I know there have been plenty of discussions centering around rake. I did a search and didn't find quite what i was looking for, so fig'd i'd start a new discussion on it. I feel like i haven't done enough studying on the subject and the affect it has on my overall win rate. So if any of you know of any good other posts or articles on the subject..feel free to leave a link.
I play in a smallish room. The 2/5 is 500 cap, the 5/10 is 1k cap. 2/5 is 10% up to 5$, no BBJ...and no flop no drop. The 5/10 is 7$ every 1/2 hour. I am one of the better regs in the room, and probably the best 2/5 reg. I mainly grind 2/5 and play the 5/10 infrequently, but am thinking of moving up to 5/10 more full time, unless the lineup is trash. Both games are soft, and i play a pretty aggressive style. My slash numbers would def be more closer to Laggy than Taggy.
As with most rooms, the 2/5 vs 5/10 game dynamic is typical. The other regs at 2/5 are solid, but nothing spectacular. Lots of limping, low 3b freq, etc. The 5/10 regs are better, with a couple being VERY good...so the game in general i would say is slightly tougher, with limping being less frequent...3b more freq...etc. I do notice a solid % of the big whale/VIP's preferring to play the 5/10 since its the biggest game in the room and appeals to their degen nature, so perhaps that would neutralize the presence of tougher regs? My numbers when i play 5/10 likely fall slightly back towards TAG to counter the fact that the play is slightly better and i cant get away with some of the exploits i do at 2/5. To summarize...i expect my aggression to fall slightly at 5/10, resulting in less pots won per hour, which takes advantage of the time game less.
So with all this said, one of my main considerations for moving up to the 5/10 on more of a full time basis is the rake affect. Im aware that $14/hour at 5/10 is better than 10% $5 max at 2/5, but how much so? Is there any way to quantify that, and what impact it might have on my hourly? I know it depends on many variables...which is why i gave a backdrop on the room dynamics and my overall approach/style. I suppose the simplest formula is that if we win 3 or more fully raked pots at 2/5 per hour ($15), we will be paying less rake at 5/10. I don't have exact numbers, but i know with my style that i win more than that per hour.
Any insight by you guys is appreciated, thanks.