Everest Poker Review 2013
Everest Poker was in recent years regarded as one of the fishiest sites on the Internet; so it was no surprise that when it relinquished its independent status and became a skin on the iPoker network in November 2012, it was elevated to the “A” division of the network – the echelon reserved for online poker sites with the highest “player liquidity”.
The demise of Everest Poker as an independent online poker room was nothing it had control over – its move to the iPoker network was forced upon it by the situation regarding European licensing fees and segregated player pools. However, they say that every cloud has a silver lining, and players registering an account with Everest Poker now have a better chance than ever to enjoy a profitable poker experience at this popular site.
Everest Poker Bonus
Since its move to the iPoker Network, the Everest Poker bonus has increased to a whopping 200% match bonus on initial deposits of up to $1,000.00 (or currency equivalent – you don´t have to deposit in dollars if you prefer real money). This means that if you deposit $500.00 you have the opportunity to get an extra $1,000.00 in your poker bankroll – courtesy of Everest Poker.
In addition to the 200% match Everest Poker bonus, new players registering an account through Poker News Report will also receive two entries into monthly $2,000 New Depositor Freerolls played on the fourth Friday of each month and automatic membership of the Everest Poker VIP Summit Club – a reward program which offers the opportunity to exchange the Summit Points you collect while playing poker into more cash bonuses.
Clearing the Everest Poker Bonus
Clearing the full amount of the Everest Poker bonus requires a little bit of a grind – especially for tournament players. The bonus is released in increments of $2.50 each time you collect 80 Summit Points – Summit Points being awarded at the rate of 8 per $1.00 you pay in rake at the cash tables or pay to enter sit n go or multi table poker tournaments.
Cash players will find that on a typical $1.00/$2.00 6-Max NLHE table, with an average pot value of $20.00 ($1.00 raked), they are participating in 20 or so hands an hour and earn 80 Summit Points in that time. Multi-table six tables at a time, and you could be releasing $15.00 in Everest Poker bonuses into your account each hour – meaning that you would only have to play for little over two hours a day during the 60 days which you have to clear your Everest Poker bonus to clear the full amount.
Nothing More Important Than Softness of Competition
No matter how good an online poker bonus is, if you are going to enjoy a winning poker experience, nothing is more important than the softness of the competition – and, at Everest Poker, it is very soft. One of the reasons that Everest Poker qualified for the “A” division of the iPoker network is because their players are net losing players – who then reload their accounts and lose all over again!
This high level of “player liquidity” has enabled Everest Poker to introduce its players into a pool full of similar net losing players. The potential is there for a player of average standard to make the majority of their sessions winning ones – only with so many loose players at the table, be prepared for the occasional suck-out.
Traffic Levels at Everest Poker
One of the major advantages of joining the iPoker Network for existing Everest Poker players has been to increase the opportunities available with more traffic providing more action for more of the day. iPoker is the leading online poker network with an average of 2,750 cash game players online at any one time – with double that number seated around the tables during peak periods.
Whereas prior to becoming a skin on the iPoker network, traffic could be a bit skinny during off-peak hours, the move has enabled players to be involved in more action around the clock and this makes it easier for players to clear their Everest Poker bonus and earn Summit Points to take advantage of the generous Everest Poker Reward Scheme.
Everest Poker Rewards and Promotions
The Everest Poker Rewards Scheme is known as the VIP Summit Club. Effectively the points you collect when redeeming your Everest Poker bonus can be used to exchange for goods in the Everest Poker shop or for cash. The more Summit Points you collect, the higher your Summit Status becomes and, as you reach certain milestones, you are rewarded with points multipliers and entries into increasingly valuable freeroll tournaments.
In addition to the Everest Poker Rewards Scheme, the site also hosts a regularly changing schedule of poker promotions which includes rake races, tournament and sit n go leaderboards and qualifiers for leading live poker events with added seats. New promotions are often emailed directly to the players, but you can always check what is going on when you access the Everest Poker lobby.
Everest Poker Tournaments
Tournament players might not have it so good when it comes to redeeming the Everest Poker bonus, but the site more than makes up for the harder grind by providing poker tournaments with over $8 million in guaranteed prizes each month – many of which are undersubscribed and represent excellent value to anybody who cashes in them.
Possibly the most lucrative events are the network´s iPOPS series, which not only offers massive overlays in the feature tournaments, but also in the qualifiers to the feature tournaments. However, it is worth pointing out that player pools are not segregated for the poker tournaments at Everest Poker, and it is likely that you may have to overcome some top quality players from other iPoker skins if you want to take maximum advantage of the value offered in Everest Poker tournaments.
Everest Poker Deposit and Withdrawal Options
Everest Poker offers a wide choice of deposit and withdrawal option depending on your country of residence. Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards are welcome on the site, as well as a number of e-Wallet. PaySafe cards (if you live in the UK) and bank transfers can also be used for depositing funds to open your Everest Poker account and many other options are available through Skrill (MoneyBookers) and Neteller.
Would You Recommend Everest Poker to a Friend?
I would recommend Everest Poker to a friend if they had the time to take advantage of all the opportunities available on Everest Poker. The software is much improved from the Everest Poker of old, and there is the opportunity to play “Speed Hold´em” which never existed before – another way in which Summit Points can be collected quickly to clear the Everest Poker bonus.
In addition to the first deposit bonus, softness of competition and undersubscribed tournaments, Everest Poker has a lucrative rewards scheme which can make the difference between a player having a break-even day or working a profit and the site prides itself on its integrity and player security. The iPoker network won the E-Gaming Awards for Best Poker Network this year, and this is probably the best move that Everest Poker could have made.