The Squeeze Play Bluff – Poker Strategy Power Moves

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Published on 23 February 2015 by Pokerlistings 4588
There are situations in poker where the right move at the right time can make all the difference to your bottom line. Today we break down one of the best poker strategy moves: the Squeeze Play. A squeeze play is a bluff that you can use to pick up chips, even when you can't pick up a good hand. When a loose/aggressive player raises, and one more players just call behind him, it sets up a spot where you can re-raise and win the pot regardless of what your cards are. Squeeze plays work best in tournaments when the blinds and antes make the pot big enough to go after, but it is also a very effective cash-game strategy when used correctly. There are a few things you need to keep an eye out for when you're looking for spots to squeeze. The first is a loose and aggressive player opening the pot. Just because an aggressive player raised doesn't mean they have a big hand and a lot of the time they won't have a good enough hand to stand up to your re-raise. The second thing is one or more players just calling. Chances are if they had a premium hand they would raise. By calling they're telling you they have a marginal hand that can't call a big re-raise. The third thing to think about is your position. It's always better to bluff when you have position on your opponents because they'll be less inclined to call before the flop and if they do call, they'll have to play out of position for the rest of the hand. The last thing you need to remember is to make your re-raise big enough to push your opponents out of the hand. Usually about 25 big blinds total will do the job. Bluffs like the squeeze play are intermediate moves so make sure you have a solid understanding of poker fundamentals before you start getting creative with moves like this.
Man: You're good, kid. But as long as I'm around, you're second best. You might as well learn to live with it.

Man 2: There are situations in poker where the right move, at the right time, can make all the difference to your bottom line. Today, we break down one of the best: The Squeeze Play. When a loose, aggressive player raises before the Flop and one or more players call, it sets up a great bluffing opportunity where you can re-raise and win the pot, regardless of what your cards are. It's called a Squeeze Play and there are three main reasons it works so well.

Number one: loose aggressive players raise a lot before the Flop with weak hands. Number two: the players who are just calling probably don't have a strong hand, either, since they chose to just call instead of raising. And number three: when you re-raise, the original raiser is caught out of position with players still to act behind him, which makes it even harder for him to call. How successful your Squeeze Plays are will depend mostly on three things: your opponents, everyone's position at the table, and how big you make your re-raise.

When you're looking for the right spot for a Squeeze Play, keep an eye out for loose, aggressive players who are opening lots of pots. They're the least likely to have a big hand just because they raised. Squeeze Plays work best when you have position on your opponents since they won't want to play out of position, post-Flop. And finally, make your re-raise big enough that your opponents aren't priced in. As a rule, your re-raise should be at least five times the original raise.

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