If you have never played Texas Hold’em in an online casino before, you probably are not familiar with the term rake back. A rake back is the money the poker room receives after a hand has been played. It is what the casino uses to stay in business.
For some reason, some people become infuriated when they hear that the online casino is collecting money. Their thought pattern is easy to follow. They won the hand; therefore they feel that they should be able to keep all of the money. This person is usually someone who plays a couple of games of poker and then gets so disgusted about the situation that they quit and are never seen form again. They are also usually spastic poker players.
What you have to understand is that it does not matter if the casino is a real world one that is located in Las Vegas, or if is on online casino with no home base, they are still interested in just one thing, making money. After all they are a business. Poker is the service that they provide and the rake back is their reward for providing that service. The rake back is how they pay for the server, cover marketing costs, and also create tournaments.
The amount of the rake back usually depends on the casino and should be one of the things that you look at before you become a member. Most online casinos have a rake back that is usually between 3-5% of the winnings, less than the amount of money most states collect in sales tax. Players who play for low stakes usually don’t even notice the rake back because the amount is so small.
If an online casino has a rake back that is higher than 5%, than you will want to look somewhere else. The amount might not seem like much, but over time it does add up. The market is competitive enough that there is no reason for a substantial rake back.
Most online casino’s collect their rake back as soon as the hand has been completed. As a player it is your responsibility to keep the casino honest. When the game has concluded quickly go over how much money you won during the course of the game and make sure that you were not charged a higher rake back than you were supposed to. If there was a mistake, contact the casino’s customer service right away and alert them to the problem. The sooner the casino knows about the problem, the sooner they can get it corrected.
If you play a lot of poker online, you might want to consider taking part in an affiliate program that would allow you to make some of the rake back money back. Several online casinos are starting to experiment with this type of program and are finding that it is successful. Players who take advantage of the affiliate programs have the opportunity to make back some of your money back. The average return ranges from 25-35%.