The best hand that can theoretically be made given the board cards at a particular point in the game, regardless of players' actual hole cards.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: If the flop is Kc-Qc-7s, the nuts at that point would be three of a kind Kings using the King on the board and two pocket Kings. The turn is Jd, making the board Kc-Qc-7s-Jd. The nuts would then be an Ace-high straight using the K, Q, and J from the board and an A and 10 in the pocket. If the river is a 2c, making the board Kc-Qc-7s-Jd-2c, the nuts would be an Ace-high flush using the Kc, Qc, and 2c from the board and the possible pocket cards Ac and any other club.
EXAMPLE: "I had the nuts and decided to go all-in."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues
GAME CATEGORY: Draw Games
SYNONYMS: Cinch Hand, Immortal, Lock
RELATED TERMS: Nuts Player