re: Poker & "The Nuts"
Originally Posted by switch0723
The nuts is when you have the best possible hand at the time. So if you hold 6,7 and the board is 4,5,8,k,q. You have the best possible hand with the straight, so you have the nuts. If you have the k,q of diamonds, and the flop is 2,6,t of diamonds. You have the second nuts, because if someone had the ace of diamonds and another diamond, they would have the nuts.
Also, the nuts can change as the hand plays out. While someone with the A and another diamond has the nuts in the above hand on the flop, it is still vulnerable to being outdrawn by someone with 3,4 of diamonds if a 5 of diamonds comes on the turn or river (giving them the straight flush).
If the board pairs, that can also allow someone with a set (maybe holding a pocket pair like TT) to improve to the new nuts (in that case, a full house).
The concept of the nuts is especially important in Omaha, where your draws should always be to the nut hands, and you often have to fold what was previously the nuts when bad cards come on the end.