What is the Genesis of the Poker Term – ‘The Nuts’?

What is the Genesis of the Poker Term – ‘The Nuts

Texas Hold’em originated in the Old West. Legend or poker lore has it that whenever a Texas Hold’em poker player felt that they had the ‘best possible‘ or essentially an ‘unbeatable hand‘ (one that they were willing to bet the ‘ranch’ on, or the ‘pink slip’ in today’s terminology), they would exit the saloon and remove two of the ‘nuts‘ from the wagon wheels and upon their return to the poker table, place them squarely on the table while emphatically stating, ‘I am betting the nuts!‘, or ‘I have the nuts!

Thereafter, whenever a player felt that they had a hand that they were willing to go ‘all the way‘ with or that was unbeatable, they are said to have ‘the nuts.’

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