The origins of the phrase "poker nuts" are unclear even though it’s thought to have been dirived from old slang which means "delightful factor, practice or experience". It is really a "delightful thing" of course, because in Hold em the poker nuts is the finest possible palm that you may have at any stage in the game.
If you’ve got the nuts, you can not be beaten…at that level in the hand. This may be the critical factor that lots of inexperienced players fail to consider, the nuts can move from 1 player to yet another as well as your side which was the nuts earlier on can end up being smashed!
The subsequent example really should demonstrate the unpredictable nature of the cards in Texas holdem poker and how your nuts can quickly turn to pulp!
You’re playing a palm of Texas holdem poker and there are 3 gamblers even now in the game at the flop. You receive dealt 5 of clubs, 8 of diamonds; Amy has 5 of spades, 5 of clubs and Mike’s hand is King, 9 of hearts.
The flop is dealt and the cards are 9 of hearts, 6 of hearts and 5 of diamonds. This is a wonderful flop for you – you have got the poker nuts! At this point you may have a directly – 5, six, 7, 8, 9 – which can’t be defeated by any other combination of cards.
Now you decide to "slow play" your hand and attempt to draw a wager from somebody using a great pair who will like this flop, so you merely check. Amy likes the look of her hands now as she’s flopped 3 5 spades so she makes a bet which is named by Mike as he now has a pair of 9s that has a King kicker. You prefer the way it is going so you call the bet.
The turn card is Ace of hearts. Mike is now smiling to himself as he has just managed to make the poker nuts with a flush, his two hearts in his hand plus the three on the table with Ace King high now give him an unbeatable hand. Mike wagers as he knows he’s got the nuts but he wants to draw out the max cash from the table so he maintains his bet low sufficient to get called. You nevertheless consider you are succeeding using the straight, in fact the Ace has strengthened that opinion as you now think Mike most likely has an Ace in his hand and perhaps even two pairs.
He has fallen into your trap! Or so you believe.
The river is dealt and it’s the five of hearts. It is a blow to you as you can find now four hearts on view, so anyone having a heart is defeating you having a flush. Mike is happy with all the five as he nonetheless feels he is succeeding with all the top flush, whilst his opponents may well also have manufactured a flush and believe they are winning. Amy of course will be the real winner as she has just made the nuts with 4 5s, her 4 of a kind can only be beaten by a straight flush or a much better four of a kind. There are not sufficient connected hearts displaying on the table to generate a straight flush and there isn’t an additional pair showing so it can be impossible to generate four of the kind.
Amy captures the pot while you and Mike reflect on what need to have been.
Both of you held the poker nuts at 1 level in the casino game except failed to realise that the poker nuts – and your fortunes – in Hold’em can change totally with 1 turn of a card.