What is ‘Overbet’?
In poker, an ‘overbet’ is a bet made at over the rate of the pot, or at the value of the pot. It is sometimes made in place of an all-in, or as a raise on the previous bet. Players might overbet in a bid to intimidate other players and mark out the pot as their own, hoping the others will fold rather than meeting the overbet.
In poker, if a player is said to ‘overbet’, they make a large wager which is more than would be expected from the hand they hold. For example, a player can overbet by raising on a weak hand such as a pair, or by calling when they have nothing in their hand of value. An overbet can also be made by re-raising on another player’s raise, or by forcing an all-in at an early stage in the game.
Players overbet for two main reasons – because they have a strong hand and want to make a big play for it, or because they have a weak hand and they are using some form of bluff strategy. A player with a poor poker hand might still play it – they will try to convince the other players that they have a better hand than they do. One way of doing this is with a strong bet, or an overbet.
Overbetting usually occurs in no limit games, where players are free to put as much as they like into the pot. Overbets often occur when a round of raises has taken place, and a player chooses to make a further raise rather than calling the round. A player who follows up a raise with another, or goes all-in when a raise has already occurred, will be referred to as ‘making an overbet’.