How to Become a Prop Poker Player
One way to build a bankroll quickly is to become a poker ‘prop’ player.
A prop player is someone hired by a newer or yet to be established sites to start and save poker games. Prop players use their own money while playing.
This article will explain how “poker propping” works, and show you the best ways to become a prop player.
Compensation for Prop Players
Compensation for prop players is generally in the form of rakeback. Props tend to get anywhere from 50 to 125% rakeback. This is huge when compared to established sites that offer 30% on average.
Depending on the volume you put in, it wouldn’t be that difficult to make one, maybe two thousand dollars a month or more purely from rakeback alone. That doesn’t even include your profits. If you’re a beginner, becoming a prop might be worthwhile so that you don’t have to worry about draining your bankroll while trying to learn how to play poker.
Where to Become a Prop Player
The sites that hire props do not actually disclose who they are to the public. The reason for this is so that it doesn’t become known that they are offering such a good rakeback deal. If you heard about a site that’s offering +100% rakeback wouldn’t you rush over to sign up? I know I would.
Rules for Prop Players
You’re not going to find too many rules as a prop player.
The biggest rule is likely to be in regards to seating. As a prop player, you’re only at the table to get games going. Once the table starts to fill up, it’s time to start a new game or keep one from dying. You might also find that some sites only allow one prop per table.
Some sites will also have a minimum number of hands or hours you must play per week. None of the sites that I checked out on PTP or RN seemed to have any sort of minimum though.
There might be games that are off limits too depending on the site.
Downsides to Becoming a Prop Player
Being a prop player will have its downsides too.
For one thing, most sites that you’ll be a prop at see very little traffic. A few sites that I checked out that were seeing 100 or fewer players in a 24-hour period. So while earning 120% rakeback sounds great, you won’t earn anything if you don’t play any hands. And you need traffic to play hands. So, you might consider becoming a prop at several rooms or have an established room to play at as backup.
Another downside is being forced to leave a good game to start a new game or save a dying one. If the games are soft, you want to stick around to milk it for as long as you can. But as a prop player, you don’t have that option.
Also, you should be aware that as a prop player, you’re going to see your fair share of shorthanded action. This can be an up or downside depending on how you look at it.
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Written by Matt Geer