What is a ‘World’s Fair’?
A world’s fair, also known as the nuts, is a positive term attributed to a hand that has the absolute most worth in a game. Not to be used when a hand is merely good or even great, it should only be used when the best possible hand is on display – a hand that simply cannot be beaten by any other hand at the table.
A ‘World’s Fair’ Explained
It’s a rare but extremely lucky day when a player might possess such a hand. To use it in proper context, a player might say: “It was a long night, but towards the end I was able to show them the World’s Fair”.
The name itself makes reference to an international event that showcases the best of what the world has to offer and what it could possibly do in the future. Known in its heyday for being one of the grandest events around, it only seems fitting that such an amazing and flawless hand be named after it.
The most commonly known World’s Fair-style hand is a royal flush, which consists of an A-K-Q-J-10 – all of the same suit. In games like Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha, where community cards are used, then a flawless hand would be one that creates the best possible result using the cards available to all players.
Should a player come into the possession of such a hand in a standard game, then it’s in their best interest to disguise the fact that they’re holding it. This is known as bluffing, and should the player want to make the pot as valuable as possible, then it’s in their best interest to not highlight the fact that they have such a glorious hand, allowing other players to keep betting and raising for some time.
Any player who eventually lays down this kind of hand could quite easily act cocky about it by fanning out their cards in the theatrical manner. Any player who is worth their salt and values sportsmanship will avoid doing so.