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How casinos make profit on poker

Date Published: 1st April 2020
Author: Matt Clarke
Poker is a multi-player gambling game that is played with a deck of fifty-two cards. Each player must stake something valuable at the beginning of the game, which he must forfeit if he does not win the game. At the end of each game, the winner is entitled to the stakes of all the other players. Poker is generally believed to be a game of luck, however, many serious poker players do not take skill and experience for granted. There are many types of poker games that players can enjoy depending on their preference, some of these include draw poker, stud poker and community card poker. Although poker can be played anywhere, most poker players like to have the casino experience when they play.

A casino is an establishment designed for gambling and betting games, and poker is one of the most popular games in the gambling community. Consequently, many casinos have poker rooms and tables for the delight of their customers. Like many other establishments, casinos are set-up for profit making purposes, and without any doubt, they make a lot of it. It may, however be hard to imagine how casinos make any profit from poker games, especially, since poker players play against one another, and not against the house. The simple answer to this question is 'rake'

A casino is an establishment designed

A rake, in the context of poker, Is a fee that has to be paid to the host casino, by the poker players. This is the main system that casinos use to make profit on poker and although the rake charged for online poker games may not be as much as the amount charged on live games, online casinos do not exempt themselves from rake collection. Depending on the preference of the host casino, rake can be collected in a number of ways. Types of rake are pot rake, fixed rate rake, timed rake, and dead drop rake.

The pot rake is a commission charged out of the poker pot at the end of each hand, by the casino. This commission is usually calculated as between two to ten percent of the pot. Pot rake may however not be charged in instances where the game does not proceed to the flop.

The pot rake is a commission

Alternatively, the casino may decide to charge a fixed amount from the pot as opposed to a percentage of it. This method of rake collection is popularly known as the fixed rake, and it is commonly used in games with very high stakes.

Timed rake collection occurs where the casino charges a fixed fee at timed intervals, due to be paid by every player. The timed interval may range from thirty minutes to an hour, therefore, players will be required to pay the rake at the agreed intervals for them to continue with the game.

The dead drop rake is usually charged to the account of the player on the button, and it is most often charged as a fixed sum. Unlike the pot rake, where the winner is solely responsible for the rake, every player is required to pay the dead drop rake.

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