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What is rakeback and is it a legitimate way to earn extra money?

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We sign up over 1,000 new players each month toa variety of online poker sites. As it is our specialty to provide such services, many of the sites we work with have rakeback programs. However, we often get asked by new online poker players or live poker players looking to play online for the first time, "Is rakeback legit?"

It is sad to see because as soon as someone asks this question we know that they have likely been missing out on earning hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year! Fortunately, we are happy to educate our readers about this perk which so many amateur players fail to take advantage of.

Illustration of money flow in online poker with rakeback includedPlug the leaks in your poker game with a rakeback rebate.

What is Rakeback Exactly?

Internet poker sites make their money by charging a fee called "rake[1]" for each hand of play, much like your local live casino does in its poker room. That rake comes in a variety of different forms. More commonly than not it is a "small" percentage of the pot, typically capped at anywhere from $0.50 to $3.00 USD per hand of real money poker play, although this rake fee varies from site to site.

While it seems trivial enough, buyer beware, as over the course of an hour, an online poker site will rake approximately $100 off of the table in fees at a 1/2, $200 dollar buy-in No Limit Holdem game. Each player at the table will have paid some portion of that $100 in rake depending on how many hands they participated in (the more hands you play, the more rake you pay). What rakeback does is give some of those fees back in the form of a rebate, typically paid directly to your poker account on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis depending on the poker room in question.

Have you ever joined a frequent fliers program? Perhaps you have been a member of a rebate website such as eBates or MainStreetShares? For those of you old schoolers who like the feel of a freshly printed newspaper in your hands, do you search the Sunday paper for coupons to your local grocery store?

Well, guess what? These are all rebates of one kind or another, and the fact that you seek these sorts of things out means that you are defintely the type of person who might enjoy receiving rakeback. You see, rakeback is simply the Internet poker version of a rebate program that refunds fees which poker rooms take from their players during the course of a game.

Another example, and those of you who are familiar with live poker will likely understand this already, is that of a comp program. While these are not exactly an apples to apples comparison, if you are familar with how a comp program at a local casino works, the concept of rakeback will be easy for you. You see, a physical casino typically provides rewards to its regular poker players based on the number of hours a poker player puts in each day, week, month, or year in some cases.

The difference betweem a comp program at a local casino and rakeback on the Internet is that the comp program is not based on how much you spend, and is tiered more like a sort of VIP program. Rakeback on the other hand is, by definition, a fixed percentage of the money you pay to play, returned to you, on a set schedule.

These rewards are often puny and amount to something along the lines of a free hot dog or serving of stale nachos. However others are quite good. For instance at some places if a player manages to put in 8 or more hours on the table, said player is offered a free room for the night in which to refresh and, according to the casino's poker room manager, hopefully come back for a second session the following day.

As a company, ProfessionalRakeback.com specializes in procuring these types of deals for our clients. As a responsible and active affiliate we also strive to insure the legitimacy of the rooms we partner with by tracking their payout speeds, helping resolve customer complaints, informing our visitors of down time and software updates, etc. We have been in business since 2008 and we offer rakeback at only the most reputable poker rooms, which you can learn more about below.

How Much Can I Earn?

There is no ceiling on how much of a rakeback rebate you can earn. Once you sign up for one of the vetted and trusted rakeback programs offered by Professional Rakeback, you will earn a fixed percentage of your rake, back to your player account, for the life of that account! We use our volume pricing power to negotiate the discount for you and the poker site pays you directly. Why do they do this you ask?Well, it's just another marketing tool for them to bring in a different, and price savvy consumer such as yourself. Lets look at a few quick examples.

Winning Poker Network offers a 27% rakeback deal to players who create their account through our website. Should you sign up through us and play 1,000 hands of micro-stakes $0.10/$0.25, $25 max buy-in No Limit Holdem over the weekend, you might expect to pay something like $15 in rake. With our rakeback program, you would receive $4.05 of that back to you in the form of a rakeback payment! If you're a high roller and you played 25,000 hands of $10/20, $2,000 max buy-in Pot Limit Omaha over the course of the month you would expect to pay nearly $5,000 in rake per month. With rakeback, your rebate for that month on this program would amount to $1,350 paid back to you to help pad your bankroll. 

On the Intertops poker site, we have an even better deal. Players that sign up through us receive a 36% rakeback rebate. Sit and Goes also have fees that are eligible for rakeback as well. If you were to play 100 $5 sit and goes this weekend, you would pay $50 in SNG fees. Your rakeback payment would amount to $18 however, allowing you to buy into 3 more sit and goes and stretching your entertainment dollar even further! An enthusiast player playing 20,000 hands of fixed limit holdem at $20/40 blinds might expect to pay $5,000 in rake over the course of a month. However, with our Horizon rakeback program in effect on your account, you'd receive $1,800 back each month. That's 90 big blinds worth of added value each month. And it's all yours simply by being a savvy shopper and signing up for the right type of account from the start.

Point Me to the Deals Already!

For those of you looking for a good deal, this page is for you. We're going to break this comparison guide down into a few different parts for ease of reading. 

Firstly, we will go over our exclusive deals that can be found on no other rakeback affiliates sites. Then we will look at our US-friendly deals. After that, we will take a look at International poker sites and the various deals they have to offer ROW players. Finally we'll wrap up with our custom VIP rakeback deals and offers for high volume players. Please keep in mind that all of the US-friendly sites accept players from all over the world, not just America. However, there may be other sites on those poker networks that offer better service, support and withdrawal options for International players. We will be sure to point out which sites are on networks that also allow USA players. It is often safer for International players to play on skins that do not accept Americans directly, but only allow them via other network partners.

 

US Rakeback Sites

The sites below allow American players to varying degrees, as well as international players from all around the world. The overwhelming majority of these sites are connected to large online sports book and casino operations. Thus, compared to the International sites, the player pools tend to have more recreational players who like to play fast, loose, and gamble it up! Most US states are allowed at many of these sites, though the regulated US states are excluded from many of them in order to avoid very gray legal issues. Thus, you willl probably want to check out our individual state guides if you live in Nevada, Delaware, or New Jersey for more direct information on your options. You may also find our real money US poker sites guide useful to learn about your many online poker options.

Intertops highlights

Having been in business for over 30 years, Intertops is one of the most reputable online sportsbooks and casinos in the world. They also offer a poker room on the Horizon Network. This site offers a very lucrative 36% daily rakeback plan along with up to a $1,000 deposit bonus which clears at an additional 20-30% effective rate depending on the games and stakes you play. They use a grinder-friendly dealt methodology for calculating payments, so if you are the nitty type, this is a good site for you to play tight and reap not only large RB rewards, but also win extra money in the weekly FPP rake races.

Offer: 36%
Method: Dealt
Payment Frequency: Daily
Notes: For every $27.78 in rake and fees paid, a $10 RB payment is made to your account the following day. All payments come in $10 increments and if you don't rake enough to reach a payment today, don't worry. The rake accumulates and rolls over each day so that you don't lose any value!

 

Grand Poker Rakeback

Another A+ rated sports book and casino offering poker rakeback is 5Dimes group. They are mainly known for being a "reduced juice" sports book, however, they also have their own network called Grand Poker and located at Grandpoker.eu. It is small, but if you like to start games with fishy players, play at half price with 50% rakeback, a 200% match up to $2,500 deposit bonus, and play HUD free, this is a site you'll enjoy. Most of the action is smaller stakes, but NLHE and PLO games up to $500 buy-in run daily, though not in large numbers.

Offer: 50-100%
Method: Contributed
Payment Frequency: Points for special tickets
Notes: At Grand Poker one trades in their accumulated points for special "Advance To Go" turbo SNG tickets. If you lose the SNG, you get the equivalent of 50% back on the points used. The winner of the SNG gets 100% of the value back!

 

  America's Card Room highlights.

America's Cardroom is the largest US-friendly poker site. They are recreating the old Poker Stars model in the US markets by providing unparalleled rewards. On top of the 27% rakeback deal we offer, there is a 100% match up to $1,000 deposit bonus. But that is not all. Players who deposit $50 or more also get $50 worth of free Jackpot Sit and Go tickets where they will have a chance to win up to 2500x the buy-in amount in WPN's warm buttery soft lottery SNG product. For those of you putting in lots of rake, there are weekly rake races for both cash game players and SNG players called "The Beast" and "Sit and Crush" where players can earn an additional $50-$2,500 in cash rewards per week! When creating your account, use bonus code PROFRB27

Offer: 27%
Method: Weighted Contributed
Payment Frequency: On demand
Notes: Rewards are redeemable in the poker client 24 hours after it was accumulated. If you happen to be in a state excluded from playing on ACR, then you should sign up with 5Dimes, as they allow all 50 states and give access to the same player pool.

 

Juicy Stakes highlights

Juicy Stakes is a US-facing site on the Horizon, formerly Revolution, Gaming Network. At this poker room we can offer you 36% rakeback, paid automatically each week directly to your player account. On top of this, we can offer you up to a $1,000 bonus which clears concurrently with your RB, giving you a blended rate of over 60% while the bonus is active. On top of this, high volume players will find that they earn additional payments in the weekly FPP races jacking the effective cashback rate through the roof. Casino games also produce FPPs, and as such, if you find yourself close to a competitor at the end of a weekly rake race, you can load up a low house-edge game like blackjack and grind out extra points in order to jump tiers in the race. At times, it can actually be +EV to play casino games on this plan!

Offer: 36%
Method: Dealt
Payment Frequency: Weekly
Notes: Accumulates and is trackable in the poker client and is disbursed every 7 days. Taking advantage of the monthly reload bonuses and managing to place in one or more of the weekly rake races, savvy players can consistently earn 70%+ on this site.

 

Black Chip highlights.

Black Chip, formerly a Merge Gaming Network powerhouse, now resides on the Winning Poker Network, where it is the secon largest skin. We can offer you a flat 27% poker rakeback deal on BCP. Once you've signed up, your poker cashback will accumulate and be trackable directly within your poker client and available for you to redeem whenever you please. The 100% up to $1,000 deposit bonus adds an additional 14% returns while being cleared giving a total of 41% effective kickback when signing up. This is the most slick looking US-friendly software on the market with a smooth blue and black theme to it. High volume players also have access to "The Beast" race where they can earn $100-$2,500 per week as well as "Sit and Crush" where SNG players can earn $50-$1,250 extra rewards on top of all bonuses and rewards already offered! When creating your account, use bonus code PROFRB27

Offer: 27%
Method: Weighted Contributed
Payment Frequency: On demand
Notes: Redeemable in the poker client 24 hours after it was accumulated. 

International Rakeback Sites

All of the sites below exclude American players from creating accounts. However, that does not mean that American players do not play on the networks they are attached to. We will be sure to point out the sites that allow Americans into them from other skins. By playing on these skins that do not allow Americans, you insulate yourself from possible Black Friday incidents while still being able to beat up on American recreational players.

Most of these rakeback rooms also exclude the major regulated markets such as Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and the UK. When there is an exception we will let you know in the site summary. 

Bet Fair highlights.

BetFair is the worlds largest betting exchange. They are publicly traded and very safe. They also hold a Tier 1 rating on the iPoker network and thus, this iPoker rakeback deal is here to stay. All PROFRB players on BetFair will receive a complementary upgrade to the top tier VIP program which gives an effective 35% gross deal. You will find many other iPoker affiliates offering 70% plus deals, but they are just fooling you with marketing tricks by adding initial deposit bonus clearance rates as well as using the "new" rake calculation methodology which does not credit players with their true rake, indeed often only crediting players with 50% or less of their real rake when calculating rakeback payments. Our deal involves none of that chicanery. A simple and pure 35% gross RB deal, no fuss, no BS.

Offer: 35% VIP Upgrade
Method: Weighted Contributed
Payment Frequency: Trade in points as you accumulate them.
Notes: Tier 1 iPoker skins have access to ALL games on the iPoker network and are not subject to any sort of segregation that tier 2 operators are subjected to.

 

Bet Safe highlights.

Betsafe is our solution for the Microgaming network. We chose to offer this brand to our players because it is the largest and most financially sound brand on Microgaming according to its financial records (it is a publicly traded company). We offer the maximum amount of poker rakeback available at 30% along with a large $1,000 welcome bonus for new players that nearly doubles the effective cashback rates while being cleared. Our 30% offer comes in the form of a VIP upgrade, you must contact us to be upgraded. Microgaming is a top 10 world wide network and a great addition to any player's repertoire.

Offer: 30%
Method: Weighted Contributed
Payment Frequency: Paid on demand directly to player account.
Notes: By default all players begin at the lowest possible VIP tier. In order to get the maximum 30% deal, you must email or Skype us your username so that we can have your account upgraded. Processing time is 6-48 hours.

 

Sport bet highlights.

Sportbet is the International rest of world friendly arm of the 5D group. When you create your Sportbet account using our signup links, you will gain access to 50-100% rakeback on Grand Network as well as 27% flat rewards on Shark Tank/WPN. This site has deposit and payout methods like no other. You can send them anything from bitcoin, to China Union Pay, to a personal check and everything in between. They pay out in a variety of exotic methods as well. The Mac client is super smooth on GPN and very user friendly. 

The traffic is low in volume and in stakes, but this is a great site to whale hunt at, as the gamblers from the sports book like to come in and donate huge sums after binking a parlay or two! Also, note that you will be playing against a number of American fish who access the network via 5Dimes skin.

Offer: 50-100% on Grand Poker; 27% flat on Shark Tank
Method: Contributed
Payment Frequency: Points for SNGs at Grand Poker; On demand at Shark Tank
Notes: At Grand Poker one trades in their accumulated points for special "Advance To Go" SNG tickets. If you lose the SNG, you get 50% rakeback. The winner of the SNG gets 100% back! For the Shark Tank, all games yield 27% redeemable on demand directly in the Shark Tank poker client.

 

Ya pkr highlights.

YAP is the online site that we most recommend for players whose native language spoken is Spanish or Portuguese. They have a large staff of fluent speakers of both languages, as well as English, and they can solve any issues you may have more quickly than some of the other WPN sites who mostly have English support staff. This site is heavy in the South American and Southern European markets, though it accepts players from around the globe. It offers the standard 100% up to $1,000 matching deposit bonus, accepts bitcoins and a variety of local deposit methods, and has swift payouts. Please note that you will be playing against a number of fishy American players who access this network through America's Cardroom when you play on Ya!

Offer: 27%
Method: Weighted Contributed
Payment Frequency: On demand
Notes: Payments are redeemable in the poker client 24 hours after it was accumulated.

 

 

Unibet highlights.

Unibet, once one of the larger brands on the Microgaming Network, became an independent poker room back in 2015. They consistently rank in 10th-12th in the list of the largest online poker sites, so getting a good setup here is essential. They cater mostly to recreational players, so it is surprising that they even allow us to offer a discount on the rake, but they do, and a whopping 30% at that! Players here can change names multiple times per day and thus, the site is effectively anonymous. Furthermore, they actively discourage the use of tracking software, so neither Poker Tracker nor Holdem Manager work on this site. However, there is still a Unibet HUD available for savvy players that will at least allow you to track player stats on a per-session basis, much like Holdem Indicator does as a Bovada HUD.

Offer: 30%
Method: Weighted Contributed
Payment Frequency: Trade in points as you accumulate them.

 

True pkr highlights.

True is the oldest brand on the WPN. It was founded over a decade ago as an independent room and became one of the first skins during the creation of Winning Network. It is the only one of the WPN skins that is currently allowing residents of Great Britain and citizens of the United Kingdom to participate in the network's games. Due to the regulated nature of the UK markets, we recommend that UK players who play on this skin do all of their deposit and withdrawal transactions via bitcoin or, barring that, P2P transfers. If you do not know how to go about using bitcoin, use our bitcoin set up guide, it will have you up and playing at True using btc in just fifteen minutes. Also of note, when playing at True, you will be playing against a great deal of USA players who access the network from America's Cardroom. When creating your account, use bonus code PROFRB27

Offer: 27%
Method: Weighted Contributed
Payment Frequency: On demand
Notes: Payments redeemable in the poker client 24 hours after it was accumulated.

 

VIP Rakeback Deals

Are you an extremely high volume player? The type of poker player who rakes thousands or tens of thousands of dollars a month? If so, you may qualify for special benefits from Professional Rakeback as a sponsored pro! Our sponsored pros often stream on Twitch.tv, produce YouTube videos for their Vlogs, interact on social media and poker forums, etc. We also have exclusive offers available outside of sponsorship where you could earn yourself a brand new computer, phone or tablet to grind on.

Please note that none of the sites listed above are eligible for extra rakeback as they do not allow affiliates to augment the standard rakeback offers with "under the table" deals, in all circumstances we offer the maximum allowed and legal rakeback as sanctioned by the poker sites and networks we work with. However, the sites listed below, at places such as the Chico Network (BetOnline, SportsBettingAG, TigerGaming), we can offer you a private rake chase which is sure to add hundreds or thousands of dollars to your monthly income. Please contact us directly for details on your own personal rake chase options on the Chico sites Bet Online, Sportsbetting.ag, and Tiger Gaming.

 

Bet Online Rakeback  Sportsbetting.ag rakeback. Tiger Gaming rakeback.

 


Legit Rakeback Sites

We have been in the online poker business for over 14 years. We play each and every day on the digital felt and we know which rooms are safe, trustworthy, relatively easy to deposit and withdraw from, and most importantly, which ones offer the best discounts via rakeback. Below we split up the sites into two categories, those that accept Americans as well as International players, and those which exclude American players. Here are our top recommendations:

Legitimate Rakeback Rooms Allowing American Players

The rooms below are friendly to players from the USA. However, they are not exclusive to players from America. In other words, International players are allowed on all of the sites below as well with very few exceptions. Typically the only excluded countries are those with highly regulated markets such as France or Spain.


Our Top Recommended Rakeback Room

America's Cardroom

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 Amount: 27%
 Methodology: Weighted Contributed
 Paid: On demand with 24 hour delay
 Game Quality: toughest US-friendly player pool
 Sign Up: Clear cookies then click here and input bonus code PROFRB27

America's Cardroom is the flagship room on the Winning Poker Network. This network is one of the top 10 largest in the world for cash game traffic allowing both USA players and International players with few restrictions. The size of the network ensures that you will always get a game. The games relative to other US-facing options, are tougher on this larger site, which is great if you are hoping to hone your skills against good players, but if you are brand new to the game you'll want to stick to the lowest stakes a bit longer while you learn or play on a different site. If you are an International player, fear not, this site is only the toughest US-friendly site, but it has far easier games than PokerStars, and is very much legit.


 

Intertops

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 Rakeback Amount: 36%
 Rakeback Methodology: Dealt
 Rakeback Paid: $10 chunks as soon as earned
 Game Quality: middle of the pack
 Sign Up: Clear cookies then click here

Intertops is the flagship poker site on the Horizon Poker Network. This poker network is of middling size and accepts both American and International players with very few restrictions. The unique thing about Intertops is that it offers "dealt method" rake calculation which means that every player who enters a hand is credited with having paid an equal portion of the rake. This allows players looking to exploit rakeback the ability to play very tight poker and soak up a higher than normal effective rakeback percentage. If you are a TAG, or a ROCK, this is the site you'll want to grind out micro through lower medium stakes play on.

Grand Poker

grand-poker-logo Amount: 50%
 Methodology: Contributed
 Paid: Points for Cash or Tickets
 Game Quality: easy
 Sign Up: Clear cookies then click here

Grand Poker Network is the newest US-friendly poker site on the block, however, it is quite legit. Because of this fact, it has little traffic, which is its only downside. The software is excellent, as are the cash outs. Grand Poker is owned and operated by 5Dimes Group, one of the most respected sportsbooks in the business. Rakeback is paid once a week, on Mondays, for 50% of the rake paid by the player in the prior week. On top of this, there is also a 200% match up to $2,500 deposit bonus that adds an additional 10% rakeback while clearing.! This is a great site for bankroll building with lots of fishy recreational gamblers in the games that are running.

Black Chip

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 Amount: 27%
 Method: Weighted Contributed
 Paid: On demand with 24h delay
 Game Quality: Toughest US-friendly network; med-soft vs ROW networks
 Sign up: Clear cookies then click here and input bonus code PROFRB27

Black Chip Poker is another high quality legit site on the Winning Poker Network. This skin offers the same promotions as America's Cardroom, but has a sleeker look to the poker client. If you have an existing Winning Poker Account that is on the VIP program and you want to instead be on the rakeback program, this skin is a great option as it is owned and operated by Winning Poker Network, and thus quite safe.

True Poker

True Poker logo

 Amount: 27%
 Method: Weighted Contributed
 Paid: On demand with 24 hour delay
 Game Quality: Toughest US-friendly network; med-soft vs ROW networks
 Sign up: Clear cookies then click here and input bonus code PROFRB27

True Poker is the oldest and one of the most legit skins on the Winning Poker Network. Though it's not as popular as America's Cardroom or Black Chip Poker, it is just as viable a site. Owned and operated directly by the WPN, you can take advantage of all of the available games on the network via this operator. All promotions and deposit bonuses are also available for those of you who like to have multiple names on a network. Please note that you may have multiple accounts on the Winning Poker Network, but any attempt to log into more than one account at a time will shut down the software and alert the security department. Multi-accounting isn't condoned!

Juicy Stakes

juicy stakes logo

 Amount: 36%
 Method: Dealt
 Paid: Weekly to player account
 Game Quality: middle of the pack
 Sign up: Clear cookies then click here

Much like Intertops, this legit Horizon Network poker skin offers 36% rakeback. The methodology is dealt, so this site is good for very tight players to get more than their fair share of the rake. Please note that players who play solely heads up tables often get rakeback removed by management and are put on standard VIP accounts. 

 

Legit International Rakeback Sites Excluding Americans

These poker sites pulled out of the USA markets either way back in 2006 when UIGEA passed, 2009 when UIGEA was implemented, or on the infamous Black Friday event in 2011. None of these sites service American players and consequently tend to be a little bit tougher than the American sites, but not nearly as tough as PokerStars or Full Tilt. Plus, they offer rakeback!

BetFair

Betfair poker logo

 Amount: 35% GROSS
 Method: Contributed
 Paid:
 Game Quality: Softer than Stars, tough vs USA sites
 Sign Up: Clear cookies then click here

Betfair is the premier sports exchange in the world. It is our choice for the most stable, safe, and legit room offering rakeback on the iPoker Network. As a tier 1 provider on iPoker, players on Betfair will have access to all poker games running on this top 3 world wide network. Our rakeback offer is 35% gross, no "new calculation method rakeback" or bonus addition gimmicks that you will see other rakeback providers offer in order to inflate their offerings; nothing but a simple to calculate 35% gross deal. In order to convert your account and enable your rakeback upgrade, you will need to contact us after signing up and send us your User Name and Registered Email address.

BetSafe

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 Amount: 30%
 Method: Weighted Contributed
 Paid: Monthly, directly to player account
 Game Quality: Medium difficulty
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Betsafe is our choice for a legit Microgaming Network rakeback solution. This large company has never had any difficulty with payments and provides a good portion of the recreational traffic to the Microgaming Network, ensuring its longevity and good standing. A simple 30% rakeback deal is what we offer here, the maximum allowed by the network. Both regular and anonymous tables up to high stakes are available with daily action. This rakeback is in the form of a VIP status upgrade to the top tier of the program. In order to have your account upgraded, you must email or Skype us your user name and registered email address after you've created your account. Processing time is 6-24 hours.

Ya Poker

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 Amount: 27%
 Method: Weighted Contributed
 Paid: On demand with 24 hour delay
 Game Quality: Medium-soft International network
 Sign up: Clear cookies then click here

Ya Poker is a legit online poker site that caters mostly to players from South America and Latin America. Support has many native Spanish and Portuguese speakers. The site shares the Winning Poker Network but excludes American players unlike some of the other WPN skins. At this site, International players can play against USA players without having to hold funds with a company who is commingling funds with American depositors, thus reducing the risk of International players who play WPN from this skin. All promotions and benefits of the WPN apply. This site also is the only other site besides PokerStars who hosts $1,000,000 guaranteed poker tournaments!




References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rake_(poker)

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