This turned out to be a pretty long post wich wasnt what I planed when I began, I ve done some research and some calculations, and since math was never something I was good at it, misakes are possible if not expected.

So if you spot any please write down, so we can corect them and have clear picture about this whole rakeback mambo jambo.

Am playing nl5 6max on FTP and only thing that keeps me there is 27% rb, that I get every friday.

I ve done some calculation and just solely on rakes taken per 100 hands it can bee seen that FTP takes more rake than pokerstars.

According to

this :

6max NL5

Stars: .52$/100 hands

FTP : .77$/100 hands -27%rb(.208$) = .562$

6max NL10

Stars: 1.02$/100 hands

FTP: 1.48$/100 hands - 27%rb( .40$)= 1.08$

Now if we count into that the rakeback method.

Pokerstars have delt rakeback method, which means that rake(points in this case) are equily spread to every player which received cards preflop

Fulltilt has The weighted contributed rake( which basicly is you get 27% of your invested share of the pot, if you folded preflop, you get 0).

Now for those, who dont know pokerstars doesnt have direct rakeback like fulltilt, but you can buy instant cash for points you generate thru your play, they name them VPPs (VIP Player points), and those, based on your VIP level are converted into FPPs( Frequent Player Points), which are basicly the points you are buying with.

So lets take into calculation that we will play NL5 and will buy 25$ instant cash bonus.

I mentioned before that stars have VIP levels, which basicly is that higher the level, more FPPS you get for 1VPP.

For example if you are bronze, 1VPP = 1FPP

Silver (which is easy to achive) 1VPP = 1.5FPP

and so on

LEts assume we will be bronze, so 1VPP = 1FPP for now.

So according to

FPPro site on NL10 6 max you gain 0.101 VPP / hand.

so to achive 2500 FPPs which is required for 25$ instant cash bonus we need to play

** 2500/0.101 =24753 hands.**, which will rake 253$ to pokerstars and we get 25$, which is cca 10% of rb.

Now remember, this is only for basic(Bronze) VIP level.

IF you do calculations for Silver or Gold member, you will see that rb gets even bigger.

PokerStars have one more cool thing and thats Stellar rewards.

Its like them givving you some extra instant cash for playing.

First few rounds you get 10$ for 750VPPS which on nl10 SH is basicly 13% rb.

LAter you get 10$ fo 1000VPPS and 50$ for 1000VPPS, which is awesome.

It looks like am doing a comercial for pokerstars, but if you look at it this way there is almost no point playing on full tilt once when you pass NL5 limit.

Its pretty hard to collect those points on nl5, but its achivable on nl10.

I hope this helps, it helped me to decide where my next stop will be.

Cheers