Straddle & Mississippi

    • hyppolito
      hyppolito
      Bronze
      Joined: 02.07.2008 Posts: 78
      Hi guys,

      I'm on a business trip to Nicaragua and I played cash game here at some casinos. Here, the cash games have the option to make the straddle (the guy UTG bets twice or more the BB before receiving the cards and he is the last one to act pre flop) or the Mississippi (the same of the straddle but is the player on the button that bets).

      I was wondering what advantage these two move brings to the player that make them? I mean, for me, both seems to be ridiculous, specially the straddle.

      What do you think about this?

      Cheers,

      Thiago
  • 4 replies
    • riv3rd4ncer
      riv3rd4ncer
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.02.2008 Posts: 81
      i don't think it's meant to bring advantage to the player that makes them, but rather to bring extra action to the table.
      i'd think for the player who's paying the straddle it's even a disadvantage, but everybody has to pay it in turn, so that evens out and you'll end up with a much looser table.
      the extra bigger blind, means more (dead) money in the pot, so more action from the other players.

      could be wrong, never played this way, but always figured that was the idea behind it...
    • hyppolito
      hyppolito
      Bronze
      Joined: 02.07.2008 Posts: 78
      I played yesterday and I made some of these moves.
      It really gets more action, but when you look at your cards, even in the button, with 2x the BB already in, and you see a T2o, your really figure out that the idea of putting more action on the table is nice, but not with your own chips.

      The idea is simple. Why I should commit my stack without seeing my cards, just to put more action on the table? There is no sense on doing that. This is gambling your chips, not playing profitable poker.

      Anyone has a different opinion?

      Cheers,

      Thiago
    • TerrorBlade
      TerrorBlade
      Black
      Joined: 16.10.2007 Posts: 1,922
      Originally posted by hyppolito
      I played yesterday and I made some of these moves.
      It really gets more action, but when you look at your cards, even in the button, with 2x the BB already in, and you see a T2o, your really figure out that the idea of putting more action on the table is nice, but not with your own chips.

      The idea is simple. Why I should commit my stack without seeing my cards, just to put more action on the table? There is no sense on doing that. This is gambling your chips, not playing profitable poker.

      Anyone has a different opinion?

      Cheers,

      Thiago
      I think you're missing the point thiago, the idea is that there's more action on the table thus the average pot size will be larger and the Casino will take more rake ;)
    • davidangel
      davidangel
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      Joined: 03.09.2008 Posts: 456
      I have noticed on High Stakes Poker (on TV) the LAGs petition for the straddle and the TAGs are against it and Doyle Brunson doesn't care :D