Heads-up Poker Rakeback

Posted on by RTR Dave

No matter what kind of poker you play – whether it be MTT’s, SNG’s or cash games – rakeback deals can earn you a lot of extra money. But as many poker players know, cash game grinders stand to make the most money from rakeback in the long-term. After all, even those who only play one table at a time will get in around 100 hands per hour, which adds up to a lot of rakeback.

Going beyond simply cash game players in general, heads-up poker players stand to benefit immensely from rakeback; the two reasons being:

  • 1) Heads-up players get more hands in per hour
  • 2) Only two players are sharing each hand’s rakeback.

Dealing with the first point, a conservative estimate of how many hands that heads-up players would be playing is 200 hands per hour. This is double what we discussed with a typical ring game where six or more players are involved. To illustrate the difference here, let’s compare what a player would earn in both situations with the 40% Minted Poker rakeback deal.

Full Ring Table
If someone played hands where the average pot size was $5.00 and 5% rake was involved ($0.25 taken from pot), the player would be contributing 2.5 cents per hand with 10 players on the table. Under a dealt rakeback model, they’d earn $0.01 rakeback for each hand; after over an hour of play (100 hands), they’d earn $1.00 in rakeback.

Heads-up Table
Now let’s say that the player moves to heads-up poker where they’re playing 200 hands per hour. Just based on the hands being dealt, the rakeback would be doubled to $2.00 per hour. And this is even before we address the second point about how many players are sharing in the rakeback.

Keeping the variables constant – with $5 average pots, $0.25 rake, etc. – the player would now be contributing 12.5 cents per hand since only two people are involved. Under the Minted Poker rakeback offer, the heads-up player would get $0.05 rakeback per hand. Taking the 200 hands per hour into account, this grinder would now be getting $10.00 in rakeback every hour. As you can see, there’s a huge difference between the $10 in rakeback you’d be getting from heads-up play versus the $1.00 hourly rakeback from the 10-handed game.

Now it’s worth mentioning that average pot sizes aren’t always going to be as big in heads-up poker games as they are in full ring games. Furthermore, there’s a lot of variance to deal with in heads-up play because you’re constantly paying blinds and being put to tough decisions. However, if you can become a skilled heads-up player, it’s definitely worth playing with a rakeback deal because you’ll make so much more money this way.

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