What is a ‘Worst Hand’?
The worst hand refers to being in possession of a ‘losing hand’. A losing hand will usually consist of cards that hold little to no value. In games of Texas Hold ‘Em and ‘Omaha’, having the worst hand would mean that you couldn’t even use your own hand with the community cards to make a something of any worth.
‘Worst Hand’ Explained
The term is somewhat hyperbolised. To a casual player who isn’t totally familiar with ‘poker’ terminology, the worst hand would sound like it was the indeed the worst possible hand someone could hold. Factoring all the cards that have been played, the hand that the complaining player held would sound like the statistically weakest possible combination of any five cards.
This is rarely the case. If a player is willing to totally forego ‘bluffing‘ and openly declared that they had the worst hand, then chances are they were just holding a hand of stunningly little value or one that they couldn’t properly utilise with their potential lack of knowledge of the game.
Largely, it’s a common complaint or moan, but sometimes players will get dealt a hand so abysmal that when it comes to them folding and showing it, even other players around the table will feel their pain. Repeatedly getting such hand would constitute being on a bad luck streak and could quite easily put the most level-headed of players ‘on tilt’ if it happened too often over the course of a single night.
There’s a great deal of emotion to be felt when being issued such a hand, and be it online or in a land-based casino, a lot of frustration will arise from it. But short of being set up with a crooked dealer or software program, it’s literally down to the cards.