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Game and Set

Eighty degrees, deuce. Serve, return, misplaced approach; Hando dribbles J4 over the high part of the net.  It’s likely he intended this defense to go elsewhere, or, perhaps, he had no idea where he wanted it to go.  Not sure how such a limp-wristed stab is really supposed to send a tennis ball anywhere in particular; perhaps he is randomizing.  Either way, I give up and let his carom squirt uncontested and come to rest on the back line.  Hando pumps his fist.

Eighty and one half degrees, ad out.  The noon sun bends over my neck, puking heat.  I toe away a desiccated wasp, pick up the ball, and face my opponent.  Hando is wearing a black and white horizontally striped shirt, one of those collarless, full sleeved, wide necked, sexless jerseys without a clear front or back side.  I’d say its effect suggests a transgender magician disguised as an imprisoned sailor, but really Hando as a person creates the illusion of being on sabbatical from researching the Tripedal Tree People of interior Papa New Guinea.  He is pale, sunburnt, and soft. His glasses are heavy and academic, his eyes squinting and shrewd.  Here is a man with full command over a spreadsheet, TA, or computer mouse. His beard is his best feature, one of those collar to cheekbone carpets which curl brittle over the lips like dried moss. He looks sticky to the touch, all hair and fat, like a digesting koala, and not much faster.  He is wearing a head band and nearly matching, pacific blue wrist bands, each separated by a single mysterious shade; clearly sweat is as troubling to him as style.

I push the first serve well over the net but questionably past the service line.  Hando’s arm shoots up dramatically, making sure the umpire and entire stadium are clear on the call.  I quickly flub the second.  Game.  We approach the side court for water and to change sides.  I sit on the radiating concrete, indifferent to further suffering.  While I am pouring water over my head and steaming, Hando looks down on me and brings up Wimbledon.

“Do you have a rooting interest?” he asks.  I’m exhausted, and the air is as stifling as his grammar.

Yes, I’d like to see Federer win.

He sniffles.  “That’s a common answer.”

“It must be tough,” I counter, “competing at the highest level when you’re older and perhaps lost a step.”  My response makes me self-conscious and needlessly transparent.

“I think the competition is tougher.”  Hando leans in on the last word, giving it an extra turn of volume. He’s implying that possibly the greatest player ever to grace the game had it easy in his early years, beating patsies and practice players, small fields and low variance, and that losing to Djokovic is merely the universe righting itself.  Or, is he actually much younger than I think, behind the hair and fat and costume, and so is identifying with his age group by castigating what might appear to be mine?  Is he gaming me, this fuzzy cub?

Either way, Hando needs to be squashed, or tennised, or whatever.  What kind of name is that, anyway, Hando?  What is it short for?  Or long for? I need to crack the dry pavement of the sizzling blue court with my racquet and bury him underneath it.  I can imagine that ridiculous optical blouse smeared with caked blood and clinging pathetically to a rough edge of broken asphalt.

The problem is: I’m losing. Quite behind, actually. I’m losing a bunch right now, right now when I’m supposed to be winning.  The Handos are handing it to me.

With even less control over the result than in tennis, losing can be a difficult state of affairs to play through. Just last night, my latest in a string of morale testing sucker and gut punches, another aficionado of the Jack-low card double power combination delivered a brutal return of serve, killing my dominating hand in a raised, straddled pot that I wisely tourniquetted at two barrels.  Unfortunately, Bdonk, as he is affectionately known by me, was just warming up.

I had been approaching my limit on negative outcomes, so even being there for the latest heartbreaker was a result of my “Maximizing” (what exactly, I’m beginning to wonder) challenge to myself. To summarize much wisdom about the mental game, one has the ability to withstand a certain number of negative outcomes, depending on a variety of both controllable and predictable factors.  That night, it wasn’t so much that I was running horribly- I was down and frustrated, true- but what I was getting upset about was the clock running out: nothing ever working out during one of the last sessions blessedly free of the pros and other talented regs who had been called away to the WSOP.  Taking a loss tonight, when Bdonk, probably known to his family as Bill, when they occasionally see him, was playing, along with a number of other five dollar regs, would be a travesty and an opportunity lost.

That Bdonk was even sitting in at 5/10 was a stroke of luck, it would seem. Having earned his nickname for a sweet convergence of reasons, making it possibly one of my most satisfactory christenings, Bill is always a sight for sore eyes and declining fortunes.  It’s hard to even guess how much he has lost in the five dollar blind games, but if he were informed, he might just give me one of his priceless expressions that never cease to crack me up.  He’ll have taken his usual line of lead into the raiser with top pair no kicker, and end the hand by calling off a river raise, having been drawing near dead the whole time.  As he is mashing the remnants of his stack, he will turn to me, shake his head, and give me a very peculiar tart smirk, rubbing his old man’s goatee plaintively as if to say, “She’s a hard, hard mistress, this cruel game we love, brother- be glad, be thankful that wasn’t you!”  I’ll shake my head and grimace along with him, as much as my cracking poker face will allow.  Actually, natural disbelief at his absurd reaction, with its bizarre seriousness and miscomprehension of what just happened, keeps me from cackling. Tough spot, brutha!  What else could you do?

When Bill has put the nth beat on me, however- especially in the middle of a rough patch- I’m not always as patient, or at least I can’t sing the chorus along with him.  So after the first debacle, and stuck a buy in after having the top of my range cracked, I am gifted this beautiful spot.

A known and tagged whale opens from early positon to his value sizing, and Bill calls right behind him (of course: he is as positionally aware as a eunuch), and the rest of the table folds to me in the BB.  I have my favorite hand in the world, my dear friend and trusted No Limit companion, the Ace and the King.  I put in a pot sized raise.  This was possibly a mistake, as you have to break down the walls with these guys to isolate, really put the brick to their skulls to get a message through, so, the raise could have been larger.  Subconsciously, however, I know why I am doing this: I want action, being down to a bit under 100 big blinds, and ready to play for all of it.  Both snap call, naturally, and we see Q107, one heart.  I don’t have room for my normal check raise, so I just straight rip it in.  Whale unhappily folds an underpair, probably nines, and Bdonk snaps me off, holding for the win with 108.  While I am packing up, whale admires, “Nice call.”

Yeah, well played again, Bill.  The next day, rematch.

The game is three handed 5/10.  (Curiously, Bdonk has told Angry Asian Foster Child that he will “never play 2/5 again, as I can win so much at 5/10.”  Righto!)  So, he’s going to be making this one go for a while; apparently he never left from last night. The third player is someone I’m not familiar with, but I can see after a few hands that Viet Nit will suffice as a summary epithet.  He immediately leaps over to Bill’s left before I can sit, but this isn’t the advantage he thinks it is.

I run up a quick profit by shaking off Viet Nit with double barrels, then find a slinky good spot again, putting in the 3 bet with K9o.  Bdonk flats, Viet Nit in the squeeze surrenders reluctantly, as he was clearly playing a drawing hand in position on the ATM, and a middle straight board comes out.  I get it all in with a pair I know is miles ahead, with an overpot shove on the turn.  Snap call from villain.

Bdonk hits a gutter.  Game and set.

I’ve never dumped off so much money so fast, these past three weeks.  I haven’t had a losing month since doing this for bread and butter, although things were rough, very touch and go at first, as I broke even and burned through savings on travels, restaurants, and various mood enhancers.   Now, my problem isn’t only that I am losing, it’s that I also don’t feel remotely worried.  Wherefore this confidence?  Am I that certain I can make it?

I remember the roughest financial time in my life, when I briefly said good bye to shelter.  I kept up appearances, never asked for help.  I used trial gym memberships to get showers and stay clean.  I ate sparingly, taking advantage of snacks and leftovers at work and samples at the grocery store,   I knew I would survive.  I spent my time looking for employment while relaxing at a favorite café.  The only time I felt sorry for myself was when I slept on the very court I’d been playing on for years, with the comfortable denizens of a beautiful, productive city.

I pulled out of it, and no one was the wiser.  Why, I even made sure to play tennis on that very court.

Now, I feel even better. I’m trying to worry, but I can’t.

It’s been this way since Vegas, since I realized this poker thing really is what I do, which I guess, unfortunately includes dumping thousands of dollars back into the poker economy every now and then. I’m not sure how to get away from this runbad and his miserable friend playbad, but apparently it’s going to happen.

For starters, I’m going to tighten up. Gargamel pointed out that I didn’t have to go broke with QQ vs AA and KK the other night, and he’s right.  The old days of my big folds which baffled him and angered the vindictive Goddess Variance herself have been replaced by a more gambling style, fostered by an acquired taste for disrespecting my opponents.

It’s lazy, this arrogant style.  These days, the fact is, the nits are mostly taking advantage of me.  I don’t get action unless they are at the top of their range or in the face up safety of a multiway pot.  I can have a forty percent PFR and they will just surrender until they have it.  This exasperates me because I get bored; I want them to play better, because I’m bored, however contradictory this is to a cash game grinder’s goal.  The unusual suckouts I that would previously detect, I am presently ignoring, because my handreading is so strong I can’t see how some hands are even possible.  I pay off because it seems theoretically right and they have made my bankroll so large I stopped caring about results, even though my liferoll is paradoxically so small.

Last night’s loss as a flop 49-1 favorite was a perfect example of this; yet it could have been one of those smart folds which helped get me here in the first place.  Small value river raise when the only possibility is approaching impossible is still a fold.  A fish is a fish, they simply don’t grow legs and trouble you on land very often.  Their imbalance is undying and forever, no matter how odd it would seem.  If anything, they get tighter, trying to control their losses, in a race to the poker bottom and into their incipient OMC condition that dwells like a bad gene inside all of us.

Who am I really fighting against?

“The younger players are tough!” Ron cries out.  Well, maybe.  Ron’s not a small man.  Ok, he’s huge, but he’s somehow out here, feeding me forehands from a basket.  I can’t believe how determined he is, nevermind college players and internet kids.  He’s stocky, tan, and tough; I would believe him if he told me he was a day laborer or line cook.  It doesn’t really matter who or what Ron is, though: it’s bordering on ninety; my participation in this exercise is insane.  The courts are desolate for a reason; the shade is shrinking and looking for cover.  I had begged Ron to move inside, where the indoor facility is equally unused; staff alone occupy a city block of tennis courts.  He had just stared at me, incredulous.

“You have to work harder just to keep up!” Ron yells.  I can’t even tell who he is talking to.  I don’t fight with younger players for the most part, we’re a bunch of has beens and have nevers!  I fight with Handos, for the most part, and Bdonks.  I fight it out with guys who are basically better at something other than what we are doing. I hit my hundredth forehand; I’ve haven’t done this stuff since I was a teenager.  My arm is almost seizing.  “Gotta get in shape!”  Who is talking?

Ron’s emptied the basket; I was watching every last one like minutes on a classroom clock.   I’m exhausted, looking for any reason to quit.  Ron is sweating profusely, troubled by the heat, but not complaining.  He is round and balding and uncharismatic, but no pushover.  I let him sit while I pick up the balls, one by one.  He performed this task for us the first time, when I was still in shock.  I don’t have any excuses now, however, and I’m not going to show any more weakness.  If he can do it, I can.  We’ll get through this.

“Time for serves!” Ron jumps up.  This out of shape dad, this joyous wreck of an organism, propped by aspirin and knee wraps and optimism, is happy and pushing us forward.  “Gotta work it to win!”

Ok.  My head is spinning, but I am going to get through this.  I step up to the service line and face villain.

 

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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.