The price of poker

Given that you have ever tried playing poker online, do you know how much you have paid in order to enjoy the greatest game on earth? No you don’t. And neither does the site you play on. One of the (many) negative consequences of the manner in which the online poker industry adopted the affiliate marketing model from online casinos back in the industry’s infancy, is that it created a very price aware market. Affiliates, who took advantage of the situation and began to offer individual payback based on the amount players had raked, made players aware of the price of playing poker. And the sites themselves gladly followed suit by explaining in detail exactly how this rake was ellegedly paid. And as players became aware of how much they “paid” in rake, they demanded heaps back. Problem is, they never paid that rake in the fashion presented to them. And rake should not be presented the way it is at all. Models of confusion Now, rake doesn’t appear out of thin air. Somebody is paying the dollars and euros that flow into the vaults of gaming sites 24/7. And those somebody are the players of course. Question is how and when those players actually pay it. If anyone was interested in finding out the actual rake paid by a specific player, it would be easy to do so....

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