I'm getting raped by the rake.
I play at pokerstars
and I am running some numbers here.
After about 200 games at the lower levels ($1-$3 sit n go's, 9 player to 45 player) I'm in the money just a little under 50% of the time. From what I understand, that's not too bad, considering that I am just learning, and these 200 or so games are my first 'for money' games. My ROI , however, isn't so hot. It's 17%. But it's the rake that's killing me here. I've paid pokerstars $42.50 to play in these games -- the vast majority of which is to the 20% rake on the $1/.20 single table games. If that number were, say, cut in half, my ROI almost doubles.
So, where else can I go? I kind of like pokerstars and I am comfortable there. But I am aware that there are other poker sites
that are comparable to pokerstars in terms of overall quality, but that don't don't cost as much to play.
Suggestions would be appreciated.