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Definition of obv

Obv is part of the poker lingo that you will read in the chat rooms of your online poker room. Obv is short for "obviously" which means "obviously". The phrase can be used in many ways, especially when a player is discouraged. For example, a player who is in a bad way goes all-in with 99 on 9-2-3 against a player who has 33. The river brings a fourth 3 and the player with the pair of 9s writes in the chat room "obv" as if to say "obviously I'm losing this hand again, I'm losing almost everything lately".

Did you have the nuts?

Obv can be used as a sign of discouragement, but also with a smirk. For example, a player bets on the river and you decide to go for the big move: you are all in on the bluff. This raise puts your opponent in an uncomfortable situation and he starts to think long and hard about what play he is going to make; call or fold? He thinks for a long minute and finally folds. But his fold haunts him. He writes in the chat room, "I had the straight, did you have the flush? To which you reply: "obv!

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