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  • PokerStars Changes Rake and VIP Program for 2012

    Thursday, December 29th, 2011 by Ryan

PokerStars is one of those online poker sites who is all about changes to better their site, and also to benefit their massive player pool. Stars is one of the biggest online poker sites in the game today, and not only do they offer the best cash game poker, but they also offer incredible tournament guarantees, and constantly running sit-n-go’s as well. Recently though, they also decided to make a few changes to their VIP program, and also to the rake structure of their ring games. I assume that PokerStars decided that since we are hitting a new year in 2012, that it’s time for some new things on their site as well. There’s no reason to think that Stars doesn’t know what they are doing either, as they’ve had a good grasp of this in the past.

Rake

One of the key changes that they made to the site was the rake factor. PokerStars.com used to do their rake in a way that was called the “dealt” method, which means that all of the players who were dealt cards had the VIP Player Points (VPPs) split up equally among the players who received cards in the hand. The new change to this after the new year means that the site will move ot the “weighted contributed” method, which essentially means that players are going to get points depending on how much money they actually put into the pot. This means that players will be rewarded with more points for the more money that they put in. This basically means that players who play tighter are going to receive fewer points than those who play more hands.

Now for how the different ring games work in terms of rake. They have gotten rid of rake being done in increments, and instead are going to a percentage called “round half to even”. Players will get a percentage out of the pot, and the highest percentage is 4.5%, and the lowest will be 1%. The amount that players will earn depends on which games and what stakes they are playing on the site. The rounding system basically means that the rake will be rounded to the nearest number, so if it is $0.345, it will be rounded down to $0.34.

VIP Program

The VIP Program will be changing for the Euro currency tables, and it will be the VPP multipliers which are getting the largest change. For starters, the tournaments and cash games that have seven or fewer seats get 7x multipliers, while ring games with eight or more seats give an 8x multiplier. Now as far as the Pot-Limit and No Limit games go, the multipliers will vary by the limits. For the €0.01/€0.02 limits there will be a 12x multiplier, for the €0.02/€0.05 there will be a 10x multiplier, €0.05/€0.10 receive an 8.5x multiplier. These bonuses will definitely help earn some points for players, and it’ll also benefit some small stakes players and help them pick up some extra cash as well.

We are interested to see the type of response that PokerStars gets for these new promotions, and also how it affects their already stellar numbers for both cash games and tournaments as well.

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