What is ‘Squeeze’?
If a casino player is said to ‘squeeze’ the game or an opponent, it means they pushed play to get as much as they could from the pot. Specifically, it often refers to a situation before the flop during the betting, when there have already been raises and calls but a player chooses to re-raise. This might be a genuine play but it is often a form of bluffing.
In poker, players are given plenty of opportunities to make bets during the course of play. Often, the highest bets come at the end of the game when the hands are set – in fact, some games raise the minimum bet for later rounds to encourage higher betting on hands. However, there are also times when a player might choose to bet high before the draw or the flop has occurred. This can happen because they know their hands are strong, but also when a player wishes to ‘bluff’ their way to the win.
To ‘squeeze’ the game or the pot usually means to make a raise before the flop. More specifically, it means raising after there have been previous raises in the round, and following calls on that raise. It is seen as trying to ‘squeeze’ additional value from the pot, or as an attempt to ‘squeeze’ more money out of players. It is often a bluff strategy, designed to intimidate other players into folding after they have raised into the pot.
The term ‘squeeze’ can also apply to a technique used by a player to check their hold cards. The card is gripped between the fingers and gently squeezed to bend it back and make it visible, but without revealing too much and risking exposing the card to the other players at the table in the process.