As perhaps the most-recognizable face at PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu hears many questions and complaints from those who play there. And the latest issue to arise involves PLO rake at PokerStars, which many players think has become far too high.
It’s tough to argue this point when considering that low-stakes PLO features rake that’s over 100% higher than NLHE games. Negreanu has been well aware of the problem since March, when he discussed the matter on Joe “ChicagoJoey” Ingram’s podcast. More recently, he answered disgruntled posters on TwoPlusTwo, which is usually a losing battle no matter how you slice it. Here’s one post from Kid Poker:
Totally on board and have been for some time on this issue. Coincidentally I have a meeting later today and was already planning on bringing this issue up again. Obviously I can’t make any promises since I don’t have the power to make these decisions, but I can promise you that I will do my best to make a case for an adjustment here. Thanks for the additional summary showing the rake differences between NLHE. I will log that and bring it to the meeting.
If you’re thinking that this made Negreanu some quick buddies, well, you’d be wrong and right. Some applauded the 6-time WSOP champion for stepping in and actually interacting with players. Others brought up old comments that Negreanu made about how winning players are hurting the game, and that he believes it’s perfectly within Amaya Gaming’s right to raise rake at PokerStars.
Whatever may have been said in the past, it’s clear that Kid Poker is at least willing to voice players concerns with Stars. Furthermore, he actually responds to players via social media and forums, something that other famous pros in their ivory towers (or Panorama Towers in Vegas) could take notes on.
Back to the original point, will Negreanu’s talk with Amaya yield any results? He said himself in the forum post that there are no guarantees, and it appears that he has about as much pull as a 5-year-old in tug-o-war. Still, it would be nice if he could have some small effect on influencing Amaya in this PLO rake matter.