Does the staking pool deposit of 500ADA count towards the total stake of the pool, or is it a separate deposit that does not count towards the total stake?

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  • Thanks, I have worded it a little better.
    – micwallace
    Aug 30, 2021 at 5:50

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No it is a separate deposit which will be returned when the pool is retired.

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    So to clarify it does not count towards the total staked amount of the stake pool? That's disappointing. I have more than enough to cover it but it would definitely reduce my total stake substantially and hinder my ability to mint blocks.
    – micwallace
    Aug 27, 2021 at 9:49
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    That is correct. You will need around 1 million staked to average 1 block per epoch. There will be many epochs with zero, 2 and even 3 but it will average.
    – WCat
    Aug 27, 2021 at 9:55
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    Haha well I have nowhere near that amount! I've read that a block can net around 1000 ADA or more depending on fees in the block. I only have a couple of thousand ADA. With the staking rewards I currently get can I deduce the probability of minting a block? Say if I get 100ADA/year, could I deduce that with my stake alone I would have to run a pool for up to 10 years to mint a single block?
    – micwallace
    Aug 27, 2021 at 10:09
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    Something along those lines. pool operator rewards on one block with 340 and 1% is around 380 ada. Luck is a factor as well. If I make 3 when I should make one I get more.
    – WCat
    Aug 27, 2021 at 10:12
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    Yeah so it's more or less like trying to mine proof of work coins solo, you may get one in the end but you'll need to wait a lot of time and spend a lot of money to do so. And it won't even cover the 10-15k of server costs you spend doing it haha. Damn well that puts that dream to bed. If only I had a few friends with a million ADA!
    – micwallace
    Aug 27, 2021 at 10:23

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