Online Poker Slang
If you are confused about what chat room banter in online poker rooms actually means, take a look at the list of common online poker slang expressions, internet chat room jargon and poker shorthand.
Common Online Poker Expressions
Barnburner: A really good poker hand
Bubble: the positions in a poker tournament just before the money
BB: Online poker shorthand for ‘big blind’
Calling Station: a beginner or weak-passive player who calls almost any bet
Crack: To beat a powerful hand such as pocket aces
Donk/Donkey/Fish/Rabbit: A bad poker player
Dog: the underdog for the hand, in terms of odds.
Foot/Trash: Online poker slang for a poor hand.
g1: Short for ‘good one’. The expression is often seen in online poker chat.
gc: Short for ‘good call’. Especially used when a player successfully calls a bluff.
h/e: An abbreviation for Texas Hold’Em, usually seen in online poker.
IGHN: A common online poker acronym which stands for ‘I go home now’.
LL: Low limit
Loosey: A poker player that employs a loose strategy by playing many hands and betting, raising, and calling often.
Maniac: a poker player that appears to bet and raise and bluff, often wildly and recklessly
n1: ‘Nice One’
nc: Short for ‘nice call’. Especially used when a player successfully calls a bluff.
Nh: ‘Nice Hand’
n/l: Internet poker shorthand for ‘No-Limit’
NLH: ‘No-limit Hold’Em’
Nuts: The best possible hand for the given board. The ‘nut flush’ would refer to the best possible flush.
p/l: ‘Pot Limit’
River Rat/Lucker: A poor poker player that makes their hand on the final card (‘the river’ or ‘fifth street’) by calling bets even though the odds are heavily stacked against them.
Rock: The opposite of a loosey
SB: Internet poker shorthand for ‘small blind’
SNG: An online poker sit-and-go tournament
On Tilt: To play abnormally poorly, often after taking a string of bad beats
Ty: ‘Thank You’. This is the customary response to ‘nh’
Tyvm: ‘Thank you very much’
Shark: A skilled poker player that preys on the fish
Up: Refers to winnings, i.e ‘How much are you up?’