Wild Bills Last Deal Western Art by Andy Thomas
Hickok was holding two aces and two eights when he was shot.
Those cards are now called what?
Wild Bill Hickok was playing poker at Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, on August 2, 1876 when Jack McCall shot him in the back of the head, killing him instantly. After a life of gambling, gun play and notoriety, Wild Bill’s tragic death mirrored his life. Hickok was holding two aces and two eights when he was shot. Those cards are now called a “dead man’s hand”. McCall was eventually hung for the shooting although he was initially acquitted in an unauthorized trial. His motive is unknown.
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