Online poker sites in 2021: A Comparison of Rake/Fees

As you may know, all online poker sites earn their money from the rake/fees generated by players. Typically, if you’re sitting at a Cash Game, a small percentage of the pot is withheld by the poker room as a token ‘fee’ for the service, and however small these amounts seem, cumulatively across so many tables, 24/7, enough is generated by this so-called rake to keep online poker rooms in business. The equivalent for Tournaments is the fee – for example, the buy-in for a tournament might be made up of $10 plus a $1 fee.

The beauty of this set-up is that the online poker room receives their ‘fee’ for providing non-stop poker, while having no interest in who wins or loses. It’s not a case of players versus the ‘bank’, rather poker fans are left to battle it out among themselves, and the provider isn’t reliant on anything other than maintaining enough players. As an incentive, players can have an often sizeable portion of the rake and fees they have contributed returned in the form of Rakeback, which is where YourPokerDream comes in…

As a normal hobby player, you can ignore the aspect of rake/fees, but if you play more regularly you should definitely consider this topic as it may have a significant impact on your bankroll over time. With the help of YourPokerDream you can receive exclusive rakeback deals when you create a new player account with one of our partners through our sign up links.

This article is not about rakeback, rather it focuses on how much rake and tournament fees you can expect to pay at various poker sites/networks.

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Recommendation Poker Sites for No Limit Holdem

Texas No Limit Holdem (NLH)
Site/Network Rake per Pot CAP (2 Players)
Party Network 5% 50bb (NL$2) – 0.005bb (NL$400)
GG Network* 5% 10bb (NL$5) – 1.6bb (NL$500) – 0.13bb (NL$40k)
iPoker Network 6.67% (NL$2) – 5% (NL$1k) 25bb (NL$2) – 1bb (NL$1K)
Unibet 2% (NL€4) – 6% (NL€400) 12.5bb (NL€4) – 0.75bb (NL€400)
WPN 5% 25bb (NL$2) – 0.25bb (NL$400) – 0.13bb (NL$1k+)
Chico 5.56% 10bb (NL$10) – 0.1bb (NL$1k)
Pokerstars 3.5% – 5% 15bb (NL$2) – 0.08bb (NL$600) – 0.01bb (NL$20k+)
* GG has preflop-rake
Short Deck Holdem (SDH)
Site/Network Rake per Pot
Party Network 5%
GG Network* 5%
iPoker Network ?
Unibet /
WPN /
Chico /
Pokerstars 3.5% – 5%

* GG has preflop-rake

For Texas Hold’em Cash games tables, online poker rooms tend to be quite similar in that they generally take 5%-6% in rake. As a result, having the best rakeback deal plays an increasingly important role when deciding where to play.

Our recommendation goes to our two GGNetwork skins, GGPoker or Natural8. Here you’ll find three crucial and tasty ingredients that make up the perfect recipe for online poker fans – a ‘soft’ player pool, 24/7 action at all limits and a lovely rakeback deal! PartyPoker, of course, is always a viable option as it also has plenty of traffic and a nice rakeback deal.

While Unibet is another good choice due to the comparatively soft player pool and the low rake – especially at the micro limits – most of the action is available only at low and mid-stakes games or during peak times, so those of you wanting to player at higher limits might not always find enough players.

If you like to play Short Deck Hold’em, we strongly recommend the GGNetwork because, apart from monthly short deck promotions, which are a good enough incentive to play themselves, it has become the place to go for the many recreational and inexperienced (and therefore rather weak) players from Asia.

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Pot Limit Omaha (PLO)

Pot Limit Omaha (PLO)
Site/Network Rake per Pot CAP (2 Players)
Party Network 5% 50bb (PLO$2) – 0.5bb (PLO$400)
GG Network* 5% 1-3BB
iPoker Network 6.67% (PLO$2) – 5% (PLO$1k) 25bb (PLO$2) – 1bb (PLO$1K)
Unibet 2% (PLO€4) – 6% (PLO€400) 12.5bb (PLO€4) – 0.75bb (PLO€400)
WPN 5% 25bb (PLO$2) – 0.25bb (PLO$400) – 0.13bb (PLO$1k+)
Chico 5.56% 10bb (PLO$10) – 0.1bb (PLO$1k)
Pokerstars 3.3% – 5% 15bb (PLO$2) – 0.25bb (PLO$600) – 0.015bb (PLO$20k+)

* GG has preflop-rake

As with Cash games, sites take 5%-6% rake at Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) tables, while the Cap may vary from one poker room to the next. Two poker sites stand out clearly, with the GGNetwork being the perfect place if you want to play at profitable Pot Limit Omaha tables.

That’s why our GG partner sites are the perfect online poker rooms for PLO players – not only due to the low rake, but because they also boast a high number of players at all limits, and have great promotions as well as a fantastic rakeback deal.

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Recommendation for MTT Players

Multi Table Tournament (MTT)
Site/Network Rake/Fees
Party Network 5% – 10%
GG Network 5% – 8%
iPoker Network 4% – 10%
Unibet 10%
WPN 10%
Chico 10%
Pokerstars 10% – 12.24% (micros)

If you’re looking for interesting multi-table tournaments with high guaranteed prize pools, then you should play at either the GGNetwork or at PartyPoker. Both have an impressive daily offering as well as special tournament series with literally millions in guaranteed prizes up for grabs.

Party/Bwin, for example, run their flagship “Powerfest” series, while GG is a partner of the WSOP and thus hosts various tournament series such as the WSOP Circuit Series and (2020) WSOP Online, as well as numerous others not connected to the WSOP.

Meanwhile, at the iPoker network you can find great value MTTs throughout the week (especially at weekends), albeit not comparable with Party/GG.

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Recommendations for Sit & Go and Spin & Go

Sit & Go Spin & Go
Site/Network Rake/Fees Rake/Fees
Party Network 5% – 10% 4% – 8%
GG Network*  No SNGs 7%
iPoker Network 4% – 10% 7%
Unibet  3% – 5% 6.85%
WPN 4% – 10% 6%
Chico 5% – 10% 7.70%
Pokerstars 5% – 10% 5% – 8%

Most rooms have similar offerings for Sit & Go games. Depending on the format, buy-in, speed and so on, sites take between 5%-10%. We recommend Party/Bwin because you’ll pay only 5-6% fees for all Sit & Go tournaments.

Spin & Go/Jackpot tournaments have taken the online poker world by storm. No other variant attracts as many hobby players. These games are played in Super Turbo format, and have rake between 5%-8%.

Those of you who favour this format have many opportunities, with plenty of action just about everywhere. As is often the case, our GGNetwork partner sites provide a very good option, as well as our iPoker partner sites. Of course, there is decent traffic at Party/Bwin but it tends to be a tougher field at the higher limits compared with other sites.

Unibet is also a good choice for those who don’t play higher than $10 buy-in games. Finally, other sites than those mentioned thus far tend to have low traffic outwith peak times, with most of the action taking place at the lower buy-ins.

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