word type: noun

  1. The money taken out of a pot by a brick and mortar casino or online poker room.
  2. To win money in a poker hand, as in to rake the pot (verb).


Likely derived from the implement used by croupiers for gathering money on a gaming table in a casino.

Popular Uses

I guess the saying's true. In the poker game of life, women are the rake, man. They are the f***in' rake. -Worm from the film Rounders.

You can't beat the rake in the micro-limit games. -People who lose at micro-limit games.

You Should Also Know...

There are three main types of rake in poker: 1) a percentage of the pot in a cash game, typically between five and ten percent. There is almost always a maximum rake per hand. 2) time charge, in which each player must pay per hour or half-hour to sit at the table, and 3) a one-time entrance fee to participate in a tournament.

Did you know?

You can get a percentage of your rake back at any many rooms. The caveat is that, if you already have an account, you may not be eligible for rakeback. However, if you make an account at a new poker room, you can often-times get between 27% and 35% of your poker rake back. For active players, this can amount to thousands of dollars every month.

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Related Terms

House, Rakeback, Buy-In