Originally Posted by sickwitit
Thanks for all the suggestions.
Question: I notice a lot of talk about rakeback on affiliate sites. How important is that in choosing a room. Cake Networks offers 33% but some others like Minted Poker offer 40%. Do any of you base your room decisions on this?
I get 27% on one of the sites I play at & zero on the rest. It doesn't really bug me. If I were playing large volume of cash tables, then sure it would but the amount of games I play (MTT & SNG) we're not really talking about alot of money here (sure it helps in the longrun but for myself it's not super significant).
Take as an example, let's say I were to play $200 worth of Tournament buyins in a week, I'd be paying $20 in tourney fees & getting roughly $5 back in rakeback on the week (prob less than that as there always seems to be a bunch of deductions due to the tourneys I play... ie. money-added prizepools & guaranteed prizepool tourneys).
When I first signed up on some of the sites, I wish I'd chosen signup deals where you get large freeroll entries (ie. Titan Poker thru the Cardschat link, you get an invite to a monthly $1,000 freeroll.... this works well for me as I've cashed for more than $300 in them, having played ~8 of them). Other stuff out there >> free poker software (PT3), or poker books
For someone who predominantly plays ring (cash tables) then rakeback is essential in my opinion. For tourney play... meh... it's nice I guess but no big deal imo unless you're playing HUGE volume or High buyins.