This is a discussion on The Wheel within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; so why do they call it the wheel?
After reading a post yesterday I was unsatisfied with the definitions given about the origin. This is the
I guess you peeps don't play any hi-lo
It can be profitable if you know what you are doing
hint: If you don't know what a scoop is you shouldn't be playing
4th January 2009, 10:20 AM
Poker at: BOL, ACR
Game: NL Hold'em
Tried to play it once while simultaneously reading an online tutorial. Needless to say, I was bad, but I learned about trying to scoop the pot and which hands you might want to play or not. My second half hour wasn't too bad, compared to the first one. Lol.
I seem to remember running into an explanation of wheel that matches yours.
4th January 2009, 11:35 AM
Online Poker at: Full Tilt
re: Poker & The Wheel
It is not just in stud hi/lo the term wheel is used. In razz the wheel is the nuts, because the game is simply the low part of stud hi/lo there is no reward for the high hand. And as you say, in stud hi/lo you have the nut low, but most likely the high also.
It is just defined as A 2 3 4 5 in a low game with ace being low (as opposed to 2/7 lowball).
"There is a small story behind the term wheel being allotted to the Ace hand A-2-3-4-5. Though there are many designs of 52 deck cards available now, initially there were only the red and white designed cards. There used to be a small wheel in the center design of all the cards. The term wheel has been given in dedication as a matter of honoring that particular wheel pattern which had been long in existence in 52 deck cards."