Poker Terms D-F

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DEAD BLIND —
a) a blind that does not constitute part of a player’s bet. This blind is generally posted in games where the players have agreed that one player will ante for all players in rotation or in board games where a player has missed his blinds and is making them up from a position other than the normal blind position. b) A required blind that will not be posted because the player who should post the blind has quit the game. There can never be a dead big blind. A dead small blind or middle blind occurs when a player has paid his big blind and departs the game when it is his turn to post the small or middle blind.

DEAD BUTTON —
a Dead Button would occur where because of players departing or entering the game the button would not be properly advanced, giving the same player last action two hands in a row. However, because of issues of positional advantage the button must always be advanced, and a Dead Button should never occur.

DEAD CARD —
a card that for some reason pursuant to the Rules is not playable.

DEAD HAND —
a hand that is no longer eligible to win the pot. Often used to refer to a hand which for some reason pursuant to the Rules is not playable, and therefore is not eligible to win the pot. A hand that has been mucked or killed.

DEAD MONEY —
a) Money taken into the center of the pot because it is not considered part of a player’s bet. b) A term used to describe money placed into the pot by players who are no longer contending for the pot.

DEAL AROUND —
To NOT deal a player in, either pursuant to a player’s request, or as a decision by the floorperson for purposes of discipline or to maintain control of the game.

DEALER —
a) The person who shuffles and cuts and deals the card, handles the pot, represents the house, and manages the game. b) In Community Card games, the person who has the button, from whom position is determined for the play of the hand.

DEAL OFF —
In games played with a button, to pay the blinds and play the button hand before taking a new seat.

DECISION —
when a question regarding the rules is necessary, the judgment rendered by the floorperson.

DECK —
Fifty-two playing cards of four suits and thirteen ranks, plus a joker in draw and lowball.

DECK CHANGE —
taking the deck that is currently being used out of play and replacing it with a different deck.

DECK STUB —
the remnants of the deck after all the cards have been dealt.

DEUCE —
Cards of the rank of two are always referred to as deuces.

DISCARDS —
Cards surrendered by players who have folded their hands.

DOOR CARD —
the first upcard in a player’s hand in a Stud type game.

DROP-BOX —
a box under the table, usually locked, into which the dealer drops the rake taken from each pot.

DRAW —
a) (A.K.A. Five card draw) a card game normally played with two betting rounds, in which five cards are dealt and then players are given an opportunity to replace them with random cards from the deck. b) An exchange of cards by a player wherein the player discards cards from his hand and receives an equal number of cards as replacements.

DRAW FOR THE BUTTON —
In community card board games, when a new game begins each player pulls a card from a scrambled deck, with the person who draws the highest card getting the dealer button. If two players pull cards of the same rank, the one that is higher by suit gets the button.

EIGHT-OR-BETTER —
In High-Low Split games, in or order to qualify for the low half of the pot, it is generally required that the five-card hand which wins the low have no card in it higher than an eight. The worst Eight or better hand is Eight-Seven-Six-Five-Four. The best Eight or Better hand is Five-four-three-two-one. When Eight-or-Better is spoken of without any qualification, it generally refers to Seven Card Stud, High-Low Split, with an Eight-or-Better to qualify for low.

EXPOSED CARD —
(A.K.A. Flashed card) a private or hole card that is seen or might be reasonably believed to have been seen by one or more players other than the player who was to receive it.

FIFTH STREET
In Hold’em games, the final community card dealt. In Stud games, the fifth card dealt to a player.

FILL –
Replenish the dealer’s tray with chips.

FIXED LIMIT —
(A.K.A. Structured) a poker game in which the betting limits are established at a certain amount. There can be no variance in the amount bet on any given betting round except for all-in bets made pursuant to the Rules.

FLOP —
In Hold’em games, the first three community cards, which are dealt simultaneously.

FLOORPERSON —
The person responsible for making final decisions on rulings. This person may have a variety of titles in the cardroom–supervisor, floorperson, manager–but he or she is the person the dealer calls to the table to resolve disputes and make decisions regarding rules.

FLUSH —
Five cards of the same suit.

FOLD —
when it is a player’s turn to act, and the player is facing a bet, the player may surrender his interest in the pot by throwing away his hand. A player who folds is not obligated to put any more money in the pot, but cannot win the pot.

FORCED BET —
a bet that a player is required to make by the rules of the game

FORWARD MOTION —
to move one’s hand forward with chips in it as if one has the intention of betting, calling or raising, or cards in it as if one has the intention of folding.

FRENCH CUT —
a method of cutting the deck wherein the dealer pulls a block of cards out of the middle of the deck and places them on top of the deck, rather than dividing the deck in half and placing the bottom half on the top half.

FOULED DECK —
a deck which has in some way been contaminated, such as by the dealer mixing folded cards, burn cards or other dead cards into it. A deck that is missing a card, has an extra card or has two identical cards (IE the nine of clubs) is also a fouled deck.

FOULED HAND —
a hand that has been contaminated by addition of a card, exclusion of a card, contact with other cards, or other circumstances.

FOURTH STREET
the fourth card (second upcard) in a Stud game, or the fourth community card (first card after the flop, the turn card) in a Hold’em game.

FOUR OF a KIND —
(A.K.A. Quads) — Four cards of the same rank.

FREE CARD —
When no action is made on a betting round, then another card is dealt without any players having to put money into the pot. This card is known as a free card.

FREE HAND —

FULL HOUSE —
(A.K.A. Full Boat) — Three cards of one rank together with two cards of another rank.

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