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Common Abbreviations Used in Online Poker Chats

Part of the Winning at Internet Poker For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're an online-poker player, then you're likely familiar with abbreviations that make Internet poker more enjoyable. At the very least, knowing online-poker abbreviations lets you know what people have to say about the poker prowess of the table (including what they say about you).

With the exception of referring to a card with capital letters (AKQJT), do use lowercase letters as you correspond, because UPPERCASE MAKES IT SEEM LIKE YOU'RE YELLING. Have a look at some of the common poker phrasing that shows up on the Internet:

Online Poker Chat Abbreviations
Abbreviation Meaning
86 To remove or ban
Ac Ace of clubs
Ad Ace of diamonds (or Ad)
Ah Ace of hearts
As Ace of spades
bb Big blind
bl Better luck
brb Be right back
c Clubs
d Diamonds
gc Good call (rarely good catch)
gg Good game
g1 Good one
gl Good luck
h Hearts
h/l High-low
J Jack
JK Jack king
j/k Just kidding
K King or okay, depending on context
l8(r) Late(r)
lol Laughing out loud
m8 Mate
n1 Nice one
n Nice or no, depending on context
nc Nice catch (usually referring to a lucky turn or river draw)
ne1 Anyone
nh Nice hand
nhs Nice hands (usually used when a great hand beats a good hand)
NL No limit
o Off-suit, written as 78o
ott Over the top
PL Pot limit
pls Please
Q Queen
qed Math geekspeak for so it is proven
rgp Rec.gambling.poker (a Usenet group)
rofl Rolling on the floor laughing
ru Are you
s Spades
sb Small blind
sob I think you're a particularly nice person, we should have dinner
str8 Straight
T Thank you or 10, depending on context
tx Thanks
ty Thank you
u2 You too
x Any non-specific card
y Yes
y? Why?
yw You're welcome
: ) Smiley face (view sideways)
: ( Frowny face
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