ftw – for the win OR f#($ the world OR for the record
a hi – ace high
nl – no limit
ss – short stacked
btw – by the way
br – bank roll – means how much money you have to play with
imo – in my opinion
brb – be right back
Common Poker Terminology
Rake – The amount the poker site takes every hand. Most sites don’t take more than $3 per pot.
Big Blind – In each round players must put in a blind. The big blind is usually equal to 1/100 of the max buy-in.
Buy-in – How much you can bring to the table. Also means how much it costs to enter a tournament.
Sit and Go – A tournament that consists of 10, 20, or 30 players. Each person must buy-in and the top 3 for a ten player event will split the prize pool. First place gets 5 times the buy-in. Second place gets 3 times the buy-in and third place gets 2 times the buy-in.
Multi-Table – A tournament with up to 2000 players in the field.
Multi-Tabling – Playing more than one table at a time. Some players use more than two monitors to multi-table.
Lobby – Where you can access the tournaments and table listings. This is also the best place to sort tables and look for tables that suit your playing style.
Scanning – Using cheat software to see other players cards. No confirmed reports of this have ever been uncovered.
Going South – Players scoring big and instantly leaving. This is very common online.
Reload Bonus – Bonus money you receive for depositing. Reload bonuses are different from initial deposit bonus.
Deposit Bonus – Money given to you for the first time depositing at a poker room. This bonus is usually the largest you will get.
Raked Hands – Each time you play a hand money is taken out of the pot. Each hand where money is taken out is considered a raked hand. Used to calculate the release of your bonus money.