• Be Careful or Your Poker Nuts Will Get Squashed!

    The origins of the phrase "poker nuts" are uncertain although it really is thought to have come from old slang meaning "delightful issue, practice or experience". It is a "delightful thing" needless to say, because in Texas hold’em the poker nuts may be the finest feasible hands that you are able to have at any level in the game.

    If you’ve the nuts, you can not be beaten…at that level in the hand. This would be the crucial factor that plenty of inexperienced gamblers fail to take account of, the nuts can move from one player to yet another along with your hand which was the nuts previous on can end up being crushed!

    The following example must show the unpredictable nature of the cards in Texas holdem poker and how your nuts can rapidly turn to pulp!

    You might be betting a side of Hold’em poker and there are 3 gamblers nonetheless in the game at the flop. You get dealt 5 of clubs, 8 of diamonds; Amy has five of spades, five of clubs and Mike’s hands is King, nine of hearts.

    The flop is dealt and the cards are nine of hearts, six of hearts and five of diamonds. This really is a good flop for you – you’ve got the poker nuts! At this point you might have a straight – 5, six, 7, eight, 9 – which can’t be defeated by any other mixture of cards.

    Now you decide to "slow play" your side and attempt to draw a wager from somebody with a high pair who will like this flop, so you merely check. Amy likes the look of her hand now as she has flopped three 5s so she makes a wager which is known as by Mike as he now has a pair of nines that has a King kicker. You like the way it’s going so you call the bet.

    The turn card is Ace of hearts. Mike is now grinning to himself as he has just managed to make the poker nuts which has a flush, his two hearts in his palm plus the three around the table with Ace King great now give him an unequalled hand. Mike bets as he knows he’s got the nuts except he wants to extract the max cash from the table so he maintains his bet low sufficient to have called. You still think you’re winning together with the straight, in fact the Ace has heightened that opinion as you now reckon Mike probably has an Ace in his side and perhaps even two pairs.

    He has fallen into your trap! Or so you believe.

    The river is dealt and it’s the 5 of hearts. This can be a blow to you as you can find now four hearts on view, so anyone having a heart is defeating you which has a flush. Mike is happy using the 5 as he even now feels he is winning with all the top flush, although his competitors may also have manufactured a flush and think they’re winning. Amy obviously will be the real winner as she has just created the nuts with 4 5 spades, her 4 of a type can only be beaten by a straight flush or a greater 4 of the kind. There aren’t adequate connected hearts showing around the table to make a straight flush and there is not yet another pair showing so it is impossible to generate four of the kind.

    Amy wins the pot even though you and Mike reflect on what ought to have been.

    Both of you held the poker nuts at one point in the casino game but failed to realise that the poker nuts – and your fortunes – in Texas holdem can change completely with one turn of the card.

     March 2nd, 2011  Armani   No comments

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