What is the ‘Youngest Hand’?
The ‘youngest hand’ in a casino game is the one which was dealt last, and which therefore will act last. It describes what is also sometimes called the ‘elder hand’ – the hand which waits the longest to play and which has the greatest advantage as a result. The youngest hand is often the dealer or the player with the dealer button, though it can also refer to the player who is on the right of the dealer.
‘Youngest Hand’ Explained
In poker, players hope to get a good position at the table at the same time as landing strong cards in their hand, as this can greatly increase the chance of a win. A player acting last in the round knows whether their opponents want to bet high or stay safe, and they can start to work out who is bluffing and who might offer real competition. A player who acts first has none of this information and can only work off their own cards. While having the best position does not guarantee a win, it certainly makes it a little easier to play a good hand.
The player who is dealt the last cards in the game and who will, therefore, bet last can be referred to as having the ‘youngest hand’. This means that their hand was the last one created by the dealer. Usually, this is a player sat next to the dealer. However, in some games the dealer position will be dealt last and will act last, making it the youngest hand. The term is not heard often these days, as it usually describes the hand in games where the dealer is also a player. In casino poker, the dealer is a casino employee and there is a dealer ‘button’ or token passed round instead.