D to F

D to F

Last checked and updated: May 13, 2013

Dog
Short for “underdog”. Meaning the player, or the hand, that is least likely to win. As an example, in a heads-up situation, with one player holding AK suited, and the other player holding KQ offsuit, the player holding KQo is the ‘dog’.

Draw Poker
The name for the game of poker where each player is dealt five cards down with the option of discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones to attempt to make a better hand. Also referred to simply as ‘poker’.

Drawing
Remaining in the round and accepting more cards. Originally used in the game ‘Draw Poker’, where a player actually did draw cards from the deck. Now it generally means staying in a game.

Drawing can also mean staying in a game and drawing cards when you hold a particular hand, such as four of a straight or four of a flush – this would be called drawing to a flush.

Drawing Dead
When a player is drawing to a hand that is not the best hand offered by the flop and will therefore be beaten even if the hand is made. Of course, you won’t know this for certain until after the hand has played out.

Donkey
A Poker Donkey is a very bad player, one that often makes poor calls and plays loosely. To ‘Donk off’ your chips means to bet them on a hand that does not have much chance of winning. A donkament is a tournament that has a lot of new, beginner or bad players in it, such as a freeroll, or low buy in tournament.

Early Position
Generally this is considered to be the two positions to the left of the blinds. These two positions have to act before the rest of the table.

Exposed Card
A card that has been turned up before it should be, either deliberately or accidentally, during a game. This does not apply
to online poker, and the house where the live game is taking place will have rules in place to deal with this.

Fish
An unkind name for a poor player. So called because they lose their money while ‘fishing’ for cards. Used as an insult at the tables.

Flop
The flop is the term for first three community cards dealt in games that have five community cards. These are called flop games. Texas Holdem and Omaha Holdem are two popular flop games.

Flush
When all five cards making hand are of the same suit, you have a flush. The flush with the highest card not in common is better, so AK873 of spades is a better flush than AK872 of diamonds. A flush ranks higher than a straight and lower than a full house.

Fold
To muck your cards because someone else has made a larger bet than you are willing to call. You have ended your participation in that hand.

You can also fold even if no one has bet, and it is ‘free’ to see the next card. If you choose to fold in an online game when there is no bet before you, most software programs will prompt you that it is free to ‘check‘.