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Fast-fold poker: PokerStars benchmark with the major competitors

Author: Vargoso Published: 18.12.19

Along with Spin & Go, fast-fold poker can be considered the most successful format recently launched. Unlike the spins, PokerStars has not made any major changes to Zoom recently, but again, we are committed to providing our grinders with competitive alternatives to PokerStars.

Fast-fold poker: PokerStars benchmark with the major competitors

Fast-fold poker: a market overview at the end of 2019

Fast-fold poker is a format that requires high traffic — the fewer connections we have in a particular stake, the more the game becomes similar to regular tables. As a result, only a few poker rooms can now offer players a pleasant experience in fast-fold poker at several stakes.

Therefore, even in relatively large networks like iPoker, Chico, or Microgaming, fast-fold poker is played only at one stake with no more than 50-60 connections.

Even in the largest online poker rooms, almost all of the fast-fold poker traffic corresponds to micro stakes (NL2–NL5) and even some sites like Pokerdom decided to launch even nano stakes (NL1) so that fast-fold poker attract all possible players to their tables.

Our first conclusion is that right now, fast-fold poker is a discipline firmly focused on amateur and recreative players.

The following table presents a benchmark for fast-fold poker tables in several poker rooms:

Rake 3,5%-5% 5% 6,25% 5% 5% 6%
Cap Rake $0,3-$3 $0,5-$3 $0,4-$10 $3 $4 $0,5-$3,19
Rakeback 1%-2% 20%-40%+race cash drop+FB+race* 10%-60% 1%-2% 10%-30%
Effective rake (NL50) 5% 3,5% 5,6%* 3,5% 5% 4,8%
HUD Support Yes No No Yes No No
Multitabling Limitation 4 tables 9 tables 4 tables 4 tables 4 tables 4 tables
Traffic peak European European European / Asia American European European
  • It's not possible to calculate an average rakeback on GG Poker Network due to the Cash Drops promotion; the loyalty program only redistributes 15% of total rake, while 50% is awarded randomly via Cash Drops. In addition to this, the PVI rake structure makes the calculation even more complicated. For the table we use 10%;
  • Effective rake: rake paid minus average rakeback received by the player;

We also gathered traffic information during the weekdays for different time zones:

NL10$ 498 207 132 102 70  
NL20-25$ 393 150     27 54*
NL50$ 240 104 115 149 51  
NL100$ 178 35       44*
NL200$ 115 12 57 41 24  
NL500$ 27 25        
  • In Pokerdom, the stakes equal NL16 to NL80 due to the current exchange rate.

The panorama in fast-fold poker Omaha is quite different. As usual, the number of tables is low compared to NLH, but in this format, the offer is even lower:

PLO10$ 137 68
PLO20-25$ 159 27
PLO50$ 92 99
PLO100$ 53  
PLO200$ 47 50
PLO500$ 33 12


  • PokerStars remains the clear leader of fast-fold poker in terms of traffic;
  • partypoker emerges as the best alternative to PokerStars; the fields are similar (in terms of the number of players and softness), but in partypoker grinders can get a decent rakeback deal plus additional prizes for the fastforward leaderboard; the main disadvantage of partypoker is the lack of HUD support;
  • Only PokerKing (Blitz) can compete with PokerStars under similar conditions (traffic and HUD), although only three stakes are played during American peak time; of course, players will feel the difference of receiving 2% rakeback to over 40% monthly;
  • GG Poker Network suits grinders who try to get additional prizes from the weekly races or "fishing" Asian players;
  • Pokerdom is a good option for beginners at fast-fold poker as the site has action from nano stakes;
  • About PokerStars, the only benefit of playing there is better traffic. Still, we must remember that the larger the pool, the complex is to identify players, so the grinders will usually play vs. unknown players (even with a HUD). It's also known that the Stars field is tighter, which, combined with the inexistent rakeback, is an EV- decision.

Please contact our team to get a private rakeback deal at the best online poker rooms for fast-fold poker players:

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Rakeback up to 70%
Pokerdom logo
Good for beginners Fast cashouts
Deposit bonus -
Rakeback up to 50%
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GVC Network
Good for beginners 50%+ rakeback
Unfortunately deal is stopped at the current moment
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GG Network
Good for beginners Network's best skin
Deposit bonus $600
Rakeback 60%

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