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Glossary D - H

  • D'Alenbert System - A plan for placing bets where one unit is added when a bet is lost and one unit is deducted when a bet is won.
  • Deal - To distribute the cards to the players at the start of a card game.
  • Deuce - A 2 in a dice game.
  • Dice - Two identical numbered 6-sided cubes.
  • Die - The singular word for dice. A 6-sided cube numbered on each side, 1 to 6.
  • Dime Bet - A bet of $1,000.
  • Discard Tray - A tray on the right side of the dealer in which all played and discarded cards are placed, in card games such as Baccarat, Blackjack and Poker.
  • Dollar Bet - A betof $100.
  • Double Or Nothing- A bet that pays off either nothing or exactly the amount wagered.
  • Doubling Down - in blackjack a bet where the player's opening two-card hand is turned face up and player's original bet is doubled. The player is then dealt one additional card to complete the hand. If the player beats the dealer's hand or the dealer busts, then the player wins twice the amount of his bet. If the player loses, then he loses twice the amount of his bet.
  • Doubling-up. Also known as the Martingale System. After a loss the player doubles his previous bet hoping to win back the money lost and make a profit..
  • Down Card - A card placed or lying face-down.
  • Down to the Felt - No money or broke.
  • Draw - In Poker games. The word 'draw' has different meanings in different games, although generally it is to do with receiving more cards with the hope of improving your hand. Draw games are games where you are allowed to discard some or all of your cards and replace them with cards from the deck. 'Drawing two' means exchanging two of your cards. Generally it means to draw a card, e.g. if you need a card to make a straight, you are on a 'straight draw' or are 'drawing to a straight'. In a 'draw poker' game, it refers to the second round of cards that is dealt. 'The draw' is the point during the game at which players may do this. By default, when someone asks you if you want to play some 'draw', they usually mean 'five-card-draw In most poker games, drawing means staying in the game with the hope of improving your hand when cards are discarded and new ones drawn from the pack.
  • Drop - The money lost in a game.
  • Drop Box - On the table in the casino, the box that holds the cash, markers, and chips.
  • Edge - A player's advantage over an opponent.
  • En Prison - (French). The chips left on the table in roulette for another spin after backing an 'Even-money' bet where the result was 0 or 00. It is a bonus, offered in some casinos.
  • Even Money Bet - A bet with odds of 1 to 1. A bet that will pay you back the same amount you bet, plus your original wager.
  • Expected Win Rate - In slot machines. The percentage you can expect to win back over time of the total amount of money placed in the slots.
  • Eye in the Sky - Slang for 'video surveillance cameras' used by casinos to watch the operators and players.
  • Face Cards or Color Cards - The Jack, Queen and King in a suit of cards.
  • Fifth Street - In seven-card stud Poker, the third round of betting is called 'Fifth Street' because all players have five cards. In Texas Hold'em poker, 'Fifth Street' is the fifth card on board and the final round of betting.
  • Fill - In Poker. Drawing a card that makes a five-card hand such as a straight, a flush, a full house.
  • Fill up - In poker, to complete a full house.
  • Firing - Betting heavily. A player who is Firing is wagering large sums.
  • First Base - In Blackjack. The position on the far left of the dealer is 'First Base' and is the first position to be dealt to.
  • Fish - A player who loses. (The joke is "If you can't spot the fish at the table, YOU are the fish.)
  • Flat Betting - Betting the same amount on each wager. For example, where a player bets 10 on each hand or spin and never raises or lowers the bet, they would be said to be 'flat betting'.
  • Flat Top - A slot achine where the jackpot is always a fixed amount.
  • Flop - In some poker games such as Hold'em and Omaha, five community cards are dealt. The first three are dealt all at once and face up. These are called the 'flop'. Games with such a flop are called 'flop games'.
  • Foul - In Pai-Gow Poker. A hand is 'foul' when the two-card low hand is set higher than the five-card high hand, or when the hands are set with the wrong number of cards. A fouled hand is a losing hand.
  • Fourth Street - In Seven-card Stud poker, the second round of betting is called Fourth Street because players all have four cards. In Texas Hold'em poker, Fourth Street is the fourth card on board and the third round of betting.
  • Front Money - Cash or checks which are deposited with the casino to establish credit so that the player can receive chips to play with.
  • Grease - To bribe someone. To 'grease his palm'.
  • Gross Winnings - The total paid out, which includes the original stake.
  • Hand - In card games. The cards that you were dealt with or hold. Everything that happens in a card game between shuffles of the deck of cards.
  • Hard Count - Activity in which coins are counted. It is usually done in a room under tight security. Includes the counting of the coins from slot machines.
  • Hard Hand - In Blackjack. A hand that does not contain an Ace valued at 11. (You can value an Ace 1 or 11).
  • Hard Way Bet (or The Hardway Bet) - In Craps. Making a 'Hard Way' bet means going for the total of the two dice on doubles. A hard 6 can only be made by throwing two 3's. It is called the 'hard way' because it is not easy to achieve. There are only four hard way combinations: hard 4 (2x2), hard 6 (3x3), hard 8 (4x4), and hard 10 (5x5). These are not anytime one-roll wagers. Hard ways win if the selected hard way is rolled before a seven appears or before an "easy way" combination of the hard way total is hit. So if you have a bet on a hard 4 and a 3 and a 1 (easy 4) comes up before two 2's (hard 4), you lose your hard way bet.
  • High Poker - The standard poker game and not low poker or lowball poker. In high poker, the high hand wins.
  • High Roller - A gambler that places large bets.
  • Hit - In Blackjack. To take one more card. The card then received is also called a 'hit'.
  • Holding Your Own - Breaking even and not winning nor losing.
  • Hole Card - In Blackjack, the facedown card that the dealer gets. In Stud poker and Hold'em poker, the facedown cards dealt to each player.
  • Hot - A player on a winning streak. A slot machine that is consistently paying out.
  • House - A casino or gambling center. House also refers to the operators of a gambling game.
  • House Edge - The casino's built-in profit percentage, usually gained by paying slightly less than the odds.