Poker players play poker. Poker rooms make money. Often lots of it. When you play online poker you don’t play against the house, you play against other people. So how do these poker rooms make their money? The answer is in ‘the rake’.

Rake is an old fashioned term that explains the in house method of raking off a portion of each pot. The table dealer would do this and would use a small rake to grab some cash leaving the rest to be played for. This is what happens these days online but in a rather more mathematical way. Each poker room has it’s own rules on how much is raked per pot. There are limits and the rules differ from room to room, and also by the kind of table you are playing at. Here’s a sample from a typical rake structure

  • Limit table with 6 players = $0.25 raked per pot for every $5 up to a maximum of $3
  • No limit table with 4 players = $0.05 raked per pot for every $1 up to a maximum of $2

Here you can see the amounts raked per pot are effectively the same but the incremental increases are smaller in no-limit, and thus more frequent. Also the more players at the table, the higher the maximums are.

Rake is also governed by the rakeback method employed to determine whether you qualify for a portion of the raked pot. There are two methods used by poker rooms – Dealt and Contributed.

The Dealt rakeback method takes the total rake for the pot and divides it the number of players dealt into the hand. So if the pot rake is $6.00 and 6 players are dealt in, each player will earn $1.00 for the hand.

The Contributed rakeback method divides it the total rake for the pot by those players that contributed to the pot. So if the pot rake is $6.00, 6 players are dealt in and 3 players contribute, each contributing player will earn $2.00 for the hand.

Some poker rooms also employ a third method, called Weighted Contributed. This is similar to the Contributed method but the amount you earn for the hand is weighted according to how much you contributed to the pot.

So we know how the rake is worked out and we know which rakeback method the poker room is using. The last two things to be aware of when you are searching for a rakeback deal is how the poker room treats bonuses and tournaments.

Some rooms will deduct bonus payments from your mgr before calculating your rakeback payment, others won’t. At a poker room where your bonuses are not deducted you are getting double for your money – rakeback and bonus. Play enough and this can be a very nice deal indeed.

Tournament play is in the main included in your rakeback calculation. Some poker rooms do not count tournament play towards your rakeback so be sure to check first if poker tournaments are a big part on your online gaming life.

All the relevant details about which poker rooms use which rakeback method, and whether they include bonuses and tournaments can be found on our rakeback deals page. If you are not sure just ask us.


Once you understand and are comfortable with all of that, it’s time to find yourself a rakeback deal. Here at RakebackDeals UK we have a wide range of deals covering the most popular pro-rakeback poker networks. We specialise in UK deals and offer rakeback with all the top UK operators.

We also like to keep things simple for our players and don’t cloud matters with over complicated tiered deals. With us you know your percentage and know exactly what you are getting. Our deals have been carefully put together to offer you competitive flat rates meaning you don’t have to play all hours to reach the advertised rates of many of our competitors. Our base rates are often higher than the base rates of other operators meaning you get what it says on the tin from the first hand you play. Allow us illustrate…

RakebackDeals UK advertise 30% with Pokerplex. If you generate $1 or $1000 you get 30%

Site XXX advertise up to 33% with Pokerplex. If you generate less than $500 you actually only get 25%. If you generate between $500 and $3000 you get 30%. And if you generate more than $3000 you get the advertised 33%

As you can see, with us you get 30% regardless of mgr, whereas with the other site you have to exceed $500 in mgr before you get the same 30%.

For all you high rollers out there we are more than happy to accommodate you and cater for individual high volume player deals so don’t be afraid to ask.