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Overpair in Poker - Definition

Overpair in Poker - Definition

What is Overpair?

Overpair → 1.  Overpair is a pair made with hole-cards that is higher than any of the card ranks on the board.

Example usage → “We held an overpair of Kings on a Ten-high flop texture”


An overpair is a type of one-pair holding made with a pocket-pair. To qualify as an overpair the pocket pair must be higher in rank than any of the available cards on the board. 

Example (Hold’em) -

Hand: KK
Board: T55

Strategy Application 

Overpairs are typically strong hands in Hold’em, but less so in Omaha.

The exact strength of an overpair will depend on the following -

- How high the overpair is in rank (higher is naturally better).
- The board texture (overpairs don’t like extremely co-ordinated boards)

In Hold’em, good overpairs may sometimes be strong enough to play for stacks with (depending on the stack depth). In Omaha this is rarely the case unless the stacks are shallow. One of the most common mistakes that players make when transitioning to Omaha from Hold’em is overvaluing overpairs. In most cases a naked overpair won’t be strong enough to play for 100bb stacks with in Omaha.



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