What is rake in skill games?

What is rake in skill games?

Rake is a commission fee taken by the house. It is generally 5% of the pot in each poker hand, backgammon session or any other skill game session.

In gambling fields, Rake is also known as Rakeback / poker cashback.

In this explanation, we will use poker hand as an example, so it is easier to understand.

First, let’s set roles conditions for our example:

BUBA = BUBA.GAMES website is the house. BUBA takes 5% rake.

You = as an affiliate, and your commission is 35% for this example.

John = player who registered to BUBA through your affiliate link.

Let’s say John play at a BUBA poker game, and John is heads-up with another player.

Let’s suppose that John’s bankroll is 50$ and the other player’s bankroll is 50$ as well, and both of them go all-in.

So now the pot is 100$, right?!

At the end of the flop, John won the pot, which means John got the 100$. BUT remember that BUBA takes 5% rake?! therefore, John will get only 95$ (100$ pot – 5%rake = 95$).

Great, now you know what RAKE is.

So now the question is how do you as an affiliate benefit from it? 

To understand it, we suggest reading carefully:

Now BUBA has a 5$ rake from John poker’s hand.

BUBA checks who is the affiliate that brought John to play and gives to affiliate(which is you) shares from the 5$ the house took.

We remind you that your commission plan as an affiliate is 35%. so your share from the 5$ rake is:

5$rake – 65% = 1.75$ => 35% = 1.75$

Final flow example:

1) John wins the pot of 100$.

2) BUBA takes 5%, which is 5$ from the 100$pot.

3) BUBA gives 35% from the 5$ they took to the affiliate who brought John, which is you.

4) affiliate (you) get 35% from the 5$, which is 1.75$.

Conclusions: you, as an affiliate, made 1.75$ in one poker hand of one of your players.

Imagine how many hands players play in one hour :). 

How can you benefit as an affiliate from 10 players you bring to play at BUBA poker room :).

● This explanation and example are the same on Backgammon pots. 

Updated on December 31, 2021