Merge Stopping Rakeback – Is The Rakeback Model Dead?

Some big news just in from the US-friendly Merge Poker Network today. Rakeback deals will stop at the end of this month, with all players being transferred to the VIP club instead.

It will largely depend on what stakes and how much volume people play to see how their returns are affected. Since the VIP club it tiered the lowest value and volume players who previously had rakeback will have to settle for lower returns than their current 35% flat rate. For the higher volume small stakes players things could well end up as around equal… yet the highest value and volume players who reach the top tier could easily see their returns up to 45% – a solid increase. Continue reading