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Dead Hand

What is ‘Dead Hand’?

A ‘Dead Hand’ is represented by two possibilities, the first being a player is holding a dead hand has zero chance of winning the pot and secondly represents a hand that has been fouled and is no longer legal in the game and has to be folded or the hand potentially replayed.

Often if the player has a Dead Hand is often because an error has occurred meaning the round can be voided with a new round set to replace it.

‘Dead Hand’ Explained

The reasons a hand can be classed as a Dead Hand are as follows:

    There has been an error in the dealing i.e. a player has been dealt to many cards.

  • A player has failed to pay their blind fee
  • A card was dropped on the floor
  • A card has been fouled
  • A Card has been seen by another player on the deal

You may hear someone say ‘I accidently dropped a card on the floor, which fouled my hand. Since I had a dead hand, I tossed my cards into the muck’.

A Dead Hand is also represented by a player who has no chance of winning a pot, for example, if player one has pocket aces in the hole and player two has a 7,2 then the flop lands a A,A,J, then player two is holding onto a Dead Hand because they have 0% chance of claiming the pot.

Depending on how the aggressive player one is with their betting, it is most likely that player two would fold before the turn card is revealed as they hold nothing of significance.