What are the advantages of a squeeze over a 3-bet?

Squeeze : the more the merrier


3-bets are increasingly mastered by regulars. The squeeze however which consists in raising following an opening of a player which got called by one or several others. The squeeze in bluff is a very efficient move. Compared to a 3-bet more chips are involved in the pot meaning a squeeze does not have to succeed as much as a 3-bet does on order for it to be profitable. Quite surprisingly several reasons can explain why a it is often more respected than a 3-bet.

  • First it is a less personal move (since you are not targeting just 1 player) which will make your bluff less obvious
  • Second it is a move which is more difficult to offset (considering that you are facing here again several players)
  • Third, a squeeze represents a more narrow range than a freebet (you will be confronted to more 3-bets than squeezes)
The strength of your hand does not matter much when you want to squeeze in bluff. Like Dan Harrington during the final table of the WSOP 2004 you can do it with 62o! But holding an A or a K as a blocker will limit the risk against a big pair or AK.
You can also squeeze for value. Do not overestimate implied odds of speculative hand (like T7s)  in a pot with several players. A squeeze can be a good option depending on the range of opponents. Also have no shame in winning the pot preflop with AA or KK after a squeeze considering that the strength of those hands decreases with the number of players involved.
If you squeeze do not make it too expensive. A lot of players raise at pot value when they squeeze but with effective stacks of 100BB when you squeeze you should not engage more than 4 times the initial raise.
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