Aces & Eights is not just any video poker game. Also known as the Dead Man’s Hand, this original casino game dates back all the way to the 1800s and owns several differences that make it stand out from the rest of the video poker games you’ve come to know. 

This card game is based on the story of “Wild Bill” Hickok, a folk hero of the American Old West who was known as a lawman, soldier, scout, spy, actor, wagon master, gunfighter and legendary gambler and card player. While playing poker in a saloon back in 1876, Hickok was shot from behind by an unsuccessful gambler called Jack McCall. The hand of cards which “Wild Bill” allegedly held at the time of his death is now known as the Dead Man's Hand: two pairs, aces and eights. 

Aces & Eights is played with the standard 52-card deck and you want to keep an eye out for four-of-a-kind combos, without forgetting the elusive royal flush.

Aces & Eights is similar to Jacks or Better with five cards being dealt in the first hand. However, Aces & Eights is different from other video poker games in that it pays out handsomely on the following hand combinations:

Four of a Kind - Aces or 8s

Four of a Kind - Other

Four of a Kind - 7s 

The game does not offer wilds so players want to analyze their hands very carefully. As the name of the game suggests, Aces & Eights is all about finding four aces or four eights to create the top winning hand.

The royal flush is the biggest payout, followed by the four-of-a-kind combo of aces or eights. Following closely is the straight flush, then the four-of-a-kind sevens and the rest of the four-of-a-kind card values.

Aces and Eights Video Poker