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6-max: PokerStars benchmark with major competitors

Author: Vargoso Published: 11.12.19

Despite the fast development of new and exciting poker formats, the basis of traffic in poker rooms are still 6-max tables on NLH and PLO. In this article, we share what the conditions for 6-max grinders at PokerStars and other TOP-20 poker rooms are.

6-max: PokerStars benchmark with major competitors

6-max features in the TOP-20 of the online poker rooms of the world

We have decided to give real alternatives to grinders that are still playing at PokerStars; therefore, we started to benchmark the site with all TOP-20 online poker rooms, not only by traffic but also considering rake, effective rake, probability (spin & go), etc.

Summary table of characteristics of regular 6-max tables in different poker rooms

Rake NLH* 4,5%-5% (4,79%) 5% 5% 5% 5%-6,6% (5,2%) 5,50%
Caps rake NLH $1,5-$3,5 ($2,5) $1-$10 ($5) $1-$3 ($2,7) $3 $1-$4 $3-$5
Rake PLO 4,25%-5% (4,7%) 3% 5% 5% 5%-6,6% (5,2%) 5,50%
Caps rake PLO $1,5-$3,5 ($2,5) no cap $1-$3 ($2,7) $3 $1-$4 $3-$5
Rakeback 1%-2% fixed 50% 20%-40% 10%-60% fixed 35%* VIP
Effective rake (NL100$ and PLO100$)* 5% ($2,5) 3,75% ($5) and 2,4%* 3,5%($3) 3,5%($3) 3,25%($4) 4,54%($3)
HUD support Yes No No Yes Yes Yes (converter)
Multitabling limitation 4 tables No restrictions* 18 tables 40 tables 16 tables No restrictions
Traffic peak European European European American European American
  • The table shows a range for rake indicators (caps for tables with 5+ players) at stakes from NL/PLO10 to NL/PLO1k, and in brackets its average values for seven stakes in this range;
  • At Betfair the rakeback is shown in terms of real rake, not SBR (Source Based Rake);
  • Effective rake — value obtained after deducting the average rakeback at a particular stake. This value is quite approximate;
  • As the GG Poker Network applies an indirect rake structure (PVI rake) that benefits amateur players (affecting regs) and not all the calculations are public, we consider a 25% rakeback for effective rake;
  • The 4-table limit on the GG Poker Network was removed due to technical problems with the implementation.

Summary of the number of regular 6-max NLH tables in different poker rooms

Poker room/Stake
NL10$ 118* 14 20 4 16 5
NL20-25$ 59 11 18 5 9 3
NL50$ 36 9 13 7 7 4
NL100$ 24 8 9 3 6 4
NL200$ 11 9 4 1 5 2
NL400-600$ 4 3 1 2 3 4
NL1K$ 3 4 1 1 2 4
  • PokerStars still has the best poker client and the best traffic;
  • The NL16 tables at PokerStars are included in the table;
  • During American peak time the traffic increases at US Networks (Chico and WPN).

Summary of the number of regular 6-max PLO tables in different poker rooms

Poker room/Stake
PLO10$ 34 15 10 2 4 3
PLO20-25$ 30 8 7 3 3 2
PLO50$ 21 9 3 4 3 2
PLO100$ 12 9 5 2 2 1
PLO200$ 7 7 1 2 1 1
PLO400-600$ 6 4 1 3 1  
PLO1K$ 3 4 1      
  • We consider all formats in PokerStars, including 5-card Omaha, Courchevel, and Omaha Hi/Lo.


In short, playing regular 6-max tables on alternative poker networks is a profitable decision (similar to spins) — in the absence of strict restrictions to grind, players pay less effective rake compared with PokerStars, which means having a better profit.

The only exception is perhaps the high stakes PLO tables on GG Poker Network due to the lack of rake caps.

As for traffic, PokerStars has managed to increase the total number of tables during the past four months, mainly at low stakes. If we count from NL400 and higher, there are no bigger differences between the number of tables among the rooms. At NL50–NL200, Stars is only 1,5-3 times ahead of its competitors, which is very little compared with the indicators 2-3 years ago.

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