Is poker just luck?

This is a frequent question that gets asked. Over the course of a single hand or session, and sometimes even a group of sessions, luck will be the deciding factor in poker.

What is a dead man’s hand in poker?

The so-called “Dead Man’s Hand” in poker originally comes from the old game of draw poker where the famous wild west outlaw Wild Bill Hickok was said to have been holding a two pair combo of aces and eights in draw poker on the day he was murdered during a poker hand. The Dead Man’s Hand’s definition has been altered slightly over the years, but remains relevant in Texas Hold’em, particularly when a player is holding exactly an ace and an eight on Pala Poker for his or her two card combo, or alternatively if someone holds any two card combo where the board will read two pair, aces and eights.