In my local home game scene, we play 1/3 NLHE with a 10 dollar rock, with any position straddles. For some reason, most of the good regs religiously straddle their button, as if it is a +EV play.
These are the reasons I can think of for such behavior:
- The good regs are actually shills who intend to artificially up the stakes of the game
- Frequent button straddles push thinking players away the seats to your immediate left, to avoid being forced into early position preflop, thus countering the game of "musical chairs" that often takes place between regs
Are button straddles profitable?