Americas Cardroom (ACR) has announced the implementation of a new rake structure that drastically reduces rake on all of its fixed-limit games.
In a newsletter proclaiming the rake decrease, ACR stated that, “the most dramatic drop will be seen at the high stakes tables, where the rake fee drops from 5% all the way down to 1%.” Those higher stakes range from $20/$40 to $100/$200.
The rake at micro-stakes tables of $0.02/$0.04 has been capped at just one cent, where previously, up to four cents had been taken from the pot. The maximum rake is now 4.5% at any level. The new rake structure is effective immediately on all Limit Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Stud tables.
The rake reduction comes on the heels of the Merge Gaming Network reducing rake last month on its fixed-limit tables, a move that aligned its rake structure with the industry-leading PokerStars. ACR has now matched rake with those two poker rooms. In so doing, ACR is hoping to attract Americans who no longer can play on PokerStars, as well as U.S. players who are unhappy with the slow payouts at the struggling Merge Network.
“Our goal isn’t to just be competitive, it’s to be the top destination in the US for online poker players,” Americas Cardroom spokesman Michael Harris stated. “The realignment of our rake structure coupled with the fact that we’re the #1 site for reliable payment processing now makes us a clear favorite.”
Americas Cardroom is part of the Winning Poker Network, which is currently ranked 27th in worldwide player traffic, according to PokerScout. In poker rooms that accept U.S. players, the Winning Network is in fifth place with a seven-day average of 290 cash players. The newsletter touts the fact that ACR is “rated first place for payment processing and cashout reliability in 2012.”