We’re making some changes to our ring game rake on Thursday, August 8th. Low stakes tiers will remain exactly as they are now, but medium and up are all seeing increases to their maximums.
Rake was initially included on our platform to give the games a more realistic feel. Until recently, we hadn’t viewed it as as an essential part of balancing our economy, or to subsidize chips that we pay in prizes.
After looking closely at our poker room’s economy, we’ve concluded that the ecology would benefit from a more dynamic rake system.
As many of you have pointed out, we recognize the need to keep Replay Poker’s economy under control. As chips continue to enter the economy over time, it can lead to a form of inflation. In looking at our data, we do see that the average balance of daily active users has steadily increased over the last two years. This means that if someone were to make two different purchases, one later than the other, the second purchase would effectively get less value if there are significantly more chips in play.
The main method that we have to remove (or drain) chips from the economy is by rake in ring games and fees taken from tournaments. After comparing Replay to other sites, which have just increased stake sizes and offered larger chip packages, we’ve decided to address the issue by managing growth, but without suffocating it.
Some ring game levels are often contributing maximum rake with just three players seeing the flop, which indicates that it’s too low. For example, 2k/4k is capped at 500 chips, even when the pot is 12,000 pre-flop. This volume of players limping and seeing flops is common on Replay Poker at all but Elite stakes.
Our rake structure will remain the same. Rake taken is 5% of the matched bets in a pot, with a maximum set for each blind level. “No flop, no drop” – any hand ending before the flop is not raked.
We’ve detailed the full list of changes below, but please let us know if you have any questions.
We encourage you to check out our blog post on bankroll management and keep this in mind when you choose your game tables. This will minimize the effect any rake changes have on the variance you experience.