History of Poker: A Deadly Royal Flush & Wild Bill Hickok’s Dead Man’s Hand

Can playing a friendly game of poker
increase your chances of an early death? If history is anything to go by, then
chances are you might be putting your health at risk by playing this card game.
Hi, I’m Cliff Langston, and today we’re going to take a look at the Royal Flush: the culprit to many poker players early
demise. As you can imagine, playing poker or any
other game in which high amounts of money are at stake can make your blood
pressure and stress levels skyrocket! The thought that you might end up losing all of your money is always in the back of your mind. The only thing that keeps you going is
the thought that you might end up winning it all and taking home a grand sum of money.
That’s what it’s all about right? The possibility that you might turn your
earnings into something more. Well unfortunately winning hasn’t always
been the best of paths to take. For example, on October 9th of 1921 a
once in a lifetime hand left a man dead. The gentleman was a
retired tailor from New York who was playing poker in a ten cent limit
poker game. During this game he just so happened to be
dealt a Royal Flush. His excitement and shock ended up causing
him to fall over dead. The medical examiner later diagnosed him
as having a cerebral hemorrhage brought on by the Royal Flush. If you’re
unsure as to what a cerebral hemorrhage is, it is basically a spontaneous bleeding
into the brain tissue. Common causes of this type of hemorrhage
are high blood pressure, diabetes, cigarette smoking, and drinking alcohol
frequently. With this particular gentlemen it could
have been any combination of these symptoms. You never know. This is certainly not the
first time that this type of death has occurred. There have been other notable poker players
deaths including the very famous Wild Bill Hickok. The hand that ended in his death was not a
Royal Flush, but rather the hand famously known as the dead man’s hand. The dead
man’s hand consists of two black aces and two black 8’s accompanied by a fifth unknown hole card. This was the hand that
wild bill was holding when he was fatally shot in the back in the head by Jack McCall in August of 1876 in
the Nuttal and Mann saloon. As far as murdering
someone during a poker game that doesn’t happen quite as much anymore, however, the possibility of spontaneously
falling over dead due to a hand that was too good to
be true is still a possibility. Do you play poker? If so, why not tell us
your best poker stories that you’ve heard of or possibly experienced. Thanks for
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