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Poker Lingo, Acronyms, and Abbreviations

A look at poker terms, lingo, acronyms, and abbreviations, especially as it relates to online Internet poker.

A Comprehensive List of Poker Lingo, Acronyms, and Abbreviations

*Most of our POGs know these terms already but... 

Professional Rakeback has compiled for you a list of poker, sports betting, fantasy sports, casino and general gambling terms as many of these terms overlap in such closely related fields.  There are terms specific to US poker sites and poker rakeback as those happen to be things that we focus on here at PROFRB.  There are also a lot of online poker specific terminology mixed in.  We hope you enjoy this list, and if you have any additions, please contact us and we will be happy to add them in!  Think of this as your own personal poker dictionary and thesaurus.

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3B A bet, a raise, and then another raise. The third action is a 3-bet
4B four bet
6m 6-max game. A table with a maximum of 6 participants.
A top
AC Atlantic City
AFAIK As far As I know
AI all in
AIPF all-in pre flop
AP Absolute Poker
ATC Any Two Cards
Ax an Ace with any second card 
B top
B&M Brick & Mortar: A casino or card room.
bb big blind
BB Big Bet (note the distinction in capitalization)
BB/100 Big Bets per 100 hands.  A standard measure of win rate typically used for limit based poker games.
BBL Be Back Later
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 top
CB continuation bet
cc check check
c/c check and call any bet
c/f check and fold to a bet
CK Check
CO Cut Off position immediately to the right of the dealer
CP CardPlayer
C/R check raise
D top
DP Draw Poker; any of it's various forms.
E top
eg example
EP Early Position
EPN Equity Poker Network
EV Expected Value (+ or -)
-EV Negative Expected Value
+EV Positive Expected Value
F top
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
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
G top
GG Good Game
GL Good Luck
GTD Denoting the guaranteed prize pool of a poker tournament.
H top
HE Hold 'Em
HH Hand History
HJ HiJack position (2 seats right of the button)
HL High Limit Games
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)
HSNL High Stakes No Limt (2+2 Forum)
HTH Head To Head
HU Heads Up
HUD Heads Up Display
I top
ICM Independent Chip Model (advanced MTT concept)
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, otherwise known as a gutshot or bellybuster.
ITM In The Money
IYAM If You Ask Me
J top
JAT Just A Thought
K top
KTE Know Thine Enemy
L top
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 
LO8 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
LOL Laughing Out Loud, Lots of Luck
LP Late Position
M top
MGR Monthly Gross Revenue or Monthly Gross Rake
MHIG My Hand Is Good
MHING My Hand Is No Good
ML Middle Limit Games
MP Mid Position
MSNL Mid Stakes No Limit (2+2 Forum)
MTT Multi Table Tournament
NH Nice Hand
NL No Limit
 NT Nice Try
NSFW Not Safe For Work
O top
o offsuited - A7o would be an Ace and 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
OOTM Out Of The Money
OPP Opponent
OP Original Poster
OT Off Topic
OTOH On The Other Hand
P top
POG Professional Online Grinder
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
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
Q top
QFT Quoted For Truth
QOPTW Question Of Playing This Way
QOTPW Question Of This Player's Win
R top
r rainbow flop, such as Ac2d9s, often listed as A29r
R Rebuy $33+R would an $33 tournament with rebuys available
RB Rakeback
R+A Rebuy & AddOns $11+R would an $11 tournament with rebuys & add ons available
ROFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing
ROI return on investment
ROW Rest of World, used to describe players outside of the USA/Regulated markets.  i.e. players from unregulated poker markets



S top
s Suited - A7s would be an Ace and a 7 of the same suit
sc suited connector
sb small blind
SB Small Bet
SD Standard Deviation
SH Shorthanded
SNG Sit 'n' Go tournament
SNGPT Sit-n-Go Power Tools
SS Short Stack
STFU Shut The **** Up
STT Single table tournament
T top
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; See Theory Of Poker
TPBK Top Pair Best Kicker
TPGK Top Pair Good Kicker
TPNK Top Pair No Kicker
TPWK Top Pair Weak Kicker
TWIMC To Whom It May Concern
TY Thank You
UV top
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 top
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
WGAF Who Gives A F***
WGAFF Who Gives A Flying F***
WPT World Poker Tour
WSOP World Series Of Poker
WSOPME World Series Of Poker Main Event
WTF What the F***
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