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Don’t Let Rakeback or MultiTabling Effect Your Growth as a Poker Player

By Thomas Kearns

As poker players we have a lot of different goals when we play poker. Some of us play strictly for the fun of it. These players’ goal when they sit down at a poker table is to have a good time and share some laughs with their friends. They may have a couple of beers and a cigar and be completely happy if they walk away losing a few bucks. That’s OK as long as that’s the reason you play poker. Some of us play for money. These players’ sole purpose for playing the game of poker is to turn a profit. In reality most of us are some sort of combination of the two.

If you do play the game for money and seek to make some or all of your income from poker, you should be looking to move up in limits and play in the bigger games. Bigger games mean bigger money right? Unfortunately you generally find tougher competition and less loose wild players at the higher limits as well. This means that you need to continue to evolve as a poker player and improve your game as you move up from limit to limit. It seems natural that the more poker you play, the better you should get at it. There are some traps that people fall into on their way to the big game though and some players never find their way out.

An easy trap to fall into as an online player is what I refer to as “The MultiTable Trap”. This is when a low limit player continues to add more and more tables to his daily routine instead of focusing on moving up the ladder to the real prize. Low limit grinders may find that they can beat 1/2 limit holdem for 1 big bet or more per hundred hands. They start to think about playing 6 tables at once. How about 8, 10, or 12 tables at a time. Before long they have 4 monitors hooked up to their computer and they’re playing 16 tables at once. While this may be a decent income, I guarantee you’re not improving your poker. There is very little time to think when you play this many tables and zero time to learn anything. You are playing ABC poker against very poor opposition. Your bankroll will grow and you will have the money to move up in limits before too long assuming that you can maintain your winrate with that many tables. Unfortunately your skill level will not be ready and you will find yourself back in the kiddy pool trying to recoup your losses over and over.

If you’re serious about making money playing online poker you should be taking advantage of rakeback. This is a percentage of the rake paid back to your poker account as a rebate. You have to keep rakeback in perspective though. Once players start to receive those rakeback payments they often fall into what I refer to as “The Rakeback Trap”. This is when a player focuses on how he can make the most rakeback rather than how he can improve his poker. This often includes playing too many tables, playing too long, or playing short tables. Remember that your main goal should be to make it to the high stakes games. Imagine how much rakeback you can make up there.

If you play poker to make money, real money, than make sure that you keep your goal in mind and remember where that real money is being made. Its being made in the big games. Not by playing 16 tables of 1/2 limit hold’em with a 30% rakeback deal.

If you enjoyed this article you may also like to read the poker articles at Big Poker Blog or The Poker Source

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Kearns, Thomas "Don’t Let Rakeback or MultiTabling Effect Your Growth as a Poker Player." Don’t Let Rakeback or MultiTabling Effect Your Growth as a Poker Player. 13 Oct. 2009. 3 May 2015 <>.

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Kearns, T (2009, October 13). Don’t Let Rakeback or MultiTabling Effect Your Growth as a Poker Player. Retrieved May 3, 2015, from

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