I've never been staked but belong to a couple sites that, well it's just takes my breath, what some of these guys are making.
I have staked a player(online friend) before, "two times" when he was down on his luck, worked out good for me he made final table both times,I couldn't believe it. I was talking to him on yahoo chat box, while watching him move through the field of players.
He told me:He was scared to play HIS game,
REASONS: it wasn't his $$$, and he needed to win, I did see a bit of a change, so Im not going to agree that all players play like its no biggy if they not do good, besides the money their are other reasons players will play their BEST GAME, well to keep it short their are lots of players that play in the BIG games WSOP and such that are staked, Im sure everyone knows this though... I think its allright in my book, I don't have a problem with it.
When it comes to playing tables an being staked Im not sure how I would do that, I think I'd just work at like 9 to 15% of the stake per day, but that kinda like a loan more than staking so Im not shure, Also if you go to your bigger casino's at talk to them, you can work deals out, FREE ROOM, FOOD, DRINKS as long as you play the big tables a full shift. and Im sure their are other types of deals also if known.. interesting hope more respond to this thread..