Head-to-Head and 50/50 Rake Analysis

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This article presents the current state of rake in the most popular cash games in the industry. For those newer to the industry, let’s take a quick look at some terminology you need to know before we look at the numbers:

50/50s: Sometimes referred to as 2x, 50/50s are games where half the field gets paid at slightly less than double the buy-in amount

Double-ups: Some sites regard double-ups the same as 50/50s so be careful, but double-ups are when slightly less than half the field gets paid at exactly double the buy-in amount

Head-to-head (H2H): A two player winner-take-all game where the winner gets paid slightly less than double buy-in amount

Triple Up: Sometimes referred to as 3x, triples ups come in two forms: either when slightly less than a third of players get paid exactly triple the buy-in or exactly one third of players get paid slightly less than one third the buy-in amount. You will need to examine the payout structure of each game as sites normally do not distinguish between the two by name.

Rake Analysis: FanDuel, DraftStreet, DraftKings, DraftDay

Rake Analysis: StarStreet, FanThrowdown, Fantasy Feud

As you can see rake normally starts decreasing at the $109 level and above. If you have the bankroll targeting these higher stakes games makes sense. However this is usually balanced by the fact that the higher stakes games are more populated with better and more experienced players (although this is not always the case).

My personal tastes is that I prefer to play heavier on sites that offer the $11/$22/$55 games rather than $10/$20/$50 as rake is reduced from 10.0% to 9.1%. I also do not go heavy on triple up and quintuple up games as they have the highest rake in the industry.
It should be mentioned that all rake figures can and should be reduced by bonuses and rakeback. Probably more important than targeting low rake is targeting sites that offer the best bonuses and rakeback. Game selection is also very important. Assuming these two bases are covered, then you can examine the rake in each game and make a determination as to which are worth your DFS business.

About the Author

  • bripc23 (bripc23)

  • BriPC23 is a GrindersU instructor and was the 2013 StarStreet PFBC Runner-Up.

  • rotokevin

    2014 RG Bowling Co-Champion, CPA & DFS Tax Guru

    • 2014 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Good work, Brian. Two things jump out from this analysis:
    1) FTD’s H2H structure is a sloppy mess. My goodness.
    2) FD’s double-ups are best avoided unless they are overlaying. I never did the math on them before, but that is horrendous.

  • bringemvaught

    Yea what’s the deal with FTD? How did they miss that??

  • bripc23

    2013 PFBC Finalist

    They just have a bunch of different price points. Personally I still play FD’s double ups just because you are getting so many people in them (100+ or 200+) that there should be some easier money in there

  • thegame1020

    Excellent article. I think in my mind this proves DraftStreet’s dominance. Their rake isn’t the cheapest but it’s more than fair. Their sharp pricing and interface are second to none in my mind.

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