Different methods to rake a poker game

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These are different examples of how the rake is taken at card rooms and casinos.
There are several ways for the rake to be taken.[3]

Pot rake – A percentage rake is taken directly from the pot. In a live casino, the dealer manually removes chips from the pot while the hand is being played and sets them aside to be dropped into a secure box after completion of the hand. When playing online, the rake is taken automatically by the game software. Some software shows the rake amount next to a graphical representation of the dealer and takes it incrementally between the rounds of betting, whereas other software programs wait until the entire hand is over and then takes it from the pot total before giving the rest to the winner of the hand.

Dead drop – The fee is placed on the dealer button each hand by the player in that position, and taken in by the dealer before any cards are dealt.

Time collection – Time collection (also “timed rake” or “table charge”) is a set fee collected (typically) every half hour during the game. This form of rake is collected in one of two ways:

  • Player time: A set amount is collected from each player.
  • Time pot: A set amount is collected from the first pot over a certain amount.

Time rakes are generally reserved for higher limit games ($10-$20 and above).[4]

Tournament fees – The above examples are used in ring games, also known as cash games. The rake for participation in poker tournaments is collected as an entrance fee. This may be displayed by showing the tournament buy-in as $100+$20, with the $20 being the house fee or “Vig”.

Subscription fees – Some online cardrooms charge a monthly subscription fee, and then do not rake individual pots or tournaments.

Rake free – Some online poker websites have done away with the rake altogether. These “rake free” poker rooms generate revenue by increasing traffic to the company’s other profitable businesses (such as a casino or sportsbook) or by charging a flat monthly membership fee.

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