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Bright Days of Vegas, Part VI

Fausto raises.

Fausto raises quickly. When he attacks the lead from the small blind, he is acting, in part, out of habit. He has left the sphere of totally deductive play. I can see him taking this action again and again, because he has and he will. The chips distribute themselves slightly sideways after falling lightly from his hand: Fausto is a dropper, not a placer or a pusher. He’s not creating a line away or toward his opponent, in an expression of aggression or coyness, either intended to skew one’s perception: all he is doing is mathematically raising the potential price for the possible showdown of our cards. He has no need for theatrics – other than the slight exaggeration of casualness – because he’s done it so many times.

In other words, it’s not an act. It is, as they lamely say, what it is: plain aggression.

Were you expecting something else?

That’s one of the reasons I know he is drawing on Ac5h4h.

Fausto, incited by the black haired supervisor on his right, has been playing a lot of pots. He’s very likely to have the 9h6h more so than an ace; that’s his style so far, limping anything even remotely playable with the intention of calling, while still raising quality hands.

That makes sense at this point in the game and now broken realm of poker. After all, the table is getting deep, and several Red Chippers have been wounded and stacked. Fausto wants to play post flop with these guys, and in the course of twenty four hours, has been given permission to do anything he wants.

Now, that showdown he is using as a threat is a long ways off. The small blind has over 600 bbs.

But we’ll get there.

A few folds.

I’m the small blind. I reraise.

Someone else who will get there is a certain over the top personality I sit with at my first table at the Red Chip game held at Caesar’s. An outlandish ham and busy physical presence, (we’ll call him The Beef and mix up his pedigree), he is one of those people that life from the very start has encouraged and suckled into a bounding beast of charisma and playful obnoxiousness. He’s helped run the Red Chip brunch buffet, hailing the founders as heroes, getting in ChipXtractor’s face while he labors in his prop bet, pushing product he’s clearly never read, and otherwise sensing a camera rolling, somewhere. Action!

The Beef is a massive, muscled man with a one of those full heads that look good on a marble pedestal. He has an oblong skull as wide as a sea tortoise and out of it he smiles broadly and coaxingly, like a too-popular high schooler preening after his latest indiscretion. He wants to shake and move and entertain. He a fighter and good looking, but deep in his heart, he’s at his happiest as a song and dance man.

The Beef is always working it.

At the poker table, it’s tougher going for, being, well, not to put too fine a point on it, a complete if comedic fish. The Beef doesn’t mind, though. He is above the game, a social animal relishing the spotlight poker puts on a man. After he misplays every hand and goes broke a couple times, he somehow coaxes a loan from one of the old dudes who basically don’t have the energy to say yes or no anymore, like a worn out girlfriend. I personally wouldn’t give this guy a torn dollar and expect it back, mostly because I would expect him to forget as he rambles into his next adventure, but no doubt his enthusiasm and over-communicated lust for life carries many days and might bend even my will.

I’m too diabolical to be warmed much by this schtick, but how can you not smile at least a little on account of The Beef? He is a mother’s dream, a guy’s guy, and a crush for the girls. While having to deal with these zestful giants, who bestride the world like overgrown Pokémon (armed with headshots, no less), is occasionally trying, I’m good in these situations on the whole and enjoy most of my hour with The Beef. He’s like an ambassador for L.A. culture, something I enjoy and admire, and you always want to shake hands with dignitaries.

However, unbelievably, it’s not him that kidnaps my attention, but the play of my first table. At that point, having over a thousand posts on Red Chip, and now in the supposed lion’s den, I realized most of my advice is just plastic bags in the breeze. Paper or Plastic, ma’am? I’d always castigated Gargamel: “Stop educating the fish! Stop tapping the tank!,” but after an hour of poker with these guys, it was pretty clear no one ever listens, as that grumpy villain always tells me. Yet looking back now, months later, I see that I overreacted. I’m always changing and if these guys want to play a strange version of small ball, who is to stop them? I mean, who, in all of Red Chip, limps more often than me these days? My mind has been opened more fully to the possibilities of winning poker.

In any case, I’d soon slide over to a much more intense gathering of players, including The Soto, Fausto, Luka, Sacha, Chip et al, but more importantly, also have the fun of playing in the mixed game table, where they would let this limit fish escape with a sick 4/8 win rate, “crushing” the table (you’d think most poker players worked in quarries) for $30/hr in a clearly sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion (so much less CO2 created in relaxing). I met yet more players, even ones who read this boutique blog.  We had fun. The Red Chip founders had thrown a great party for everyone.

For you NL specialists: live a little. Mixed games are great and social and move quickly: no long pauses and even less long faces. It was here that I took part in the first public spread of Drawmaha, Doug Hull’s clever combination of Omaha and Badugi! It is great and fun but needs a low qualifier in order to grow. The split pot to scooped pot ratio is far too high and kills most of the reward of attempting to execute its strategy.

Meanwhile, though, being left to my thoughts was not enough for The Beef. His endless antsyness shook the heavy table. His jokes exploded like sweet cream pies and rotten eggs.  He showed us his MMA fights, his film biography, and god knows what else. I’m sure he would have belly danced if he thought the moment was right; I was sure he was about to climb onto the table at one point. However, there’s only so much half-feigned interest an actor actually requires to keep him contented and on track to whatever it is he wants- and does not, for all his expansiveness, usually reveal.

Les acteurs ne sont pas des gens, Lacenaire nous a dit.

What the Beef needed (as do we all), however, was not so complicated and all too des gens: it was some Bun. So he stopped looking at himself, and fired up Tinder.

the-beefFor the next hour The Beef proceeded to take me on a social media tour of LV’s most desperate and available ladies. The Beef is one of those people who constantly demands your opinion but it’s not clear he listens to the answer because he’s already on the next question. It’s not a bad conversational strategy and a big part of positivity culture. In any case, I knew I would be able to keep my opinions mostly to myself and enjoy the enthusiastic and surprisingly expert survey.

The Beef knows the game. His audition for the Virgil of Tinder might get him a callback.

However, what struck me most, through our afternoon at the virtual partnering zoo, was the comparative Sexual Market Value of The Beef versus a mostly rather motley crew of “Ladies.” While he, delighted, started getting some replies, unsurprisingly, I reflected on the nature of men and women. Though the Beef sought out the transaction, as we all do, what was it that he needed? And why were these young (well, most of them) women, probably on their nth broken affair, unable to understand the laws of the relationship market and sex and death, interested in the latest grinner?

Why does no one ever learn? (I mean, I’m not saying I ever learn, either.)

Perhaps another time. For now, just keeping up with the Beef ‘s mattress quest requires significant attention, and I’m supposed to be playing poker and socializing. He was triangulating some hook ups on the app already, glowing like hotspots on a police precinct map. To get there, I watched him swipe through hundreds of women: the thin, the fat, the young, the old, the blonde, the dark, the eager, the resentful, the pretty, the ugly. What did they want?

What all women want: To be desired.

The Beef was playing his role in the equation. He was generous but that was not the point. He was there for them but that was not the point. What did he want, whether he knows it or not?

What all men want: To be loved.

Sex is the transaction, but not the parlay. Everyone wants the transaction, obviously, because the transaction is the most basic form of love… and it can explain everything.

It’s the GTO baseline.

When Fausto raises his draws on A54, I am not incentivized to slowplay, but the response bet sizing is crucial. A pedestrian reraise this deep provides no punishment for this pest of a player, especially in position. I need a big, Beefy raise, something that will get a jaded raccoon eyed harlot’s attention. So here I am in a limped pot, sticking in over 60 bbs on the flop.

The Soto, master of $5pkrclub ceremonies, having incited his aggressive protege to now open limp, of all things, looks on, amused at his work. Comfortable in the dark and cozy Nugget, with its distinct echos of East Coast unpretentiousness and grit, he placidly looks on: The Soto has more than a taste for mayhem.

I can tell Fausto doesn’t expect my action at all. He leans back slightly and takes a breath, then sits up in his chair to reasses. I’m sure he’s used to being the one with the lead in this spot, and moreover, taking it when it wants it. Perhaps he is also used to smaller bet sizing from his opponents. He looks ever so slightly regretful. As it happens, the bet/three bet is a big part of my game. The reason for this is it essential to me that I follow what I call a Hard Strategy, if I can. I am not looking for a safe card when I have the distinct upper hand. I want to claim equity and never allow my opponent to do the pricing for me, if possible. I also often have a plan for my hand on the flop, and will get us straight to showdown or evade it with action rather than take a lazy cul-de-sac through the turn. Obviously not every situation will be so clear, if not entirely favorable. Here, I’d rather not have two pair, but a set, as its equity is so sweet and so easily improved to a 100% score – equity nine out of ten Tinder users prefer.

I haven’t played with Fausto until tonight, our second $5pkrclb meeting at the GN. I know him through the forums, of course, but that is no substitute for the real animal. My initial read he is a little wild, a true Danger Bunny. I can see after a few orbits together, both by his posture and his hungry expression, he does not give up easily. He is not pinched or looking for easy ways out. He is no beta hold’em player, full of excuses and ready to put the chips in once the game is over. I will discover that he is the strongest of the Red Chip subscribers I have so far met in person, but in a wrinkle that will help me, is as much of an improviser as he is planner, and will sometimes veer off course late in hands or as complicated action develops.

I’m not sure how he will respond in this, our first significant clash, but if he has what I think he has -96hh, 87hh, 86hh, 76hh, and 63hh- I doubt he will give up. I hold the Ace of hearts, but at the time, and a possible mistake, I may have overestimated just how much he was willing to gamble on a naked flush. The six is the key, as he will have either a straight draw or a backdoor straight draw with his flush draw. I really don’t want to see a heart on the turn, and I will give up on one, and on an 8 as well, as 76hh makes the most sense of all his hands and fills his range the best.

An offsuit deuce would be the hardest card in the deck for me to deal with.

How about a nice four of spades? How about the Jack of Marshmallows?

Fausto collects himself. He’s back on top of the situation.

He calls. It’s the right play, having arrived here and in position. The dealer knocks the table.

I will counter Fausto fairly well in the days to come. In one key pot I induce a painful five bet spazz from his 108 while I hold KK- like I wrote, he lets it ride. I will value bet him with ace high.

Fausto, though, makes adjustments. He does not fall for three spots I set up for him, one with a min bet lead, which he raises, not going for the level; nor does he pay me off again when I value bet him right after the Ace high ownage. One time I snap check a flush on the river to induce him. However, this last play is the least well thought out, because I have or had already learned something about Fausto’s game, and although I will not discuss it here, I know for certain why this last maneuver was not the right one.

The turn brings the card of confusion, the worst one for the clarity of my plan – that offsuit deuce. It’s only faintly poisonous, with a deceptively sweet profile to linger on; I can’t see its little Chinese tattoo promising me something troublesome. Now, a one liner to a straight is often an action killer, but because I have made up in my mind what he potentially has, I view it as a possible false scare card. He has to have one combination in the entire deck, as played – the six three of hearts – for the action to make any sense and for me to beaten. He can’t have A3hh, remember. He never has a naked straight draw. We’ve got him on just a three or four hands.

There are still 250 more big blinds or so to play for, and as I am ahead of the range I give him. I will go for the throat. I expect him, even facing the turn lead, to move all in with all of his range – it fits his profile perfectly. (In fact, he will confirm this later.)

I make it $200 even -100 bbs- to go, a big, three quarter pot bet that forces the issue. There is no going back. If I check, I slip into Soft Strategy, which isn’t the worst thing, and will surrender rather than bluff catch, respecting the board and allowing him, conservatively, to use it against me.

Fausto reaches for chips.

There are other ways to create what you want when you know a player’s tendencies and plans. Fausto and I will later that week spar in a pot where I squeeze the field of limpers – Fausto has coincidentally open limped in this spot and the formation is almost exactly the same. My holding is JJ, a natural raise.

Despite a large sizing, I pick up the entire field. The flop comes J98 two suits, or something very close. It’s a wet board and not one that favors my range particularly. I am not going to cbet here with any of my hands. Fausto, however, does not take the lead, and the field checks around.

The turn is a six, and now I check again. With the field having checked, Fausto will deduce no one is nutted or had a draw that could steal, easily, in position.

Now he takes the bait and puts in the bet. Everyone folds.

I raise. Having checked twice. It’s hard for me to have anything, in the way that most players think about the game. Although the board has gotten worse for me, the idea that Fausto will not lead significant equity on the flop, having been given the keys, gives me confidence that he is unlikely to be nutted. I can improve if somehow wrong.

Fausto raises the J986 board.

Fausto ships the A542 board.

I get all the money in.

When the river comes a nine after Fausto calls my all-in, he fastrolls A9, expecting to win on a freak card. Not so fast, Fausto.

When the river comes a five, Fausto fastrolls his hand, hoping he’s still ahead and looking straight at me. Not the right board pair, alas. I nod at his 63 of hearts in the poker sign language: you win this time.

Life is a continuum, and so what we most like, naturally, is continuity. It brings us confidence. It makes women irreproachable and men irresistible, because it shows belonging and having been loved.

We are meaty, dying creatures but our themes are eternal and abstract. We have one foot in another realm. I realize now that it’s not enough to see the broken up parts, the jigsaw pieces, but to understand the full human in his or her themes, just as when we understand the nature of our game, no limit hold’em, only when we see the full possibilities and get away from static conceptions. No limit.

I take my loss, and my win, satisfied.

Next hand.

 

And next as well: Gargamel Crashes (Vegas)!

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  1. Having read your recent excellent posts, I now want to know who Gargamel is and what / where The Village game is. Knowing one of them may suffice, although I’m unsure which of the two would be more satisfying. As for limping, I’ve been experimenting with it in certain tournament situations, with some success.

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The OOP Lexicon is a user-developed poker glossary.

Absolute Position
Being last to act (e.g. closest to the button) postflop.

Advancing Leverage
Aggressive actions intended to shift the leverage point closer to the current street.

Analog
A bluff or value hand which is a natural candidate for balancing another hand because of their shared qualities, such as AA and AK; usually helps planning range splitting and line construction.

Auto profit threshold (APT)
A bluff made with positive expectation resulting from the opponent under defending vis-a-vis bet sizing. The inverse of MDF.

Balance
Choosing to support either value bets or bluffs with their converse.

Bet
A bet is a proposition.  It’s the first offer on the pot with regard to the outcome of the game. Each player, in turn, has the opportunity to lay or change the price on the pot to the rest of the players. “The language of poker.” The bet, as opposed to the raise, is most often and most easily allied to the merged pricing construction.

Block
To remove combinations of hands from a range based on cards in your hand or on the board.

Blockers
Cards which influence our combinatorial assumptions. Ex: We face resistance on T76ss while we hold As7d. Both our cards act as blockers. Our ace of spades blocks (limits) a number of flush draws our opponent could hold, while our seven blocks a number of two pair and sets our opponent could hold. *See also Block and Unblock

Blocker Bet
A small bet made by an out-of-position player.

Board Texture
The available community cards and the set of conditions which inform its relationship to a logical range.

Bottom
The worst hands in a betting range.  Depending on context this could be the worst hand in a value bet range or the bluffing section of polarized range.

Bounded
A range descriptor indicating a range shape with a specific high or low boundary.  A range bounded high won't contain some number of the best linear hands ranked from the top down.  This is equivalent to a "capped" range.  A range bounded low won't contain some number of the worst linear hands ranked from the bottom up.  This is often useful to describe a range that doesn't include any air or very weak hands.

Capitalization
A strategic mode in which a player is attempting to deny their opponent(s) equity share of the pot through aggression. Often referred to as “denying equity” or “buying up equity”.

Capped
A range is capped when it represents little to no nutted combinations as confirmed by prior action.

Cbet
A continuation bet. A bet made by the player with initiative as a continuation of their initiative on a prior street.

Clarity
The ability to accurately range an opponent based on all available information at a decision point.  An understanding of your hands exact equity.

Closing Action
Acting last where no subsequent action is possible behind you.  For example calling a UTG raise in the BB or calling in position postflop with no players behind.

Cold Call/Cold Bet
An action is considered “cold” when it comes from a player entering into the pot has not previously put chips voluntarily in the pot. Ex: the UTG opens, the BTN 3bets. If the SB were to call or raise, it would be a cold-call or a cold-4bet.

Combinatorics
The branch of mathematics the deals with finite number sets. Used in poker in determining the amount of combinations of certain hands in a range.

Complete
When a blind that is not the biggest blind calls the amount of the biggest blind. Ex: At $2/$5, action folds around to the SB and the SB completes. Meaning they just call. The BB can complete when there is a straddle.

Condensed
A capped range that contains only middling value hands. A range without the polarized portion.

Construction
Logical advancement of combinations across streets.

Dark Side of the Deck
The large swath of hands, often off-suit, that fall outside of conventional playable recommendations. Counter-equity hands.

Dead Money
Money in the pot that is not being fought for.  A passive player creates dead money when they call a bet preflop and looking to play fit-or-fold postflop. Dead Money is often confused with the money in the pot.

Delayed Cbet
A cbet made on the turn by the preflop raiser when the flop checked through.

Delaying Leverage
Passive actions intended to maintain a likely late street leverage point, or possibly to avoid a leverage point entirely.

Deviation
A strategic break from one’s standard construction as an exploit of a particular player’s profile or construction.

Diminishing Medium Value Category
A Seidman concept in which when one’s middling value hand range is too small and transparent to our opponent and thus either that range should be shifted into the top of a polarized range or the nutted portion should be shifted into the medium value range. Ex: AQo or TT being 3bet preflop.

Downbet
A cbet that is less than the preflop raise. Ex: BTN opens to $25, we 3bet to $90 from the SB, BTN calls. On the flop we cbet $70.

Dry Board
A board texture that yields relatively few logical hands value. Often containing one medium or high card and disconnected low cards. Ex: Q53r, T622r.

Dual Mentalities
A Seidman concept in which when we decide to go postflop with a weak hand against a nutted range, we should either be looking to out flop it or steal the pot away. We base our decision against the player type we are up against and never go post with both mentalities at once.

Dynamic Board
A flop texture in which the runout is very likely to change the order of top ranking hands. Ex: 954tt, 742r.

Effective Stack
The smallest stack to VPIP in a given hand. Their stack decides the amount of money that can be played for or threatened before an all-in.

Effective nuts
A value hand that can be played for stacks as if it were the actual nuts.  This is a relative hand ranking based on range assumptions and opponent type.

Efficiency
A measure of how well the equity of a hand is deployed. Efficiency can also be used as a measure of what is risked vs what is gained for a given bet size.

Either/Or Philosophy
A Seidman concept in which a particular street can be a very good spot for value, meaning our opponent is never folding, or a very good spot to bluff, meaning our opponent is never calling, but that those spots cannot be concurrent.

Elasticity
Borrowed from economics, a measure of the sensitivity of a range or hand relative to the price offered.  Ranges (or hands) described as elastic will narrow, sometimes quickly, in response to increases in price.  Those described as inelastic will not.

Equity
The percent pot share of a holding or range on any given street if the hand were to go to showdown with no further betting action.

Equity Pusher
A analytic approach to the game in which a player views the correct actions only through the lens of their hands equity vs. their opponent’s range. Often this player type has a lack of understanding of overall strategy and plays their range face up with few bluffs.

Expected Value
The mathematical formula for how much a player’s action is expected to make with their hand vs. their opponent’s range. EV = ($towin * %ofwin) - ($tolose * %ofloss)

Face Up
A player is playing their range “face up” when their actions directly correspond with their desired outcome. Ex: A player bets half-pot three streets with a range that has no bluffs. A player 3bets to 7x with JJ.

False Polarization
Otherwise known as Faux-Po; a polarizing action taken with a merged range.

Felted
The result of losing your entire table stakes. All the way down to the felt.

Float
A call of a cbet with a weak holding with the likely intention of taking the pot away when the opponent shuts down. Often done by an in position preflop caller.

Formation
The convergence of positions, stack depths, and preceding actions at a given decision point.

G-Bucks
A mathematical formula developed by Phil Galfond for calculating the expected value of one’s range construction vs. an opponent’s holding.

GIGO
A computer programming term that means "garbage in, garbage out" which also applies to poker forums when a poster seeks an in-depth conversation about a hand, but fail to provide pertinent information such as stack sizes, bets sizes, table dynamics and player tendencies.

Game Theory
The applied science of combining mathematical models with logic to craft winning poker strategies.

Game Theory Optimal
A set of strategies is GTO if no player can unilaterally deviate and increase his average profit. ~ Will Tipton.  GTO does not mean best possible response, highest EV, or maximally exploitative play.

Implied Odds
Additional value likely to be accrued if you make your hand on a later street.

Initiative
Sometimes referred to as the betting lead, a common situation in which the passive player yields to the aggressive player postflop, or the last aggressor continues betting on subsequent streets.

Isolate
A bet or raise intended to force out the rest of the field in order to play heads up against a weaker opponent who has entered the pot through limping, raising, or posting the blinds.

LAG
Loose aggressive player type. Generally overused and inaccurate.

Lead
A bet made from out of position after a passive action. Often referred to as a donk bet on the flop.

Leveling
He knows that I know that he knows I know.

Leverage
A bet or raise that signals the hand will be played for stacks.  Within reason, it is accomplished by betting with a sizing that will create RSP equal to 1 on the following street.

LFI
Limp First In

Linear
A consecutive range of hands decreasing in strength from top to bottom; generally meaning value hands. Equivalent to "merged."

Lockdown Board
A board on which the nuts have often already been made.  More prevalent in PLO but sometimes useful in no-limit, for example on monotone flops and boards with available common straights e.g. JT9, T98, 987, etc.

Merge
1) A range of hands that includes both strong and medium value; 2) in reference to medium value; 3) the merged construction describes the natural representation of a wide range through a bet.

Mini Stop-N-Go
A Seidman concept, a line taken by a OOP PFR where flop is check/called and turn is lead.

Minimum Defense Frequency (MDF)
The necessary defending (calling/raising) frequency to prevent an opponent from auto-profiting.  The inverse of APT.

Natural Action
A check, bet, or raise which is exactly suited to a player's range and situation (e.g. a pfr's continuation bet on AK2r).

Nit
A player who will not put chips into the pot without a very strong and sometimes only nutted hand.

Nuts
The best possible hand.

Nuts-To-Air Ratio (NAR)
In a polarized betting line, the ratio of value to bluff.  As used by Seidman, not limited to polarization but sometimes used to label general opponent tendency of value to bluff.

OMC
Old Man Coffee. Typically an older, retired player that likes to play bingo with ATC, but will only continue with the nuts.

Open
The first voluntary action. The first action or bet to voluntarily enter the pot.

Overbet
A bet that is more than the size of the pot.

Perceived Range
Refers to the range of hands that your opponent thinks you could have in a certain playing situation. This can be interpreted and thus misinterpreted from your playing style and position at the table.

Polarized
A range consisting of very strong and very weak hands.

Post Oak Bluff
A small bluff on a late street that has little chance of winning the pot.  Generally interpreted as “gutless” in the past but now fulfilling certain functions as betting efficiencies are understood.

Positional Protection
When the strength of a range is perceived to be capped or uncapped based on which position an action is taken from.

Protected
When an action or player is perceived to have strong hands in its range.

Protection Bet
A wager which denies equity to hands which will only give action if they significantly improve; "a value bet which does not want a call."

Raise
The rejection of the offered price and the laying of a new higher price.  Raises represent a more narrow range of hands and trend towards polarization.

Range Advantage
Implementation or study tool that refers to 1) most basically, equity measurement of one range against another; 2) or also including a combination of further factors including availability of nutted hands, the nuances of the runout, and positional protection.

Range Manipulation
Deliberate line work/bet sizing made to narrow a range or keep a range wide.

Range Switch
A deliberate change in range composition made to thwart a player who is reading our range too accurately in any spot.  Reduces transparency, fights assumptions, and wins the leveling war if implemented correctly.

Ratio of Stack To Pot
RSP. The stack to pot ratio at any point in a hand, generally used post-flop as opposed to Stack to Pot Ratio.

Realization
Taking a hand to showdown and realizing its full equity.  Generally used with regard to passive actions.

Reciprocity
The mutual exchange of chips resulting from similar play and ideas.  Reciprocity is a common bi-product of group-think.  A true edge by definition cannot be reciprocal.

Relative Position
A player’s position measured against the aggressor's position.  Generally this is used going to the flop.  For example, if UTG raises and several players call behind, calling in the big blind would give you the best relative position.  You will act after seeing how the field responds to a likely continuation from the preflop aggressor.  In the same scenario calling immediately after the preflop aggressor results in the worst relative position.  You will have to act immediately after a continuation without seeing how the remaining players will respond.  Strong relative position confers an information edge.

Retention
The ability of hand to maintain equity across streets against a betting range or as part of a betting range.

Reverse Implied Odds (RIO)
Hands that often win small pots or lose large pots suffer from reverse implied odds.

Robustness
Popularized by Mathew Janda, a descriptor for how well a hand retains equity over streets of play.  Hands described as robust have equity that does not suffer as an opponent's range becomes stronger.  Often these hands are currently both strong and invulnerable, or have the ability to become very strong by the river, relative to the opponent's range.

Runout
Fourth and Fifth Street cards following a given flop texture.

Scale of Protection
Poker theorem which states that the more protected or strong an opponent's range is, the higher the degree of denial or retention a counter will require.

Sklansky Bucks
Dollars won (or lost) in expected value regardless of actual hand result.

Smurf
Any one of many possible poker archetypes found at low stakes games.

Squeeze
A reraise made after a player has raised and one or more players has called in-between.

Static Board
A flop texture in which the runout is unlikely to change the order of top ranking hands. Ex: AK7r, KK4r.

Stop-N-Go
A passive action followed by an aggressive action, out of position.  For example, a call followed by a lead on the next street.

Streets of Value
A crude shorthand measurement for how much betting a hand can tolerate and still be best at showdown more often than not.

TAG
Tight aggressive opponent type. Generally overused and misapplied.

TAG's Dilemma
The paradox created by having a top-heavy range played so aggressively that it misuses equity vis-à-vis position and holding.

The Great Range Fantasy
The common idea that we know our opponent’s range and frequencies precisely; most commonly seen in post-hoc analysis to justify microedge decisions.

Thin Value
A bet that is only slightly more likely to be called by worse than by better. Associated with the merged pricing construction and bet-fold lines.

Three Fundamentals
The most fundamental variables for decision making: position, stack size, and community cards.

Top
The best hands in a given range.

Two-Way Bet
A bet that expects calls from worse hands and incorrect folds at the same time, a simultaneous value bet and bluff line.

Upstuck
The psychological effect of feeling like you’re losing because your stack size isn’t as large as it once was during a session, even though it’s more than what you’re in the game for.

(e.g. You bought in for $100, ran it up $450, but now only have $175 in front of you.)

Unblock
A hand that has no negative card removal effects on the target range.  Bottom set, for example, unblocks top pair top kicker.

Uncapped
A range that is perceived to contain the nuts in any given line.  Capped ranges may become uncapped during transitions for example from preflop to flop, or flop to turn.

Unicorn
A turned nut straight after raising flop with a gutter.

Value Owning
Making value bets with a hand that has less than 50% equity when called.

Voluntarily Put Money In Pot (VPIP)
The frequency at which a player limps, calls, or raises preflop.

Volatile Board
A flop texture where equities will often shift on the turn and river.  See “dynamic”.

Warmer
An illusory cooler where one player makes a massive mistake equity mistake and loses his stack with a strong but second best hand; also known as a Jam Basket.

Wet Board
A board texture that allows for a lot of logical hands to continue. Often made up of medium rank connected cards. Ex: KT9tt, Tc8c6s-7c-Ac.

WIFSUWO
“Walk In, Fuck Shit Up, Walk Out” a hashtag used by instagram poker players.

Winning Player
A forum poster who offers reciprocal advice under the guise of questionable positive low stakes results. A weak player or fish, in general.

YMC
Young Man Coffee. Is very much an OMC, but younger.  They usually only continue with the nuts, often under the illusion of playing a GTO style.