What is ‘Turkish Pocket Aces’?
Turkish Pocket Aces is a poker term used to describe a pair of eights. It is only used to describe a pair of eights if they are a pocket hand, meaning a player has to be dealt a pair of eights at the start of a hand. Turkish pocket aces is one of many slang terms used to describe different hands in poker – in fact, a pocket pair of aces can also be described as piano keys, snowmen or pretzels. If a player is dealt Turkish pocket aces, it can prove to be very advantageous. Whether or not they are able to take advantage of the situation, however, will largely depend on their tactics.
‘Turkish Pocket Aces’ Explained
Statistics show that holding Turkish pocket aces technically put the player as a 3/1 underdog to win the hand, providing the circumstances are normal. The problem with mid pocket pairs such as a pair of eights is that whilst they may come good, it usually isn’t long before the player may be in a losing position. If however, several players drop out before the flop, the right play could result in the player scooping the pot with Turkish pocket aces.
If a less experienced player is holding a pair of eights, they may be tempted to think that they are in an extremely good position. More experienced players, however, know that there is a good chance that the hand will be beaten by the time the flop is dealt. All it takes is for a few players to stay in the hand and if for example, the flop comes and it’s an ace, queen and a seven, this puts the player in a very difficult position. If you consider the fact that anything from a nine to an ace ranks higher than an eight, with that flop there are already two cards that are higher ranking than an eight. In this instance, all it takes is for another player at the table to be holding either an ace or a queen, and their hand will immediately move ahead of Turkish pocket aces.
From this point, the player will know that they are going to need some serious help from either the flop or the river if they are to go on to win the hand. From here on out, they will be fighting against probability in an attempt to win. If they stay in the hand and lose, it could end up costing them a significant amount of chips, because they are already holding a pocket pair. However, it may be tempting to stay in the hand despite the odds, all of which makes Turkish pocket aces a confusing hand to be dealt.