There is also the possibility that certain games where a wheel hand represented the best possible hand, led to "having the nuts" as they were considered literally part of the wheel.

    Which anecdote finally is the origin of the term is heavily disputed. But everyone uses "nuts" as the term for best possible hand in the given situation.

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