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D

Dead Card: A card no longer legally playable.

Dead Hand: A hand no longer legally playable, due to some irregularity.

Dead Money: Money put into the pot by players who have already folded.

Dealer's Choice: A game in which each dealer, in turn, chooses the type of poker to be played.

Declaration: In high-low poker, declaring by the use of coins or chips whether one is aiming to win the high or the low end of the pot, or both.

Declare Games: Games in which a player must declare the value of his hand in order to claim the pot.

Deuce: A two, the lowest ranking card in high poker.

Deuce to Seven: Another term for Kansas City Lowball, a two to seven without a flush, being the best hand.

Dominate: Said of a starting hand that will almost always beat another starting hand.

Door Card: In Seven-Card Stud, the first exposed card in a player's hand.

Double Belly Buster: A hand with two inside straight draws.

Double Gut Shot: A draw to a broken sequence of cards, in which either of two cards will make the straight.

Double Through: Going all-in against an opponent in order to double your stack if you win the hand.

Down Cards: Hole cards.

Down To The Felt: A player who has lost most of his chips.

Draw Lowball: A form of poker in which the lowest hand wins.

Draw Out: To improve your hand so that it beats an opponent who had a better hand than yours prior to your draw.

Draw Poker: A form of poker in which each player receives five cards and then has the option of discarding one or more of them and receiving new cards in their place.

Drawing Dead: Drawing to a hand that cannot possibly win.

Drawing Hand: A potentially strong hand requiring a particular card from the draw to make it.

Driver's Seat: The player who is making all the betting and thus appears to hold the strongest hand is said to be in the driver's seat.




E

Early Position: A position on a round of betting in which you must act before most of the other players.

Effective Odds: The ratio of the total amount of money you expect to win if you make your hand to the total amount of bets you will have to call to continue from the present round of betting to the end of the hand.

Equity: The value of a particular hand or combination of cards.

Even Money: A wager in which you hope to win the same amount as you bet.

Expectation: The profit or loss you would expect to make on average over a number of hands.




F

Family Pot: A pot in which most of the players at the table are still involved at the end of the hand.

Favorite: A hand that has the best chance of winning.

Fifth Street: In flop games, the final round of betting and the fifth community card on the board; in stud games, the fifth card dealt to each player and the third betting round (on the third upcard).

Fill: To pull the card one is seeking; to hit.

Fill Up: To make a full house.

Fish: A poor player; an amateur who is losing a lot of money.

Fishhooks: Slang for Jacks.

Five-Card Draw: A draw poker game in which the players start with five cards and then may draw to replace them.

Five-Card Stud: A stud poker game in which each player gets one concealed card and four exposed cards.

Flat Call: To call a bet without raising.

Flat Limit: A betting limit in a poker game that does not escalate from one round to the next.

Flop: In flop games, the first three community cards, which are turned face up simultaneously and start the second round of betting.

Flop Games: A family of poker games played with five community cards. The first three cards, turned face up simultaneously, are called the flop. Popular flop games include Texas Hold 'Em and Omaha.

Flush: Five cards of the same suit.

Flush Draw: Having four cards of the same suit, and hoping to draw a fifth to make a flush.

Fold: To withdraw from the hand rather than bet or raise; to give up.

Forced Bet: A required bet to start the action on the first round of a poker hand.

Four-Flush: Four cards of the same suit, requiring a fifth to make a flush.

Four Of A Kind: Four cards of the same denomination.

Fourth Street: In flop games, the fourth card on board and the third round of betting, the turn; in Seven-Card Stud, the fourth card dealt to each player and the second round of betting (on the second upcard).

Free Card: A card that a player gets without having to call a bet.

Free Ride: To stay in a hand without being forced to bet.

Freeroll: A situation in which two players have the same hand, but one of the players has a chance to better his hand.

Freeze Out: A game or tournament in which all players start with the same amount and play until one player has won all the chips.

Full House: Any three cards of the same denomination, plus any pair of a different denomination.




G

G-Note: A one thousand dollar bill.

Get The Right Price: The pot odds are favorable enough for you to justify calling a bet or a raise with a drawing hand.

Get Full Value: Betting, raising and re-raising in order to manipulate the size of the pot so that you will be getting maximum pot odds if you win the hand.

Get There: To make your hand.

Give Action: Betting, calling, raising or re-raising.

Gut-Shot: A card drawn to fill an inside straight.

Gypsy In: In lowball, to limp in.




H

Hand: A player's best five cards.

Heads-Up: A game between just two players, often the climax of a tournament.

High-Low: A poker game in which the highest and lowest hands share the pot. Also called High-Low Split.

Hit: To pull the card one is seeking; to fill.

Hit And Run: A player who has only been at the table a short amount of time and leaves after winning a big pot.

Hold 'Em: A form of poker in which players use five community cards in combination with their two hole cards to form the best five-card hand. Also called Texas hold 'em.

Hole: The concealed card or cards.

Hole Card: A card concealed in a player's hand.

Home Run Hitter: A player who makes big plays that require maximum risk.

Horsing: Passing a small amount of money to another player after winning a pot; scooting.

House: The establishment; the casino or cardroom.

Hot: Said of a player on a winning streak.

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