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PokerStars Increases Rake on SNGs 

Hyper Turbo Rake Goes Up 20%

pokerstars announced today that a rake increase of 20% on hyper turbo HUSNGs, as well as increases in most popular forms of SNGs, is imminent. Players have taken to social media and message boards and shown an overwhelmingly negative response to this. Director of Communications for pokerstars, Michael Josem, told the twoplustwo community that these changes would help pokerstars attract new players.

This week I tracked 54 players - 26 showed profit, 19 had losses and 9 were break-even. Winners combined for about ~$207,000, losers for ~$227,000. omaha4rollz played biggest sample - 1736 games.

Adam "v2the3/vtothe3" Sykes Won The Most (+$47,614 after 902 games)

Bryan "PrimordialAA" Pellegrino

Twitter: @PrimordialAA

​In $500s division 

The Well: PrimordialAA -- Pooh-Bah Post on 2p2

Charles Hawk: Have you noticed any decrease in action in your limits after spin and goes were launched? Or is it pretty much the same?

Bryan 'PrimordialAA' Pellegrino: Well for me I haven't been playing as much as I have in the past, so most of my games I just try to find a shot taker to battle so I haven't seen how much the fish action has changed, that said from listening to other people + keeping an eye on lobbies it seems it hurt the action a ton early on and then has regressed to normal since then the last week or two. That said if I think they introduce higher stakes spin and gos at any point it will be VERY bad for HU SNG.

Charles Hawk: Seems that Amaya could do that easily in the future, at least up to $100 or so...

This week I tracked 58 players - 18 showed profit, 30 had losses and 10 were break-even. Winners combined for about ~$141,000, losers for ~$231,000. omaha4rollz played biggest sample - 2644 games.

Dominik "mad_domonox/domonox" Bosnjak Won The Most (+$39,626 after 732 games)

Zak Wray about new Pokerstars owners: "it's been fun - nothing lasts forever" 

Zak Wray shared his opinion about the new pokerstars owners

Well I don't really know much about the new owners or their intentions so I can't really give an educated answer to that. I think it's a fucking joke how they originally said that the site was only going to be exclusively poker, with no casino-type games involved, but I think they have moved in that direction with some countries? So in that regard the future of skilled games looks vulnerable to say the least. At the end of the day they will always come back with, it's good for the games if there are more new customers on the site, but that really isn't good for the games, it just makes the site a quick buck and gives their shareholders something to celebrate at their next team meeting.

Just looks like pokerstars is moving in the same direction as other companies like Betfair, where profits are their only focus, whereas I think a few years ago they were more committed to offering quality of games before profits.

Just another cloud on the future of the game we love. Whatever happens, it's been fun - nothing lasts forever.



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