Our Everest Poker review gives an overall impression of playing at the site based on our own genuine experience. While we believe that this is one of the best online poker sites for new players, we also feel that there are plenty of opportunities for experienced players looking for a change of scenery. Click “PLAY NOW” to start your own Everest Poker experience and enjoy all the benefits listed below.
A Quick Word about Everest PokerDecember, 2017 – Everest Poker is one of the most widely-recognised names in online poker. The site was a table sponsor for the World Series of Poker for several years during the online poker boom and, up until recently, thrived as one of Europe´s leading independent sites.
Due to the ring-fencing of player pools in certain European member states in 2012, Everest Poker relinquished its independent status and joined the i-Poker Network. This resulted in players at Everest Poker enjoying more liquidity at the cash tables, more valuable opportunities in Everest Poker tournaments and more potentially lucrative promotions – both for new players and existing players.
Value: The Everest Poker Welcome Package
The Everest Poker Welcome Package is very good for new and experienced players. A generous first deposit bonus of 200% up to €1,500 is complimented with €10 in tournament tokens, a free seat in the site´s €2,000 depositor´s freeroll and 20 Reward Points that can be used in any Rewards Tournament, or added to the Summit Points collected by players as they clear the first deposit bonus (more about the relationship between Reward Points and Summit Points below).
The Everest Poker bonus has a weighted clearance rate that favours players with a limited bankroll:
- For the first €5.00 of the bonus, the bonus is released in increments of €0.50 every time a player collects 5 Summit Points – equivalent to 100% rakeback.
- For the next €15.00 of the bonus, the bonus is released in increments of €0.50 every time a player collects 10 Summit Points – equivalent to 50% rakeback.
- For the remainder of the bonus, the bonus is released in increments of €0.50 every time a player collects 20 Summit Points – equivalent to 25% rakeback.
Players have forty-five days to clear as much of the Everest Poker bonus as possible, during which time they will be eligible to play in free-to-enter “Shasta” Sit & Go games, which reward the top two players with an entry into a paid-for Sit & Go steps program. Climb all the way up to level six, and you could win tournament entry tokens worth €15.00.
Value: Everest Summit Points and Reward Points
Every time you play a real money cash game or poker tournament at Everest Poker, you are rewarded with Summit Points for contributing to the rake or paying a tournament entry fee. Summit Points are awarded at the rate of 10 per €1.00 raked, and the more Summit Points you earn within a month, the higher your status within Everest Poker´s ten-tier rewards program.
As you climb the statuses, multipliers are applied to the Summit Points you earn to convert them into Reward Points. For example, a player reaching VIP Level 5 (1,000 Summit Points required), will have their points boosted by 45% when calculating the value of the player´s Reward Points. Reward Points can be exchanged for cash or tournament tokens, or used as a buy-in currency for some exclusive (and valuable) Everest Poker tournaments.
Value: Everest Poker Promotions
Everest Poker has an interesting selection of poker promotions, although we found them to be extremely top-heavy with freeroll tournaments. As a rule, players are set some form of challenge (i.e. play in so many games of the site´s hyper-turbo Twister games) to be rewarded with seats in a freeroll event. Although the qualifying criteria to win a seat in a freeroll tournament is easy to achieve, some players will find the times of the freeroll events inconvenient.
While we were playing at Everest Poker, we found that the promotions change fairly frequently. Occasionally there will be a very good one hosted at the site for a short period of time. We feel that these will suit players with the time to put in a large amount of action in a short period, and recommend that players add Everest Poker to their approved email contacts or follow the site on Twitter to make sure they are aware of each Everest Poker promotion as it is released.
Software: Poker Games and Tournaments
Finding a cash game of NL Texas Hold´em or PL Omaha is never a problem at Everest Poker. Games at all stake values are running throughout the day and night. If you want to play anything other than NL Texas Hold´em or PL Omaha, you may have to wait until the peak times of the European evening to find games running in PL Omaha Hi/Lo and 7 Card Stud.
The Everest Poker tournament schedule is also dominated by NL Texas Hold´em and PL Omaha, but it is an excellent schedule – paying out €7 million each month in guaranteed prize pools. If you pick your times carefully, there is some exception value to be had in undersubscribed tournaments -especially those which are qualifiers for more valuable events – and it is often the case that it is possible to qualify for the site´s multi-entry €100,000 guaranteed Big Sunday tournament for far less than the €75.00 buy-in.
Software: Everest Poker Download
Having played on more than our fair share of online poker sites with dodgy software, it is a delight to play at Everest Poker. The Playtech software that drives the i-Poker Network is packed full of features and a handy online software tutorial will teach new players everything they need to know about navigating through the games lobbies and customising the features to enhance their gaming experience.
Because of the features and the stability of the poker client, the system requirements for running Everest Poker are pretty demanding. It is recommended that you have Windows 7 or later (sorry there is no Everest Poker for Mac users) with a 2GHz CPU, 2Gb RAM and 950 Mb free space on your computer.
Software: Everest Poker on a Mobile
Everest Poker was one of the first i-Poker sites to release a native Android and iOS app for online poker in December 2013. The product was only released for players in France and unfortunately the apps did not receive great reviews. Consequently there is no Everest Poker on a mobile available for players in the rest of the world.
Being predominantly a poker site, Everest Poker provides limited opportunities to bet on anything else than poker. An online casino offers more than 100 different games from Blackjack and Roulette to slots and scratchcards, and playing more than €20.00 at the casino qualifies players to compete in some of the freeroll tournaments included in Everest Poker´s promotions.
Everest Poker offers players plenty of options for depositing funds into their account. Visa and MasterCard-backed debit and credit cards are accepted in most jurisdictions, as are online e-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller. Players can fund their accounts directly by bank transfer or PaySafeCard and a host of further options is available via Skrill.
Winnings are usually paid to the source from which they came. For example, if you made a deposit from your Skrill e-Wallet, your withdrawals will go back to your Skrill account. The exceptions are MasterCard withdrawals and PaySafeCard withdrawals, which can be posted to you by cheque if you have no other means of taking out your profits from playing at Everest Poker.
Security: Currency Conversions
Everest Poker allows players to create an online account in either US dollars, Euros or £ sterling. This can affect the amount of the bonus that players are entitled to (for example, the Everest Poker bonus is sometimes advertised as 200% up to $2,000) and the rate at which the bonus is cleared. Everest Poker awards Summit Points at a different rate depending on your choice of currency base.
The currency that you choose to fund your Everest Poker account in should be the same as its funding source. For example, if your Skrill e-Wallet is held in dollars, you should fund your Everest Poker account in dollars to avoid unfair foreign exchange conversions (by Skrill, not by Everest). Everest Poker offers cash games and tournaments in US dollars, Euros and £ sterling and, if you want to play at a table in a different currency from that which your account is held in, Everest Poker will apply the same rate of exchange when joining and leaving a table, so that you do not lose any money due to currency conversions.
Security: Customer Support
Being an international online poker site with a long history of providing its players with an excellent service, Everest Poker offers customer support by email, online contact form and live chat. Support via email and the online contact form is available in English, German, Portuguese, Hungarian and Polish (Support in French also available at Everest Poker´s French site).
We tested out the Live Chat support – only available in English – and found the operator to be particularly knowledgeable and able to answer our question quickly and professionally. It is probably just as well that the site´s Live Support is good, because other than the site´s Terms and Conditions (“House Rules”) and the software tutorial, there is not a lot of information for new players on the website.
Our Experience Playing at Everest Poker
We conclude our review of Everest Poker by highlighting some of the good and bad points we found during our playing experience. Starting with the bad points, we were not particularly endeared with the promotions. Because of the timings of the freeroll tournaments, you could be still playing at 1:00am for a share in a relatively small prize. We also feel that the lack of information on the website might dissuade new players from getting involved with the site.
On the plus side, Everest Poker has outstanding software (for Windows players), a generous first deposit bonus and an excellent player rewards program. We found that if you take the time to fully understand the rewards program and use the benefits to your strengths (i.e. we cleaned up in some of the tournaments with Reward Points buy-ins), it is possible to enjoy a very lucrative poker experience at Everest Poker.