Wie wir am Mittwoch berichteten, plante PokerStars zum neuen Jahr viele Änderungen bei der Berechnung des Rake. Aufgrund vieler Kritiker rudert der Branchen Primus nun jedoch zurück und behält die aktuellen Regeln bei. An einer Änderung hält PokerStars allerdings fest und die Weighted Contributed Calculation zur Errechnung der VIP Player Points wird eingeführt.
In einem ausführlichen Posting im 2+2 Forum meldete sich ‚PokerStars Steve‘ gestern zu Wort und teilte die Details der Community mit. Die Berechnung der Abgabe ans Haus wird nicht geändert, was bedeutet, dass der Rake weiterhin ‚Stufenweise‘ (incremental method) berechnet wird, wobei die prozentuale Abgabe und Höchstabgabe beibehalten werden.
Die VPP werden ab Sonntag durch die Weighted Contributed Calculation anstelle der Dealt Methode berechnet. Dies bedeutet, dass Spieler VPP prozentual ihrem Beitrag vom Pot erhalten. Wer also viel gezahlt hat, bekommt einen großen Anteil, während ‚Preflop Folder‘ leer ausgehen.
PokerStars Steve (Quelle: 2+2 Forum): „Thank you all for taking the time to express your opinion about the recently announced changes to ring game rake on PokerStars.com for 2012.
As a direct result of player input, we are cancelling the planned rake changes that were to be implemented in early January 2012. We will still use the incremental method to calculate rake instead of true percentage rake. Rake caps and percentages will remain exactly as they are today.
I would like to add a few comments:
The current rake at PokerStars is the lowest by far among all major poker sites.
We are confident that the planned rake changes would have resulted in a further overall decrease in ring game rake site wide, and a decrease for a majority of players.
There has been much inaccurate information spread about the impact of the changes. As an example, the changes would not have resulted in a 50% increase in rake for 5-handed play. While there would have been an increase in average rake for 5-handed play at NL tables with stakes of $0.25/$0.50 and higher, it would be far less than 50% (for stakes up to $0.10/$0.25 there was either no change or reduction in caps for 5-handed play). Most hands do not reach the cap and thus would not be affected. The rake for many hands dealt to 5 players would actually be lower at many stakes due to the lower rake percentage (4.5% reduced from 5%). If players review rake at other online poker rooms, they will discover that it is the standard for the rake caps to be the same when 5 or more players are dealt into a hand. PokerStars has been the one notable exception to this system.
In summary we still believe that the proposed rake system taken as a whole would result in a more balanced and fair rake system for players. However, given that players have responded so negatively to this change, which also has a cost to PokerStars due to the reduced rake, we felt that the best course of action is to cancel the change.
The change to the Weighted Contributed method of awarding VPPs will remain as announced. „