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(n) Diamonds (the suit), in written text. Qd, for example, is the queen of diamonds (Qdiamond).


(n) Queen (the card).

dance every set

(v phrase) Play every hand, or appear or claim to.


1. (adv, adj) Without looking at your cards. "I'll open dark." "He made a dark bet." 2. (vt) Check without looking; always followed by it. "I'll dark it" means "I have not looked at my cards and I shall check" and implies that the speaker is drawing to a powerhouse (in high draw poker) or to a must-call hand (in lowball; for example, an 8, but not a must-bet hand) so you better not try to bluff him, but in actuality usually means he doesn't want you to bet.

dark bet

(n phrase) A blind bet. See dark (definition 1).


(v) Bet dark.

dark side

(n phrase) In cardrooms that have two playing sections, poker and California games, the section containing the latter. Someone who goes broke in a poker game might head across the room to try to win it all back playing double hand or blackjack. One of the seated players might make a remark about him going over to the dark side.

Darth Vader

(n phrase) In hold 'em, the two black fours (the "dark force") as one's first two cards.


1. (n) Markings put on cards with paint, ink, or some other fluid. Also called cosmetics. white on white is a form of daub. Compare with shading. 2. (v) To so mark cards.


(n) A thief who uses daub.


(n) The king of spades. Probably comes from the Biblical King David.


(n) day shift. "When do you work?" "I'm on day."


(n) day shift. "When do you work?" "I'm on days."

day shift

(n phrase) One of the three shifts (see shift) in a 24-hour cardroom or casino, the shift between graveyard and swing. Day shift usually starts anywhere between 8 and 10 a.m and ends eight hours later.


1. (adv) Pertaining to a hand that won't win if it's made; usually preceded by draw. In lowball, you might hear, "He had a pat six, and I was drawing dead. Naturally, I made the hand." 2. (adj) Not lively, referring to the action in a game. 3. Not legally playable (according to the house rules in force at the time, or to generally accepted rules). "His hand is dead. I saw a discard touch it." "That's a dead hand; you didn't have the blind last time." The second quotation refers to cards that would normally be playable, but because of a technicality cannot be played. In this case, the cards are unplayable because in many cardrooms a player who did not sit through the blinds is not entitled to a hand.

dead blind

(n phrase) 1. A blind bet, the holder of which cannot raise unless the pot is already raised. 2. A blind that the winner of a pot does not get to keep; instead, he must put it back in the next pot. A winner blind is an example of a dead blind. (Compare with live blind, which is the opposite of both meanings.)

dead button rule

(n phrase) The rule that the button doesn't move if the small blind position leaves. If the player in this position leaves for some reason--one good reason being that that player goes break--a player to his left might end up not putting in the correct amount for having had all the blinds. To avoid this, many cardrooms have a dead button rule. The way it works in practice is if the next player to have the button is not present, but was there for the previous hand, the house dealer places the button at the empty position, and starts dealing to the player to the left of that position, just as if a player actually were in the empty seat. The button position does not receive any cards on that deal. Some cardrooms handle the situation by moving the button and having players with blinds put extra chips in such that the total they put in on the round is the same as if they had sat through all the blinds; this is not considered an implementation of the dead button rule, but is referred to as making up the blinds (see make up the blinds). Other cardrooms move the button and allow players in blind positions to put in just the blinds indicated by their position, which essentially means that they "get lucky" and don't have to put in the full blind complement.

dead card

(n phrase) Any card not in play, or, according to the rules, one that cannot be played for some technical reason, such as being dropped on the floor.

dead game

(n phrase) A game full of mostly house players (that is, with few or even no live players). See house player.

dead hand

(n phrase) See dead (definition 3). Also foul hand, irregular hand.

dead in the pot

(adv phrase) Having no way of winning a particular pot. Also see draw dead.

dead man's hand

(n phrase) 1. Aces and 8s. Supposedly "Wild Bill" Hickok was holding aces and 8s when he was shot in the back by Jack McCall in the Mann-Lewis Saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota, on August 2, 1876. There is some controversy as to the fifth card. Some say all the cards in the hand were black, and that the fifth card was the jack of spades. The current story promulgated by the cardrooms of Deadwood is that the two pair were black and the fifth card was the nine of diamonds. Even so, the term dead man's hand usually just refers to two pair, aces and 8s, in any combination. 2. In hold 'em, A-8 as one's first two cards.

dead money

(n phrase) 1. Money put into a pot by one or more players who have subsequently folded (and is thus available for someone else to win). 2. Money invested in a tournament by a player or players unlikely to win. "The pros love to see all the rich amateurs in the World Series of Poker who just want to brag they played against the best in the world, because it's all just dead money." 3. Someone playing in a tournament who is unlikely to win. "Yeah, Jim's in the final event, but he's just dead money."

dead spread

(n phrase) 1. dead game. 2. A joking or sarcastic description of what seems to be a game with little action.


(n) The discards; used cards out of play. "Push the deadwood. It's my turn to deal." Sometimes called timber.

"Dead wreck."

(n phrase) Red deck. This is a spoonerism that you hear cardroom clowns use when they ask the house for a new deck.


1. (v) Distribute the cards to the players. 2. (n) The act of dealing. "He got a full house on the deal." "Whose deal is it?" 3. The dealing position. (This is a subtle distinction from definition 2.) "Where is the deal?" means "Where is the dealing position?," and it implies "Whose deal is it?" You might hear, "I sat down to the right of the deal and posted." 4. split (definition 2).

deal a slug

(v phrase) Deal from a deck with a slug in it, in the manner described under slug, or with the slug at the bottom, and the dealer deals from the bottom as required to place those cards into his, a confederate's, or a victim's hand.

deal bottoms

(v phrase) Perform a cheating maneuver in which a card manipulator deals cards from the bottom of the deck. See bottoms.


(n) 1. In a game without a house person to run the game and deal the cards, the dealer is the person who physically distributes the cards. 2. In a game with a house person to run the game, the dealer is both the house person and the position from which the cards would be dealt if there were no house dealer. Although this sounds confusing, you can tell by context which is meant. To further avoid confusion, the term is button (definition 2) usually used for the deal position.

dealer advantage

(n phrase) In a draw poker game, before the draw, the dealer gets information about how everyone bets before it is his turn to act, at the time of the draw, he gets information about how many cards they take, and, again, after the draw, he gets information about how they bet. In hold 'em-type games in which the betting each round after the first proceeds from the dealer's left and around, the dealer finds out how each player acts on his hand before himself having to act. This positional edge is called dealer advantage.

dealer-advantage game

(n phrase) Any poker game with dealer advantage, such as draw poker or a replacement high-low stud game in which players replace unwanted cards sequentially starting to the left of the dealer.

dealer blind

(n phrase) 1. In a three-blind traveling blind game game, the blind put up by the player in the dealer position. 2. The player who is in the dealer blind position. 3. The actual dealer blind position itself. (There is a distinction.) Also see blind, big blind, little blind, middle blind.

dealer button

(n phrase) button (definition 1).

dealer control

(n phrase) A facetious term used by a dealer who wins a large pot to imply that he won by "controlling" the cards (jokingly implying that he is cheating).

dealer edge

(n phrase) dealer advantage.

dealer's choice

(n phrase) A form of poker, more common to home games but also gaining popularity in some cardrooms, in which the dealer chooses the form of poker to be played on his own deal (as opposed to playing one game exclusively for the entire playing session). In home games, the dealer is often permitted to choose any game he wishes, no matter how weird or untolerated by the other players; in cardrooms, the dealer usually must choose from a relatively small list of possibilities. Sometimes the dealer gets to choose what gets played for the next round.

deal in

(v phrase) Specifically include a particular player while dealing. "Deal me in. I'm just getting up for a cup of coffee. I'll be back before the cards are out." (He's usually not back in time.)


(n) Distributing cards to each player in a card game. See deal (definition 1).

deal off

(v phrase) 1. Take the deal and then leave the table. In some games, a player must go through the entire set of blinds in each round in which he has a hand. If he deals off, he can come back in any position, or, in some clubs, in any position only in the round in which he dealt off.

deal out

(v phrase) 1. Skip a player while dealing. "Deal me out; I have to go to the bathroom." 2. Play the last hand or the last round of a session, usually used only in private games.

deal seconds

(v phrase) Perform a cheating maneuver in which a card manipulator deals cards not from the top of the deck, but from directly beneath the top card. See seconds.

deal yourself

1. (v phrase) Participate in a deal-yourself game. 2. (n phrase) deal-yourself game. "We have no dealers; it's deal yourself."

deal-yourself game

(n phrase) A game in which each player in turn physically distributes the cards.


(n) professor.


(n) The resolution, usually by a house employee, of a dispute in a poker room.


1. (n) The 52 cards (53 if the joker is used) from which poker (and other card games) is played, consisting of four suits (clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades), each with 13 ranks (A or ace, 2 or deuce, 3 or trey, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, T or 10, J or jack, Q or queen, K or king). See card. 2. stub. 3. (vt) Throw away your cards. "If you bet over $10, I'm going to deck this hand."


(n) 1. Verbal showdown. If prior to showing your cards you say, "I have a full house," that statement is a declaration. 2. In a high-low split game, using chips or voice to indicate whether you're going for high, low, or both. Such a declaration is usually done after all the betting is over, and is either consecutive or sequential. (See consecutive declaration, sequential declaration.) This is not common in public cardrooms, where high-low split games are usually played in what is called cards speak.


1. (v) Make a declaration. Sometimes called announce. 2. (n) declaration. A newcomer to a home game might be told, "We're playing bet after the declare." See bet after the declare.


(adv) 1. With respect to a lowball hand, the rank of the top card of the hand one is trying to make when that card is lower than another draw one could make. For example, Jim stands pat, after having bet all his chips before the draw. Susie has Kspade 8heart 7diamond 2spade joker. She is afraid Jim has better than a pat 8-7, so she asks for two cards. At the showdown, Jim spreads a 9-8, and Susie says, "Oh dear; I drew too deep. The first card I caught was an ace." That is, she could have won by drawing one card to her 8-7. 2. Pertaining to how many chips one has. In a no-limit game, while contemplating a bet into or a bet from another, a player might ask, "How deep are you?," meaning, "How much money do you have on the table?" Such a question might be asked because the player of whom it is asked might have chips of mixed denominations, jumbled stacks, or bundles of uncounted bills.

defensive bet

(n phrase) A small bet (usually made in no-limit poker) to protect one's hand, generally so as not to have to call a much larger bet, or to limit a potential loss. See protection bet (definition 1).


(n) The rank of a card.


1. (v) Perform a cheating maneuver consisting of marking the back of a card with a fingernail or by bending a corner. Also, round. 2. (n) The mark so made.


(n) 1. Two (the card). 2. A $2-limit game. "Got a seat in the deuce?" 3. A $2 bet or chip, or a $200 or $2000 bet.

deuce dealer

(n phrase) seconds dealer.

deuce dealing

(n phrase) Dealing seconds. See seconds dealer.

deuce player

(n phrase) Someone who usually plays $2-limit.

deuces full

(n phrase) A full house consisting of three deuces and another pair.

deuces wild

(n phrase) A form of high poker in which the 2s are wild (that is, a 2 can represent any other card for the purpose of forming a better hand: a deuce can pair any other card, fill the "hole" in a straight, make the fifth of four cards to a flush, and so on); usually played as draw poker.


(n, adj) lowball in which the lowest card is the deuce, and straights and flushes have significance. The best hand, called a wheel, is 7-5-4-3-2 of at least two different suits. The game is popular in Nevada, generally only in tournaments or in side games accompanying tournaments, and the Southeast. Sometimes called Kansas City lowball. (Compare with ace-to-five.)

deuce-to-seven lowball

(n phrase) deuce-to-seven.


(n) cheating device.

Devil's bedposts

(n phrase) The 4club.

Devil's playthings

(n phrase) Cards.


1. (v) A request for two cards. When it is her turn to draw cards, and a player says, "Dewey," she means, "Kindly give me two cards." 2. (n) Deuce (the card).

Dewey Duck

(n phrase; imitative) Deuce (the card). (In a wonderful pun built on this term, pan players sometimes call a deuce a Gooey Duck.)


(n) Any card in the diamonds suit.

diamond-back cards

(n phrase) See Bee deck.


(n) 1. One of the four suits in a deck of cards, shaped like a rhombus (four-sided figure that resembles a diamond: diamond). Originally, diamonds may have represented the merchant class. In the traditional deck, diamonds are red. In the four-color deck, they are blue. 2. A diamond flush, that is, five cards of the same suit, all diamonds. "I've got a straight; whadda you got?" "Diamonds."


(v) Produce additional money for betting from one's pocket or elsewhere than on the table in a game not played table stakes. This is rarely permitted in cardrooms, but sometimes is in private games.


(n) 1. $10, or a $10 bill. 2. $100, or a $100 bill. 3. $1000, particularly in mid- and high-limit games. "I'm stuck four dimes."


(n) 1. In hold 'em, 10-5 as one's two starting cards. 2. In any high poker game, two pair, 10s and 5s. Also called five and dime. 3. In any high poker game, a full house involving 10s and 5s. 4. In lowball, a 10-5. For all meanings, also called nickels and dimes, Woolworth, or Barbara Hutton.


(n) dimestore (definition 2).


(n) In a high-low split game, which half of the pot, high or low, a player is contesting.


1. (v) In a draw game, throw one or more cards from your hand. 2. (n) In a draw game, a card that was thrown away by a player, to be replaced by another card. 3. The act of discarding. "It's your discard" means "It's your turn to draw, if you want to." 4. twist.

discard pile

(n phrase) The place on a poker table where the discards go.


(n) 1. The thrown-away cards, sometimes together with the undealt cards that remain in the deck. Sometimes called muck. 2. The area on the poker table where such cards lie, prior to being gathered together for the next deal.

doctored cards

(n phrase) marked cards.

Doctor Pepper

(n phrase) A wild-card game with 10s, 4s, and 2s wild. (Those numbers are part of the Dr Pepper logo.)


1. (v) Throw away, usually followed by it or the hand. "This eight won't win; I better dog it." 2. (n) underdog. 3. Either of the nonstandard five-card hands sometimes given value in a private or home game, a big dog or little dog.


(n) $100 or a $100 bill.

Dolly Parton

(n phrase) In hold 'em, 9-5 as one's first two cards. From the movie 9 to 5, in which she starred.


(adv) The situation in hold 'em of one hand being significantly ahead of the other, usually because of having the same card in common plus a higher card. For example, king-queen offsuit is dominated by ace-king offsuit.

dominated hand

(n phrase) A hand not likely to win because it is dominated.


(v) Put chips into a pot that one doesn't expect to get back. "Oh, you raised it again? Okay, I'll donate."


(n) See donate. "Oh, you raised it again? Here, this is a donation."

"Don't tap on the aquarium."

(n phrase) An exhortation by one player to another not to give lessons or otherwise enlighten the fish. The phrase is often used among RGPers.


(n) 1. door card. 2. The door position in a hand. "I can see what he's got in the door." Also window.

door card

(n phrase) 1. The front card of the five in a draw poker hand, when the cards are squared together such that only one can be seen. Also window card. 2. In stud games, the first exposed card of a hand.

doped cards

(n phrase) Cards marked on the back with some sort of liquid, such as ink, bleach, and sometimes even water. See daub.

double-ace flush

(n phrase) In draw poker, a flush topped by an ace and a joker. In some cardrooms, such a flush used to rank higher than any other flush, but that is not very common. For example, Aclub joker 10club 8club 7club is equivalent in most cardrooms to Αclub Kclub 10club 8club 7club and does not beat Aheart Kheart Qheart 9heart 7heart; in some cardrooms, though, it used to. Even though this is not a ranking hand in most clubs, you still hear the term applied to a flush with an ace and a joker in it.

double ante

(n, adj, adv phrase) In double-limit draw with antes, pertaining to the hand following an unopened pot (see passed pot), in which each player adds an ante to the pot, and so the pot contains two antes from each.

double-barreled shotgun

(n phrase) A form of poker, a cross between draw and stud. Each player starts with three cards; there is a round of betting; each player receives another card; another round of betting; each player receives a fifth card; another round of betting; then each player draws cards as in draw poker; then each player exposes one card; another round of betting; further cards are exposed (in the manner described under roll-your-own), each followed by a round of betting, until each player has but one card face down. The game is played high-low split, and, prior to the showdown, there is a chip declaration. This game has eight rounds of betting, or nine if there is a bet after the declare, and is generally played only in home games. It is sometimes called Texas Tech or Wild Annie.

double belly-buster

(n phrase) 1. A five-card combination with two "holes," such that any of eight cards can make it into a straight. For example, 5-7-8-9-J; any 6 or 10 makes this into a straight. Such a combination is possible in stud or hold 'em-type games. Also called double gut shot. (Compare with open-ended straight.) 2. A three-card combination with two "holes," such that two perfect inside straight cards are required, such as 3-5-7, which needs a 4 and a 6 to make a straight.

double bluff

(n phrase) A bluff made by betting, getting raised, and then reraising.


(v phrase) To perform a double bluff.


(n phrase) A cheating move in which a dealer gives more cards (usually two at a time rather than one) to his confederate or himself than to the other players. The presumption is the player with more than the requisite number of cards will form his best five-card hand, and then get rid of the one or more excess cards (clean up). The phrase has passed into general usage meaning cheating someone or the public in general.


(n) A cheating move in which a player in a draw game who has more cards than he needs (presumably because he asked for more cards than he discarded) gets rid of the extra card. For example, a cheater throws two cards away, but asks for three. He must, before the showdown, get rid of that extra card. That move is the double-discard.

double-ended straight

(n phrase) open-ended straight.

double-end straight

(n phrase) double-ended straight.

double-draw London lowball

(n phrase) A form of London lowball draw with two draws, instead of the usual one in ordinary lowball, and thus having three betting rounds, usually played pot limit.

double-flop hold 'em

(n phrase) A variant of hold 'em in which two sets of three cards are turned over after the first round of betting, and then two more to each flop, one at a time. Players can form two different hands in combination with their two hole cards plus enough cards from each flop to form a five-card hand. (Cards cannot be combined from the two flops.) This usually produces two winners per hand, although sometimes the same hand wins both halves of the pot.

double gut shot

(n phrase) double belly-buster.

double hand

(v phrase) pai gow poker.

double-hand poker

(v phrase) pai gow poker.

double jackpot

(n phrase) A period of time in a cardroom that has progressive jackpots (see jackpot) for getting certain hands beat (for example, aces full in a hold 'em game) during which the posted payouts are doubled. Usually double jackpot times are at times that otherwise have lower attendance than others, with such promotions being to increase patronage.

double limit

(n phrase) Limit draw or lowball as played in Southern California, with bets at one limit before the draw, and bets at twice that limit after the draw. For example, in the $2-$4 game, all bets before the draw are $2, and multiples of $2 when players raise; all bets after the draw are $4, and multiples of $4 when players raise. Sometimes called Gardena-style. Compare with single limit. The term double limit is usually used for draw games, while structured limit is used for stud and hold 'em games.


(adj phrase) Pertaining to double limit, in a phrase such as double-limit lowball. Also known as Gardena-style.

double nuts

(n phrase) nut-nut.

double off

1. (v phrase) Perform a form of cheating wherein two good hands are dealt, the better going to the dealer or his accomplice. In this case, the sucker has been doubled off. 2. (n phrase) The act of so cheating.


1. (v) Raising a raise. "I bet, Jim raised it, and Mary double-popped it." 2. (n) Such a bet. "The pot got really big after Mary's double-pop."

double qualifier

(n phrase) A high-low split game with a qualifier for both low and high, such as seven-card stud high-low, with, for example, the requirement that low is awarded only to an 8-low hand or better and that high is awarded only to a two-pair hand or better. If neither qualifier exists, rules vary as to what happens to the pot.

double shuffle

(n phrase) A cheating move, a method of appearing to shuffle the cards without actually disturbing their order.


(v) To execute a double shuffle.


(adj phrase) In Omaha, having just two suits among your four downcards. "I started with ace-king, king-queen, double suited," would be something like Aheart Kheart Kdiamond Qdiamond.

double through

(v phrase) Double a small stack by beating someone with a large stack; sometimes part of the phrase double a stack through. "Big John had $10,000 in front of him, and he was stuck about twice that much. Sally came in with $100, doubled it through him three times, and then took the $800 to the window." Also see run through.

double up

(v phrase) 1. Go all in and win the pot. "I was down to my last $100 when I doubled up." "He had a better six than I did and I doubled him up." 2. Go cow with someone. "Double me up" is a request from a player low in chips for someone to go half-and-half with him.


(v) A request for two cards. At the time of the draw in a draw game, a player, when asked how many cards he wants, might respond, "Doubleyou," which means, "Kindly give me two cards."


1. (adv) Seated (in a game). "Is Jim down?" "Yeah, he's in the eight." (That means, "Is Jim playing somewhere?" "Yes, he's in the $8-limit game.") 2. Losing "How much are you down?" 3. Not exposed; generally applied in reference to a hole card in any stud or hold 'em game. 4. See get a game down. 5. (n) The period of time during which a particular dealer deals at a particular table. "How long is your down?" "Twenty minutes."

"Down and dirty."

(adv phrase) What seven-stud players think is a cute description for the final card, so called because it is dealt down and because it is hidden, and thus can change a particular hand's winning potentialities.


(n phrase) In stud or a hold 'em-type game, hole card, that is, an unexposed part of a player's hand. By extension, in draw, a request for one card ("Dealer, give me a downcard"), and please be careful that card is not exposed.

down for

(adv phrase) Having one's name on a list for a particular game. "Are you down for the big one?" means "Is your name on the list of those players who have signaled their intentions of playing in the largest game in the house?"

down there

(adv phrase) down the road. "How'd you make out down there?" means "How did you fare at the club whose name you and I both know what the other is referring to but that we do not want to say out loud for fear of distressing the present management and because to do so would not be good manners?"

down the river

(n phrase) seven-card stud.

down the road

(adv phrase) At another club (which could be a considerable distance away and not necessarily even on the same street). This term is used, rather than naming the establishment, because it's considered bad form to talk about a club other than the one in which you're playing. Also, down there.

down the street

(adv phrase) down the road.

down to the felt

(adv phrase) 1. all in. Also see felt. 2. tapped out.

down to the green

(adv phrase) 1. all in. Also see green. 2. tapped out.

Doyle Brunson

(n) In hold 'em, a 10 and a 2 as the downcards, so named because Doyle Brunson twice won the World Poker Tour (1975 and 1976) with those two hole cards.


(v) 1. Scoop in a winning pot. 2. Remove the rake, that is the house cut, from a pot (usually by the house dealer).


1. (n) high draw poker. 2. The point during the playing of a hand at which active players discard the cards they don't want and receive new ones. "You must bet or fold before the draw." 3. The receiving of draw cards. "What was the draw?" is a request by a player to find out how many cards each player drew. 4. A particular hand you are trying to make, as, a flush draw, which is four cards to a flush. In addition to draw games, this usage is often heard in games other than draw games. 5. Specifically an unmade hand, usually heard in hold 'em and seven-card stud. "I raised him all in because I knew he was on a draw." That is, I knew that at the moment, his hand did not beat mine, but that he was trying to make a straight or flush (which, presumably, would win if he did make it). 6. (v) Receive cards. 7. Not stand pat, as opposed to doing so. "You're pat? Then I've got to draw."

draw card

(n phrase) The card that one has received on the draw (definition 3).

draw dead

(v phrase) Draw to a hand that cannot win even if made; sometimes followed by to when referring to the other hand. In lowball, if the other guy has a wheel, and you draw one to a 6-4, you're drawing dead, because you can't win, even if you jam up the hand (make it perfect). You are drawing dead to his hand. Or, in hold 'em, if you start with Aspade Kspade, and the flop is 4spade 6spade 6diamond, you're hoping for a flush. But if another player started with a pair of 4s, you're drawing dead. If you're in this situation, you may be said to be dead in the pot.

draw down

(v phrase) In lowball, draw more than one card so as to be drawing to the best possible hand, instead of drawing fewer cards (generally one) to a poorer hand; sometimes followed by to or a and the hand. For example, if you have K-8-6-4-2, you could draw one to the 8, or draw down (that is, draw to a 6) by throwing both the king and the 8. A lowball player might say, "When he stood pat, I figured I better draw down," or, "When he stood pat, I figured I better draw down to the hand."


(n) A figurative card magnet. "He's got his drawers on" means he's making all the hands or he's drawing well.

draw for deal

(v phrase) Participate in a top-card draw.

draw for seats

(v phrase) A method of determining which players sit where, usually the participants in a small tournament. Each player draws a card from the deck, which is often fanned face down on the table, and the holder of the highest card sits in seat 1, the next highest card to that player's left, and so on; often suits are used to break ties (in the bridge order of spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds). Also see top-card draw.

draw game

(n phrase) 1. draw poker. 2. A game in which or a table at which draw poker is played.

drawing dead

(v phrase) See draw dead.

drawing hand

(n phrase) 1. In draw poker, a four-card flush or four-card straight, that is, a hand that needs to be drawn to. In lowball, four good cards and one blank, that is, also a hand that needs to be drawn to. In both instances, this is opposed to a pat hand, that is, one that does not ordinarily need to be drawn to. 2. In stud or hold 'em, four cards to a straight or flush with cards to come, as opposed to a complete hand.

drawing snow

(n phrase) In draw poker or lowball, a planned bluff, wherein someone bets heavily, or raises, before the draw, draws to nothing, and then bets or raises after the draw. If called, he cannot win, because he had no hand to draw to (and thus could not make anything better on the draw). Sometimes called a running snow.

draw live

(v phrase) Draw to a hand that will win if made; sometimes followed by to when referring to the other hand. If the other guy has a flush, and you draw one to two pair, you're drawing live, because you can win with a full house. You are drawing live to his hand. Compare with draw dead.

draw lowball

(n phrase) lowball (definition 1).

draw out

(v phrase) Beat someone's hand by drawing; often followed by on. "I had him before the draw, but he drew out." "He drew out on me." Also, suck out.


(n phrase) The act of drawing out. "Now comes the draw-out" means the player expects to get his hand beat by someone's lucky draw. Also, suck-out.

draw player

(n phrase) Someone who plays draw poker (usually exclusively, or in preference to other forms of poker).

draw poker

(n phrase) 1. A form of poker in which players are dealt five cards face down, bet or fold based on those cards, those remaining (the active players; see active player) replace one or more cards (draw) or elect not to replace any (stand pat), and then participate in a second round of betting, after which the best of the remaining active hands (see active hand) wins all the money in the pot (or, in the case of a split-pot game, two hands each win half), which money is usually in the form of chips (see chip); the forms of draw poker popular in California cardrooms are high draw poker, lowball, high-low split, and, rarely, deuces wild. In Nevada and some southern states, deuce-to-seven and triple-draw lowball are also played. Draw poker is generally not found often in the US outside of California, but is more common in a few European countries. In home or private games, many other variations exist. Also called five-card draw. 2. high draw poker, often called just draw.

draw to

(v phrase) 1. In draw poker, draw (that is, receive) cards trying to make a specific hand. "I was drawing to a straight." Or, in lowball, "I was drawing to a seven." 2. Similarly, in hold 'em or seven-card stud hope to make a specific hand. If you have two spades in the hole in hold 'em, and two spades come on the flop, if you stay for the turn and the river, you are drawing to a flush.

draw twice

(v phrase) In hold 'em, make an agreement between (usually) two players, prior to the dealing of the river card, that they will play for half the pot at a time, with first one river card dealt and then another. This is usually done when the two hands are closely matched, and for the purpose of lessening the effect of variance.

drink pot

(n phrase) An arrangement between two or more players that the next of them to win a pot (usually containing a certain amount of profit for the winner of the pot, which amount is often supposed to be at least twice the cost of the drinks) will either buy all of them drinks, or pay for the round that they are ordering at the time the drink pot is proposed.

driver's seat

(n phrase) The position of the one doing the betting. "I'll check to you; you're in the driver's seat" implies that it is after the draw in a draw game, or in a late round in a stud or hold 'em game, and the person being checked to had bet large in a no-limit game, raised earlier, or bet every preceding round.


1. (n) The amount taken from each pot that belongs to the house; so called because the house dealer usually drops it into a drop box; often called the rake. 2. The amount taken from each pot towards a jackpot. Sometimes called jackpot drop. 3. The amount represented by the time collection. 4. (v) fold. "I'll drop." 5. Perform the collection described in definition 1. "They drop $3 every hand."

drop box

(n phrase) As part of a poker table, a slide-out tray, or a recessed box with a slide-out top, or a slot beneath which is a metal box, into which the house dealer drops the chips collected each pot for the rake or each designated time period as the time collection.

drop game

(n phrase) A game in which the house takes a certain amount, called the drop, from every pot. Also see rake game, time game.


(adj phrase) Pertaining to a hand that accidentally gets in the way of a double off, and beats the set-up hand. "I dealt him an ace-king flush and myself an ace-king-queen flush, but I got beat by a drop-in full house."


(n) What players sometimes compare a tight player to, as, "He plays tighter than a drum."


(n) A conservative or tight player.


(adj) Out of money; broke.

dry pot

(n phrase) A side pot about to be created by the current bet that cannot be won by the player making the bet if anyone calls, in a situation in which that player also cannot possibly win the main pot. Betting into a dry pot is presumably a wasted (and stupid) gesture because the best the bettor can do is take his money back out of the pot, but it may have its strategic value in changing the winner of the pot. (This is not the same as making a bet that cannot win if called, but if it gets everyone to fold except for someone who is all in only for the main pot who might not necessarily be able to beat the hand of the person making the bet, can win the main pot.) For example, one player is all in, in a three-way pot. The bettor knows he himself cannot win, but he makes a large bet anyway, because he thinks that if there is just a showdown, the third player will get the pot--perhaps because he has already seen the all-in player's hand, or perhaps because he has figured out what it is, but in any case that particular hand does not have much of a chance of winning without the protection bet and he does not want the third player to win it. The third player throws away his cards, thinking that the bettor could not be betting on nothing and that he will get to see the hand anyway (it's a called hand--that is, one that must be shown at the end--because one player is all in). When he does see the cards that could not possibly win either the side or main pot, the third player angrily exclaims, "How could you bet into a dry pot?" An example with specific cards makes this clearer. Jim has $20 in a no-limit lowball game. John has $80 and Bill has $100. Jim opens for the minimum, $4. John calls. Bill raises $16. Jim and John both call. Jim stands pat, and John and Bill both draw a card. Jim is all in after the draw, so cannot bet. John catches a 9, making a 9-7 low, and checks, but does it in such a way that Bill, who has a tell on John, thinks that John probably made an 8 or 9. Bill bets the rest of his chips on the side. John thinks to himself, One of them likely has me beat, so it would be stupid to throw away another $60. Anyway, I'll get to see both hands for free. When John folds, Bill withdraws the chips he had bet, since Jim had no chips left with which to call, and John folded. Jim now says, "You must have me; I just have a 10-nine." "No, no, you win," says Bill; "I paired sixes." "Damn!" says John; "I had the best hand. That shoulda been my pot. What the hell are you doing betting into a dry pot?" Bill does not respond, but he has accomplished two things. One is that Jim now has $60, and Jim is much easier to beat than John. Another is that John is now angry at Bill, and when one player is angry at another, it can make him play poorly against that player.


(n; usually plural) A card; also called ticket. "Shuffle them ducats, and let's deal another one."


1. (n) deuce (definitions 1 and 2). 2. (v) Manage to escape a situation in which one might have lost a lot of chips.


1. (n) The nuts, usually preceded by a. "I wouldn't call that bet with your money; he's got a duke this time." 2. (v) Get rid of (a poker hand). "As soon as I called, he duked his hand.

dumb end

(n phrase) ignorant end.

"Dummy up."

(v phrase) 1. "Shut up." A cheat may say this to his accomplice when the latter appears to be talking too much. A rounder may say it to another player when the latter seems to be trying to "smarten up the dummies." 2. A command by a floor person to a dealer to stop conversing with the players; sometimes rendered "dummy up and deal."




(v) Referring to an action made by a house dealer, clap his hands before leaving the table when his replacement arrives to let observing security personnel see that the dealer's hands are empty, that is, the dealer is not stealing any chips or money. The move usually consists of pressing the palms together, sometimes in a wiping motion, and then turning the open palms both upward and downward.

dutch straight

(n phrase) skip straight.

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