I have a decent exposure on Facebook. All of my connections are poker players. A few weeks ago, I asked those poker players their opinion on the most annoying poker lingo. The answers started flying in, but one phrase won by a landslide over the others. Can you guess that phrase? Probably not. I’ll give you a hint: This phrase didn’t begin as poker lingo.


Before we get to the winner for most annoying poker lingo, let’s take a look at some of the runner-ups for the most commonly mentioned words and phrases:

  • Polarized Range
  • EV
  • So sick!
  • Bink
  • Iso
  • GTO

When you hear people using these words and phrases, it usually (not always) means they’re trying to overcompensate for a lack of skills. This isn’t always the case, but most of the time.

The Winner

As voted on by a group of thousands of poker players that play often, the winner for the Most Annoying Poker Lingo: One Time!

Yeah, if you play poker, then you have differently heard that phrase. I always see the same people using it, and that leads to me asking myself: If it’s always the same people using the phrase, then they’re lying because they’re asking for that magic card more than one time. Greedy folks, I guess.

I’m pretty sure (not certain) that One Time began at the blackjack table. It’s a way of telling the blackjack dealer to hit the player with a picture card on a double-down when they 11, or to deal a five when they have 16 and up against the dealer’s 20. One Time!

I always imagine an Asian voice when I write the words: One Time! I don’t mean this in a bad way whatsoever, it’s just what pops into my head. Sometimes, the “m” isn’t pronounced.


If you don’t want to be annoying at the poker table, then stop saying, “One Time!” That said, there is another way to look at this. If you want to annoy your opponents—especially if they’re running good and you’re not—shout “ONE TIME!” more often.

Tyler Nals

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