Everest Poker review
Despite being around for the best part of six years, Everest Poker tends to fly under the radar as a poker room because it is independent of any poker network. This has its obvious benefits, such as the freedom from any new network rules and regulations.
With its multi-lingual software, which comes in 15 different languages, Everest has a strong international feel to it. It boasts a strong central European contingent and is especially popular with French and German players.
Although its games are centred on Hold'em, it still averages 23,000 players during peak periods, including 7,000 ring game players. Everest established itself as one of the first European poker rooms back in 2005, so it retains a fair amount of cash game traffic. Everest made the headlines when it added 2009 WSOP November Nine star Antoine Saout to its professional roster. It also boasts another skilled Frenchman in its ranks, Fabrice Soulier, who cashed an impressive seven times at the 2009 WSOP and came 49th in the Main Event.
Everest Poker boasts a modest 100% up to $500 first deposit bonus, with a 30-day clearance. On top of this, players are entered into a $2,500 'bankroll builder' tournament and a 'destination Kemer' raffle, where the lucky winner will win a trip to a luxury resort off the idyllic Turkish coastline.
Everest Poker's loyalty scheme is the 7-tiered VIP Summit Club. It is one of the more forgiving reward schemes, and players can exchange points for up to $5,000 in cash. Other perks include invitation to VIP Special Events, $3,500 weekly freeroll eligibility and the chance to exchange points for live tournament entry.
Summit points can also be spent in the Everest store, with PS3 games and suit jackets just some of the items up for grabs. For any beginners that fancy a Chris Ferguson-esque rags to riches challenge, the 'Shasta sit and go' tournaments offer a $0.10 prize pool with zero entry free. Other promotions include super satellite entry into the Sunday $50k guaranteed for as little as $1, and the chance to compete for a Vegas Main Event spot for as little as $3.
Signalling its intent to dominate Europe, Everest held its own 'The Everest Poker ONE' tournament in Monte Carlo, which generated a €1,071,850 prize pool and saw the winner walk away with a cool €300,000.
Everest Poker only features Hold'em and Omaha games, which is unsurprising as Stud and Razz are less popular outside America. There is good action at low and mid stakes games, and some woeful, passive play. Games begin as low as $0.01/$0.02, right up to $50/$100, although high stakes games are usually Fixed Limit and confined to heads-up.
Everest Poker offers sound tournament variety, and the $1 'Chip and a Chair' tournaments are great for aspiring bankroll builders. There are also options for the highroller, including the $109 buy-in $50k guaranteed every Sunday.
Everest Poker software is simple and authentic, with players sitting on a traditional green virtual felt. The lobby is a lot less cluttered than other poker rooms, making it easier to negotiate. In game play doesn't quite have the same flow to it as other sites, but players can play up to 8-tables simultaneously and customise the graphics. Hand histories are very accessible, and players can reflect on their play with a 'your statistics' tab.
Everest Poker offers prompt e-mail support, and live-chat support for those with level two or above VIP status. Everest takes pride in player security, advising its members to upload photo identification to ensure quick transactions.
All in all, Everest is a decent international poker room with a lucrative rewards system and a solid core of low and mid stakes Hold'em players. As a well established, independent network with a strong central European community you can be rest assured your money is safe.