What is ‘Overblind’?
In poker, an ‘overblind’ is a larger blind than usual which might be introduced to the game as a special bet. Where an overblind bet is made, often the other players will need to match this to follow. It is a forced bet and therefore must be made by the player who occupies that position – although some games make the overblind an optional bet.
In poker, players are often required to make a bet before the game begins. When all players make these bets in order to see the cards, it is usually known as the ante. In some games, only one or two players per round make the starting bets. These bets are known as blinds – usually a small and large blind are posted, and then the openers can be played.
In some games, players are required to make an ‘overblind’, or they have an opportunity to do so. This is a blind which is larger than usual – often twice the amount of the large blind. All subsequent bets are raised to the level of the overblind. The rule is not always active in games, but casinos might introduce it to liven up a pot or round, or as part of a later game during a poker tournament.
The overblind is not always permitted in poker, but if the game has ‘no limit’ rules then players might choose to make the overblind voluntarily and raise the stakes for the rest of the game. Overblinds are sometimes introduced at the request of the players at the table, with the agreement of the casino. If the overblind is a true blind and forced upon the player, all players are required to match it for subsequent bets if they want to see their cards and have a chance at winning the pot.