I’m not much of a NL player, but I’ve been watching some of the stoxpoker NL videos. He likes to make a play he calls a “squeeze”. Harrington discussed this play in his books: he will sometimes raise with a marginal hand after one or more people have limped with presumably weak holdings, expecting to take the pot right away. Stox will go so as far as to sometimes do this from the blinds after several people have entered the pot.
So when exactly is a squeeze called for? What is the justification for the play? It seems pretty risky to me, especially in loose games where you are likely to get called. In the best of circumstances, it doesn’t seem like a play you can get away with very often.
The squeeze play has a bit of a daring and clever feel to it. It’s a bluff (or semi-bluff) perpetrated against not one, but several opponents. Someone bets, one or more players call, then you raise. When it works, you feel like a champ, and you rake a big pot. When it doesn’t work, “Oops.”
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