All Gambling Terms Dictionary

Dealing [Poker]
Distributing cards to each player in a card game.
Dealing Seconds [Blackjack]
A method of cheating in which the dealer peeks at the card on the top of the deck and deals the second from the top if the first is beneficial to the player. The use of the shoe virtually eliminates the possibility of dealing seconds.
Dean [Poker]
A gambler who has the ability to calculate the odds, particularly in card games. Also, professor.
Death Spiral [Figure Skating]
In pairs skating, a difficult and crowd-pleasing move in which the male holds his partner's hand and pulls her in a circle around him; the female glides on one foot, with her body nearly horizontal to the ice.
Debit Bet [General]
Bets accepted by the bookmaker without a cash deposit but which allows the bookmaker to directly debit the gambler's bank account.
Deburr [Golf]
Process of removing any rough edges or surfaces from the inside of a hosel or from the inside of a shaft prior to installing a shaft into a head.
Decal [Motor Sports]
A tradition as old as Stock car racing itself. Decals are a low-budget form of advertising that sometimes provide rewards that are small, yet important to struggling teams. Contingency awards are sometimes tied to the display of decals.
Deceive [Fencing]
To evade the opponent.
Deception [Fencing]
Avoidance of an attempt to engage the blades; see disengage, coupe'
Decision [Wrestling]
A win by the wrestler who has scored the most points.It is a regular decision if the winner's score exceeds the loser's scorebyfewer than eight points.
Decision / Play Decision [Blackjack]
1. The option you are given on your particular turn. Play decisions include hitting, doubling down, standing, splitting, insuring and surrendering 2. A ruling by a floor person or supervisor when an error in procedure has occurred at a gaming table
Decision Altitude [Skydiving]
The altitude at which a skydiver is trained to begin execution of emergency procedures. Usually 2,500 feet (800 m) for students, and 1,800 feet (600 m) for expert skydivers.
Deck [Poker]
1) The 52 cards (53 if the joker is used) from which poker is played, consisting of four suits (clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades), each with 13 ranks (A or ace, 2 or deuce, 3 or trey, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, T or 10, J or jack, Q or queen, K or king). 2) The undealt portion of the cards, sometimes also called the deck, stock, or talon.3) Throw away your cards. "If you bet over $10, I'm going to deck this hand."
Deck Fence [Powerboating]
An upward extension of the sponson wall that rises above the deck.
Deck Lid [Motor Sports]
The trunk lid. On most Stock cars, the trunk is vestigal, but the lid remains for access to the fuel cell, oil tank, battery, and other things that might be stashed away in that space.
Deck Stacking [Blackjack]
A method of cheating in which cards favorable to the player are clumped at the end of the deck or shoe thus removing them from play.
Deck Stepped [Sailing]
A mast that is stepped (placed) on the deck of a boat rather than through the boat and keel stepped. The mast of a deck stepped boat is usually easier to raise and lower and are usually intended for lighter conditions than keel stepped boats.
Deck Trap [Powerboating]
Same as deck fence.
Deckhead [Sailing]
The underside of the deck, viewed from below (the ceiling.)
Deckwork [Synchro Swimming]
Movements performed on the deck of the pool, as part of a routine, before the athletes enter the water. Limited to 10 seconds in international competition.
Declaration [Poker]
1) Verbal showdown. If prior to showing your cards you say, "I have a full house," that statement is a declaration. 2) In a high-low split game, using chips or voice to indicate whether you're going for high, low, or both. Such a declaration is usually done after all the betting is over, and is either consecutive or sequential. This is not common in public card rooms, where high-low split games are usually played in what is called cards speak.
Declaration of Weights [Greyhound Racing]
The publication of weights allocated to each horse nominated for a race by the handicapper.
Declare [Poker]
In high/low games, declaring one's hand as high or low or both ways (usually done with chips in hand). Usually played in home games.
Declare Games [Poker]
Games in which a player must declare the value of his hand in order to claim the pot.
Declared [Horse Racing]
In the United States, a horse withdrawn from a stakes race in advance of scratch time. In Europe, a horse confirmed to start in a race.
Decreasing Radius Turn [Motor Sports]
Turn that tightens up as you progress through it.
Deductible [Motor Sports]
The amount of money or percentage of expenses that will be covered by the insured.
Deductions [General]
When a horse is scratched from a race after betting on that race has already started, deductions are taken out of the win and place bets at a rate in proportion to the odds of the scratched horse.
Deep [Poker]
1) With respect to a lowball hand, the rank of the top card of the hand one is trying to make when that card is lower than another draw one could make. For example, Jim stands pat, after having bet all his chips before the draw. 2) Pertaining to how many chips one has. In a no-limit game, while contemplating a bet into or a bet from another, a player might ask, "How deep are you?," meaning, "How much money do you have on the table?" Such a question might be asked because the player of whom it is asked might have chips of mixed denominations, jumbled stacks, or bundles of uncounted bills.
Deep Bore [Golf]
A model of wood or iron whose hosel bore depth exceeds 1 1/2”.
Deep Face [Golf]
A club face that measures higher than average from the sole of the club to the crown. This is a relative measure; no specific measurement dimension is applied to the term deep face. Deep face clubs tend to have a higher CG and thus will launch the ball on a lower trajectory.
Deep Flexor Tendon [Horse Racing]
Present in all four legs, but injuries most commonly affect the front legs. Located on the back (posterior) of the front leg between the knee and the foot and between the hock and the foot on the rear leg. The function is to flex the digit (pastern) and knee (carpus) and to extend the elbow on the front leg and extend the hock on the rear leg. Functions in tandem with the superficial flexor tendon.
Deep Staged [Motor Sports]
A driver is deep staged when, after staging, he or she rolls a few inches farther, which causes the pre-stage lights to go out. In that position, the driver is closer to the finish line but dangerously close to a foul start. This technique is often used to get a better reaction time. Sixty-foot time: The time it talkes a vehicle to cover the first 60 feet of the racetrack. It is the most accurate measure of the launch from the starting line and in most cases determines how quick the rest of the run will be.
Deep Stretch [Horse Racing]
A position very close to the finish line in race.
Deep-Faced [Golf]
Pertaining to a clubface and meaning having a club face that is relatively thick from top to bottom.
Def [Blackjack]
An abbreviation for defenestrate, which means to be thrown out of a window. If you are accidentally kicked out of chat, you have been defenestrated.
Default [Wrestling]
A default is awarded when one of the competitors is unable to continue for any reason. A default is worth 6 team points in duel meet competition.
Default Charges [Motor Sports]
Fees charged the lessee as a result of missing payments or otherwise defaulting on the lease. Typical charges include all remaining payments and any additional costs incurred in reclaiming the vehicle. The security deposit may also be lost.
Defender [Table Tennis]
A player who concentrates on returning shots, hitting many pushes, chops, and blocks, waiting for the opponent to make a mistake. Compare attacker.
Defenders [Soccer]
The players on the team that does not have possession of the ball.
Defending Team [Soccer]
The team that does not have possession of the ball.
Defense [Basketball]
The act of preventing the offense from scoring; the team without the ball.
Defenseman [Ice Hockey]
A player who is primarily responsible for preventing the opposition from scoring. There are usually two defensemen on ice for a team at any given time, and they are usually positioned closer to their own goal cage than the forwards.
Defensemen [Ice Hockey]
Two players who make up a team’s defensive unit usually stationed in or near their defensive zone to help the goalie guard against attack; sometimes they lead an attack. The left defenseman covers the left half of the rink, the right defenseman plays to the right, but they can skate into each other’s territory.
Defensive Batting Average [Baseball]
A composite statistic incorporating various defensive statistics to arrive at a number akin to batting average. The formula uses standard deviations to establish a spread from best to worst.
Defensive Bet [Poker]
A small bet (usually made in no-limit poker) to protect one's hand, generally so as not to have to call a much larger bet, or to limit a potential loss.
Defensive Board [Basketball]
1) The backboard behind the basket a team is defending. 2) A defensive rebound.
Defensive Line [Ice Hockey]
Consists of two defensemen.
Defensive Midfielder [Soccer]
The player positioned just in front of his team's defense; he is often assigned to mark the opposition's best offensive player; also called the midfield anchor.
Defensive Pressure [Soccer]
When one or more defenders closely mark a ball carrier to harass him into losing the ball.
Defensive Rebound [Basketball]
A rebound by a player on defense.
Defensive Team [Water Polo]
The team that does not have control of the ball; opposite of attacking team.
Defensive Wrestler [Wrestling]
The defensive wrestler is considered to be the wrestler who is in a position in which he is being controlled or restar4inede by his opponent. The defensive wrestler is often referred to as the "bottom man".
Defensive Zone [Ice Hockey]
The area in a team's own end of the ice, between the blue line and the goal line.
Deflection [Ice Hockey]
A shot or pass that changes direction when it strikes a player, skate, or stick. While often accidental, a deflection may also be a deliberate act of a player who uses the stick to redirect a teammate's shot into the goal cage.
Degenerate [General]
A compulsive gambler.
Degenerative Joint Disease (Djd) [Horse Racing]
Any joint problem that has progressive degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying (subchondral) bone. Occurs most frequently in the joints below the radius in the foreleg and femur in the hind leg. Some of the more common causes include repeated trauma, conformation faults, blood disease, traumatic joint injury, subchondral bone defects (OCD lesions) and excessive intra-articular corticosteroid injections. Also known as osteoarthritis.
Degree of Difficulty [Diving]
A measure applied to each dive, ranging from 1.2 to 3.6. The judges' scores are multiplied by the degree of difficulty to determine the total score on a dive.
Dehydration [Horse Racing]
This condition is seen in hot weather when the horse is lacking fluid in his body and in his blood. This condition is very weakening and must be corrected before a horse can train properly.
Deke [Ice Hockey]
To fake, either with the puck or the body, in order to get a defensive player out of position or off balance. Short for "decoy."
Deke or Deking [Ice Hockey]
A decoying or faking motion by the puck-carrier; the art of making a defensive player think you are going to pass or move in a certain direction when you are not. There are shoulder dekes, stick dekes and head dekes.
Delay Box [Motor Sports]
An electronic device with adjustable timers used to release trans brakes or line locks.
Delay of Game [Ice Hockey]
An infraction that covers several different offenses. The most common is when a player, most often the goalie, shoots or bats the puck out of the playing area. Other offenses include deliberately displacing a goal post from its normal position, freezing the puck against the boards or the net when not being checked, and obvious delays in substitution by a coach. The infraction generally incurs a two-minute minor, but it may result in a penalty shot if a goal post is intentionally displaced when an opposing player has a breakaway.
Delayed Offside [Ice Hockey]
An apparent offside on which the linesman doesn't blow the whistle immediately because a defending player has gained control of the puck near the blue line. If the player loses possession before crossing the blue line, the offside will be called.
Delayed Penalty [Ice Hockey]
1) A penalty that isn't called immediately because the non-offending team has control of the puck in an advantageous position. The referee raises an arm to signal the penalty but doesn't blow the whistle to stop action and enforce the penalty until the offending team gets the puck. 2) A penalty that isn't immediately assessed because the offending team already has two players in the penalty box. It is enforced when one of the two previously penalized players leaves the box.
Delayed Penalty or Delayed Call [Ice Hockey]
When an official raises his arm but does not blow his whistle, waiting to see the outcome of a play before calling a penalty; this is done so as not to penalize the non-offending team by stopping its momentum; a penalty that is delayed, and then not called, is waved off and play continues uninterrupted; also a penalty against the team that has only 4 players on the ice, which is assessed only when one of its players gets out of the penalty box.
Delayed Triple Peel [Croquet]
Abandoning a triple peel temporarily, to be resumed later in the turn.
Delivery [Blackjack]
Method of getting cards to the players. "In the single deck game we pitch the cards to the players."
Deltahedral [Golf]
Dimple patter on a ball characterized by 24 triangular rows of dimples.
Denomination [Video Poker]
The denomination of each card is its number from two through ten, or is Jack, Queen, King or Ace.
Dent [Poker]
Perform a cheating maneuver consisting of marking the back of a card with a fingernail or by bending a corner. Also, round.
Deny the Ball [Basketball]
Prevent an opponent from getting the ball by guarding him closely and staying between him and the player in possession of the ball.
Deposit [Motor Sports]
A sum of money to hold a deal until the paperwork is complete. If the deal is closed, the deposit is applied to the down payment.
Depreciation [Motor Sports]
The decrease in a vehicle's market value over time. The amount of yearly depreciation is affected by vehicle condition; resale-marketplace supply and demand; and make and model reputation. Convertibles, high-performance cars, trucks and vans tend to depreciate less than other vehicles.
Dept. of the Interior [Craps]
When you want to make an inside bet.
Depth Sounder [Sailing]
An instrument that uses sound waves to measure the distance to the bottom.
Depth-Charging [Blackjack]
A method of play described by Arnold Snyder in his book "Black belt in Blackjack", in which a player would either make flat bets or bet the table minimum on the first round of play after a shuffle and then raise his bets regardless of the count as play continues until the next shuffle. It is dependent upon the player seeing as many cards as possible, counting them using a counting system and making strategy variations based upon the count. In order to be successful, this method of play requires a count with a high playing efficiency and a deeply dealt single deck game.
Derailleur [Cycling]
A mechanism that moves the bicycle chain from one gear sprocket to another when the gear is shifted.
Derby [Horse Racing]
A classic race for three-year-old pacers or trotters.
Derniere [Roulette]
A French term for last and refers to the last group of 12 numbers in the Dozen Bet.
Derobement [Fencing]
Deception of the attack au fer or prise de fer.
Deru Pon [Martial Arts]
A term used to denote the winning of a judo contest in the opening seconds before a contestant has had time to adjust him or herself, or even grasped the opponent's jacket.
Descending Spin [Synchro Swimming]
A 180- or 360-degree spin that begins at the apex of the vertical position and is completed when the heels reach the surface.
Descent [Bobsledding]
A trip down a bobsled track.
Deshi [Martial Arts]
Disciple" or "student.
Designated for Assignment [Baseball]
When a player has been designated for assignment, his team has 10 days to decide to return him to the active roster, outright him to the minors, trade him, or release him. A player may only be designated for assignment if the 40-man roster is full and a player needs to be added. If a trade is made, a player is often designated for assignment to make immediate room for him on the 40-man roster. Most often, a player is designated for assignment when the team doesn't have time to wait for him to clear waivers to add another player to the roster. Often a player designated for assignment is just being passed through waivers so he can be outrighted to the minors or released.
Designated Hitter [Baseball]
A player who bats in place of the pitcher in the American League only. The D.H. does not play in the field. The National League has no D.H. but pinch hitters are allowed.
Designated Shuffler [Blackjack]
The designated shuffler will shuffle the cards on a small area attached to the back of the blackjack table while the dealer deals from the one in use on the table. A method of speeding up the game of Blackjack by using two sets of cards at a table (one in play and one on the side).
Desirability Index [Blackjack]
A term coined by Don Schlesinger in his book Blackjack Attack. It is a number derived by dividing the win rate by the standard deviation for the particular game being examined and multiplying the result by 100. The lowest desirability index number given in Schlesinger's book is -0.52 and the highest is 16.04. The higher the number, the better the game. In general terms, a player would look for a desirability index of 6.6 or higher to find game which would be considered to be playable to most counters.
Desmitis [Horse Racing]
Inflammation of a ligament. Often a result of tearing of any number of ligament fibrils.
Despite Trouble [Golf]
Overcame traffic problems to compete.
Destination & Delivery Charges [Motor Sports]
The cost of transporting the vehicle from the assembly plant to the dealership. Usually a flat fee passed on to the buyer without any markup.
Destroy [Horse Racing]
To kill a horse.
Destroy Shot [Croquet]
A shot taken with the great force in order to send a croqueted ball the furthest distance possible.
Detachment [Fencing]
The situation in which both blades break contact.
Determinator [Golf]
A patented device invented by True Temper to measure how a player “loads” a shaft. The readings from the Determinator are then used in recommending a True Temper Shaft.
Detroit Locker [Motor Sports]
A brand name of a ratchet rear end commonly used in Winston Cup.
Deuce [Table Tennis]
The situation when the score is 10 all (20-all if game is 21). The players then alternate serves until one of them wins by taking a 2-point lead.
Deuce Dealer [Poker]
A mechanic (card manipulator) whose specialty is dealing the second card from the top. The reason for such a move is to hold back the top card, which he knows because he has peeked it, until he can deal it to himself, to a confederate, or to someone he is trying to cheat. Sometimes second dealer. Also called deuce dealer, number two man.
Deuce Player [Poker]
Someone who usually plays $2-limit.
Deuce to Seven [Poker]
In a game played for low, deuce to seven usually means that the best low hand is simply the worst poker hand. If you haven't figured it out already, that hand is 75432, with no flush. Deuce to seven lowball is also called Kansas City, or Kansas City lowball.
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball [Poker]
In a game played for low, deuce to seven usually means that the best low hand is simply the worst poker hand. If you haven't figured it out already, that hand is 75432, with no flush. Deuce to seven lowball is also called Kansas City, or Kansas City lowball.
Deuces Full [Poker]
A full house consisting of three deuces and another pair.
Deuces Wild [Poker]
A form of high poker in which the 2s are wild (that is, a 2 can represent any other card for the purpose of forming a better hand: a deuce can pair any other card, fill the "hole" in a straight, make the fifth of four cards to a flush, and so on); usually played as draw poker.
Developed Print [Horse Racing]
If a judge calls for a developed print, it means he or she has not been able to determine who the winner and/or placegetters of a race are, because they have finished so close together. A camera is fitted into the finish post which takes a photo the minute a horse crosses its infra-red beam. The judge has this photo developed in order to accurately decide the finishing order of horses.
Development [Fencing]
Extension of the sword arm as part of a lunge.
Deviation [Sailing]
See magnetic deviation or compass error.
Device [Blackjack]
"computers" or any other calculating or note taking instrument that can be used by players. Casinos are using "devices" (i.e. computers) freely so far, in Nevada and elsewhere, to identify counting play, track customers, recognize faces etc. You cannot use a device to play Blackjack in Nevada by law. Also in most other places, in the US and abroad. The definition of "device" has not been determined exactly through legal precedent.
Devil Take the Hindmost [Cycling]
A popular name for the miss-and-out race.
Devil's Bedposts [Poker]
The four of clubs.
Devil's Number [Bingo]
Devil's Playthings [Poker]
Dew Sweepers [Golf]
The first groups of golfers on the course in the morning.
Dewey [Poker]
1) A request for two cards. When it is her turn to draw cards, and a player says, "Dewey," she means, "Kindly give me two cards." 2) Deuce (the card).
Dewey Duck [Poker]
Deuce (the card). (In a wonderful pun built on this term, pan players sometimes call a deuce a Gooey Duck.)
Deworming [Horse Racing]
The use of drugs (anthelmintics) to kill internal parasites, often performed by oral paste or by passing a nasogastric tube into the horse's stomach.
Dfa [General]
District Football Association.
Dh [Horse Racing]
Abbreviation for dead heat.
Dha [General]
District Hockey Association.
Dhanu [Archery]
The personification of the bow in Hindu mythology.
Di [Blackjack]
1. The acronym for "Desirability Index". 2. The acronym for Desert Inn, a Las Vegas casino.
Diagonal Parry [Fencing]
A parry in which the opponent's blade is moved from high to low, or vice versa, on the opposite side. See also croise.
Diagonal Side-Slipping [Skiing]
Skidding sideways on skis down a hill, at an angle to the fall-line, but not directly down it.
Diagonal Side-Stepping [Skiing]
Climbing up a hill, at an angle to the fall-line, but not directly up it -- sometimes used in conjunction with diagonal stride for ease of movement.
Diagonal Skating [Skiing]
Also known as diagonal V-skating, or single-pole skating, or herringbone skating, this is skating with a diagonal stride style of movement, except that the legs skate instead of stride along the direction of travel (arms work as per normal striding).
Diagonal Striding [Skiing]
Striding in which the skier's opposite arm and leg move simultaneously, as when walking on foot. Each stride achieves a gliding phase when executed efficiently.
Diagonals [Equestrian Sports]
Movements that test the coordination of the rider's posting and up-down motion with the diagonal movement of the horse's legs while trotting.
Dial Under [Motor Sports]
Dialing under allows drivers in Super Stock and Stock, which are handicap categories, to select an elapsed time quicker than the national index. As with a dial-in, a driver selects a dial-under, or e.t., that he or she thinks the car will run based on qualifying performance. The breakout rule is in effect. (Drag racing)
Dial-in [Motor Sports]
The number you write on your windows that you think your car will run without going faster.
Dial-Under [Motor Sports]
Dialing under allows drivers in Super Stock and Stock, which are handicap categories, to select an elapsed time quicker than the national index. A driver selects a dial-under, or e.t., that he or she thinks the car will run based on previous performance. The breakout rule is in effect. Slider clutch: A multi-disc clutch designed to slip ntil a predetermined rpm is reached. Decreases shock load to the drive wheels.
Dialed in [Skydiving]
To be in sync with a teammate or to know the performance parameters of your equipment.
Dialing in [Motor Sports]
This refers to the driver and crew making setup adjustments to achieve the car's optimum handling characteristics.
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