Why is a "2" and a "7" called a hammer in poker.?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Hammer

    The Arlo leads a player to think hard about doing more than just waiting for the nuts. But aren't there cards you should NEVER play? If there's a list, then 2-7 must be at the top; it's the absolute worst starting hand in poker (2-7 presenting fewer straight possibilities than the mighty 2-3). If it's such a bad hand, then why are so many players turning over deuce-seven and typing "HAMMER!" in chat windows the world over?

    The internet is to blame. (Again.) Or, specifically, blogs: The online journals that cover virtually every subject under the sun. (It was a group of bloggers who first noticed discrepancies in documents CBS News said proved George W. Bush had received preferential treatment in the Texas Air National Guard; this and the scandal that followed pushed blogs into the national spotlight.)

    Poker's exploding popularity has been reflected in the number of blogs dedicated to the subject. A mere handful a year ago has expanded into a teeming, vibrant community, from rank amateurs to successful pros. Blogs provide advice from seasoned players, links to useful or interesting poker articles, and a forum for would-be rounders to write and get feedback on their game.

    One of the first, and most esteemed, bloggers was a playwright-turned-professional player who goes by the nickname Grubby. His blog features illuminating pieces about his new pro life in Las Vegas, quizzes for readers about interesting hands, and posts from his poker-playing sister Grubette. Tired of reading about players suffering bad beats and bemoaning the good fortune that always seems to rain down on maniacs, Grubby came up with a contest for his readers to spice up the game a bit and maybe turn the karmic tables.

    The first Hammer Challenge was issued in January 2004. Grubby offered a bounty to any blogger who won a hand playing 7-2 offsuit, a hand nicknamed "The Hammer" in his own home game. There were ground rules: You had to be playing at least a $1/$2 ring game with at least 8 players; you couldn’t play The Hammer from the blinds; you had to show down the cards regardless if you were called down, and you had to type “HAMMER!” in the chat window. Grubby started the bounty at $5, increased it by that amount every day, and waited for some lucky soul to forward him a hand history showing the Hammer at work.

    Bloggers started lusting for 7-2 as they once lusted for aces. It’s one thing to win a hand with a huge pocket pair, but it’s doubly delicious to turn over 7-2, rake in a big pot, and watch the chat window explode in X’d-out expletives and sneering, “You know that’s the worst hand in poker?” That’s the power of the Hammer. When it hits, it tilts the player it beats, and it also makes everyone else at the table think you're a complete idiot. You can almost hear the clattering of keys as they type player notes about you saying, “Maniac. Plays 7-2 and thinks they’re good cards.”

    Those who play the Hammer KNOW they aren’t good cards. You won’t see bloggers playing 7-2 to the showdown in a tough ring game with no chance to win. But under the right circumstances you can play ANY starting hand in poker and expect a positive return, either immediately or down the road — if there is sound reasoning behind your play. So if you sit down with a group of bloggers relaxing over a $25NL game, and one of them raises by $3.72, well, it should set off warning bells. And flashing red lights.

  • Mary
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    4 years ago

    There's a lot going on here. First off, poker is a game of incomplete information so you're never going to know exactly what your opponent has. So, unless he flipped the hand face up after he went all in before you called you're never going to know so you have just have to assign a "range" to your opponent. Next, just because you got "burned" making a call doesn't mean it wasn't the right one. As many others have said we got our money in a 65/35 favorite. Or did we? Lastly, its all about depicting all the information from the scenario. We don't know what the blinds were when we started the hand or the board texture or the betting sequence. Maybe if it were a limped pot at 1/2 blinds, we had a non nut straight & their two spades make an equal or higher straight. Like say you held 7h6d your opponent holds QsJs and the board is Ts9c8s ... all of a sudden if our opponent shoves all in after the betting sequence you dictated and flips his hand up calling is probably very wrong.

  • 3 years ago

    Worst Hand In Poker

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    because you're likely to lose the hand if they are your starting two cards. you have little to no chance of a straight, and most other hands made with either card will lose to a comparable hand. your full house of 2-2-2-7-7 loses to all other full houses, and 2-2-7-7-7 loses to more than it beats.

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    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i am a poker freak and i have never heard that term before,..

  • 1 decade ago

    its the worst possible starting hand =/

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