Would Appreciate Some Help
First of all, I enjoy your site and am glad to have the opportunity to consult it; I'm here for book research and have found it very helpful.
Now I have a question that doesn't seem answerable by the posts here. I have a character holding a Dead Man's Hand. He loses to a straight flush after committing an unusual and extremely valuable item to the pot. What I would like to know is how real players regard a Dead Man's Hand so I can evaluate the actions my character (loose-agressive) might realistically take. I understand that many people prefer not to play the Dead Man's Hand because of its associations but, that aside, is it generally considered a strong, middling or other type of hand? My knowledge of poker is still quite thin so I don't know, for example, how often better hands (full house, three of a kind, etc.) usually present themselves in a game. Also, how often a person wins with two pair.
Many thanks to anyone who's able to give me some help with this.