What is ‘Immortal Nuts’?
In poker, ‘immortal nuts’ is a slang term which describes an unbeatable hand. This might be the highest ranking hand in that particular game, such as the royal flush in highball poker or ‘five of a kind‘ in some wildcard games. The phrase is also associated with hands that are sure to win the game because of how the cards have fallen for the rest of the players. This might be applied with hindsight, or the player might deduce from the up cards plus their own that they hold the ‘immortal nuts’.
Immortal Nuts Explained
When a poker hand is described as ‘immortal nuts’, the player is emphasizing that the hand cannot be beaten. In poker, both ‘the nuts’ and ‘immortal’ are slang terms describing an unbeatable hand; some players may use the two terms together, to reinforce that their hand is the best at the table.
Players might use the term when bluffing to the table, or when they know their hand is certain to win. To some, a player claiming they have the ‘immortal nuts’ might be seen as overstating the fact – a possible sign that they are trying to mislead the other players. Sometimes, it is apparent to everyone that one hand is the ‘immortal nuts’, because of how the cards have fallen during that round.
If a player holds the royal flush (or the ‘wheel’ in lowball games) and they can see that the other players’ upcards prevent another royal flush, they know they have the ‘immortal nuts’. If a player’s straight flush is the highest hand at the table and they can see that a lower straight flush is the highest possible set to be made from the board, they know their hand is immortal and can play with confidence.