Not only is GGPoker Ontario one of the biggest online poker sites in the province, but it is also the most innovative, as the software it runs on offers a variety of exciting gameplay features that spice up the action and make the games so much more entertaining.
One of the most exciting specials is the straddle feature, coupled with the no-look all-in feature, both allowing for extra action before the cards are even dealt.
With straddles being a big part of live poker games, GGPoker Ontario also decided to bring this feature to the online poker world. However, straddles at GG ON are even more exciting, as everyone at the table can straddle in every hand.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept or want to learn precisely what you are in for, keep reading and learn more about the straddle and no-look all-in features at GGPoker Ontario.
What is a Straddle in Poker?
A straddle is a non-mandatory preflop bet that players can place at the table before the hole cards are dealt in games like No-Limit Hold 'em and Pot-Limit Omaha.
Typically, the player to the left of the big blind is asked if they would like to place a straddle, which will be worth 2x the big blind. If they do, the player to their left can often double that bet by re-straddling, etc.
Many poker games limit the number of straddles that can be placed in a hand or deny the option altogether, but at GGPoker Ontario, the straddling action is quite wild.
Not only is there no limit on the number of straddles in a hand, but players in all positions can straddle regardless of what players in front of them do.
The player who posts the highest straddle will get to act last before the flop but will pay for that privilege.
Of course, the main goal of placing a straddle is not to buy a preflop position but rather to spice up the action and increase the stakes to make the game more fun and exciting.
What is No-Look All-In?
At GGPoker Ontario, players are asked if they want to straddle before the flop. Along with the straddle, they can go all-in blind by pressing the 'All-In’ button before hole cards are dealt.
If players use the no-look all-in option, their entire stack will automatically go into the pot. Players after them will still have the option to re-straddle, but they will have to place a straddle higher than the all-in player’s stack.
The no-look all-in is not the most profitable of poker plays, but if you are looking to put the fear in your opponents’ bones and make the game truly come alive, the no-look all-in feature will definitely do the trick.
Placing Straddles at GGPoker Ontario
Cash game tables at GGPoker ON allow each player to post straddles before the flop, regardless of their position at the table.
Each hand — before the hole cards are dealt — each player at the table is allowed to post a straddle, with a timer set to limit the time a player has to decide whether they want to straddle.
If a player turns the straddle feature on, they will be given the option to post a straddle in each hand, in any position, which means the wildest players can straddle every hand and juice up the game at their leisure.
Of course, you should be careful not to straddle too much, as players could exploit this by not straddling themselves and allowing you to be the only one bumping up the pots.
Suppose you are looking to make the action bigger. In that case, you can straddle easily by pressing the green 'Straddle’ button before the cards are in the air or even the 'Read All-In’ button, which turns the no-look all-in feature and puts other players at your table to the ultimate test.