Poker Terms starting with the letter D
Many of these terms are from “Winning Low Limit Hold’em” by Lee Jones.
The player in a poker game who actually (or theoretically) is dealing the cards. When a professional dealer (casino or cardroom) or automated dealer (online) is present – it is necessary to identify the player who would be dealing the cards because the blinds and the betting action are to the left of the dealer. This is done by utilizing a marker called a dealer button which travels around the table in a clockwise manner, moving to the next player after each hand is completed.
Shortened form of “underdog.”
A hand that will almost always lose to a better hand that people usually play. For instance, K3 is “dominated” by KQ. With the exception of strange flops (e.g., 3-3-X, K-3-X), it will always lose to KQ.
To play a hand that is not yet good, but could become so if the right cards come. Example: “I’m not there yet – I’m drawing.” Also used as a noun. Example: “I have to call because I have a good draw.”
Trying to make a hand that, even if made, will not win the pot. If you’re drawing to make a flush, and your opponent already has a full house, you are “drawing dead.” Of course, this is a bad condition to be in.
Poker Terms starting with the letter E
Your “rightful” share of a pot. If the pot contains $80, and you have a 50% chance of winning it, you have $40 equity in the pot. This term is somewhat fanciful since you will either win $80 or $0, but it gives you an idea of how much you can “expect” to win.
(1) The amount you expect to gain on average if you make a certain play. For instance, suppose you put $10 into a $50 pot to draw at a hand that you will make 25% of the time, and it will win every time you make it. Three out of four times, you do not make your draw, and lose $10 each time for a total of $30. The fourth time, you will make your draw, winning $50. Your total gain over those four average hands is $50-$30 = $20, an average of $5 per hand. Thus calling the $10 has a positive expectation of $5. (2) The amount you expect to make at the poker table in a specific time period. Suppose in 100 hours of play, you win $527. Then your expectation is $5.27/hr. Of course, you won’t make that exact amount each hour (and some hours you will lose), but it’s one measure of your anticipated earnings.
A blind put in by a player just entering the game, returning to the game, or otherwise changing his position at the table. See also “blind” and “post.”
Poker terms starting with the letter F
A pot in which all (or almost all) of the players call before the flop.
As in “play fast.” To play a hand aggressively, betting and raising as much as possible. Example: “When you flop a set but there’s a flush draw possible, you have to play it fast.”
A poker hand which is the statistical favorite to win.
The first three community cards, put out face up, altogether.
To forfeit any chance of winning the current pot in poker. To lay down your hand or throw your hand in instead of calling or raising a bet.
A hand that may not be played for one reason or another. A player with a foul hand may not make any claim on any portion of the pot. Example: “He ended up with three cards after the flop, so the dealer declared his hand foul.”
A turn or river card on which you don’t have to call a bet because of play earlier in the hand (or because of your reputation with your opponents). For instance, if you are on the button and raise when you flop a flush draw, your opponents may check to you on the turn. If you make your flush on the turn, you can bet. If you don’t get it on the turn, you can check as well, seeing the river card for “free.”
One player has a shot at winning an entire pot when he is currently tied with another player. For instance, suppose you have A-Q and your opponent has A-Q. The flop is Q -5-T . You are tied with your opponent right now, but are free rolling, because you can win the whole pot and your opponent can’t. If no club comes, you split the pot with him; if it does come, you win the whole thing.
A free roll is also the name of a tournament that has no entry free. It’s often a low stake game or a satellite seat tournament.