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Bridging the Flop

by Michael Cappelletti |  Published: Apr 17, 2013

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While I was attending the very large annual regional bridge tournament in Sarasota, Florida, my spies told me about the excellent poker action at the Sarasota Kennel Club (dog track) One-Eyed Jacks Card Room. So each night, after the evening session of bridge, we taxied over to this huge card room that had at least twenty-five tables of poker going even late at night. The poker games ranged from $2-$4 limit, to $1-$2 and $2-$5 no-limit; and, they also had $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha. Poker indeed has become extremely popular in Florida. While waiting for a seat in the $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha (the buy in was $200), I noted that several players were routinely “straddling” on their buttons. That is, to generate more action, they would bet blind an extra five dollars before the flop (thus making it $10 to call) and then would be allowed to raise when the betting before the ...


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