Everest Poker has carved out a comfortable niche as the go-to site for international poker players. That probably doesn’t sound very niche-y, but Everest Poker goes further than any other poker site in supporting all sorts of languages and playing friendly with almost all currencies.
Players from around the world gather to play at Everest Poker. This site supports numerous languages, currencies and is home to some very fishy games.
- 200% sign up bonus for up to €1500 extra
- International language support
- Offers fast fold cash games
- Twister and Jackpot SNGs with big prize pools
- Does not support Mac or mobile
- Games lobby is a bit confusing
- Large guaranteed tournaments
- Could use some bigger guaranteed tournaments
That plus being on a standalone poker network for years (Everest is now on the iPoker Network) made Everest Poker the port city of online gaming. In other words, they’ve built up a diverse crowd over there. They joined the iPoker Network in 2012 and combined their unique player base with those from the rest of the network. In doing so, the site lost some of its unique flavour but received a much-needed software upgrade and boost in total traffic numbers.
Today’s Everest Poker is clean, fast-moving and offers a diverse variety of games. An active license from the UK Gambling Commission and a positive track record for paying customers quickly ensure the safety of your funds and fairness of the games. Although it isn’t as popular as the likes of William Hill and Party Poker, Everest does have its advantages.
The poker software improved in a major way when Everest joined the iPoker Network. Upon migrating to the new network, they received an instant upgrade to the software that included better graphics, faster-moving games and a greater variety of game-types. Their prior software wasn’t all bad, but the iPoker software is better than anything Everest Poker could have developed internally.
Everything runs smoothly and the cards are dealt quickly to minimize time spent waiting between hands. The new software also looks much simpler than it did in the past – in a good way. The older tables were a bit cluttered for my taste with awkward player avatars and dizzying floor patterns. Now, it uses smaller avatars, larger tables and simple backgrounds to keep the focus on playing cards.
You can resize the tables however you need and can run up to 16 tables at a time. Auto top-up and auto-rebuy options have improved the overall convenience of playing at Everest as well. However, the lobby is a bit annoying as it no longer shows a full list of all available tables. Instead, you pick your game type and stakes and then the software automatically seats you. If you don’t like that, click on the “grid view” icon to switch to a classic lobby that shows all tables.
The one truly negative aspect of the software is a complete lack of compatibility with anything other than PCs. To date, they have failed to offer a Mac-friendly download, an instant play option and anything at all for mobile players. In this day and age, that’s a huge miss. It won’t be a problem if you have a PC, but you will need to look elsewhere if you would rather play poker on your Mac.
Cash Game Variety
Variety is a strong point in Everest Poker’s favour. The site offers your standard lineup of Texas Holdem and Omaha games in addition to Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud and Razz. The lowest stakes on offer are €0.02/€0.04 while the highest top out at €5/€10 no-limit with a €1,000 buyin.
The poker room’s primary currency is euros but you’re welcome to deposit in almost any other currency. If you do deposit in some other currency, Everest Poker will convert your money into euros for the duration of your stay. They will then convert your balance back to whichever currency you prefer when you’re done playing.
Texas Holdem and Omaha account for the lion’s share of the action, but you will find the occasional game in some other format. Seven Card Stud and Razz can sometimes get pretty busy while Omaha Hi/Lo has a decent share of players. I wouldn’t come here expecting tons of non-Holdem, non-Omaha games, but it does have enough to make Everest Poker worth considering for fans of those other game types.
Speed Poker: One of the big changes to come to Everest Poker when it switched to the new network was the introduction of Speed Poker. Speed Poker runs like a normal cash game except you and all the other players at your level are put into a big pool and seated at random tables. Whenever you click the “fold” button, you are automatically moved to a new table and seated with a group of other players right as a new hand begins. The action is fast and furious because Speed Poker virtually eliminates all waiting between hands.
As a member of one of the larger network, iPoker has more than enough active players to support a healthy tournament community. New tournaments start every few minutes around the clock in a wide range of formats, game types and stakes. Tournament specialists should seriously consider keeping an account at Everest.
Sundays are the biggest tournament days at Everest poker with the usual lineup of tournaments plus nine guaranteed prize pool events that combine for a total of €250,000+ in prize pools. You will also find a varied assortment of satellite tournaments that will send you to major real-world events such as the WSOP and European Poker Tour.
Sit-n-go tournaments run at all levels with buyins ranging from €0.10 to €5,000. Among these are your standard freezeout tournaments, multi-table SNGs, steps and satellites to bigger buyin events. Everest Poker is also home to four different types of jackpot tournaments that award progressive jackpots to players who are able to multiple consecutive tournaments (in addition to standard prizes for winning or placing).
Finally, Everest Poker hosts Twister Poker tournaments at the €1, €2, €5 and €10 levels. These are simple 3-person tournaments with one major twist: a jackpot is selected randomly by the software at the beginning of each tournament. This jackpot may only pay 2x the buyin to the winner or as much as 1000x to the winner. If you beat the two opponents at your table, you get the winner-take-all prize.
In keeping with its international tradition, Everest Poker accepts a ton of deposit methods. The exact list varies based on your country of residence, but you shouldn’t have any problem finding a way to fund your account. Some of the most popular methods accepted at Everest include (but are not limited to):
- bank transfer
This is an area that could use some serious improvement. The customer support people at Everest are actually helpful, but they offer no phone support at all. The only way to talk to someone in real time is to initiate a live chat session on the EverestPoker.com website.
The most annoying part is that the live chat option isn’t even shown on the main “Contact Us” page; you have to dig through the FAQ page to find it. The one time I tried to initiate a live chat session, I received a message that they were away but would be back “shortly.” Not promising.
The good news is they respond to all e-mail within a few hours. Any non-emergency questions you have will usually be answered that same day.