Rakeback FAQ

If you are new to our site or have any questions about rakeback it is highly suggested that you read our short FAQ!

What is rake?

The ‘rake’ is the amount the poker room removes from each pot, as a fee, for hosting/offering the poker game. The amount taken from each pot varies by limits, but is generally anywhere from $1-$3 on average per hand.

What is rakeback?

When you sign up with a poker room through RakebackPros, you will receive a refund for every $1.00 that you pay in rake. This refund is known as rakeback. No matter what limits you play, whether you are a professional or just play poker for fun, receiving rakeback will greatly increase your win-rate, and allow you to make more money.

What is “Total Rake” or “Net Revenue”?

Each poker room may have a different term for “Total Rake” or “Net Revenue”, but it is essentially the total rake paid by you as calculated by the poker room. When RakebackPros pays your rakeback, it is always a percentage of your Net Revenue.

How precisely is rake calculated at various rooms?

In the online poker world, there are at least four different ways that a site will calculate the rake that a player generates.

Dealt: The easiest method of calculating rake generated. It is calculated simply by dividing the rake taken from the table by the amount of players dealt cards in the hand. Example: $1 rake with 10 players dealt cards. Each player would receive $0.10 in MGR attributed to them.

Average Contributed: Contributed rake is calculated by taking the amount of rake taken from the table and dividing it between the players who made a contribution to the pot. A player who folded before the flop and did not contribute at all to the pot would not get credit for any rake. Example: $1 rake with 10 players dealt cards, 4 of which contribute to the pot (including both blinds). Each player would get credit for $0.25 in MGR.

Weighted Contributed: Weighted contributed is like contributed, but is different in the fact that it allocates MGR based on how much of the pot a player contributed to. Example: Three players contributed money to the pot. The pot is $20 with a $1 rake. Player 1 and player 2 each contributed $8 and player 3 contributed the remaining $4. Player 1 and 2 would each receive 40% of the rake in MGR ($0.40) and Player 3 would receive the remaining 20% ($0.20).

Ongame Essence: Essentially they use a weighted contributed method and then adjust the numbers based on a player’s skill level. A player who is superior to his opponents will earn fewer points; a interior player would earn more. Based on reports we have received from players, the calculation is generally no more than +/- 25%. An exact formula has not been released by Ongame.

What is MGR?

MGR stands for Monthly Gross Revenue. This is the number your rakeback is based on. MGR is your share of the rake generated in pots you play minus any deductions the poker rooms take out. Deductions might include bonuses, deposit fees, store purchases or other in-house promotions. Some poker rooms deduct all of those items as fees while others do not deduct any. It is always best to make sure what is deducted from your MGR at the poker room of your choice to make sure you are maximizing your rakeback potential.

What is Rake Race?

A Rake Race is a competition to generate more rake than other players on a particular online poker site in a given time frame, usually based over a monthly or weekly period. Players are allowed to participate and compete for a pre-determined prize pool. Points are allocated to participants in a rake race depending on the value of the rake from the hands which the player has played.

The objective of a rake race is for players to generate the most rakes within the promotion time. During a rake race you can advance in position if you generate more rake than the other competitors. Therefore, continuous play throughout the whole month is the key to winning the top prize.

What is Rake Chase?

Rake Chase is a similar promotion to rake race, with the main difference being that players do not race against other players, but rather chase their own individual targets. Both are meant to provide players with extra value, but rake chases can work better for most players as it usually offers multiple targets that players can go for.

In a rake chase, players will be entered into the tiered VIP Point promotion with cash prizes for reaching monthly VIP point targets. The prize levels are broken down into checkpoints with payouts increasing as players pass each one. Players will be awarded a cash prize which corresponds to the highest checkpoint they reach.

What is a Rakeback Provider?

A rakeback provider is a company that advertises for a poker room or a group of poker rooms. Rakeback providers are paid a percentage of Total Rake for each one of their players. RakebackPros then gives this payment from the poker room, in the form of rakeback, back to you, the poker player.

How can I get rakeback through RakebackPros?

The first step is creating an account with RakebackPros. This carries absolutely no obligation and will allow you to view our members area as well. Once you have logged into your newly created account with RakebackPros, select the poker room(s) you are interested in receiving rakeback from and follow the sign up instructions. Within 5 minutes you can begin playing poker and earning rakeback!

How often are my Rakeback stats updated on RakebackPros?

Almost all of your rakeback stats are updated daily. If a site does not update daily there will be a note of this. There can sometimes be delays with the rakeback stats updating, but these delays are usually out of our control and are usually not more than a couple of days.

Can I Still Get Bonuses at a Poker Room if I Receive Rakeback?

Yes! You will still be able to receive bonuses offered by the poker room and any other promotions offered by the poker room or RakebackPros if you receive rakeback from RakebackPros. Bonuses are often deducted from your Total Rake, but it is much better to receive both bonuses and rakeback than either by themselves.

When are Rake Back Payments Made to Me?

Most poker rooms pay rakeback automatically to your poker room account. Some pay weekly, twice a month or monthly. For poker rooms that do not pay rakeback the payment is made here under our Payments section at 12:01am CT on the 10th of every month for the previous month’s play.

Note: If your payment is made here you must have a rake back balance of $20 or more from the previous month in order to receive your rake back payment. If you are owed less than that, it will be carried over to the following month and will paid once your total has reached $20.

What If I Still Have Other Questions

We suggest looking over the entire RakebackPros site, particularly if you are new to rakeback or our site. We think it will not only answer your questions, but could possibly provide you with a deeper understanding of rakeback and the effect the rake has on poker. Our prompt customer service can answer almost all your questions as well. Click here to contact us!

Free Poker Training FAQ

Is this program really free?

Yes! Anybody can get free poker training at no cost. All you have to do is earn the required amount of rake/points. The points never leave your account and your rakeback is not affected in any way. Click here to open an account if you do not already have one.

How do I participate?

Follow the registration instructions, earn points, and get free training. It’s that easy!

How do I know if I earned enough points to qualify?

Your account statistics will automatically display when you log into your RakebackPros account, and the information can be found under “My Account” or “Statistics”. You can also check your account balance at your poker room.

How many points/rakes do I need?

For DeucesCracked Poker Training – You will need to accumulate $500 in MGR within a month. You can earn poker training in subsequent months by generating $500 in rake during any month.

For DragTheBar Poker Training – You must rake the minimum of $1 during your first month. You can earn poker training in subsequent months by generating $500 in rake during any month. Party Poker players must earn either 500 Party Points ($250 in rake) over two weeks or 1,000 Party Points ($500 in rake) over a month.

Do you deduct any of my points?

Your poker room points are NOT deducted from your account – they are simply used to track your progress. No points will be deducted, nor will this program ever impact your rakeback in any way.

Can I take a break or stop participating?

Yes. You are under no obligation to earn points at any of the poker rooms each month, and may discontinue your play at any time. As long as your account is in good standing you may rejoin the program at your discretion.

If I don’t earn $500 rake on my poker site, will the rakes I make on other sites add on to my subscription?

No. The $500 rake must be from the same poker room to earn free poker training in a given month. You can get $500 rake from each room in different months if you wanted, it does not matter as long as it is at least $500 rake from 1 room.

What if I still have other questions

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