What’s Rake?

Rake is the scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating poker games. It is generally 4 to 7 percent of the pot in each poker hand that has seen the flop, up to a predetermined maximum amount called cap.

What’s Rakeback?

Rakeback is a player rewards method that began in 2004, where by some online poker sites or their affiliate partners return part of the rake or tournament entries a player pays as an incentive for them to continue playing on that site.

Rakeback in cash games can be calculated using two different methods: dealt and contributed. The dealt method awards the same amount of rakeback to each player dealt into a hand, and the contributed method rewards players based on their actual contribution to the pot.
As online poker becomes more mainstream online poker players have begun using rakeback as a means of increasing profits or cutting their losses.

Depending upon the stakes the player is playing, how many tables they are playing at once, and the number of hours played daily, online poker players can earn thousands of dollars in rakeback every month.