Terms Starting with D

terms are listed in alphabetical order

Dan Harrington

Dan Harrington is one of the legends of professional poker in both the tournament and cash game scenes, as well as a noted author of popular poker theory books. (read more)


A dangler refers to a card in Omaha that is one card that doesn't work well with the other three cards in a hand. (read more)

Dani Stern

Dani Stern plays by the name 'Anksy' online and is one of the biggest winners in online poker. He stars on the show 2 Months 2 Million. (read more)

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu is one of the most recognizable faces in the world of professional poker and holds 4 WSOP bracelets and 2 WPT titles equaling over $11,200,000. (read more)


The term dark is an action declared by a player first to act after the better round closes but before the next card is revealed. (read more)

Dark Tunnel Bluff

A Dark Tunnel Bluff is a repeated continuation bet on multiple streets based on the belief you have to bet but do so without thinking why. (read more)

Darus Suharto

Darus Suharto, an accountant from Canada by way of Indonesia, finished sixth place in the 2008 WSOP as part of the first ever November Nine experiment. (read more)

Darvin Moon

Darvin Moon is a 45-year-old Maryland lumber business owner who finished 2nd in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, cashing for $5 million. (read more)


Datamining is the process of collecting large amounts of data from online poker sites in order to analyze opponents' statistics. (read more)

David 'The Dragon' Pham

David 'The Dragon' Pham is a highly accomplished and incredibly consistent Vietnamese-American poker tournament professional. (read more)

David Benyamine

David Benyamine is a French poker player with extensive results in poker tournaments and a reputation for being a marathon-session cash game player. (read more)

David Chiu

David Chiu's poker career covers a span of almost 30 years; his most recent accomplishment in tournament poker was winning the $25K WPT Championship. (read more)

David Rheem

David Rheem is a poker player from Florida who had his breakout year in 2008, making the final table of the WSOP and winning a WPT event. (read more)

David Sklansky

David Sklansky is best known for the books he has authored on gambling strategy. Many of his ideas endure as basic but profound principles of poker theory. (read more)

David Williams

David Williams is a pro poker player sponsored by Bodog who has amassed over $6,100,000 in live poker income. (read more)

Dead Blind

A dead blind is posted when a player returns to a game after leaving the table while the game was still running. (read more)

Dead Button

A dead button is when a player leaves the table as the button is about to placed on him. (read more)

Dead Card

Dead cards refer to cards that would be useful for making a poker hand but have already been exposed or discarded. Dead cards are critical for computing outs. (read more)

Dead Hand

A dead hand is one that has been disqualified from play typically due to a rules infraction. (read more)

Dead Man's Hand

Dead Man's Hand, aces and eights, so named for the cards that Wild Bill Hickock held while being gunned down in a poker game. (read more)

Dead Money

Dead money are players at the table who are of a lower skill. Also, it can refer to money contributed to a pot by players no longer in the hand. (read more)


Dealing is how cards are distributed to players out of a 52-card deck. It may also refer to bargaining at the poker table or to a Grateful Dead song. (read more)


The dealer is the person at the poker table that shuffles up the deck and deals out the cards and typically wears a snazzy bow tie. (read more)

Dealer's Choice

Dealer's Choice is a poker game where whomever has the dealer button calls the poker game the table will play for that hand. (read more)

Dealt Rakeback Method

The dealt rakeback method is a way of calculating the amount of rake a player accumulates by counting every time that player is dealt a hand in a raked pot. (read more)


A deck is 52 cards consisting of card values ranking from deuce to ace in four different suits. (read more)


Deep, in poker parlance, does not refer to someone's philosophical disposition, but rather to how many chips the person has in relation to the blinds. (read more)


The term 'defend' is used to describe the act of calling when someone raises and the player in the big blind calls the bet. (read more)


Degenerate, often simply 'degen,' is a well-known appelation for players who behave in a self-destructive manner away from the poker table. (read more)


When you are generous with your money despite being broke or having bad bankroll management, you are classified 'degenerous.' (read more)

Dennis Phillips

Dennis Phillips is a sponsored pro at PokerStars and finished in third place at the WSOP Main Event in 2008 that came into the final table as the chip leader. (read more)


DERB is 'forum slang' for 'don't ever run bad,' just one of many ways that poker players express jealousy or envy toward the results of another player. (read more)


Deuce is the preferred, if not unanimously used, term for a 'two' in poker. If you say you have a 'pair of twos' it is likely that you will be mocked. (read more)


DeucesCracked is an online poker training site owned by Jay Rosenkrantz and has hundreds of training videos inside of its library. (read more)


DIAGF is a poker acronym that stands for 'die in a grease fire.' Although not meant to be taken literally, it is a harsh thing to say. (read more)

Diego Cordovez

Diego Cordovez is a professional poker player, who is known for many things, including expertise at HORSE and having won a WSOP bracelet in the pre-TV days. (read more)


The term 'dime' is a classic example of gambler lingo, as it reduces the substantial amount of one thousand dollars to a metaphorical unit of one small coin. (read more)

Dinner Break

Dinner break is simply the longest break that punctuates a day of play during a poker tournament. It has minor strategic and symbolic significance. (read more)

Dirty Outs

A dirty out is when a player has a given amount of outs but when several of those outs actually might give an opponent a better hand. (read more)

Dirty Stack

A dirty stack is a stack of chips that has mixed denominations within it. (read more)

Disconnect Protection

Disconnect Protection is a tool that protects players in the event their internet connection is lost while involved in a pot. (read more)


A dog refers to a player who is behind statistically in a hand. It's common poker slang for an underdog and requires a player to suck out in order to win. (read more)

Dolly Parton

The hand 95 (any suit) is referred to as the Dolly Parton because of her role in the famous 1980s movie 9 to 5. (read more)


Dominated is a term used when one hand is a significant underdog to another hand. (read more)


DoN stands for 'double or nothing' and refers to a particular type of SNG poker tournament in which half the players double their buyin and the rest lose it. (read more)

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle is a well known film actor and is recognized in poker circles as an enthusiast of the game as well as the co-founder of Ante Up for Africa. (read more)


The title of donator is given to someone who routinely spews his money at the poker tables or generally plays losing poker. (read more)


A donk is short for donkey, an inexperienced player who often plays very loosely and passively. Donks are also known as newbies and fish. (read more)


A donkament is a poker tournament in which many of the players involved are inexperienced, or donkeys. Players can say (read more)


A donkey is an unskilled player, or fish, who often plays extremely poorly, loosely, or passively. A donkament is a tournament full of donkeys. (read more)


A oft-used expression on poker forums, the term doomswitched refers to a player running bad. In other words, they've been getting unlucky. (read more)

Door Card

Door card, also know as the window card, is the first card visible in a stud hand, or the first card revealed by the dealer as he spreads the flop. (read more)

Double Barrel

Double Barrel refers to the act of following up a continuation bet with another bet on the turn typically to make a bluff seem more believable. (read more)

Double Belly Buster

A Double Belly Buster is a hand with 2 gut-shot straight draws. (read more)

Double Gutter

A double gutter is a draw to eight outs for a straight, It is equivalent to an open-ended, or 'up-and-down' straight draw, but looks different. (read more)

Double Suited

Double suited cards are found in Omaha. The poker term refers to a starting hand with two sets of suited cards, each containing two cards of the suit. (read more)


A downcard is a card that is dealt to a player face down, as is typically done in stud games. (read more)


Downswings in poker are a series of negative long term results. One losing session does not constitute a downswing, but a net losing result does. (read more)

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson is the most famous poker player in the world and widely considered poker's greatest player of all time. (read more)


Doyles Room is an online poker room currently on the Cake Poker Network that allows players from the United States and is endorsed by Doyle Brunson. (read more)


A draw in poker is a card combination that requires other cards to become strong (read more)

Drawing Dead

Drawing dead in a poker hand means that no card can come that will win the pot for you. This can occur during eliminations or in regular pots. (read more)

Drawing Thin

Drawing Thin is a term used to describe when a player is drawing to very few outs. (read more)

Dream Table

Dream table is a phrase poker players employ to describe a table draw in a poker tournament in which they are facing off against especially weak players. (read more)

Dream Team Poker

Dream Team Poker is the name for a uniquely structured poker tournament, the second annual event for which was held at Caesars Palace in March of 2009. (read more)

Drunk as a Skunk

Phil Ivey is often drunk as a skunk when he's playing online poker on Full Tilt Poker. (read more)

Drunk Monopoly

For whatever reason when a poker player runs bad at the tables, they invariably decide to get drunk and challenge their forum friends at online monopoly. (read more)

Dry Board

A dry board in poker refers to a flop that is not a coordinated (and and most likely safe) grouping of cards. (read more)

Dry Pot

A dry pot is an empty sidepot create when one player is all in but at least two are left in the hand. (read more)

Dual Monitors

Dual monitors are often used by online poker players in order to properly multitable online poker games while browswing the internet. (read more)


Dub is a slang term for 'twenty dollars,' like when you slip the valet attendant a 'dub' in order to get a spot at a 'sold-out' lot in a Las Vegas casiino. (read more)


The hand 22 in Hold'em is referred to as Ducks since the number 2 resembles the profile of a swimming duck. (read more)


DUCY - A condescending way of expressing superior poker knowledge over someone in the manner that David Sklansky might. (read more)

Durrrr Challenge

Tom Dwan issued a now-famous challenge to the high stakes poker community: Play me four tables HU, 50,000 hands. If you win, you get a $1 million dollar bonus. (read more)

Dust Off

The term 'dust off' referes to the act of losing money in a poker game or gambling situation in a frivolous or unthinking manner. (read more)

Dusty Schmidt

Dusty 'Leatherass' Schmidt is one of the most successful online cash game players and regularly plays the $5-$10 no limit games on Pokerstars and Full Tilt. (read more)