Everest Poker Review8 / 10
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About Everest Poker
Everest Poker is one of the post-UIGEA era success stories. They’ve adopted a more or less unique approach to surviving in an increasingly competitive and hostile online poker environment: they went local. They’ve translated their software into several languages, (which is especially important considering that Europe, with its multitude of cultures and nations, is their primary target) and began featuring local-specific events. Everest Poker does not accept US players, but their European player base is consistent enough to allow for good action at just about any stakes/limits in their room.
Everest Poker Games
Game variety is Everest’s Achilles’ heel. They only offer Texas Holdem and Omaha currently, but they do plan to add Stud in the future too. Most of the traffic is concentrated on the Texas Holdem tables. Their Holdem cash tables boast about 4,500 players in peak hours, most of whom (about 3,200) are over at the NL tables. The remaining 1,300 are on the fixed limit tables. The tournament traffic consists of about 16,000 players at peak hours, which is not half bad for a site considered a small one not so long ago.
Everest Poker Offers
Everest’s promotion system is simply great. They had a great promotion called the Everest Poker Series, which sent the ten final table attendees to play on live in an exotic tropical location, for a prize pool of 1 million dollars. The good news is, the promotion is back in 2008, which means that 10 lucky (and probably skilled) competitors will once again get to live their dream of playing live poker on an almost professional level.
Everest doesn’t forget about their loyal players either. Their Summit point system is not merely used to redeem the generous sign up bonus they offer, but such points can also be exchanged for merchandize and tournament buy-ins.
Everest Poker Sign up Bonus
The sign up bonus itself is $200, which can be redeemed by generating 2,000 Summit Points. The bonus is valid for three months (90 days to be exact) so hustle up if you don’t want to lose it all. If you do not sign up through this site, you will not get $200 for 2,000 Summit points, but rather Everest’s standard deposit bonus, which is not a percentage match but a sum of $100, which has to be unlocked by generating 14.28 Summit Points per bonus dollar. As you can see, not only is that a smaller amount, its redemption is much more difficult too.
The big pros about Everest poker are: its excellent promotions system (they run a very generously prize-pooled weekly guaranteed too, which I failed to mention above), its support system (which is available in quite a few languages), and its very nature: namely the fact that it is a global operation yet it manages to stay very local-focused.
The cons are the poor game selection they offer, as well as the difficult-to-unlock regular sign up bonus.
In conclusion, I’d give this room an 8, not because it’s not a good online poker destination, but rather because the site that got 10 (PokerStars) commands at least a couple of marks gap.