PokerStars plan to increase their rake on some select games across their shared liquidity markets while affirming that the changes still leave them ahead of the competition.
The article entitled PokerStars Announces Revised Pricing appeared on the PokerStars Corporate Blog March 21. The date of the proposed increases is March 28. You don’t need to have read The Mathematics of Poker by Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenman to calculate that’s only seven days notice.
A million minions won’t see the difference. Thousands of people who view playing poker as their profession will. Hollreiser explained that the changes come about after a ‘review of the current business environment and the pricing policies employed across the competitive landscape for online gaming.’
The following modifications will be rolled out to the shared liquidity market.
Spin & Go games ranging between $1 and $30 will see rake increase by 1%, except the $3 buy-in games which will increase by 2%.
Multi-table tournaments (MTTs) will see fees added to rebuys and add-ons following the practice that currently occurs in closed liquidity markets.
MTT hyper-turbo rake will rise to 5%
Cap and percentage of rake will increase in selected cash games. Limit games are unaffected by the changes. Some rake caps will be lowered to balance. You can view the new rake structure here.
The average increase across the board is estimated to be a 4% price hike.
In a bid to alleviate the pain, PokerStars statisticians have taken a sample of a million cash game hands from Jan 8, 2016, through March 7, 2016. They have run the numbers against the current rake prices of their competitors to prove that despite the increase in rake, players at PokerStars are still paying less than anywhere else.
Here are a few of the comments made on 2+2 after a PokerStars representative made the announcement.
“It seems like common sense has returned to the Stars-headquarters.”
“Thank you stars!”
“Glad you came to your sense.”
It’s not 2015 anymore.