Originally Posted by BigFlop123
I hate straddling. Not so much when someone does it,it's just I don't straddle. It's unnecessary to put 2 BB in UTG. You're committed your chips and playing the hand out of position. I believe just like playing the big blind, straddling have a long term losing Expected value.
Obviously, if you straddle EVERYTIME, then it's -EV. However, if the table is full of nits or if there are fishes who aren't aggressive, or LAGtards who have horrible post-flop skills, then straddling is +EV. Straddling depends on what kind of table you're in, what kind of table image you want to give, strategy to maneuver dynamics of the table, etc.
Playing your hand out of position? You're the last to act during pre-flop. If you get good hand on your straddle and raise when everyone has limped, their calling range will be extremely wide and also, people will think you're full of s*** who's defending your straddle and desperately trying to steal the pot away by isolating it.
When I straddled and got Pocket Aces, I was glad I straddled. If I haven't, then I would've had to raise UTG and I would either get no action or get called by players who will have good implied odds
against me since they have position on me. By straddling and getting pocket Aces, when almost everyone limped, I popped it up to 20bb, people think I'm full of s*** that they decide to shove all-in against me with mediocre hands 88+, A3+. I've made the pot so big that people are tempted to not let it go.
Straddling has to do with metagame while building up the pot. It's very useful if you know how to use it.
Most straddlers I've seen in casinos
, they just do it for the fun of it. But straddling has its benefits. It's only beneficial if you know how to use it and when to use it, knowing which tables to straddle, which tables not to, etc.