The poker player constantly monitors poker forums and answers questions regarding the room. Currently, Splash the Pot rewards system is one of the most discussed topics about RIOP.
Phil noted that some regulars are upset with the way Run It Once Poker gives 51% of rake back. They criticize the variance of Splash the Pot and want the poker room simply puts 51% rakeback into players’ accounts.
In accordance with STP, the rakeback size is 51% and this percentage is calculated for the whole room, not for one specific player. During the play, the amount from 1 to 100 BB is added to a randomly chosen bank. STP feature may be redeemed in every dealt hand. The player who is lucky enough to win the hand gets the main pot as well as the bonus money.
Phil Galfond keeps trying to explain players the reward system advantages as he believes they just misunderstood it:
«The rakeback is built into the game itself - it's there whether you win the gold chips or not».
The guy made a post on his Twitter page and once again restated some of his views concisely:
Many forum members are upset with the way @RunItOncePoker chose to give back 51% of rake.— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) 14 березня 2019 р.
Not everyone has to love Splash The Pot, but I believe in it so much that I feel the need to keep trying to explain what I think some haven't yet read or have misunderstood: pic.twitter.com/LXv4qVPxOq
Another professional poker player Daniel Negreanu supported Phil and said that Splash the Pot is a good idea to give more opportunities for players to experience winning moments:
Haha. In all seriousness your approach makes sense and is in line with what I believe is necessary with any type of rewards program that exists.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) 15 березня 2019 р.
More opportunities for casual players to have winning moments.
This is simply essential.
Recreational player Silkies also stood up for STP system. He made the following response to Galfond’s post:
«As a recreational player with a full time job I can't put a lot of hours in. I played a couple hours last night and saw a 1000bb STP then played an hour today and saw another 1000bb STP. Didn't win yet but where else can a part-time player see rewards like this?»
In addition, many people wrote that Splash the Pot is really an ingenious way to distribute the rakeback and wish Run IT Once Poker to be USA friendly poker room.