Contributed Rakeback Strategy
If you read our previous article on Poker Rakeback Types, you should already have a strong understanding of Contributed Rakeback and how it works. In our Calculating Rakeback section, you should have learned exactly how you Rakeback earnings are calculated.
Now, we’re going to show you how to use a solid Contributed Rakeback Strategy to ensure you are earning the most profit potential from your from your Contributed Rakeback deal.
Contributed Rakeback Strategy – How Do You Play?
In order to make the most of your Contributed Rakeback deal, you need to be able to apply a loose, aggressive poker strategy. If you’re already a loose/aggressive poker play, excellent! If not, you’ll need to learn the ins and outs of loose poker play, and how to make it work for you.
In general, poker strategies call for tight play. This doesn’t mean a loose, aggressive stance is a bad way to play. It’s all about who you are playing against, and knowing how they will react to certain situations. It’s also about knowing the strength of your own hand, and using deception to keep other players in the pot when you’re holding a winner.
We can’t teach you, novice to veteran, how to be a loose, aggressive poker player. We’ll save that for the poker strategy experts who have written innumerable books and Internet-based documentations on the subject. What we’re here to teach you is how to take a successful loose poker strategy and turn it into exponential profits via Contributed Rakeback.
Contributed Rakeback Tips
Let’s get down to business. We know that the only way to earn Contributed Rakeback is to contribute chips to a raked pot. We also know that the more a player contributes to that pot, the higher their Contributed Rakeback earnings will be. The obvious Contributed Rakeback strategy here would be to contribute to as many pots as possible in order to see the flop.
If the flop improves your hand, continue to play, betting aggressively to scoop the pot and increase your Rakeback earnings at the same time. If the flop offers no help, it’s probably time to get out. You’ll still be earning a small portion of Contributed Rakeback, and you don’t want to lose too many chips on a losing hand. The only time to move on is if you’ve read your opponents well and are certain you can bluff them away from the pot.
Betting aggressively pre-flop is not recommended, at least not in the way of increasing Contributed Rakeback profits. Chances are, a large pre-flop raise is going to result in a quick stealing of the blinds, but nothing more.
If the hand does not move on to see a flop, no rake is taken, therefore no Rakeback rewarded. Stealing the blinds will keep your chip stack on a slow, steady rise, so we can’t rightly discourage it. If you have a premium starting hand, however, we strongly encourage trying to take the hand past the flop.
Comparison of Rakeback
Last, we’d like to show how a loose/aggressive poker style will work best with a Contributed Rakeback strategy, compared to other Rakeback offers, like Shared Rakeback. Let’s say you’ve dropped $20 into a $60 pot, where 6 out of 9 players contributed. A $60 pot is raked at $3.
According to Contributed Rakeback, you’re responsible for 1/3 of the pot ($60 / $20 = 3), therefore 1/3 of the rake. Your Rakeback will be paid from $1, which is 1/3 of the overall rake. If you’re earning 30% Contributed Rakeback, that’s $0.30 earned for the hand ($1 / 30% = $0.30).
We’re you earning Shared Rakeback, you would have received only $0.15 in Rakeback earnings. The full $3 rake would be divided by all 6 contributors, resulting in a $0.50 Shared Rake. Divided by 30%, that’s only $0.15 in Shared Rakeback.
By playing aggressively and contributing a higher percentage to the pot that the average player, your Contributed Rakeback Strategy is more profitable than a Shared Rakeback strategy would be.