Hi Zenny1212 ~
On August 2, 1876, Wild Bill Hickok played his last game of poker in
the No. 10 Saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Hikok preferred sitting with his back to the wall when he played, but
the game he joined had only one seat open, putting his back to the
door. Joining the game proved to be a fatal mistake, when Jack McCall
slipped in to within 3 feet of Hickok and shot him in the back of the
head with a .45.
The poker hand Wild Bill Hickok was holding a pair of black aces and
black eights. The black Aces and Eights has been known as the "dead
man's hand" ever since.
You can read more about it in the article, "Aces, Eights and Number
Ten - Wild Bill Hickock's Death" By T.D. Griffith for American History
A limited edition collage "Wild Bill Hickok's 'Dead Mans' Hand" is
available from Mountain Traditions Gallery for $144 here:
Deadwood Discovered has an historical accounting here:
And further historical notes with a decent photograph of Wild Bill here:
Thanks for asking this interesting question. Although I had remembered
Aces and Eights as being the "dead man's hand", it was a chance to
actually read about the information.
Google Answers Researcher