My point remains. The only two incentives to pay for coins are (1) you can win 2/3 of the games against other invested, and therefore skilled, players, and (2) you like to donate to Warlight.
Fair Warning: I'm pulling these numbers out of my keister. To get a better idea, you could map out a normal distribution centered at 50% with a few standard deviations. Give me the coin game stats and I'll do it if you want.
But anyway.... Assume....With a 10% tax, there are about than 0.5% of the players that could have positive coin flow (per reason 1 above). With a 1% tax, there are likely 20% of players that could have positive coin flow. Therefore, you get a 40 times increase in the number of coin game players for a 10x decrease in tax rate.
Thus, I just raised revenue by 4x, not cut it by 10x.
Next, Compare the house cut to the following:
House Edge (with proper play)
Slot Machines, 0-17%
Slot Machines, 5-17%
State Lottery, 50%+
Poker Rake: Typically 2.5% to 10%
While the first set are games of chance, when played to their best ability, the house typically wins 0.5% to 5% for popular games.
The second stat is closer to what we have, a casino's rake on a poker game, a game of skill head to head against a competitor. At least according to wikipedia, we're at the max of a typical casino rake for a poker game.
Make the odds closer to the more popular casino games if you want people to have a chance. This has nothing to do with me being an American. This has everything to do with people having no incentive to play coin games because buying coins is akin to a donation to the site. I've bought several donation memberships for other players, a dead piggy alt included, so I'm not saying donations (per reason 2 above) don't happen. But if you want a sustainable coin game system, The Rent is Too Damn High!
Finally, Mercer, until someone makes a withdrawl, Warlight is paying out funny money. Every coin that is payed out needs to be played. Per the terms/conditions, every coin needs to be played (and thus subject to 10% tax) or face a 18% anti-money laundering fee. Additionally, withdrawls are also subject to almost 9% admin tax fee for a $75 withdrawl. From the 100*thousands, yes, that goes to the pool of payouts, however, all the more reason to have people increase the amount they play by lowering the tax.