The Online Poker Chat Language


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The proliferation of technology especially smartphones has gradually influenced the way people communicate and rise of Internet slang and the Online Poker Industry was also not spared.

Internet slang originated in the early days of the Internet with some terms predating the Internet. Internet slang is used in chat rooms, social networking services, online games, video games and in the online community. The primary motivation for using a slang unique to the Internet, is to ease communication.

Online games provide chat boxes People were writing these weird letter combinations in the chat box, and I had no idea what they meant. I didn’t have much experience with online gaming, so most of the expressions were completely new to me.

Every online game provides chat boxes to communicate across tables to invoke real time experience.  As an amateur player, I could not make out most of the Poker slangs and short forms from the Chat box. Online Poker was something new to me.

Quoted below are the popular slangs of the Poker Realm.

3-bet 3b A bet, a raise, and then another raise. The third action is a 3-bet
4b Four bet
6m 6-max
7SFAP Seven Card Stud For Advanced Players
AC Atlantic City
AFAIK As far As I know
AI all in
AIPF all-in pre flop
AP Absolute Poker
ATF About The Forums (2+2 Forum)
ATC any two cards
Ax an Ace with any second card
bb big blind
BB Big Bet
BB/100 Big Bets per 100 hands (standard measure of win rate)
BBL Be Back Later
BBV Brags, Beats & Variance (2+2 Forum)
BBV4L Brags, Beats & Variance For Life (2+2 Forum)
b/c bet and call a raise
b/f bet and fold to a raise
BI Bring In
BR Bank Roll
BRB Be Right Back
BTW By The Way
BWDIK But What Do I Know
c-bet continuation bet
cc check check
c/c check and call any bet
c/f check and fold to a raise
CK Check
CO Cut Off position immediately to the right of the dealer
CP CardPlayer
c/r check raise
DP Draw Poker
EP Early Position
EV Expected Value (+ or -)
-EV Negative Expected Value
+EV Positive Expected Value
FE Fold Equity
FH Full House
FL Fixed Limit
FPP Frequent Player Points
FPS Fancy Play Syndrome
FT Final Table
FT Full Table
FT(P) Full Tilt(Poker)
FW Foxwoods Casino
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYI For Your Information
FYP Fixed Your Post
GG Good Game
GL Good Luck
GTD Guaranteed $1m GTD would be a tournament where prize money of over $1m was guaranteed
HE Hold ‘Em
HFAP Hold’em For Advanced Players.
HH Hand History
HJ HiJack position
HL High Limit Games
HoH Harrington on Hold ‘Em
HORSE A game that rotates through H – Holdem, O – Omaha hi/lo 8-or-better, R – Razz,
S – Stud (hi only), E – Eight-or-better Stud hi/lo (all limit)
HP Hollywood Park
HSNL High Stakes No Limt (2+2 Forum)
HTH Head To Head
HU Heads Up
HUD Heads Up Display
ICM Independent Chip Model
IFYW If You Wish
IGHN I Go Home Now
IIRC If I Remember Correctly
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
ISD Inside Straight Draw
ITM In The Money
IYAM If You Ask Me
JAT Just A Thought
KOTZ King Of Tthe Zoo – 2+2 tournament
LAG Loose aggressive (player)
LAP Loose passive (player)
LC Low Content
LDO LOL, Duh, Obviously or Like Duh, Obviously
LHE Limit Hold ‘Em
LL Lower Limit games
LMAO Laugh My A** Off (available with numerous variations)
LO8 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
LOL Laughing Out Loud, Lots of Luck,etc
LP Late Position
MGR Monthly Gross Revenue
MHIG My Hand Is Good
MHING My Hand Is No Good
ML Middle Limit Games
MM Mason Malmuth
MP Mid Position
MSNL Mid Stakes No Limit (2+2 Forum)
MTT Multi Table Tournament
NH Nice Hand
NL No Limit
NT No Text in post
NT Nice Try
NSFW Not Safe For Work
o offsuited – K7o would be a King & 7 of different suits
O8 Omaha Hi-Lo
OESD Open Ended Straight Draw
OESFD Open Ended Straight Flush Draw
OMG Oh My God!
OOP Out of position
OOT Other Other Topics – 2+2 forum
OOTM Out Of The Money
OPP Opponent
OP Original Poster
OT Off Topic
OTOH On The Other Hand
PF Pre Flop
PFR Pre Flop Raiser
PL Pot Limit
PLO Pot Limit Omaha
PM Private Message
PO Poker Ofiice
PLO8 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
POTD Post of the Day
POTM Post of the Month
POTW Post of the Week
POTY Post of the Year
POV Point of View
PP Party Poker
PP Pocket Pair
PPM Party Poker Million tournament
PS Poker Stars
PSB Pot Sized Bet
PSR Pot Sized Raise
PT Poker Tracker
PTL Player To My Left
PTR Player To My Right
QOPTW Question Of Playing This Way
QOTPW Question Of This Player’s Win
r rainbow flop
R Rebuy $11+R would an $11 tournament with rebuys available
RB Rakeback
R+A Rebuy & AddOns $11+R would an $11 tournament with rebuys & add ons available
RGP – a longrunning usenet, now available as a forum
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing with numerous variations
s Suited – K7s would be a King & 7 of the same suit
sc suited connector
SMZ Sklansky, Malmuth & Zee – 2+2 Publisher’s/Authors
SB Small Blind or Small Bet depending on how it is used in sentence.
SD Standard Deviation
SH Shorthanded
SNG Sit ‘n’ Go tournament
SNGPT Sit-n-Go Power Tools
SS Short Stack
SSNL Small Stakes No Limit (also 2+2 forum)
STT Single table tournament
STTF Single table tournament forum (2+2 Forum)
T$ Tournament dollars, which can be used on a particular site to buy into tournaments
T&C Terms & Conditions
TAG Tight aggressive player
TC Terms & Conditions
TL;DR Too long; didn’t read
TOP/FTO Fundamental Theorem Of Poker
TPBK Top Pair Best Kicker
TPGK Top Pair Good Kicker
TPNK Top Pair No Kicker
TPWK Top Pair Weak Kicker
TTH Turbo Texas HE
TTHRIC This Thread Has Run Its Course
TWIMC To Whom It May Concern
TY Thank You
UB Ultimate Bet
UTG Under The Gun.
UTG Under the gun – first position, to the left of the big blind
UTG+1 To the left of UTG
VB Value Bet
VNH Very Nice Hand
VPIP % Voluntarily Put(money) In Pot
W$ Poker Stars Tournament dollars which can be used to buy into Poker Stars tournaments
WA/WB Way Ahead/Way Behind
WCOOP World Championship of Online Poker – series of high buy in tournaments held on Poker Stars
WGAFF Who Gives A Flying Fig
WPT World Poker Tour
WSOP World Series Of Poker
WSOPME World Series Of Poker Main Event



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