Poker is an extremely popular card game played worldwide. Along with such things as jazz music and cocktails, it is always associated with American culture. Actually, the game appeared in the country in the early 19th century and became widely played by English-speaking population of Lousiana Territory.

The makeup of poker's dead man's hand has varied through the years. Currently, the dead man's hand is described as a two-pair poker hand consisting of the black aces and black eights. Along with an unknown "hole" card, these were the cards reportedly held by "Old West" folk hero, lawman and gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickok when he was murdered.

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