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A♠, A♣, 8♠ and 8♣


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A stud poker hand with two pairs, black aces and black eights, is known as "The Dead Man's Hand."

It's all because of something that happened on this date in history, August 2nd.

On August 2, 1876, Wild Bill Hickok was playing poker in Nuttal & Mann's Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory.

Hickok preferred to sit with his back to a wall, facing the saloon's door, but those seats were taken. Two times he asked friend Charlie Rich to switch seats but Rich refused, so Hickok sat with his back to the door.

Into the saloon stepped Jack McCall, who walked up to Hickok and murdered him at point blank range with a shot to the back of the head with a Colt 45 revolver. Hickok died instantly. The cards, which fell to the floor, were A, A, 8 and 8♣.  The fifth card's identity has been widely disputed and many cards or even no card claimed.

My dad and I in front of Hickok's and Calamity Jane's graves at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, SD.  Wild Bill Hickok.

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