This is a discussion on Live cash game - live straddle within the online poker forums, in the Live Poker section; when do you live straddle and why? I only do it if i'm one of the table's chips leaders like top 3 and if I
I played a BTN straddle almost all orbits last night as the player in the BB hates to fold his BB and plays very poorly OOP. It was a very profitable strategy as he would often start the limp train and then I could steal from the BTN with a wide range of hands.
I am not a fan of straddling...it makes the hand more of a gamble. The blinds are mandatory, but why commit extra chips with no knowledge about your own hand. I think that the odds are that it would be beneficial a small percentage of the time. Make an informed decision when you see your cards...I just don't see the purpose in throwing extra money in the pot with 7,2 offsuit.