Aces and Eights Poster
Aces and Eights Poster – The Murder of Wild Bill Hickok
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The Most Famous Poker Game gone Wrong. . . .
Wild Bill Hickok and his Dead man’s Hand: Aces and Eights
If you know the old west or follow poker you know that the Dead man’s Hand was termed for the hand James Butler Hickok was holding when Jack McCall (having played poker the night before with Hickok and been cleaned out, then given a few bucks for breakfast) walked into Tom Nuttall’s #10 Saloon and murdered him.
Hickok’s hand was 2 Aces and 2 Eights – all black – and the kicker was a nine. Even today historians can’t agree if it was the 9 of diamonds or clubs, or some now say it was the Jack of Diamonds – but they all agree it was the winning hand.
YOU ARE IN THE PAINTING
Painted from the perspective of the 4th man playing the deadly hand, Captain William R. Massey – who claimed that the bullet which ended the life of Wild Bill lodged in his right arm (later in court he changed his mind and said it was his left). Rather than have the slug removed, Massey bragged for the rest of his life that when you shook his hand you were shaking the ball that killed Wild Bill.