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PokerStars vs. iPoker Rake Comparison

By Taylor Cuccia, Rakeback.com Contributor                    

Industry giants PokerStars and iPoker face off in this edition of poker rake comparisons.  Using some of the most common poker games and stakes as comparisons, we will determine which site offers more favorable rake for which games.

   pokerstars                 ipoker

Note that these rake figures are averages, and each player's style will affect their rake paid.  In general, tighter players will pay less rake than loose players. 

Additionally, players playing one specific game and stake would be better off ignoring our overall grades and simply finding their respective stakes in the charts and choosing the room with lower rake.

No Limit Holdem


Stake 6-Max NLHE (bb/100)
iPoker PokerStars
25nl 11.27 7.84
50nl 10.40 7.27
100nl 8.93 5.61
200nl 6.45 3.98
400nl 4.37 2.67

With a sweep of some of the biggest advantages we've seen, PokerStars takes the 6-Max NLHE category.  

Full Ring


Stake Full Ring NLHE (bb/100)
iPoker PokerStars
25nl 8.31 5.90
50nl 7.63 5.44
100nl 6.78 4.45
200nl 4.87 3.15
400nl 3.48 2.27

Another sweep of significant edges, PokerStars wins full ring NLHE as well.  

PLO (6-Max)

Stake PLO (6-Max) (bb/100)
iPoker PokerStars
25plo 21.37 16.30
50plo 18.65 14.22
100plo 14.83 10.71
200plo 10.51 7.50
400plo 6.85 4.83

PokerStars sweeps PLO also, once again with some of the biggest advantages we've seen in this category.   


Buy-In Level Tournaments
iPoker PokerStars
<7 11% 12%
<60 11% 9%
<500 10% 7%
500+ 9% 5%

iPoker avoids the sweep in this category with a one percentage point advantage in the <7 buy-in category (11% vs. 12%).  PokerStars shows advantages at every other level, however, thus giving them the nod in the tournament category.


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Other Factors to Consider

  • These numbers do not factor in rakeback.  Be sure to take your potential rakeback into account when making a site decision.  iPoker rakeback deals are made privately and vary greatly in value.  Rakeback.com currently offers 70% rakeback with iPoker site Winner Poker.  PokerStars offers a VIP program instead of rakeback.  Check out Rakeback.com's PokerStars Rakeback Calculator to determine your effective rakeback perecentage.
  • Traffic also needs to be considered.  According to Pokerscout, PokerStars has about ten times the traffic of iPoker on average.
  • PokerStars is generally believed to have the best software in the industry.  This may improve a player's ability to multi-table, a key factor for rakeback grinders.  

Overall Winner


With sweeps in every cash category and a win in the tournament category, PokerStars takes down iPoker in our industry-giant poker rake comparison.   

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