The Nut Hand in Poker

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Knowing what the nut hand is can save you from embarassing and expensive mistakes.

Written by Jim Green

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The Nuts. Or, if you prefer, the Stone Cold Nuts. The best possible hand, the hand that has all others beat. It is a truly great feeling to have the nuts in a holdem game. It is a truly sickening feeling to think you have the nuts and realise after the fifth bet headsup that you don't.

So, this article will try to help you learn to spot the real nuts, rather than false-nuts.

The lowest possible nut hand is a set (three of a kind using a pocket pair). If the board has not paired, has no three-flush, and no possible straight, then a pocket pair matching the highest card on the board is the nut hand. Paired and flush boards are easy to spot, straights slightly less so. Basically, if there are three cards within a five rank spread, there is a possible straight. Beyond that, you just have to have to have a quick look and check there's no possible straight.


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