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Abbreviations Commonly Used on BJ21
This is a list of abbreviations, primarily acronyms, commonly used on bj21. If you see used on bj21 an abbreviation that you think should be listed on this page, please email me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. I intend to add new abbreviations as they come into common usage, and I intend to drop no-longer-used abbreviations from the list. The existence of this list is not a suggestion that we need to use more abbreviations; my preference is that we use as few abbreviations as possible.
AC: 1. Atlantic City, NJ, the city. 2. Anthony Curtis, author and publisher.
AFK: away from the keyboard; used during chat.
AOL: America Online, the company.
APC: advanced point count, a counting system associated with Ken Uston.
AS: Arnold Snyder, author and publisher.
BAK: back at the keyboard; used during chat.
BARGE: big August rec.gambling excursion in Las Vegas.
BC: 1. Bryce Carlson, author and publisher. 2. Barbary Coast, a casino. 3. betting correlation. 4. back count.
BCA: Blackjack Count Analyzer, blackjack software by Stanford Wong.
BE: betting efficiency.
BEP: break-even point.
BFD: big deal; sarcastic; means not such a big deal.
BJA: Blackjack Attack, book by Don Schlesinger
BIB: Blackbelt in Blackjack, book by Arnold Snyder.
BJ: 1. blackjack, the game. 2. a two-card total of 21.
BJF: Blackjack Forum, Arnold Snyder's newsletter.
BJFB: Blackjack for Blood, book by Bryce Carlson.
BJR: Blackjack Review, Michael Dalton's newsletter.
BJ21: this Internet site.
BP: big player; used to describe the big bettor in a team effort.
BR: 1. bankroll. 2. Beau Rivage, a casino.
BS: basic strategy.
BTD: Beat the Dealer, blackjack book by Ed Thorp.
BTW: by the way.
CA: California, the state.
CBJN: Current Blackjack News, newsletter.
CC: 1. card counting. 2. Circus Circus, a casino.
CM: Chinese mafia.
CP: Caesars Palace, a casino.
CSM: Continuous shuffling machine.
CT: Connecticut, the state.
CTR: currency transaction report.
CTS: Casino Tournament Strategy, book by Stanford Wong.
CV: Casino Verite, blackjack software by Norm Wattenberger.
CW: cocktail waitress.
DA or DA2: double down on any first two cards.
DAS: double down after splitting.
DD: 1. double down. 2. double deck.
DE: double-exposure blackjack.
DI: Desert Inn, a casino.
DOA: double down on any first two cards.
DS: Don Schlesinger, author.
D10: double down allowed only on ten or eleven. Variations: D8, D9, D11.
EOR: effects of removal.
ES: early surrender.
EV: expected value, as used by mathematicians.
FAQ: frequently-asked questions, and their answers.
FL: Florida, the state.
FWIW: for what it's worth.
FYI: for your information.
GBC: Gambler's Book Club, a bookstore in Las Vegas.
GC: green-chip pages on bj21.
GCB: Gaming Control Board, in Nevada.
GN: Golden Nugget, a casino.
GS: Gold Strike, a casino.
HC: high card: 10, J, Q, K, or ace.
HTML: Hypertext Markup Language.
H17: Dealer hits soft seventeen.
IE: Internet Explorer, browser software.
IL: Illinois, the state.
IMHO: in my humble opinion.
IMO: same as IMHO but not humble.
IP: Imperial Palace, a casino.
IRC: 1. initial running count. 2. Internet Relay Chat.
JP: 1. John Patrick, author. 2. Jerry Patterson, author.
KC: Kansas City, MO, the city.
KO, or K-O: 1. Knock-Out Blackjack, the book by Ken Fuchs and Olaf Vancura. 2. the counting system in Knock-Out Blackjack.
KU: Ken Uston, author.
KY: Kentucky, the state
LA: Louisiana, the state.
LL: Lady Luck, a casino.
LOL: laughing out loud.
LS: late surrender.
LT: Lake Tahoe.
LV: Las Vegas, the city.
LVA: Las Vegas Advisor, Anthony Curtis's newsletter.
MA: multiple-action blackjack.
MD: 1. Michael Dalton, author and publisher. 2. Maryland, the state.
MDBJ: Million Dollar Blackjack, book by Ken Uston.
MGM: MGM Grand, a casino.
MN: Minnesota, the state.
MO: Missouri, the state.
MS: 1. Mississippi, the state. 2. Microsoft, the company.
MSS: Main Street Station, a casino.
NBJ: new blackjack, a nonsense system.
ND: North Dakota, the state.
NJ: New Jersey, the state.
NM: New Mexico, the state.
NV: Nevada, the state.
NT: no text.
NY: New York, the state.
NYNY: New York New York, a casino.
OR: Oregon, the state.
OTOH: on the other hand.
OU: over/under, side bets that your two-card total will be over or under 13.
PB: pit boss; used to mean any supervisor of a blackjack game.
PBA: Professional Blackjack Analyzer, blackjack software by David Smith.
PBJ: Professional Blackjack, book by Stanford Wong.
PC: 1. percentage. 2. personal computer. 3. pit critter, same as PB.
PE: playing efficiency.
PG: Peter Griffin, the author.
POM: Post of the Month.
RC: running count.
RFB: complimentary room, food, and beverage.
RGB: rec.gambling.blackjack, a Usenet newsgroup.
RGBM: rec.gambling.blackjack.moderated, a Usenet newsgroup.
RNG: random-number generator.
ROR: 1. risk of ruin. 2. rate of return.
ROTFL: rolling on the floor laughing. Variation: ROTFLMAO, for rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.
RPC: Revere point count.
RSA: resplit aces.
SBA: blackjack software by Karel Janecek.
SD: 1. single deck. 2. standard deviation, as used by mathematicians.
SOF: Slots A Fun, a casino.
SRR: Sevens to Rolls Ratio in craps.
SSM: Sault Sainte Marie, MI, the city.
STL: Saint Louis, MO, the city.
SW: 1. Steve Wynn, casino owner. 2. Stanford Wong, author.
S17: 1. soft seventeen. 2. dealer stands on soft seventeen.
TARGET: a nonsense blackjack system.
TC: true count, or count per deck.
TI: Treasure Island, a casino.
TOB: The Theory of Blackjack, book by Peter Griffin
UBE: Universal Blackjack Engine, software by John Imming.
UBZ: unbalanced Zen card-counting system.
VAR: variance, as used by mathematicians.
VP: video poker.
WA: Washington, the state.
WGBJB: World's Greatest Blackjack Book, book by Lance Humble and Carl Cooper.
WGBJS: World's Greatest Blackjack Simulations, reports by John Auston.
WI: Wisconsin, the state.
WWW: Bally's Wild Wild West casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
YMMV: your mileage may vary.
1:8: bet spread of 1:8. Variations: 1:6, 1:12, etc.
2:1: a blackjack game in which naturals pay 2:1 instead of the normal 3:2.
6:5: a blackjack game in which naturals pay 6:5 instead of the normal 3:2.
6D: six decks. Variations: 1D, 2D, etc.
86'd: kicked out of a casino with the threat of being arrested if you return.