The phrase “Aces & Eights” has suddenly sprung up in popular culture over the past couple of decades. We’ve had Aces & Eights: Shattered Frontier, a role-playing game in the style of Dungeons and Dragons – a niche hobby for sure, but is an interesting use of the term, nonetheless.
I’m sure many more of you will be familiar with the 2008 made for television film Aces ‘N’ Eights, which tells the story of the origin of the “Dead Man’s Hand” by combining elements of the Action, Adventure, and Western genres.
The film featured Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers fame, alongside Bruce Boxleitner – best known for his dual roles as Alan Bradley and Tron in Disney’s smash-hit feature film Tron from 1982. He is also widely recognized for his portrayal of John Sheridan in four seasons of the classic Sci-Fi television series Babylon 5.
Fans of the table game Blackjack will know of Aces & Eights for their strategic importance at the start of a new hand, but all these incidences are likely to be outshone by TNA Wrestling’s Aces & Eights Professional Wrestling Stable, especially if you live in the United States.
If you didn’t catch that 2008 movie, you’ll no doubt be asking – why?! Check out the History section below to learn the story and the legend behind Aces & Eights – it’s quite the tale!