Glossary Of Terms For Poker – Part 1


Hello poker lovers! We are back again with another “glossary of terms” for poker game. We hope you have understood some of them from the first set of the terms. Here we go with the second instalment: 

Dead Blind: 

It is when a player has missed a blind, and has to repay it before being dealt in. 

Dead Button: 

This is a term of poker tournaments. When the player to be button next hand eliminates; the button moves to the empty seat and is dead. 

Dead Hand: 

A dead hand is any hand no longer eligible to win the pot. 

Dead Man’s Hand: 

It refers to two pair, aces and eights. 

Dead Money: 

It is the money which is part of the pot, but it is not the part of a player’s bet. 


It refers the distribution of cards to all the players at the table. 

Deal Twice: 

Numerous real money poker games will let all in players to deal the board twice, all board being worth half the pot. 


The person dealing the cards is dealer. 

Dealer’s Choice: 

It is a form of poker in which the dealer selects the details and version of poker to be played that hand. 


In numerous high-low split games, players have to announce if they’re going for the high or the low. This is very rare. 


It is a two. 

Dirty Stack: 

A stack of similar color chips with one chip of a diverse price in the mix. 


In draw online poker games, the players must abandon cards before getting their replacements. 


If a player is behind in the hand, he is a dog. 

Dominated Hand:

It is when a challenger holds a hand which is a vast statistical favourite over a player’s.  

Door Card:  

It is the first up-card dealt to each player in a stud game. 

Double Suited: 

In Omaha holding any hand where two pairs of suit cards held is double suited. 

Double Up

It is to win while all-in against a challenger with more chips than a player. This well doubles the size of a players stack. 


When a card dealing face down, such as the last card dealt in a hand of Stud, it is downcard. 

Drawing hand

Any hand which requires hitting a specific rank or suit of card to finish is known as drawing hand. 

Drawing Dead

A hand which has no possible way of winning, regardless of any cards to come is called as drawing dead. 

Drawing Live

A hand which can hit specific cards to win the hand is termed to be drawing live. 

Drawing Thin: 

A hand which is drawing live, but with very few outs to win is said to be drawing thin. 


It is to fold or discard. 

Dry Ace

Any Texas Hold’em poker game or Omaha hand which contains an ace, with no other like suited or connected cards. 

Dry Pot

It is a side pot with no chips in it. 

Early Position

It is being first to act on all post flop streets. 

Eight or Better

It is a qualification for a low hand in a high-low split game. 

Exposed Card: 

It is a card intended to be dealt face down accidently flashed to one or all players at the table. 

Face Cards

They are the cards with the rank J, Q or K 

Family Pot

When everybody dealt into the hand observes the flop. 


Any player who plays awfully aggressive and loose is said to be fast. 


When a “main game” is in effect, a feeder table will offer new players to the main game as players cash out. 


It is the actual felt playing surface of the poker table. 

Fifth Street

It is the fifth board card dealt.  


The re-stocking of a dealer’s tray is fill. 

Final Table:

In a tournament, when there is only one table of players left is said to be final table. 

First Position

The player to the left of the big blind, first to act pre-flop is the first position. 

Five of a Kind

In a game with wild cards it’s likely for a player to have five cards of the same rank. 


A poker betting structure in which a player can only bet and raise in prearranged increments. 


It is when a player sees a card they were not supposed to see. 

Flat Call: 

It is when a player just calls in a situation where they could have raised. 


It is making a play on the flop to take down the pot on the turn. Most commonly this is done by calling a suspected C-Bet on the flop, then betting out on the turn. 


It is the first three community cards dealt face up. 


It is having five cards of the same suit. 


It is throwing away a player’s hand to avoid having to call a bet. 

Fold Equity

The imagined amount of equity a player gains by betting with the chance of their challenger folding their hand. 

Forced Bet

It is a bet which a player is required to make, such as a blind, ante or bring. 


In a game with a feeder table and a main game, players from the feeder tabled are necessary to move to the main game when demanded by the floor staff. 

Forward Motion

In some card rooms making any forward motion with players’ chips is assumed to be a bet or call. 

Fouled Hand

It is a fouled hand is any hand which has the wrong number of cards, or breaks any other real rule of the game. Fouled hands are dead and the pot forfeit, despite of any action in the hand. 


It is having only four cards to a flush, in need of the final fifth. 

Four of a Kind

It is having four cards of the same rank. 


It is having four cards to a straight, requiring the fifth to complete the hand. 

Fourth Street

It is also termed as the Turn in a community card game, Fourth Street is the fourth board card dealt. 

Free Card

It is when all players in the hand check, the players get a “free card”. 


It is a poker tournament free to enter awarding the finishers with genuine prizes. 


It is a tournament with no re-buys or add-ons. 

Full House

A full house is a five card poker hand with three cards of one rank, and two cards of another. 

Full Bet Rule

In order to re-open betting, a full raise must be made and it is termed as full bet rule. 

Full Ring

It refers to a poker table with nine or ten players. 

Gap Hand (gapper)

It is a hand with a gap between two otherwise connects cards. 

Going South:

It is the illegal act of removing chips from a player’s stack, taking them off the table and out of play. 


A poker player who sits for extended session “grinding” out a profit, before heavy playing looking for a big score. 


It is a sort poker online game which needs more guts than skill. 

Half Bet Rule

The Half Bet Rule comes into effect for players wishing to raise, who don’t put out enough chips, or don’t verbally proclaim raise. 


The cards a player is dealt. It is also everything that happens from one deal to the next. 


When tournament play gets down near the bubble often the tables will start hand for hand play, ensuring each table plays the exact similar number of hands awaiting the bubble is burst. 

Hand History

Online poker sites let a player to view the history of every hand a player played on their tables.  


When cheating by dealing from the bottom of the deck, a hanger is the card second to the bottom sliding over, hanging over the side of the deck. This can only happen from base dealing. 

Heads Up

When there are only two players left in the hand they are said to be Head(s) Up. 


On a lucky “hot streak” of cards. 

High Hand

In a high-low split game there will always be a winner for the high hand. The high hand is estimated identically as it will be in a high only game. 

High Card

If no players have as much as a pair, the winner is the player with the highest High Card. Suits does not matter, if two players both have equal ranked high cards the second highest card is used as the tiebreaker. 


A split pot game where the high hand (best hand) wins half the pot and the best qualifying low hand wins the other half of the pot. If no low hand qualifies, the entire pot is awarded to the high hand. 

Hijack Seat

The player seated to the right of the cut-off. 

Hole Cards

The face down cards dealt to a player. 

Hole Cam

Special cameras used to snap a player’s hole cards for televising poker. 

Home Game

Any poker game run out of a player home, rather than a Card room or Casino. Home games are banned in many places. 

H.O (H.A)

A mixed or flip game, where the player play half Hold’em and half Omaha. 

H.O.R.S.E (H.E.R.O.S)

The most popular form of mixed game where the players rotate through the five games. 

Here we end this second instalment. See you again with another instalment for glossary of terms. Happy learning!