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Ace Out

What is an ‘Ace Out’?

An ace out is a term used in the game of poker that describes winning while holding an ace high hand. An ace high hand is one which does not contain a pair but does contain an ace and is usually considered a poor and lucky hand to win with.

‘Ace Out’ Explained

Winning a pot with an ace high hand is usually referred to as ‘acing someone out’ and is associated with winning with a hand that would usually be worthless and would stand no chance of winning but instead proves to be narrowly better against an opponent’s hand which does not contain an ace and is worth even less. ‘Acing someone out’ can often be done by bluffing and deceiving someone in order to win a pot and is often referred to in poker when an opponent has only just and barely been beaten.

For example, a player could call an opponent’s bluff if they thought they were going for a certain hand, such as a flush, which then turns out not to be possible and the player then believes the opponent’s hand to be completely worthless and to not contain an ace, whereas the other player does have an ace and therefore is victorious.

‘Acing someone out’ can also be linked with inexperience or lack of knowledge, where a player either believes to have a chance of winning with a hand which usually doesn’t or does not realise their hand is not very good, the opponent will then attempt to call their bluff with an also worthless hand but the other player has an ace which wins them the pot.
The term has also come into more general use meaning to barely defeat someone.