Online Poker Rake Comparison & Rake Calculator

This Online Poker Rake Comparison and Rake Calculator shows how much rake players effectively pay when playing online poker cash games and which poker sites are the least and most expensive.

When playing online poker cash games, approximately 5% of each pot is retained for the provider. In most cases, the rake is capped at $3 to $5 and is only taken if there is a flop. This doesn’t sound like a very much, but it amounts to a substantial amount over a longer period of time. This comparison show just how much rake you have to pay on each poker site.

Online Poker Rake Calculator

The following table shows:

  • Cash game rake conditions (percentage and cap)
  • Total rake that is taken from the table every 100 hands
  • Rake per player every 100 hands
  • Net rake

You can pick the poker variant, stakes and number of players to see how much rake you will pay on average on each different poker site.

Illustration: Choose your GGPoker Bonus

Full Rake Comparison

The following table shows:

  • Formal Rake: Cash game rake conditions (percentage and cap)
  • Net Rake: Average rake percentage after cap and no flop no drop rule are taken into account
  • Rake per player per 100 hands: How much rake each player has to pay over the course of 100 hands.

You can pick the poker variant and the number of players.

What is Net Rake?

Online Poker Rake Calculator and Comparison Chart
Online Poker Rake Calculator and Comparison Chart

When playing cash games, a certain amount of money is taken from each pot for the operator. There are two parameters defining the rake:

  • Percentage: How many percent are taken from each pot (usually between 3% and 5% for online games)
  • Cap: Once the rake reaches the cap no more rake is deducted for that pot (usually the cap is $3 to $5 for online games)

On top of that virtually all operators have a no-flop-no-drop rule. Meaning: No rake is collected if the hand is over before a flop is dealt. The GGNetwork is the exception to this rule. Here a hand is raked once there is a 3-bet or a flop. This rule is taken into account in this rake comparison.

Percentage and cap don’t really tell you how much rake you have to pay for a certain game and make it difficult to compare different rake models. For example: Playing $1 / $2 NLH, is it better to have pay 3% rake with a $5 cap or 5% rake with a $3 cap?

To answer this question and allow a general comparison of rake models, I use something called “Net Rake”. This is how much money you actually spend in rake compared to the pots you are playing. I explain below how I calculate the net rake. Over the long term this amount is basically the amount of rake you pay compared to the pots you win. Due to rake caps and the no flop no drop rule this number is always lower than the formal rake percentage, even considerably lower for high stakes cash games.

How is the net rake for the rake comparison calculated?

To calculate how much rake players actually pay at each limit, I took a huge sample of real-life online poker hands and compiled a list of all pot sizes in big blinds. Then it is easy to use the formal rake rules for each operator and limit to calculate how much rake is deducted for each pot. The no-flop-no-drop-rule (in the case of the GGNetwork the rule that hands are only raked if there is a flop or a 3-bet preflop) was taken into account as well.

This method gives a pretty decent estimation, how much rake each player has to pay on average for each limit.

Please note that the rake a player has to pay heavily depends on his play style. Loose players always pay way more than tight players.

There is a small caveat though: The real-life data I used is from several 100k datamined NLH100 cash game hands and scaled up and down for all other limits. This most likely over-estimates average pot sizes for higher stakes and under-estimated pot sizes for lower stakes. Thus the absolute rake for higher and lower stakes might be over- or under-estimated. But this doesn’t change the relative differences between operators or the net rake by a significant amount.

If you want to help me out and improve this comparison with better real-life data from other stakes, feel free to send me a message (info@primedope.com).

GGPoker Big Hand Jackpot extra rake

GGPoker charges an additional 1BB once the pot equals or exceeds 30BB for the Big Hand Jackpot. But in the long run the Jackpot is re-distributed evenly among all players and no additional fee is taken.

Meaning: The jackpot charge and the payouts cancel each other out in the (very) long run. The net rake is not affected by this jackpot.

Notes

This rake comparison and calculator is going to be expanded, adding rake information for all operators, networks and game variants over the next weeks. Please leave a comment if you any suggestions or feature requests.

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zinhao
14. November 2020 19:32

Hey guys! Here in Brazil we have some games with 5% uncapped rake (lol). I wonder how big it could be? Can you guys do a model to that? it would be interesting (: thanks!

zinhao
14. November 2020 19:42
Reply to  zinhao

Actually i already compared with NL2 200bbs cap (LOL) and it looks like is the same in theory for online games as a super huge 25bbs cap even tho.. it makes sense, it would just be higher in very deep live games where people open raise 10x and crazy stuffs like that, but even tho thats pretty rare i guess.

asdf
asdf
6. November 2020 19:25

Unibet is outdated.
Ignition and global poker not included?

Ark
Ark
19. October 2020 12:23

Hi there any idea how much the jackpot cost in bb/100 on ggpoker?

Ark
Ark
25. October 2020 11:18
Reply to  Primedope

Yes in the long run it will be canceled but for example lets say that am not lucky and i didn’t hit any jackpot in 50k hand.
On my database every 1000 hand there is around 10 pot >30bb won or loose mean that i pay around 5b every 1000 hand for the jackpot ? around 0.5bb/100

bho
bho
19. September 2020 09:13

thank you. was partypoker not changing the rake in micro stakes?
can you update the new on?

bho
bho
5. October 2020 02:41
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GIGATAKING
GIGATAKING
17. September 2020 14:34

Hi do you think you can add nl1k on gg?

Roger
Roger
2. September 2020 12:40

this is awesome, thank you so much for this!

Michael
Michael
2. September 2020 00:12

At pokerstars zoom now has antes at 25nl, is that taken into account?

Chunli
Chunli
24. August 2020 18:58

GG changed PLO and 6+ rake structure last week, can you update? Great work by the way

YuYu
YuYu
7. August 2020 14:49

If the rake is the same (for.ex. micro 888, party 0.02) in PLO and NLH, it is shown, the same rake, but it is not true, because pots in omaha is higher !!!

User
User
3. August 2020 09:16

Can you also add Unibet in the comparison? Thx

Bruce
Bruce
23. July 2020 01:00

Sorry guys, but the poker stars rake for Europe seems wrong

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Bruce
Bruce
27. July 2020 01:21
Reply to  Primedope

Okay thank you!

Karl
Karl
1. September 2020 17:51
Reply to  Primedope

Nice on, I was thinking same as Bruce.

Gatos
Gatos
18. July 2020 23:10

Hi! Congrats and thank you for all this work. I wanted to know the following: The net rake in fast fold nl10 at GGPoker right now is 3.57%. Taking into consideration rackeback it would be correct if i say that the “true net rake” is lower than 3.57%?

Srry for my bad english!

Ark
Ark
16. July 2020 11:02

Hello Have you include in gg network the big jackpot hand in the rake ? Thanks

adi
adi
29. June 2020 14:53

Hey on partypoker rake is taken 3bet preflop same like ggpoker ?

Alan
Alan
29. June 2020 00:16

Amazing!! This calculator also consider the rakeback?

Homer
Homer
3. July 2020 22:48
Reply to  Primedope

Would it not be super simple? For example on WPN, rake * .73 = true rake.

Max
Max
21. June 2020 00:04

This is awesome. I played plo on winamax and rake bb/100 was spot on over like 100k sample. Maybe adding pokerbros would be cool as it’s becoming more popular but their rake structure is a bit fluid imo as the % changes from like 5-10% in lower limits I think based on how big the pot was.

Max
Max
23. June 2020 10:56
Reply to  Primedope

Yeah it’s a problem, this is what they sent me:
5% up to….
Short table reduce half fee

.05/.1 8bb cap (Max .80$)
.1/.2 6bb (Max 1.2)
.2/.4~3/.6 5bb (Max 2~3)
.5/1 4bb (Max 4)
1/2 3bb (Max 6)
2/4 2.5bb (Max 10)
3/6~5/10 2bb (Max 12 ~ 20)
10/20 1bb (Max 20)

But problem is that it differes whether you play games w antes or not in regards to cap and also whitin the same games rake goes from 10-5% depending the size of the pot so def weird.

Homer
Homer
3. July 2020 22:51
Reply to  Primedope

Max’s reply refers to the Diamond union and is correct, but there is also an approximate 1.5% extra on-top of the rake taken for the BBJ which is of course in reality, more rake.

Lucas Magnotta
Lucas Magnotta
15. June 2020 07:11

Hi,
according to my database, partypoker rake 4.59$/100Hands at 50NL and 2.2$/100Hands at 25nl, why these significant differences ? (35K hands sample)

Lewis Cole
Lewis Cole
7. June 2020 15:02

Really nice content – thank you for producing it!
It would be great if there was an option to enter custom rake percentage and cap and see the resulting net rake or rake in bb/100.
Also, I believe GG rakes preflop if there is a 3bet or more. And I think you’ve used the regular speed rake structure – it would be great to see the rush & cash rake in bb/100 as well (which I believe is significantly lower).
Great site overall!

sted9000
sted9000
13. June 2020 15:23
Reply to  Lewis Cole

Great info and nice site. Thanks!
 
Question: Where do you see that GG poker rake is taken preflop (after a 3bet) I can’t find that info on there website. Is that both NL and PLO ?

adi
adi
29. June 2020 14:50
Reply to  Primedope

On partypoker rake is taken 3bet preflop ?


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