For most players who played only online and only classic poker rooms, the concept of “STRADDLE” can be poorly familiar. Previously, it was used only in offline cash games. However, with the advent of the “era” of Asian applications Straddle games appeared to online poker.
What is Straddle?
Straddle is a situation in the hand, when at the preflop even before receiving cards in hand, the player sitting right behind the big blind puts chips into play in the sum of the double big blind.
In all Asian applications, the game with the Straddle is automatic and coincides with the definition above.
Why do you need to play with Straddle?
Basically, offline cash games with Staraddle is voluntary, and the players who decide to use it just want to buy the last word at the flop. However, in applications it is automatically placed in each hand. In fact, straddle is a very good way to inflate the bank and thereby increase the number of action at the table.
Features of the strategy.
At the tables with straddle, each limit is doubled. In that case your bet is not 1bb, but 2 big blinds preflop. Thus, it will be logical to take 200 bb with you at the table. In straddle games position is of great importance. While the majority of players have the most negative position of the big blind, in the game with straddle UTG becomes the most unprofitable position.
Advantages of the straddle game:
1) If you are an aggressive player, then you have the opportunity to make a huge pot preflop.
2) A more dynamic action at the table.
3) Straddle becomes the most profitable when it was not you, but your opponent who did it. Thus, you have to decide to participate in this hand or not.
4) There is a chance to squeeze out a larger number of players preflop and stay against 1-2 opponents, which increases your chances of winning the hand.
Cons of the straddle game:
1) If a bad card comes, then we lose a double bet.
2) Lack of information before the bet.
3) The advantage of the chances for other players at the table.
Where can I play games with Straddle?
At the moment, almost all Asian applications has straddle games. Straddle by itself is not a profitable action, however, due to the large number of weak players in Asian applications, it is possible to get a good advantage over other opponents of the game at the table due to it.
Applications with Straddle game:
Pokermaster is an exclusive poker room, with a lot of expensive cash games.
Pokerkingdom (Pokerlords) is a mobile app with access to closed clubs with good action at the tables.
Poker♠King is a Chinese poker application for mobile devices.
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