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Back In the Straddle Again

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: May 02, 2012


What is a straddle? A normal straddle is a blind bet of twice the big blind and is made by the player to the left of the regular blinds. If the blinds are $5 and $10, then a straddle would be $20. If the blinds are $25-$$50, then a straddle would be $100. The straddler becomes the last player to act before the flop, and his blind bet is live. This means that he can raise himself. Straddles are almost never allowed in tournaments, but most live cash games allow straddles by the player to the immediate left of the big blind. A few Southern games allow something known as a Mississippi Straddle, which is a straddle by a player in late position, usually the button. (Mississippi Straddles are not generally allowed, especially since the order of pre-flop betting becomes very confused.) What is the minimum raise after a straddle? ...

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