Abbreviations (acronyms) in poker – what do they mean and how to apply them?

Abbreviations are essential for exchanging information in poker. From understanding a message in a chat room, to reading professional literature and articles, every poker player needs to be well versed in both common and jargon abbreviations. We will help you with this.

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Slang acronyms.

We will start with the common abbreviations related to the Internet slang. They can be found everywhere on the Internet, including in poker – mainly in chat rooms.


AFAIK (as far as I know).


BS (bullshit) – nonsense, nonsense, nothing.

BRB – be right back. Also possible options: BBL (be back later), BBS (be back soon).

BTW – by the way.


G1 (great one) – excellent or good (like evaluating action, person, hands, combinations, etc.). There are also variants N1 – nice one.

GG (good game) = GP (good play).

GL (good luck). There is also a longer variant: GLA (Good Luck All) – good luck to everyone.

GTG (got to go) – must go.


IMHO (in my humble opinion). A less popular option – IMO (in my opinion) – in my opinion.


JMO – just my opinion. It is used as a defensive phrase in the situation of someone’s aggression against your point of view.


LMAO (laughing my ass off) – very funny (with sarcasm). The phrase is a meme born after the movie “Ace Ventura” from a scene where Jim Kerry uses his buttocks to illustrate a sarcastic laugh.

LOL laughing out loud. Another option for this abbreviation is KEK. This word is not translated in any way, but the legend says that it came from World of Warcraft. There, correspondence between players of two factions – Horde and Alliance – is transformed for members of the other faction according to a special algorithm, so LOL at Horde Alliance sees as KEK.


M8 (mate) – buddy.


NP – no problem.


OFC (of course) – sure.

OMG – oh, my God!

OT – off topic.


ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing.


WD (well done) – great job.

WP – well played.

WTG way to go – keep it up.

Professional acronyms

Next in line are abbreviations related to jargonism – specialized words and turns used in a particular field. These include, for example, abbreviations of terms describing game styles and opponent stats.


AF is an aggression factor. Describes the ratio of the number of bets and raids of a player to the number of his calls per bet of an opponent.

ATS an attempt to steal. Reflects the frequency with which a player attacks the blinds from a late position.


B/C – bet / call . Statue to describe situations where a player bets and collects in response to an opponent’s raid.

B/F – bet / fold. A status to describe a bet and the subsequent drop of a hand on an opponent’s raid.

BB is a big blind. A mandatory bet in the Pot, which is placed “blind” even before the player receives his cards. The Big Blind is also the name of the position at which the player must place this bet.

BR is a bankroll. This term refers to the amount that a player determines for playing poker. It is related to this term:

BRB bankroll building – The building or building of a bankroll. This term refers to actions to increase the amount of bankroll.

BRM bankroll management – Bankroll management or bankroll management.

BSS – big stack strategy. It means landing to a table with a maximum stack of 100 BB and playing with a stack.

BU – Button. This is the name of the position at which the player gives out cards (is a “dealer”).


C/B (check behind) – A return cheque is a check made by a player after his opponent’s check.

C/C (check / call) – line of drawing, where the player checks and – after the opponent’s bet – makes a call.

C/F (check / fold) – the player’s check with the subsequent reset after the opponent’s bet.

C/R (check / raise) – player’s check with the subsequent raise in response to an opponent’s bet.

CO “cut-off”. Position at the table to the right of the Button, just before the Button. The name is due to the fact that this position is most convenient for “cutting off” players in earlier positions.


EP – early position. This is the name of the position of the player at the table, which is the battle.

EV – expected value). This term refers to the expected benefit or loss amount in a particular situation, taking into account the possible options for drawing and the outcome of each of them.


FL – fixed limit. A type of game in which the maximum bet is limited.

FR (full ring) – full or full table – being at the table in a game of seven or more players.


GH – good hand or NH – nice hand.

GF is a good fold.


HU heads up – is a game that takes place only between two players, without anyone else at the table,


ICM – independent chip model. This is the name of the system of playing in a tournament with high blinds, when the stacks of all remaining players in the tournament are converted into equivalent shares in the tournament price pool.

IP – in position. This term means finding a player in a position that gives him the opportunity to act after his opponents.

ITM – in the money. It denotes a situation where a player gets into the prize zone in a tournament.


LA/LAG (loose aggressive) is a luzo aggressive style of play, where the poker player frequently enters the bank and raises a lot.

LH – long hand. The game is played with 7 to 10 players.

LP – late position. A table position in which the player sits on the right hand of the Button in a nearby position or through one player.

LP loose passive – A play style in which the poker player frequently enters the Pot, but rarely raises, preferring coles.


MHING – my hand is no good. It is used to indicate doubt about the strength of your hand.

MP – middle position. It is the position of the player at the table, not the early or late position.

MTT – multi table tournament. This term should be used to refer to the type of tournament that takes place on several tables with a gradual decrease in the number of tables as the players depart.


NC – nice catch. Usually used in an ironic way to indicate the unlikely improvement in the hand that occurred at the table.

NL – no-limit. The type of tournament in which the maximum bet is not limited.


OESD open-ended straight draw. This term is used to refer to a sequence of four cards in a row, which requires the next card in order to complete at either end of the street.

OOP – out of position. This means a position at the table relative to another player when you are forced to make a decision before him.

OTB – On the bank or on the shore. A term to describe a situation where a player is not participating in sweat.


PL – pot-limit. The name of the type of tournament, in which the maximum bet is limited to the amount of sweat.

PFR – preflop raise. This is the name of both the player’s raid to the flop and the frequency of such raises.

PT – a poker tracker. It is a general term for programs used to analyze statistics.


ROI – return on investment. In poker this term is used to describe the profitability of the game.


SB – small blind. A mandatory bet in the Pot, which is placed “blind” even before the player receives his cards. Also the small blind is the name of the position at which the player must place this bet.

SH shorthanded. Type of game from 3 to 6 people at the table.

SHC – starting hands chart. This is the name of the hand chart, which can be used in the game strategy, taking into account various factors.

SNG or S&G – sit and go. This is the name of tournaments, the start of which depends on the registration of a specific and limited number of people.

SSS – short stack strategy. It involves sitting at a table with the minimum possible size of a stack of 20 BB, aggressive play on the preflop and postflop with the rare use of colls.

STT – a single table tournament, in other words, taking place on only one table.


TA/TAG tight aggressive – the player plays only a small part of the range, but does it aggressively.

TP – Titanium passive style of play, when a person plays only good hands, and even getting into a board player does not become aggressive, playing the combination carefully without strong promotions.

TPMK – top pair, medium kicker. A combination of the senior pair, collected with the card in hand and the card on the table, with the middle kicker – second card in hand.

TPTK top pair, top kicker. The combination of the older pair, collected with the card in hand and the card on the table, with the older kicker – the second card in hand. There are also options for the older kicker: TP2K.


UTG – under the gun. This is the name given to the early position of a player sitting right after the big blind.


VPIP / VP$IP – voluntary putting money in the pot. This indicator reflects % of the frequency of the player’s deposit of money into the bank on the preflop.


WSD – won at showdown. Statue reflecting the % of cases of winning the player at the autopsy (showdown) with the best hand.

WTSD – went to showdown. A statue representing the % of the player’s earnings before the opening of the showdown.

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