Daily Fantasy H2H Rake Analysis

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The tables below display the rake for all major sites at all buy-in levels offered for head-to-head contests (not including sites’ rewards or rakeback). Anyone who plays H2H volume should be well aware of the magnitude of the rake. Its effect on your win rate should be one that should be observed and analyzed from time to time. Everyones play is different but I believe that H2H play should be the cornerstone of your play if you want to play long term. In business you can take all the risks you want, but you need a steady income. I believe H2H can be that steady income in Daily Fantasy, and that this and my future blogs will reflect that.

Note: All tables below are sortable

FanDuel

Pricepoint To Win Total Pot Rake Rake %
$535.00 $1,000.00 $1,070.00 $70.00 6.54%
$270.00 $500.00 $540.00 $40.00 7.41%
$109.00 $200.00 $218.00 $18.00 8.26%
$50.00 $90.00 $100.00 $10.00 10.00%
$25.00 $45.00 $50.00 $5.00 10.00%
$10.00 $18.00 $20.00 $2.00 10.00%
$5.00 $9.00 $10.00 $1.00 10.00%
$2.00 $3.60 $4.00 $0.40 10.00%
$1.00 $1.80 $2.00 $0.20 10.00%

DraftStreet

Pricepoint To Win Total Pot Rake Rake %
$420.00 $800.00 $840.00 $40.00 4.76%
$215.00 $400.00 $430.00 $30.00 6.98%
$109.00 $200.00 $218.00 $18.00 8.26%
$55.00 $100.00 $110.00 $10.00 9.09%
$22.00 $40.00 $44.00 $4.00 9.09%
$11.00 $20.00 $22.00 $2.00 9.09%
$5.00 $9.00 $10.00 $1.00 10.00%

DraftKings

Pricepoint To Win Total Pot Rake Rake %
$5,200.00 $10,000.00 $10,400.00 $400.00 3.85%
$1,060.00 $2,000.00 $2,120.00 $120.00 5.66%
$530.00 $1,000.00 $1,060.00 $60.00 5.66%
$215.00 $400.00 $430.00 $30.00 6.98%
$109.00 $200.00 $218.00 $18.00 8.26%
$50.00 $90.00 $100.00 $10.00 10.00%
$20.00 $36.00 $40.00 $4.00 10.00%
$10.00 $18.00 $20.00 $2.00 10.00%
$5.00 $9.00 $10.00 $1.00 10.00%
$2.00 $3.60 $4.00 $0.40 10.00%
$1.00 $1.80 $2.00 $0.20 10.00%

DraftDay

Pricepoint To Win Total Pot Rake Rake %
$1,050.00 2,000.00 $2,100.00 $100.00 4.76%
$530.00 1,000.00 $1,060.00 $60.00 5.66%
$215.00 400.00 $430.00 $30.00 6.98%
$109.00 200.00 $218.00 $18.00 8.26%
$55.00 100.00 $110.00 $10.00 9.09%
$22.00 40.00 $44.00 $4.00 9.09%
$11.00 20.00 $22.00 $2.00 9.09%
$5.50 10.00 $11.00 $1.00 9.09%
$2.20 4.00 $4.40 $0.40 9.09%
$1.00 1.80 $2.00 $0.20 10.00%

StarStreet

Pricepoint To Win Total Pot Rake Rake %
$1,060.00 $2,000.00 $2,120.00 $120.00 5.66%
$535.00 $1,000.00 $1,070.00 $70.00 6.54%
$270.00 $500.00 $540.00 $40.00 7.41%
$109.00 $200.00 $218.00 $18.00 8.26%
$55.00 $100.00 $110.00 $10.00 9.09%
$22.00 $40.00 $44.00 $4.00 9.09%
$11.00 $20.00 $22.00 $2.00 9.09%
$5.50 $10.00 $11.00 $1.00 9.09%
$2.75 $5.00 $5.50 $0.50 9.09%
$1.10 $2.00 $2.20 $0.20 9.09%

FanThrowDown

Pricepoint To Win Total Pot Rake Rake %
$1,060.00 $2,000.00 $2,120.00 $120.00 5.66%
$530.00 $1,000.00 $1,060.00 $60.00 5.66%
$216.00 $400.00 $432.00 $32.00 7.41%
$109.00 $200.00 $218.00 $18.00 8.26%
$55.00 $100.00 $110.00 $10.00 9.09%
$22.00 $40.00 $44.00 $4.00 9.09%
$11.00 $20.00 $22.00 $2.00 9.09%
$5.00 $9.00 $10.00 $1.00 10.00%
$3.00 $5.40 $6.00 $0.60 10.00%
$1.00 $1.80 $2.00 $0.20 10.00%

Fantasy Feud

Pricepoint To Win Total Pot Rake Rake %
$525.00 $1,000.00 $1,050.00 $50.00 4.76%
$215.00 $400.00 $430.00 $30.00 6.98%
$109.00 $200.00 $218.00 $18.00 8.26%
$77.00 $140.00 $154.00 $14.00 9.09%
$55.00 $100.00 $110.00 $10.00 9.09%
$33.00 $60.00 $66.00 $6.00 9.09%
$22.00 $40.00 $44.00 $4.00 9.09%
$11.00 $20.00 $22.00 $2.00 9.09%
$5.50 $10.00 $11.00 $1.00 9.09%
$2.20 $4.00 $4.40 $0.40 9.09%
$1.00 $1.80 $2.00 $0.20 10.00%

Alternatively, you can view the tables in an image format here.

What’s Your Take on Rake?

What I take from all this is that you get what you pay for. The sites with higher marketing budgets will ultimately have higher rakes for obvious reasons. So the question becomes do you want higher rake with more inexperienced competition or lower rake with a smaller player pool. I promised to let people draw their own conclusions here but I think we all know the answer to this. Please continue to experiment around on your ends, and share your findings in the comments below. With that said, ultimately this games is balancing your win rate against the rake. It is up to you to decide how to best do that.

In conclusion be aware of your own play, how much rake you are paying, and your approximate win rate. I did the math on my own play: I play most of my H2H action on FanDuel and decided I pay much more in rake then I needed to. If I play $2,000/day volume at $109 price point or above(8.26%) vs (10%) at $50 or below you will save $12,702/yr (or $10,440 based on 300 days/yr played) assuming similar win rate.

I hope this helps! For my next trick, I’ll be looking up the numbers in the “Back to the Future: Sports Almanac” to include rakeback and reward systems!

Kenny G

Comments

  • Jmatt

    Nice Article. Thanks Kenny!

  • jturner72

    Good stuff Kenny.

  • hokie08

    Kenny, I like this type of analysis. It’s great to inform the community because this information can be used to optimize game selection in order to maximize profits.

    To put rake in perspective, I went ahead and calculated the necessary win-rate for each rake % level needed to break even:

    RAKE, % Win Rate
    10.00 55.6%
    9.09 55.0%
    8.26 54.5%
    7.41 54.0%
    6.98 53.8%
    6.54 53.5%
    5.66 53.0%
    4.76 52.5%
    3.85 52.0%

    Note: Sorry, but I can’t get the table to display correctly in this text field :(

    Also, I could put some graphs together to show expected ROI for a variety of win-rates for each rake level.

  • troveur

    Assuming most of the rake savvy h2h players are aware of the lower rake tiers (lets use $109 FD for example) then we could also assume these lower rake tiers are filled with more skilled players seeking the same rake reduction and would lead to a lower win rate @ the higher tier. How much lower would be an interesting study but that’s for another blog. Nice job here Kenny.

  • deactivated24336

    Awesome article Kenny, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more articles from you in the future!

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