1. Holding two pair of aces and eights. Legendary lawman and gambler Wild Bill Hickok was shot to death while holding this hand. 2. (Less common) A hand in Texas Hold 'Em consisting of a 2 7 offsuit. This is considered the worst hand in Texas Hold 'Em.
Two black aces and two black 8s have become known as the dead man's hand because Wild Bill Hickock is reputed to have held the hand when he was shot in the back during a saloon poker hand in Deadwood, South Dakota