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Rake analysis in the largest european poker networks

We continue comparing the size of the rake in different poker networks and rooms. Following the American networks, in this article we will examine the European networks.

Before analyzing the data in the tables, we would like to point out that analyzing the rake "in vacuum" is not enough to estimate the profit of playing in this or that poker room. One should always consider the obvious factor of the rakeback and cashback that players get at the specific stakes in the specific poker room, and less obvious factors as the traffic of players and the toughness of the field. You can always sacrifice higher rake on the altar of the larger and weaker field.

Last things first. In all the European poker rooms, starting from NL25 inclusively, the rake is standard 5%. The only exception is Unibet, where the rake is 5.5–6% from NL50 to NL400 (the room does not offer stakes higher than that). Which means that these stakes in these poker rooms can be compared only in terms of the cap figures.

1) In terms of the heads-up tables at the high stakes the MPN network is the outsider; in terms of the short and full ring tables outsider is IPoker.  The Microgaming network also stands out with its same cap for all the tables with 3+ players, while in other poker rooms the cap at the tables with 3–4 players is lower than at the tables with more players.

 

IPoker

Party Poker

MPN

NYX (Ongame)

 

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

NL1K — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               2

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                4

5.00               2

5.00               3

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

5.00               3

NL2K — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               2

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                4

5.00               2

5.00               3

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

5.00               3

                                                                             

2) The situation at the mid-stakes is absolutely identical to the one at the high stakes.

 

IPoker

Party Poker

MPN

Unibet

NYX (Ongame)

 

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

NL200 — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               2

6.00               3

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                4

5.00               2

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               3

NL400 — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               2

6.00               3

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                4

5.00               2

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               3

NL600 — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               2

 

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                4

5.00               2

5.00               3

 

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

 

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

 

5.00               3

3) The low stakes show a dividing line. If at NL100 the situation is the same as at the higher stakes (even the MPN network does not stand out with its cap at 3–4-max tables), the caps at IPoker's NL50 are not higher than those in other poker networks and rooms (excluding 3–4-max tables), and the Microgaming network becomes the leader with its caps that are 2 times lower than anywhere else.

 

IPoker

Party Poker

MPN

Unibet

NYX (Ongame)

 

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

NL50 — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               0.50

5.5                 3

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                3

5.00               2

5.00               1

5.5                 3

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                3

5.00               3

5.00               1.50

5.5                 3

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                3

5.00               3

5.00               1.50

5.5                 3

5.00               3

NL100 — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               1

6.00               3

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                4

5.00               2

5.00               2

6.00               3

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                4

5.00               3

5.00               3

6.00               3

5.00               3

4) The situation at the micro-stakes is the most tangled. The situation with the rake at 4+-max tables of NL25 in all the poker rooms is more or less similar: 5% everywhere, caps of 3 c.u.  (2 USD at 3–4-max tables in Party and Ongame), excluding MPN, where they are 5 times lower.

The worst situation at NL5–NL10 is in Ongame: both the rake and the caps are higher than at the similar stakes in other poker rooms and networks. Next comes IPoker with the same percent of the rake but lower caps. Party is a sort of "standard average".  The caps at these stakes in Microgaming are way lower than anywhere else. The percent of the rake in Unibet is significantly lower than the standard 5% — only 1–2%.

 

IPoker

Party Poker

MPN

Unibet

NYX (Ongame)

 

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

Rake, %         Cap

NL5 — HU

6.67               0.50

5.00               1

5.00               0.04

1.00               1

6.67               1

4-max

6.67               0.50

5.00               1

5.00               0.08

1.00               1

6.67               2

6-max

6.67               0.50

5.00               1

5.00               0.12

1.00               1

6.67               3

7–9-max

6.67               0.50

5.00               1

5.00               0.12

1.00               1

6.67               3

NL10 — HU

6.67                1

5.00               1

5.00               0.10

3.00                2

6.67               1

4-max

6.67                2

5.00               1

5.00               0.20

3.00                2

6.67               2

6-max

6.67                2

5.00               1

5.00               0.60

3.00                2

6.67               3

7–9-max

6.67                2

5.00               1

5.00               0.60

3.00                2

6.67               3

NL25 — HU

5.00                1

5.00               1

5.00               0.20

5.00                3

5.00               1

4-max

5.00                3

5.00               2

5.00               0.40

5.00                3

5.00               2

6-max

5.00                3

5.00               3

5.00               0.60

5.00                3

5.00               3

7–9-max

5.00                3

5.00               3

5.00               0.60

5.00                3

5.00               3

The general conclusions are the following. All other conditions for novice players being equal (that is, the players of the lowest stakes of NL5–NL10), the poker rooms of the Microgaming and Unibet networks are the most profitable ones. Playing at the higher stakes in Unibet is less profitable in terms of the rake than anywhere else.

In terms of NL25–NL50 the MPN network is the most profitable, again due to low caps.

As to the 6—9-max tables of NL100 and higher, all the European poker rooms and networks offer almost identical conditions in terms of the rake, excluding IPoker, where the caps are higher by 25–50%.

As to the heads-up tables of NL200 and higher, all the European poker rooms and networks offer almost identical conditions in terms of the rake, excluding Microgaming, where the caps are higher by 50%.

(By Jason)

 

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