Poker House Rake

Poker is a unique casino table game because unlike the other popular casino games such as roulette, craps, baccarat and blackjack where the casino house edge presents a competitive edge over the players, in poker there is no casino house edge. Instead the casino derives its income from the House Rake which represents the total amount of the commission that is levied on the prize pool which players compete for.

The Poker Room House Rake is also used by land-based and online casinos to determine the number of points that players are entitled to under the loyalty rewards program.  The higher the house rake, the higher the points players receive. Players with a substantial number of points can earn very attractive rewards.

There is no flat fee or fixed commission that is used to determine the house rake, instead casinos use complicated systems in order to determine the house rake that the dealer has to withdraw from the final pot. However, each poker room is required to maintain a rake structure and players are encouraged to get familiar with the rake structure have a look at this structure before signing into a poker room.

In the majority of Cash games or Ring Games, the house rake is a fixed percentage of each pot within specified limits and taking into account the number of active participants and the table stakes. In poker tournaments the house rake is taken from the buy-in fee which is usually 10% with the rest of the fee contributing towards the pot.

There are two main ways in which the house rakeis used in allocating loyalty points. The contributed method applies a more equitable system because players are credited loyalty points based upon the amount of money that they contribute into the pot.

The dealt method seems a bit unfair because all players that were dealt in the hand will receive the same amount of credit regardless of how much they contributed.. This means that players who take the flop and those that compete until the final shutdown receive the same credit for the hand.

 

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