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By far the worst thing about poker is the rake, the cut of every pot that the house takes. It's a great feeling seeing the dealer push that huge pot towards you, but it would be just a little sweeter if he hadn't taken out $3 for the house. Unfortunately, there's not a lot you can do about it, except to play poker in home games with your friends.
When it comes to casinos, whether live or online, there's no free poker. Some casinos will give you a free lunch though, and you should snap that up.