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Online poker rooms make their money by taking a cut of the players’ stake which is called the “rake”. Typically the rake is 5% of every pot.

Although it may not seem like much, playing a few hundred poker hands a month can soon accumulate into a large amount and you could be paying hundreds of dollars in rake as well.

There are three basic methods of rake calculation.

Dealt Cards:

If you are dealt cards in a hand then it is assumed that you have contributed to the pot and therefore you are allocated an equal share of the rake taken. This is regardless of whether you fold straight away or not.

Average Contributed:

It is similar to the dealt cards method in calculation, the only distinction being that you must contribute something to the pot. If you fold without contributing to the pot then your rake consideration is zero.

Weighted Contributed:

Here, you simply get allocated the weighted proportion of the pot that you contributed.

These amounts might seem small for one hand but if your table of six people play 65 hands an hour, and the average pot is $45 then the amounts add up, especially if you are playing online poker more than one table at a time!

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