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Risks

It’s hard going, trying to come back from troubles. I don’t feel well. My heart races when the latest idiot leaps behind my car while I pull out of the garage- my nerves are shot from a month of distress and I don’t take it with usual equanimity and disdain. Worse, my body is tired, my lungs black, my mind flat. The deep brain which does not care for anything and only want to eat and sleep carries me on, even to the poker table, my cubicle and workspace. Yet it knows I must take some chances and break out of my rut.

However, while my mental game is weak, my execution rusty, my strategic game is coming back to me. I am more dangerous, overall. My nights of slaughtering Bovada until I passed out, hand still on the keyboard, head on my desk, have prepared me better than I’d imagined. The body is weak, the mind shot, but something deeper inside ticks on.

Now, I haven’t gotten a fair shake at the bigger games in many sessions. I am running below EV, down six straight buy ins. The Goddess Variance has had her foot on my neck (I would like to bite her tasty ankle). I understand that She and the universe are out to get me. It’s fair enough: I deserve it.

However, if my opponents are her emissaries, they don’t outplay me, that for sure. They leave it all up to Her, pitifully.

Just like always. In fact, little has changed in the games. I recognize most everyone. A new Headphone Dork stands out, as well as an aggressive Pakistani who seems to know what he wants to do. I nod at the Banker, ever more the giant happy toad, and the games go on, as if I’d never left. The dealers say my name, and I undertip them. Nothing changes.

I have to get sharp, and fast, but I make errors for the first hour. I’m too loose. I gamble. One spot versus Otto caught my attention and is worth explaining. Game flow is a big thing for an astute player, and I made a close decision not to three bet him out of the blinds with AJo. This sweet but serial over-player had not opened a hand yet, and even though he was on the button, I decided to take it postflop. I felt his range was strengthened and gave his first shot a little cautious respect. I had a weak tight player in the SB, and a loose player limping in from under the gun, so I was going to have an edge versus a lineup of shallow enders.

However, I might have been talking myself into the wrong play. The reasons for three betting are compelling in spots like this in general. A button range is naturally wide, and picking up the SB’s weak completion makes the spot highly profitable. I recommend it. Three betting AJ broadens your range and makes balanced poker possible. However, you have to play the player, and Otto is not a folder in general, as I have written. If he over calls the three bet, he encourages the SB to gamble. Less likely, but if UTG is limp/raising unbalanced, I have just burned up a stack of red. Playing out of position with Ace high versus a calling station and a guy with a strong overcalling range is not a great spot, so on the “balance,” there is in fact no one way forward.

So, I took a chance and went four way with a good ace. The flop is J52dd. The SB checks, I check, UTG checks, and now Otto leads exactly half pot. It’s this sort of giveaway I am looking for: He can have premiums preflop, this being his first hand, but now the information begins to skew toward weak. He’s not protecting his hand, he’s not charging the world’s stickiest players enough. (NO FOLDING should be inscribed above The Village’s door.) Button raise plus weak bet; his range was weakening the more I stared at it. I also look into the ether and determine what I can- I don’t feel a premium.

The SB calls this soft bet: he is very likely drawing. Since UTG did not raise or look strong pre, I am almost certain I have them all crippled. I raise with the intention of snapping off a shove.

UTG quickly dumps it, and the action moves to Otto, who is troubled, just as I hoped he would be. He doesn’t bring more than two buy-ins, and this raise is not what he wanted. Nevertheless, he shoves after a full minute’s hesitation, and I begin to sense he has a weak draw or KJ – I can tell he feels potstuck.

Now the small blind is frustrated. He lets out a sigh before throwing away his hand. It’s good news for me, as I put him on diamonds. Now I just need to fade whatever the hell Otto feels he can’t fold.

Turns out it’s diamonds as well, ten high! When the King of diamonds regrettably appears on the turn, leaving me drawing dead, the small blind fumes:

“I had the nut flush draw!”

Otto shrugs and smiles. Some players are going with the ten high, others are folding the nuts. It’s worked out again for Otto, and although I’m briefly upset at my winter and spring of runbad, it’s hard to stay mad at that little brother face of his. He’ll redistribute all of my chips before leaving in his typically irresponsible manner: some of us never learn.

As for me, I lose some more, ripping in a straight and flush draw and brick out, before going card dead for three hours and turning on the poker sabateur game that generally saves my nights. I dodge and float and steal, getting a few hundred back without a single showdown. I love all my spots and missed only one, declining for range protection reasons, which is to say in English, bitching out. However, on Friday night, what you want is not all this snake oil, but the Big Pot. When is it my turn? When will She get her boot off my throat?

I get my opportunity on the last hand of the my night. With the game going into overdrive but my ride leaving, I open AJo from UTG. Calling ranges have gotten loose, and this hand might as well be AQ or AK. Unfortunately, Tank Boy calls behind me, an action which is going to trigger a donkey chain: much like my first pot of the evening with Otto, I am going to be doing battle with the bread knife of AJo versus the coyotes. Tank Boy is a thoughtful fool who slows the game down with his endless indecisions. He’s a likeable guy, and always apologizes, but hands per hour plummet whenever he graces us with His Pausiness. He plays too many hands and things have to break exactly right for him to win – he was the one who pulled off the thirteen buy in night. His gambling style can work, but even for the dragging slowness, I want his active money on the table. He plays the turn like a nightmare and loves to bet, shamelessly, for information. Bring on Tank Boy, the Thirteen Buy-In Man, ’cause that ain’t how it usually goes.

To return to reality, Tank Boy is mostly just screwing himself and me as well with this abysmal flat. Calling from UTG1 or UTG2 with garbage and a half stack is terrible poker- but, again, that’s The Village: NON SUBCUMBERE.

So, donkey chain triggered, Headphone Dork flats the button, and the Ace flush folder calls out of the blinds. (Is it possible he wants a second chance?)

With all this anti-equity, It’s going to be heard to win this pot. The flop is not particularly helpful: Q75hh. The clustering around the middle cards is going to hit callers’ connectors and pairs, and without a single blocker in my black AJ, all flush cards could be out there.

The Folder checks. I check. Tank Boy checks. The button, Headphone Dork, who should really bet his equity here, checks as well.

Ok then. Reprieve.

I can rep cards. The pot is not over. The offsuit ace on the turn, in fact, is the best card in the deck for me. However, the Ace flush folder leads out small into the ace. It’s a silly bet into a volatile player, a sticky field, and into a card that favors me. I intend to punish him for it.

I raise relatively small, as I don’t want to get committed via Headphone Dork, and simultaneously want to set up room on the river. I’m not sure where all this is going but I am envisioning a giant bet on half the deck.

Now Tank Boy pushes in his short stack, which is not good news. His behavior suggests value, but I don’t see how he has value: why didn’t he rip it in on the flop? This will matter. Meanwhile, he’s one blind short of my raise, and all in. I don’t like it, but he has more draws than two pairs. I sense no set.

However, what’s really surprising is that Headphone Dork on the button overcalls; this pot is getting out of control. This means, unfortunately, that HD has a strong hand. I am beat unless he just can’t let go of a nut draw and is determined to pay it badly. More likely, he has hit the ace and now has aces up: A7 or A5… just the kind of hand a fish calls with on the button. My options are shrinking because of his passivity and clear equity.

The SB folder dude is troubled once more; this guy cracks me up. He’s getting an amazing price, thanks to all these dreary overcalls. While he counts out his inevitable flat, I reflect on the brazenly bad play of the table. It’s very hard to get around three players’ equity without having the effective nuts. They are like mangy, starved lions on a tired rhinoceros, no water in sight, desperately trying to drag it down with their group equity, not caring if one of their own gets its skull bashed in. They are happy to pay rake and trade chips, so long as someone sucks out. Traditionally poker players try to win the max and lose the least, which is why they pay attention to sizes and and position and handreading, but that is not really what is going on here. This is a group hunt.

The river brings an offsuit king. I love this card. I know I am behind, but I envision a cool scenario. The SB has bricked out. He’s done, but what if Tank Boy has a draw and not a hand, say 86s, or top pair on flop? He’s all in, and if… if… I can get Headphone Dork to fold out Aces up, I can win the entire pot, a monster, and go home even after all the runbad.

So I rip it in, and Headphones is in pain. For two minutes he torments himself. I have AQ, AK, and sets in my range, and all he has is A7 or A5. HD thinks a lot of himself, as all people do who wear antisocial devices in a social game: he is disrespectful and selfish. He thinks he can add nothing to an activity which simultaneously exists for his entertainment and benefit. Strategically, he thinks he has to be beat here, and wants to make a hero fold. He can’t imagine being read or outplayed. He doesn’t understand why he shouldn’t slowplay two pair. He posts in some forum, somewhere, no doubt; he beats up his home game; he brags about his ability; he talks strat with the Banker.

He is, in other words, a Reg™. A Reg™ can’t call here. I’m not even that worried. What I’m worried about is Tank Boy.

When HD folds, the small blind shows me his draw (I’ve been friendly with him) dumps it into the muck. I’m not entirely hopeful, but there is a little light, a small candle still burning for my plan. I expose the AJ and look directly at Tank Boy. I’ve folded out and faded everyone’s equity that matters…

Except his, of course. He leaps ups and cries out. “I win!” turning over a mangled 75cc for a lucky hold and quadruple with a short stack. Rewarded for doing nothing right, naturally. The Goddess is pleased. The first shall be last. She hates my arrogance, She despises my ability, She loves all that is random, inexplicable, desperate. I rack up, but to my surprise, the dealer tosses me three red chips.

It was the sidepot. I had forgotten. If I had known Tank Boy had two pair exactly, this small return on my investment meant I had risked $500 plus to win $15. A strange smile rumples my face.

So it goes. While the table chatters and tries to make sense of what just happened in the pitter patter and hee haw of Regspeak™, I push the three red disks into my piecemeal rack, full of ones from stealing, devoid of reds from losing, saying nothing and offering no explanation to the Regs for my play.

I get pleasure out of Headphone Dork’s tilt, however, and I can hold my head high. His unhappiness is my happiness. I wish I were staying and could play pots with him. He whines to the Banker, soothsayer and father figure to many of these players. They keep to themselves, their little circle of upper middle class and racial solidarity, and keep me out of their private games. They are not my enemies (does the hunter hate the goose?) but they are not my friends either, and I relish his torment, even if I lost overall and my final bet won nothing but fifteen dollars. Five came from you, dork.

Bittersweet, this poker thing I apparently do. I’d almost forgotten, having nearly drowned in life bitterness. It’s suddenly revealed to me why I have such a tolerance, and even a need, for this silly game.

Life, it seems, will go on. I’ll go again to the VIllage, soon but not tomorrow, and take another shot at biting Her foot. Nothing feels normal, but I need to push it wherever it is going. In fact, I have to do better. A lot better. Time is passing.

Today, as I back out of my garage again, the same idiot tries to get in my way. I’ve had enough. This time I push down on the gas toward him, testing just how stupid he is. It’s a calculated risk; I’m trying something new and I’m willing to take this quite far. I’m really curious and flummoxed by all of it and their strange risks. He races to intersect the car, but I beat him to where our vectors led. He gives up, briefly stymied.

Then he leaps in front of my car as I am about to pull forward. I slam on the brakes. Ok, I guess you win again. I’m not sure what you are winning, but it’s yours. We all have some plan or some chance to take. I’m giving up on my frustration with this guy.

Nevertheless, I like my experiment. No one changes, they say, but I am here to try.

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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.