How is rake calculated?
There are several basic methods of rake calculation:
- Dealt cards - If you are dealt cards in a hand then you are deemed to have contributed to the pot and therefore you are allocated an equal share of the rake taken. This is regardless of whether you fold straight away or not. If for example the rake taken on a particular table is $3 and there are six of you playing, then your rake consideration is $0.50.
Examples: partypoker, PokerStars
- Average contributed - Similar to the dealt cards method as above in terms of the calculation, but you must contribute at least something to the pot. If you fold without contributing to the pot then your rake consideration is zero. If for example the pot on a particular table was $60 the rake taken is $3. Even if you contributed only $2 to the pot and there are six of you playing (but two folded pre-flop) then you get allocated a quarter of the rake as 4 people in total contributed to the pot.
- Weighted contributed - You simply get allocated the weighted proportion of the pot that you contributed. If for example the pot was $60, the rake taken is $3. If you put in $2 to the pot then your rake consideration is (2/60 * $3) or $0.10.
- RPV Rakeback – Calculated based on the following formula:
RPV = (0.5 ORG) + (0.5 SBR) + MTT fees
RPV = Real Player Value
ORG = Original Rake / Fee
SBR = Source Based Rake / Fee
MTT = Multi Table Tournament
In addition GGN work off their own PVI model which attributes rake to players based on some secret formula about winnings/losses