Poker Beginners Guide: Nuts Test (3)

This section contains some practice hands to help you develop your skills in identifying the nuts. You have to identify the nut hand in each case. Is it hand A or hand B?

  Board Cards  
   
A   B  
       

Both players have made straights here as well. Hand A is a Five-high straight (or wheel), but this is beaten by the Nine-high straight in Hand B: 9-8-7-6-5.

  Board Cards  
   
A   B  
       

With a pair on board the nut hand would almost always be four of a kind (unless a straight flush is possible). However, once we know that Hand A has just a single Eight in his hand, we can be sure that quad Eights are impossible. The best possible hand from all the cards we can see is therefore Hand B, Aces full of Eights (A-A-A-8-8). Hand A is Eights full of Aces, which is not good enough here.