Explanation of Overlimp
The term “over” in poker applies to an action we take after a player before us has already taken the same action. Calling behind after a player cold-callers is hence referred to as “overcalling”. Limping behind after a player has already limped before us is referred to as “overlimping”. The term “limping behind” is also commonly used to denote an overlimp.
Example of Overlimp used in a sentence -> Our opponent limped in the cutoff and we decided to overlimp on the button.
How to Use Overlimp as Part of Your Poker Strategy
In the majority of scenarios it makes sense to take aggressive actions when facing limpers preflop in Hold’em and Omaha. However, this is not to say that raising or folding is always correct however.
Good players understand that limping behind has merits in certain situations. It can especially be considered in the following scenarios -
- We have a playable holding that is not quite strong enough to iso raise.
- There are aggressive players behind who will 3bet aggressive if we iso raise.
Overlimping is strategically different from open-limping. Any time we overlimp we know there is a weak player in the pot who has open-limped. Overlimping is hence a useful strategic device for increasing the number of hands we play against recreational opponents.