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Merge Cuts FL Rake – Earn Supernova % Rakeback in a Day

By , Rakeback.com Staff Writer

In an unprecedented move, one of the largest online poker networks (and the third largest to accept U.S. players) has massively lowered its Fixed Limit rake, due in large part to player protests.

For many months players on the 2+2 forums had voiced their concerns over high rake making Limit Hold’em and other mixed games unbeatable on Merge Gaming.

On October 10th, Merge decided to adopt PokerStars’ Fixed Limit rake structure, making for an up to 50% rake reduction at many stakes.

New Merge Fixed Limit Rake Table

All Merge skins now use the same rake percentages and caps as PokerStars, shown in the table below.

Stakes 2 Players % / Cap 3 – 4 Players % / Cap 5+ Players % / Cap
$0.02/$0.04 4.5% / $0.01 4.5% / $0.01 4.5% / $0.01
0.05/$0.10 4.5% / $0.04 4.5% / $0.04 4.5% / $0.04
$0.10/$0.20 4.5% / $0.10 4.5% / $0.10 4.5% / $0.10
$0.25/$0.50 4.5% / $0.16 4.5% / $0.16 4.5% / $0.16
$0.50/$1 4.5% / $0.40 4.5% / $0.40 4.5% / $0.40
$1/$2 2.0% / $0.50 3.0% / $0.70 4.0% / $0.80
$2/$4 2.0% / $0.50 3.0% / $0.70 3.0% / $1.25
$3/$6 2.0% / $0.50 3.0% / $2.00 3.0% / $3.00
$5/$10 2.0% / $0.50 3.0% / $2.00 3.0% / $3.00
$10/$20 2.0% / $0.50 2.5% / $2.00 2.5% / $3.00
$15/$30 2.0% / $1.00 2.0% / $2.00 2.0% / $3.00
$20/$40+ 1.0% / $1.00 1.0% / $2.00 1.0% / $3.00

Our limit rake structure has long been out of touch with the structures provided by other industry leading poker sites – CarbonPoker Site Rep

Reductions in Limit Hold’em Rake

2+2 member BigBadBabar collated the data shown below for LHE, comparing approximate rake in BB/100 on the old Merge and the new (now equivalent to PokerStars). We’ve added the columns showing effective rake and ‘price to pay’ assuming ~50% rakeback, to give you an indication of what winrate you’ll need to turn a profit. 

Stakes Table Size Old Rake BB/100 New Rake With ~50% Rakeback Price to Play $ / 100 Hands

$0.05/$0.10

6m 3.78 3.08 1.54 $0.15
FR 2.73 2.82 1.41 $0.14

$0.10/$0.20

6m 3.88 3.36 1.68 $0.34
FR 2.81 3.24 1.62 $0.32

$0.25/$0.50

6m 4.02 3.02 1.51 $0.76
FR 2.98 1.89 0.95 $0.48

 

$0.50/$1

6m 4.40 3.12 1.56 $1.56
FR 2.86 1.57 0.79  $0.79
HU 6.40 4.48 2.24 $2.24

 

$1/$2

6m 5.05 2.81 1.41 $2.82
FR 3.51 1.69  0.85 $1.70
HU 6.53 4.64  2.32 $4.64

 

$2/$4

6m 4.63 2.40 1.20 $4.80
FR 2.94 1.64 0.82 $3.28
HU 4.52 2.41 1.21 $4.84

 

$3/$6

6m 3.82 2.55 1.28 $7.68
FR 3.01 1.75 0.88  $5.28
HU 2.83 2.24  1.12  $6.72

 

$5/$10

6m 3.26 2.37 1.19  $11.90
FR 2.86 1.67 0.84 $8.40
HU 2.59 1.72  0.86 $8.60

 

$10/$20

6m 1.92 1.60 0.80 $16.00
FR 1.72 1.14 0.57 $11.40
HU 1.19 0.98 0.49 $9.80

 

$15/$30

6m 1.18 1.21 0.61  $18.30
FR 0.87 0.86  0.43 $12.90
HU  0.65 1.24  0.62 $18.60

 

$30/$60

6m 0.42 0.63 0.32  $19.20
FR 0.51 0.43 0.22 $13.20
HU  0.3 0.55  0.28 $16.80

$50/$100

6m  0.3 0.42  0.21  $21.00
HU  0.22 0.37  0.19 $19.00

50% rakeback is easily achieved with:

  • 35% flat rakeback as standard, paid daily
  • Using VIP points for MTT entries
  • Monthly rake races
  • Network promotions
  • Rakeback.com’s exclusive promotions
  • Frequent reload bonuses
  • The initial deposit bonus (for new signups)

High volume players can email Merge support to request the 45% effective rakeback VIP program, and by dominating rake races earn ~15% additional rakeback, for total rewards approaching 60% – 70% (rivaling Supernova Elite status on PokerStars).

Fixed Limit Games on Merge

Merge Gaming spreads a wide variety of Fixed Limit tables in the lobby, the most popular being Limit Hold’em. 

Poker Rooms Aced Poker, Black Chip Poker, Carbon Poker, PDC Poker
Limit Games HE, Omaha, O8, 7-Stud, 7-Stud8, 5-Stud, Razz, 5CD, 5CD w/Joker, 2-7 TD, A-5 Lowball, HPL Badugi, HA, HO, HAR, SHOE, RASH, HORSE

Merge Gaming and PokerStars are now tied for the lowest raked Fixed Limit games in the industry. This means Merge pulls far ahead of the two largest U.S. facing networks, Revolution Gaming and Bovada, when it comes to Limit Hold’em.

Fixed Limit player traffic is currently very low, but on the rise as more players hear about this new low rake environment. We’d urge rake-conscious LHE and mixed game players to help spread the word.

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