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Poker jargon – D

Describing an action taken before receiving information to which the player would normally be entitled. I’m drawing three, and I check in the dark. Compare to “blind”.
dead blind
A blind that is not “live”, in that the player posting it does not have the option to raise if other players just call. Usually refers to a small blind posted by a player entering, or returning to, a game (in a position other than the big blind) that is posted in addition to a live blind equal to the big blind.
dead hand
A player’s hand that is not entitled to participate in the deal for some reason, such as having been fouled by touching another player’s cards, being found to contain the wrong number of cards, being dealt to a player who did not make the appropriate forced bets, etc.
The muck.
  1. To distribute cards to players in accordance with the rules of the game being played.
  2. A single instance of a game of poker, begun by shuffling the cards and ending with the award of a pot. Also called a “hand” (though both terms are ambiguous).
  3. An agreement to split tournament prize money differently from the announced payouts.
deal twice
In a cash game, when two players are involved in a large pot and one is all-in, they might agree to deal the remaining cards twice. If one player wins both times he wins the whole pot, but if both players win one hand they split the pot.
  1. The person dealing the cards. Give Alice the cards, she’s dealing.
  2. The person who assumes that role for the purposes of betting order in a game, even though someone else might be physically dealing.
dealer’s choice
A version of poker in which the deal passes each game and each dealer can choose, or invent, a new poker game each hand.
To verbally indicate an action or intention.
To raise after having slow playing for a time (making it clear that you were, in fact, slow playing).
Describing a large amount of money, either in play or having been lost. How deep are you? (meaning “How much money do you have”, in anticipation of making a very large bet). I won that large pot, but I’m in much deeper than that.
  1. A 2-spot card.
  2. Any of various related uses of the number two, such as a $2 limit game, a $2 chip, etc.
A method of evaluating low hands.
To take a previously dealt card out of play. The set of all discards for a deal is called the “muck” or the “deadwood”.
Underdog; that is, a player with a smaller chance to win than another specified player. Frequently used when the exact odds are expressed. Harry might have been bluffing, but if he really had the king, my hand was a 4-to-1 dog, so I folded.
dominated hand
A hand that is extremely unlikely to win against another specific hand, even though it may not be a poor hand in its own right. Most commonly used in Texas hold ’em. A hand like A-Q, for example, is a good hand in general but is dominated by A-K, because whenever the former makes a good hand, the latter is likely to make a better one. A hand like 7-8 is a poor hand in general, but is not dominated by A-K because it makes different kinds of hands.
A call made by a player who fully expects to lose; made either out of boredom or irrational optimism.
donk, donkey
Epithet for an inexperienced, unskilled, or foolish poker player. I played that hand like a donkey.
donk (verb)
To play a hand poorly. I donked off 15 bucks on that last hand.
door card
In a stud game, a player’s first face-up card. Patty paired her door card on fifth street and raised, so I put her on trips.
double-ace flush
Under unconventional rules, a flush with one or more wild cards in which they play as aces, even if an ace is already present.
double-board, double-flop
Any of several community card game variants (usually Texas hold ’em) in which two separate boards of community cards are dealt simultaneously, with the pot split between the winning hands using each board.
Any of several Draw poker games in which the draw phase and subsequent betting round are repeated twice.
double through, double up
In a big bet game, to bet all of one’s chips on one hand against a single opponent (who has an equal or larger stack) and win, thereby doubling your stack. I was losing a bit, but then I doubled through Sarah to put me in good shape.
A card that is dealt facedown.
down to the felt
All in, or having lost all of one’s money. Refers to the green felt surface of a poker table no longer obscured by chips.
drag light
To pull chips away from the pot to indicate that you don’t have enough money to cover the bet. If you win, the amount is ignored. If you lose, you must cover the amount from your pocket.
drawing dead
Playing a drawing hand that will lose even if successful (a state of affairs usually only discovered after the fact or in a tounament when two or more players are “all in” and they show their cards). I caught the jack to make my straight, but Rob had a full house all along, so I was drawing dead.
drawing live
Not drawing dead; that is, drawing to a hand that will win if successful.
drawing thin
Not drawing completely dead, but chasing a draw in the face of poor odds. Example: a player who will only win by catching 1 or 2 specific cards is said to be drawing thin.
  1. To fold.
  2. Money charged by the casino for providing its services, often dropped through a slot in the table into a strong box.
  3. To drop ones cards to the felt to indicate that one is in or out of a game.
dry pot
A side pot with no money. Created when a player goes all in and is called by more than one opponent, but not raised. Bluffing into a dry pot is a play that cannot possibly earn a profit, so doing so is considered foolish. It may also be unethical, because it serves to protect the all-in player at the expense of the bettor and the other players, and so is a form of collusion.
dump, dumped
To lose a large quantity of ones stack to another player on a particular hand or set of hands in short succession. I dumped half my stack to John after he cracked my Kings.
To counterfeit, especially when the counterfeiting card matches one already present in the one’s hand.

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