What is Go the Overs?
In poker, a player who bets over the going rate is said to go the overs. It often applies when a player makes a voluntary blind after the big and small blinds are posted, or when an additional blind is made after the traveling blind rule is applied. The term is also applied when a player enters higher stakes bets than the table is generally playing, or when several players agree to boost the stakes – and price out some of the weaker players in the process.
Go the Overs Explained
In poker, games are usually restricted by maximum and minimum bet limits, to ensure that no one player can dominate the table through having more cash than the rest and to ensure that players find the games which suit their own play level. However, there is still some flexibility within these limits to raise the stakes through raises and all-ins.
Players will sometimes show their strength by betting strongly on their hands, even before the cards are seen. In games where mandatory blind bets are posted, players could post an optional voluntary blind out of turn. This increases the pot, and signals that the player is determined to pay high for that win. Making additional blinds or raising a ‘killed pot’ with an extra blind is often referred to as ‘going the overs’.
To ‘go the overs’ also means to raise the stakes significantly and push other players out of the game in the process. Re-raising and pushing all-in bets is an example of a player ‘going the overs’. Paying over the odds for a pot in any sense can be called ‘going the overs’, including betting high on a weak hand, or playing against a strong table with plenty of challenges and keeping bet levels high throughout.