# Rake in STT's

• Bronze
Joined: 28.06.2012
Hi Guys,

I play \$3.50 9man STT's on Pokerstars. I recently set myself a goal of grinding through at least 500 games before I take my results too seriously. Financially, bankroll is not a big issue to me. I am making a profit from playing unraked poker in live homegames and bars, for hundreds of dollars, whereas I play the micros online for training purposes. Having said that I do want to move up in the stakes.

\$3.50 (9man) on PS = \$3.16 + \$0.34
\$7 STT (9man) on PS = \$6.45 + \$0.55
\$15 STT (9man) on PS = \$13.89 + \$1.11

Math isn't my strong point, so correct me if i'm wrong, but you'd divide the rake by the total buyin to get a %, so 0.34/3.50x100% = 9.7%. For \$7 it's %7.9 and \$15 is %7.4.

My plan is to grind \$3.50 for so long that I can identify a winning trend and build up enough of a bankroll that I can move up to one of these higher stakes. But choice of stake is a bankroll issue first, and table selection issue second. If I knew that I was beating \$7, wouldn't it make more sense to deposit 100BI's or more and grind those instead so as to pay less rake?

I welcome any ideas that would help me figure out whether moving up a stake would be enough of an ROI drop to render the Rake drop worthwhile.
• Super Moderator
Super Moderator
Joined: 02.09.2010
Hi, vaulsc...

500 games is REALLY a small sample for knowing how well you're doing.

If you're profitable at \$3.50, grind until you have some pre-determined number of \$7.00 buy-ins. Then take a shot until you've lost 10% of that number (or whatever %) or won enough to take a shot at the next one up.

I matters very little what the rake is, if you're losing overall.

So if you decide you need a 50 BI bankroll for the 3.50s, then you grind until you have a 50 BI roll for the 7s. Play 7s until you're back to 45 BIs at \$7, then build it back up and so-on.

Don't worry about the rake -- concentrate on winning the hands, one at a time.
Let me correct that: Concentrate on making the best play, one hand at a time.

Peace,
--VS