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Staking in poker: truths and legends

Staking is a widespread activity in the poker world, but despite this it is still surrounded by an aura of doubt between what is truth and what is legend in this regard.

Here we want to explain everything in detail about staking in poker, doing mythbusting on the most common questions and doubts, hoping to give you a clearer view of this practice.

Is the stakato just a number?

Reluctantly we have to answer that in some cases this is the case.

There are realities in the world of staking in poker, where money is made available to the player, who is told to grind and then is left to fend for himself.

The reason is that these stakers focus on quantity instead of quality, and they only need to distribute funds to as many people as possible to get monthly income from each of them.

Sometimes they do not even risk all of the loaned capital, withdrawing the money if they see that the player is going broke, or asking the player for some of the money back.

Fortunately, there are staking-schools such as Top1percent who believe in the win-win formula, and invest time and resources in player training so as to increase gains for both parties.

The coach is paid a percentage of the student’s profit, and consequently will have every interest in helping and supporting the player in full. The latter will be able to play with greater peace of mind and confidence by stopping worrying about the financial aspect, and the more he climbs the levels, the more all parties will win!

Are we rake machines?

As explained in the previous paragraph, there are stakers who see it that way, but others like Top1percent who-although it may seem paradoxical-aim for the exact opposite!

For the staker, in cases like this, it even becomes advantageous for the player to play higher limits. A student is “promoted” to a higher level only when the coaches decree that he or she is ready to make profit at that level, and the higher the level, the higher the profit that will be divided among player, staking school and coach.

Other schools that do stak-coaching find it more advantageous to start a lot of stakers at the lower levels, in the latter the rake affects enormously, bringing advantage in terms of rakeback–to be defined by whose prerogative–but making the climb more laborious. Of course, these are not sabotaged to stay at low levels, but they are certainly not spurred and supported in the climb, where they will have to rely on their own strength.

Is it all to the staker’s advantage?

No, and after the paragraphs above it should be clear by now.

Clearly, stakers and coaches deserve to be rewarded for the work they do and the risk they take, but in the context of player growth, it is essential that they also receive good returns. The division of profits is granted on the basis of the staker’s economic investment and training “costs” (coach), but also the commitment of the staker, who can then get a more abundant portion directly proportional to his will.

In addition, the deals are dynamic and not fixed. This means that the higher the player’s commitment, earnings, and dedication, the higher the percentage due to the player, in the benefit of all involved, school and coach included.

Staking in poker doesn’t pay off because you make less money

Some people wonder why they should share their winnings with someone else. Isn’t it better to play with one’s own resources and keep all earnings for oneself?

The answer, for those who have a bankroll that allows them to grind the highest levels and the skills to beat them, is undoubtedly yes.

For those who have yet to make any headway in the poker world, however, a stak-coaching deal is doubly beneficial, both in terms of earnings and growth.

Through staking you can play higher levels than you can access with a personal bankroll, and as much as the winnings (relative to the level) may be lower, however much of those gains are redirected to the school, the net win total will certainly be higher. You will also have “protection” against level downs because you will not have to worry about bankroll or results in the short term.

The second benefit is that you will gain more experience in less time, which is the secret recipe of every successful poker player. As you play at the higher levels you will face opponents who tend to be better, and you will learn on the field, but most importantly you will have a coach who will come alongside you and teach you how to adjust your shot to refine your game.

In short, if you are Dario Sammartino you’re unlikely to find a stak coaching arrangement that works to your advantage, but if not–it’s a great way to get to that level!

I can play tournaments that I normally could not afford

Yes, in principle the answer is yes, but it should be emphasized that staking is not simply a given amount of money that you can spend as you wish.

Before starting to play staked, there will be a discussion with the coaches of Top1percent, and they will consider together the path to follow, the levels or tournaments to play, and set a plan for growth, between playing and studying.

So yes, you may have access to tournaments that are normally out of bankroll, but don’t expect to get a free EPT high roller ticket!

How to join Top1Percent

If you are interested in a path like the one just described, send your application through our form, you will have a chance to have a chat with the coach in charge of the discipline of your choice and evaluate together the path that suits you best.


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