A common area of confusion for on-line poker players who receive rakeback, or are thinking about signing up for rakeback, is the effect that bonuses have on the amount of rakeback that the player will earn. Though different poker rooms have different policies, for the most part they all include bonuses in the same manner when calculating the revenue a player has created. There is a smaller rakeback payment because of a bonus that the poker room gives the poker player, but this payment, combined with the bonus, is always more than just the bonus or just the rakeback. The following will explain why a player wants to utilize rakeback and bonuses in order to increase their win-rate, and in effect, their bankroll.
Understanding how rakeback is calculated is not necessary in order to know the effect of bonuses on rakeback, but it would greatly increase the player’s understanding of rakeback and, even, poker in general.