The roots of the phrase "poker nuts" are unsure although it really is thought to have come from old slang meaning "delightful point, practice or experience". It is actually a "delightful thing" needless to say, because in Hold’em the poker nuts could be the greatest achievable hands that you’ll be able to have at any level in the game.
If you’ve the nuts, you cannot be defeated…at that stage in the hand. This is the essential factor that a lot of unskilled gamblers fail to take account of, the nuts can move from one gambler to another and your hands which was the nuts earlier on can end up being smashed!
The subsequent example must illustrate the unpredictable nature of the cards in Hold em poker and how your nuts can rapidly turn to pulp!
You might be betting a hands of Hold em poker and there are 3 players even now in the casino game at the flop. You receive dealt 5 of clubs, 8 of diamonds; Amy has five of spades, five of clubs and Mike’s side is King, 9 of hearts.
The flop is dealt and the cards are nine of hearts, six of hearts and 5 of diamonds. This is a fantastic flop for you – you’ve got the poker nuts! At this level you’ve a straight – five, 6, 7, eight, 9 – which can’t be defeated by any other combination of cards.
Now you decide to "slow play" your hands and try to draw a wager from somebody having a good pair who will like this flop, so you merely check. Amy likes the look of her side now as she’s flopped 3 5 spades so she makes a wager which is known as by Mike as he now has a pair of nines having a King kicker. You prefer the way it is going so you call the wager.
The turn card is Ace of hearts. Mike is now smiling to himself as he has just managed to make the poker nuts that has a flush, his two hearts in his hands plus the three around the table with Ace King high now give him an unbeatable hand. Mike bets as he knows he has got the nuts but he wants to extract the max cash from the table so he keeps his wager low adequate to acquire called. You even now feel you are succeeding with all the straight, in reality the Ace has strengthened that opinion as you now reckon Mike possibly has an Ace in his side and perhaps even 2 pairs.
He has fallen into your trap! Or so you think.
The river is dealt and it’s the 5 of hearts. It is a blow to you as there are now 4 hearts on view, so anyone using a heart is defeating you that has a flush. Mike is happy with the 5 as he nonetheless feels he’s succeeding with the top flush, while his opponents may perhaps also have made a flush and assume they’re winning. Amy obviously could be the real winner as she has just manufactured the nuts with 4 5s, her four of the form can only be beaten by a directly flush or a greater four of the kind. There are not sufficient connected hearts showing on the table to produce a straight flush and there isn’t yet another pair displaying so it really is impossible to make four of the kind.
Amy captures the pot even though you and Mike reflect on what need to have been.
Both of you held the poker nuts at 1 stage in the game except failed to realise that the poker nuts – and your fortunes – in Texas hold em can change totally with one turn of a card.