Poker Glossary D

Poker Glossary

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Dead Man’s Hand
The holdem starting hand Ace-Eight (A8) and making two pair on the board AA88. Legendary lawman and gambler Wild Bill Hickok was shot dead while holding this hand.

Dead Money
An novice player who has virtually no shot at winning a tournament. Their chips are said to be “dead money”.


The muck, discards.

To raise after having sandbagged for a time (making it clear that you were, in fact, sandbagging).

Gambling slang for $1,000. “He went over the top of me with a 2 dime bet”


Gambling slang for $100. “He raised five dollars (five hundred dollars)”

Dolly Parton
The holdem starting hand Nine-Five (95). Named after the movie she starred in, Nine to Five (1980)

In holdem poker, a hand that is similar to another hand but has a lower kicker, is a “dominated” hand. If you hold K8 and your opponent had KQ, your hand is dominated buy the higher kicker. You need to draw the 8 because the K won’t make your hand better against your opponent. Your hand can also be dominated if your hand has far less outs than your opponent.

Down Cards
Another name for your two hole cards in holdem poker.

Doyle Brunson
The holdem starting hand Ten-Two (T2). Doyle Brunson won the WSOP two years in a row with a ten and a two.

To draw for a card (Verb: draw, drawing) means hoping to improve your hand with the community cards. For example, your hole cards are 89 and the flop is JT3, you have an open ended straight draw, meaning you need to draw a 7 or Q on the turn/river card to complete your straight.

Drawing Dead
Drawing to a hand that will lose even if you make your draw. If you have a straight draw but your opponent already has a flush, you are “drawing dead”.


When you get beaten by someone who makes their draw and you lose the hand. You may have had better cards going into the play, but you get “out drawn” by an opponent. Often refered to as a “bad beat”.

The holdem starting hand Two-Two (22). Otherwise known as “dueces”.