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'The Straddle' in Poker Explained

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The Straddle in Poker Explained

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What is a straddle in poker?

Thepokerimage straddle is a blind bet added to the pot by the small blind with the intention of inflating the pot. The straddle is always placed by the first to act (the player UTG) after the posting of the blinds. Normally, the straddle amount will be double the big blind. Occasionally it will be more - Like 2.5bb.

The Double straddle: the SB has posted, BB posted, UTG has straddled and now the player after UTG makes it a double strabble. 

Since the straddle inflates the pot and adds even more 'dead money' to the pot, it always creates for a more action packed hand with people fighting to win the money which has been blindly contributed to the pot.

Hypothetically the straddle can go on and on until the button is the last to straddle. The action might look like this:

Seat 1 sb: Sb: $2.50

Seat 2 bb: $5

Seat 3 straddle: $10

Seat 4: Double straddle: $20

Seat 5: Triple straddle: $40

Seat 6: quadruple straddle: $80

Seat 7: quintuple straddle $160

Seat 8: Sextuple Straddle $320

Seat 9: Button ???

The button cannot be in the straddle as somebody needs to eventually open the action!

As we mentioned, the point of straddles to create more action! Most the times players will do this when everyone at the table agrees to do a round of them. This is so not one player has the advantage or is at the disadvantage. The player with the advantage will be the button. This is because btn is last to act so has position and can exploit the straddler/s. Straddles create more action as there is more money in the pot to fight over.

Advantages of straddling in poker:

  • Bigger Games - It creates bigger games
  • Creates more action - Because of the amount of blind money in to pot to be won.
  • Keeps fishin the game - Fish play because they want to gamble, and with more action in the pot the fish remains interested.
  • Punish The Nits


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giantpokeron 28/8/17

i never use straddle lol


FierceProPlayeron 27/5/16

Lol the concept of straddling sounds like throwing a bait in the pond to lure fish to chase it. Hmm interesting! Tks!


Pokarfaceon 4/7/15

I've never straddled at casinos. I'm still learning strategy >_<


TensTTon 20/4/15

Are there also any disadventages in straddeling? At our homegame some of us always straddle (like me) and others really NEVER do it... Not because they're too tight or something, but some see this as 'throwing away money'. Other arguments I've heard at this table is from the person on my right saying: "If I straddle you're going to re-/double-straddle, so I am not going to." is there a way I can somehow explain/convince them to do it?


Martinoon 3/3/15

Interesting article I am looking at the straddling a different way now


narunon 17/1/15

For the first time I saw "the straddle" in "Poker Night in America".

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