ZeroRake: Get the Pig off the Table!Ever been hit in the face by a rake? It’s not nice; but it’s not just the kind of rake left lying around in cartoons for comic effect that can hurt. For Internet poker players, the casino’s commission can take its toll on the old chip stack. Step in ZeroRake.com, the next phase in the evolution of online poker, with a solution so simple you wonder why no one ever thought of it before. Action Poker’s new and card room does exactly what it says on the label: rather than charging the industry standard rake (roughly 5% of the pot) on every winning hand, players are charged a fixed membership fee, a system that will benefit regular players substantially.
If this is the first time you’ve heard about the site, then you’ve missed out on their free 6-month membership promotion which ended on 31st August, but don’t despair, because, at a thirty day membership of $29.95, regular players, and especially high stakes players, can still save substantially. So sure of this are ZeroRake, that they provide you with a ‘Rake-o-meter’ onscreen graphic to show just how much you’re saving while playing. Players can also opt to pay industry standard rakes rather than the membership fee.
The people at ZeroRake.com tell us they simply felt that running an online poker room is nowhere nearly as expensive as running a brick and mortar operation and prices should reflect this. Also, given the robust health and wealth of the online poker industry at the moment, it needn’t all be about ‘take, take, take’ and it was time to find a different system. In their own words, the idea is to ‘get the rake eating pig off the table.’
Jake Kalpakian of Action Poker promises us that this is just the first step in the Company's plans to build and introduce other innovative products in the broad Internet gaming sector. Revolutionary thinking aside, the site bears up as a great poker room with snappy graphics and excellent customer service. Well done ZeroRake.