Sunday, September 20, 2009

Poker pearl #29

Above is a scan of the cover of All In magazine.

In that issue, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier was asked about three bets.

   Three betting when there is a raise and a 
cold-caller is called a squeeze play. It
works based on the idea that the opening
raiser is loose, so the guy calling him,
knowing that, doesn't have to hold a
premium hand (or he would have re-raised).

A popular counter to the squeeze play
these days is the "New York Back Raise"
which involves flat-calling a raise with
A-A, K-K, Q-Q and A-K (occasionally J-J,
too) when you have a loose raiser in
front of you, and an aggressive player
behind you.

You are hoping someone behind you
will try the squeeze play, as your
hand is vastly under-represented,
so that you can come over the top
of him.

That's what poker's all about. When they make plays, you make counter-plays. When they make adjustments, you make counter-adjustments.


  1. I didn't realize there was a 3rd poker magazine. how was the rest of it???

  2. @dbcooper: I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Just got it Friday evening, one of the benefits of playing in a casino. I'll let you know what I think.

  3. There is no "correct" way to play NL - you'd play a hand one way against one opponent and another way against someone different.
    But you'd better be aggressive - that seems to be the constant ingredient of a winning player.