PokerRoom rake at 10NL
... is frickin' ridiculous!
I just popped into one of these rooms to practice lagging it up - always fun pwning noobs - and was shocked to see the amount of rake that was taken. Here are my stats for the session (3-5 handed):
OK so I ended up losing 2/3 of a buy-in, never mind. But look at the amount of rake I paid! $15.60 - are they serious? 1 PTBB is $0.20 at this level, so they're raking at 41 PTBB/100 hands
! (For those who don't know, a "Poker Tracker Big Bet" or PTBB is twice the size of the big blind. It's that way because in Limit, a Big Bet is twice the big blind.)
Seeing as a good winrate in NLHE is like 5 PTBB/100, this means it's impossible to beat these games. OK, the players here are all beginners so if you're good you could win for maybe 20 PTBB/100, but it'll still all get eaten up by the rake.
I feel sorry for the beginning players who are just starting out their bankrolls here - they're destined never to go anywhere, because it's impossible!
If anyone has comparable measurements for other sites, please post. In the meantime I suggest micro-stakes players avoid PokerRoom and skins because it's a rip-off.