30 days on, many grinders haven't yet heard the news - PokerStars still has the lowest rake in the online poker industry, having rolled back its 2015 rake increases in the first week of January.
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Bad news tends to reach further and wider than good news - the original rake increase announcement on Oct 19th received over 1,000 replies on the TwoPlusTwo forums, the most controversial move made to date by Amaya Gaming since it bought PokerStars for $4.9bn in June.
The subsequent retraction on Jan 6th only attracted around 100 replies. Help get the news out with a tweet.
Tournament rake increases were implemented on Nov 3rd, and cash game changes Jan 1st. Seeing the drop in traffic in certain games - HU SNGs and CAP were badly hit - PokerStars decided to listen to player feedback and revoke all rake changes, returning to the former rake structure.
Spin & Go changes remained, although rake increases in those games were balanced against the positive change of first place prizes being increased to 3000x the buyin, up from 1000x. Changes on PokerStars' EU ringfenced sites as a result of taxation are still ongoing.
Players' reactions to the dot.com rake increases were largely negative, especially to the $1 cap in heads up cash and $5 cap at $25/$50 6-Max. Rakeback pros and sharks alike began to look towards alternative poker rooms with comparable rake but weaker competition.
Nosebleed grinder Sauce123 posted calculations that he expected to pay an additional $46,000 rake per year under the new rake structure.
Thankfully the HU cap is now back at 50 cents at all stake levels, and 6-Max caps never exceed $3. HU SNG changes were also rolled back. Site rep PokerStars Steve stated 'we will not implement any additional increased rake in 2015' and thanked players on the forums and elsewhere for their 'valuable and important' input.
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