Gambling Dictionary Section Letter: D

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Daub: A cheating strategy where the cards are marked/colored for easy identification later.

Days: A term referred to as work shifts occurring during any daylight hours by employees in general.

Day-Trip Market: A market area that can be used to drive to the casino and then back home the same day while having time for gambling as well.

1) Used for a non-player. Refers to a patron who is out of money.
2) A patron out of money; one who is broke.
3) A charter bus that leaves the casino with no accompanied passengers. It is commonly referred to when the bus initiates it run.

Dead Table: Describes an open table with no players.

Deadwood Players: People who wander around a casino but do not actively participate in any game.

Deal: The act of giving out cards during a hand.

Deal Around: An act by a dealer when he intentionally refrains from dealing cards to a player, one who commonly is devoid of resources.

Deal Out

1) The act of ruling out/excluding player or players from a game’s circle.

2) Used for dealers when they get cards to the players.

Dealer: One who works as a casino employee and executes table games. Also referred to as the Croupier.

Dealer Signature: An unintentional or non-deliberate act performed by a Roulette dealer when spinning the ball in a usual manner.

Dean: A gambler who is smart enough to calculate the odds and related ratios/percentages.

Deep Pockets: One who has a heavy, fully loaded bankroll.

Deferred: The act of understanding about the commission being paid later.

Delivery: Method or approach used for getting cards to the players.

Denomination: The sum value of a chip, cash or card.

Designated Dealer: A system that includes a rotating position and determines as to who is expected to place the blind bets.

Desperado: A player who wagers without any credit support if he loses.

Destination Market: A market segment expected to stay overnight and is usually accounted for as a part of a vacation.


  • A $2 note.
  • The two in cards.
  • The two-spot on the die/dice.

Deuce Dealers: A second dealer who can deal with the next card if the top card in the next is not likely to favor him.

Dice: Known to be the plural of dice. Referred to as the two objects in Craps game. Each dice has sides with dots ranging from 1-6 numbers on each side.

Dice are off: Dice that are not valid and are an outcome of a cheat’s effort.

Dice Boat: A container holding the dice but is not used. Usually placed on the table.

Dice Chute: A plastic cube that delivers the dice and is used in some games so as to reduce any cheating opportunity by using a dice cup or by simply throwing of the dice by hand.

Dice Degenerate: A player of the Craps game who is unable to control the compulsion to bet/gamble/wager.

Dice Mechanic: A player who throws the dice in a manner that the random movement of it is limited. Such a player is able to predict accurately about the probable numbers.

Dice Picker: One who is a casino employee and is accounted to dice picking which are either fallen or thrown off the Craps table.

Die: Generally referred to as dice in its multiple form. It is a small cube with dots that are accounted numbers ranging from 1-6.

Dime or Dime Bet: Refers to a wager of $1000.

Dirty Money:

  • Illegal acquisition of money.
  • Chips that are not returned to the bankroll even after losing wagers.


  • Refers to used cards.
  • A card removed from the hand and is not likely to be used till the next shuffle time.

Discard Holder: Refer to: Discard Tray.

Discard Tray: A tray that supports discarded, burnt, mucked, or taken out cards.

Do: Refers to a pass line bet or a come bet in a Craps game.

Dog: One who is accounted as the underdog in any betting plan.

Dog It: The act of being afraid during an extended winning line wherein the player has to increase the bet.

Dollar: Used for a $100 bet.

Dolly: Used to mark a winning number, cylindrical in shape, made out of glass and a part of Roulette.

Don’t: A term referring to a don’t pass or a don’t come wager in Craps.

Don’t Come: A wager in Craps placed after the come out roll and depends on the next roll that can be 2-3 wins, a 12 which is a standoff and 7 or 11 loses.

Don’t Pass Line: An area where the players make the don’t pass bets in Craps game.

Doorman: A casino employee that permits the players to a gaming roll. Commonly practiced in European casinos.

Door Card: The very first revealed card or the up card.

Double Apron: A cheating strategy where the casino employees add more pockets to pocketless aprons to hide the chips.

Double Deck: Refers to two decks that hold the dealer’s hand and is used in Blackjack.

Double Down: A bet which requires the player to place a bet of an amount that is equal to the initial, original bet placed so as to acquire one more card that will complete the hand. This limits hands to have two cards only and is a part of Blackjack.

Double Duke: A cheating strategy manipulated by a dealer who apparently deals a player a very good hand but on the same hand, he deals himself a far better one.

Double Exposure: It is a variation of Blackjack where the dealer’s cards are shows prior the bettors playing hands and is also expected to have some rules changes to reimburse for the benefit given to the bettors.

Double Odds: Executed in Craps and in limited casinos. It is involved only when a player takes odds to bet double the original bet.

Double Up: To extend a bet by an equal amount. Also known as Double up Betting System which is doubling a bet after losing in hopes of regaining the lost money.

Double Zero: Refers to American Roulette wheels.

Doubling Up: Used for the act of doubling the size of the last bet and serves as the foundation of various betting techniques.

Down Card: the face-down card which the baccarat player is dealt with.

Down With Odds: A term used by a dealer when he pays off a place bet and moves the same players come bet on a certain number and ensures that the player is covered on that particular number.

Dozen Bet: A wager on any 12 numbers in roulette. Example: 1-12, 13-24, 25-36 etc.

Drag Down: The action of removing either all or only part of a winning wager and is regarded as the opposite of letting it ride.

Dragging: A cheating technique where the cheat removes all the chips from the bet as soon as the game is in progress.


  • In Poker, the act of discarding cards from a hand that the player either draws or receives new cards so as to replace all the discarded ones.
  • Regarded as a variation of poker.

Draw Button: Refers to permitting of a video poker player to draw as much as five new cards.

Driller: A cheating technique so the cheats are able to cheat the slot machines in a way that a hole is drilled into any one side of a slot machine and modify it so the machine plays exactly the way the cheat wants.

Drop: Refers to the total amount of cash and markers given in a particular timeframe and can be seen on a shift, a table and any area in the casino.

Drop Box: Known as a fortified box and is placed under a table. It is connected to a lot where the dealers are able to place money as well as chips into the box without the need for a security deposit. It is also replaced with an empty box and moved to the cage where contents are counted and removed.

Drop Box Slot: A hole located directly above the Drop Box and allows money along with other items to be placed into the lock box securely. It consists of a cover or a plunger that helps the dealer place money into the Drop Box and also the slot when it is not in use.

Dropping: The act of putting chips into the toke box, performed by the casino’s employee.

Drop Cut: The act of placing a stack of chips on the table and lifting the stack back with the desired number of chips remaining on the table. Also regarded as the Thumb Cut and the Cut Cheques as well.

Drop Percentage:

Describes the actual money spent by players in a casino. The casino edge is only 3% generally but the drop percentage can be around 20% since players wager almost the same money.

Drown: A term used for heavy losses.

Dry: Refers to a broke player and can be used for one or more than one player as per their out of money state.

Ducks: Refers to a pair of two.

Duke: Indicates a big hand at a table.

Dummy up and Deal: An old-time Nevada phrase. It was employed by authorities to make the dealer refrain from talking and consequently speed up the game.

Dumping: Refers to losing a heavy sum of money on a rapid/swift scale.

Dumping off a game: A cheating strategy that involves a dealer who permits his mate to win the money from a casino.

Dust him off: An act that tends to flatter a player by noting all smart efforts and actions performed by him.

Dutch Book: A term that refers to a price makers odds line that totals to more than 100%.