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Poker Abbreviations and Poker Terms

Poker Abbreviations

These Poker Abbreviations are commonly used in online poker games and tournaments.Become familiar with these poker abbreviations and improve your poker skills. Keep this page bookmarked for a handy poker reference. For more poker terminology,check out this glossary of poker terms.

Poker Abbreviations for Poker Games:

HE -- Hold'em

LHE -- Limit Hold'em

NLHE -- No Limit Hold'em

O8 -- Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better

PLO -- Pot Limit Omaha High

PLO8 -- Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better


Poker Abbreviations for Betting and Position:

BB -- Big blind or big bet.

OTB -- On the button

PL -- Pot Limit

NL -- No Limit

SB -- Small blind

UTG -- Under the gun



Poker Abbreviations for Poker Tournaments

AO -- Add On

MTT -- Multi-table tournament

RB -- Rebuy

SNG -- Sit and Go


Other Common Poker Abbreviations:

B&M -- Brick and Mortar

EV -- Expected value


7SFAP Seven Card Stud For Advanced Players


Glossary of Poker Abbreviations


AC Atlantic City

AFAIK As far As I know

Ax an Ace with any second card


B&M Bricks & Mortar: playing at a poker club or casino as opposed to online

BB Big Blind or Big Bet depending on how it is used in sentence.

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/c check and call any bet

c/f bet 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


eg example

EOM End Of Message - often put at the end of the subject if a post has no content

EP Early Position

EV Expected Value (+ or -)

EV- Negative Expected Value

EV+ Positive Expected Value


FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

FE Fold Equity

FH Full House

FPP Frequent Player Points

FPS Fancy Play Syndrome

FT Final Table

FT Full Tilt

FW Foxwoods Casino

FWIW For What It's Worth

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

HL High Limit Games

HoH Harrington on Hold 'Em

HORSE A game that rotates through H - Hold'em, 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

HTH Head To Head

HTML High To Middle Limits

HU Heads Up


IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer

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


JAT Just A Thought


KOTZ King Of The Zoo - 2+2 tournament


LAG Loose aggressive (player)

LAP Loose passive (player)

LC Low Content

LHE Limit Hold 'Em

LL Lower Limit games

LMAO Laugh My A** Off (available with numerous variations)

LOL Laughing Out Loud, Lots of Luck, etc

LP Late Position


MHIG My Hand Iis Good

MHING My Hand Iis No Good

ML Middle Limit Games

MM Mason Malmuth

MP Mid Position

MTT Multi Table Tournament


NC No Content

NH Nice Hand

NL No Limit

NT No Text in post

NSFW Not Safe For Work


o off suited - 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

OWA's One Word Answers


PF Pre Flop

PFR Pre Flop Raiser

PL Pot Limit

PLO Pot Limit Omaha

PM Private Message

PO8 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

PTL Player To My Left

PTR Player To My Right


QOPTW Question Of Playing This Way

QOTPW Question Of This Player's Win


R Rebuy $11+R would an $11 tournament with rebuys available

R+A Rebuy & AddOns $11+R would an $11 tournament with rebuys & add ons available

RGP - a long running usenet, now available as a forum

ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing with numerous variations

ROI return on investment


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

SNG Sit 'n' Go single table tournament

SS Short Stack

SSNL Small Stakes No Limit

STFU Shut The **** Up

STT Single table tournament


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

TOP/FTOP 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

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

WGAF Who Gives A Flute

WGAFF Who Gives A Flying Fig

WPT World Poker Tour

WSOP World Series Of Poker

WSOPME World Series Of Poker Main Event

WTF Huh?, What the ****


YSSCKY You Should Seriously Consider Killing Yourself

Example hand - Description with abbreviations and explanation:

I’m playing in a full-table game and a MLP (mid-late position) guy opens (raises). 2 folds, and the CO (Cutoff; one before the button) 3-bets (reraises). The button calls 3-cold, the SB (small blind folds), and the BB (big blind) calls. The flop (the first three community cards) is [Ts 7d 2h] (ten of spades, seven of diamonds, two of hearts), SB checks, MLP checks, and CO bets. SB c/r’s (check raises…the act of checking, and then after someone bets, raising), MLP folds, and CO calls. Turn (fourth community card) [9d] and SB bets, CO raises, SB calls. River (fifth community card) [Kd] and SB checks, CO bets, SB raises, CO calls. SB shows [Ad Td] for a flush and wins the pot.

UTG - under the gun; first to act preflop

UTG+1 - under the gun plus one; second to act preflop

EP - early position

MP - mid position

MLP - mid-late position

LP - late position

Hijack - one before the cutoff; two before the button

CO - Cutoff; one before the button

Button - the dealer; last to act

SB - small blind

BB - big blind

Preflop - When you are dealt your first two cards, and the ensuing betting action before a flop is dealt.

Flop - the first three community cards.

Turn - the fourth community card.

River - the fifth and last community card.

Check(ing) - When it is your turn to act, opting to not bet. This is sometimes done because you have a weak hand, and sometimes because you have a strong hand and want to hide its strength.

Aggressive - A style of play characterized by frequent raising and re-raising. This is not the same as “loose” play.

Passive - A style of play characterized by a lot of checking and calling. This is not the same as “tight” play.

Loose - Someone who plays a lot of hands.

Tight - Someone who folds most of their hands.

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