What Does Straddle Mean In Poker?
The Texas Hold’em Straddle function is one of GGPoker’s fun and innovative features, designed to add more thrills, twists and turns to an already-exciting poker hand. But what does straddle mean in poker?
Traditionally, the Straddle is a bet than can be played by the player immediately to the left of the Big Blind. Usually, a player choosing to straddle can bet double the Big Blind before the hole cards are dealt, so it’s basically a blind raise before the players get their cards. This can lead to some big pots and dramatically alter the outcome of the hand.
At GGPoker, we like to go about things a little differently. Now, you can post a straddle bet from any position on the table before the hole cards are dealt. Once the straddle amount is announced, players are given a limited amount of time to post another straddle bet or even go all-in (this is called the “No-Look All-In”).
Needless to say, games featuring frequent straddle bets are particularly thrilling. The bigger pots add to the tension, and when you win you can win big! You can catch your competition off-guard, and their reaction to your straddle bet can give you a lot of information, like whether they’re following a tight or loose strategy.
It’s a great way to up-the-ante in Texas Hold’em games, and once a straddle is called by one player you’ll get a lot of others wanting to stay in the hand where they otherwise might have folded, adding to the thrill. When the pot gets big, anything can happen! Any big raise can seem fishy, and if you have a monster hand you can completely alter your game.
GGPoker’s Straddle bets are just one of the unique features you’ll find at our tables. To get started just download the free poker app and follow the instructions to setup your account. You’re just moments away from the most thrilling online poker experience available.