I love the play when other guys do it, I won't ever do it myself though because I find that most players fall into the "he straddled, he cannot have a big hand, he has to be bluffing
" mentality. I have seen so many monster hands cracked in straddles by people who called big pre-flop raises with very marginal hands they likely would have folded otherwise to someone making the same raise who had not straddled. I recall a regular straddler where I played making the standard 4$ pre-flop straddle in a 1-2NL game and picking up AA, he bumped it to 20$ when it got back to him and some geezer who was tilting over the straddle called with 6-5 off and the flop came down 2-3-4. The geezer openly said after the hand he would never have called had the guy not straddled and simply raised UTG. In the long run I guess you can argue people not believing you will work in your favor, but the problem becomes if 3 or 4 don't believe you in the same hand, you don't want 4 players going to the flop when you have KK or QQ. The button staddle I do not like because it basically violates the rules of the game. I know the Rio allows it in Vegas and maybe 1-2 other casinos
there as well. Its absurd that the blinds have to act first pre-flop, its already a bad enough to position to be, the button straddle makes the blinds doubly worse. I could live with the button straddle but the order of the action should go UTG through to the cut-off, then the blinds, then back to the button.