Everest Poker is a fairly large poker room that does not accept Americans. At the moment of writing this review (Wednesday evening in central Europe) the lobby shows that a little over 20.000 players are playing at around 4300 tables. For years Everest Poker was known for its outstanding soft competition. Although the general level of play seems to have gone up a bit, a substantial amount of pretty soft games can still be found.
Cash games - Everest Poker offers cash games in hold'em and omaha. Most of the traffic will be found at the hold'em games, but there is certainly a fair amount of action at predominantly short handed omaha games as well. At no limit hold'em the lowest stakes are 2 nl (2 cents big blind) followed by 10 and 25 nl all the way up to the high stakes. Shorthanded and full ring players will both have enough games to choose from at stakes up to 200 nl. At higher stakes most of the play will be shorthanded (6-max) or heads-up with a single lost full ring game going now and then. All tables are in US dollars.
Tournaments - The regular multi-table tournaments at Everest Poker have a good structure. A 1500 chips starting stack is very common and 10 minute blind levels aren't too long. But with 22 levels until blinds of 1000/2000 with a 200 ante there is a lot of time to play before everyone gets into 'push/fold mode'. There are plenty of tournaments offered for the micro stakes player throughout the day.
|Tournament type||Starting stack||Level dur. (min.)||Level # 1K/2K blinds||Antes|
Freerolls - Everest has single table and multi-table freeroll sit & go's running throughout the day which are very fun to play. These are limit hold'em games. The single table tournaments (the 'Shasta' tables) offer a $0.10 prize pool with 3 out of 10 places paid (5c, 3c and 2c). You can easily play multiple of them at the same time, although there might be a short waiting list at peak hours. The multi-table sit & go's offer a $0.60 prize pool divided over 10 out of 120 players. On top of these sit & go's Everest Poker also offers free qualifiers to their so called 'bankroll builder' freeroll.
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The software has a fairly basic look to it. Everest Poker's software generally runs smoothly. The screenshots shown in the right hand side column might give you a better impression of what Everest Poker's software looks like. A screenshot of 12 poker tables (resized to 640 x 480 and with a black background) on a 30 inch monitor is also shown for the multitablers.
Lobby - The lobby offers enough filtering options to easily find the games you want to play. It's not looking very fancy, but it is functional.
Poker tables - The look of the tables can be changed slightly to your liking by, for example, changing the background. Tables are resizable with a minimum resolution of 640 x 480, which is still quite large if you want to play multiple tables. To reduce the resolution further you can change the 'settings' file in the folder 'Everest Poker' manually: change the 'resolution=…x…' line under '[Player Prefs_your login name]' and make sure to keep the 4:3 relationship intact.
Multi-tabling - You can play up to 12 tables at the same time at Everest Poker. There is a betpot button which facilitates quick betting. There's also an AHK-script called pokerpad which works with Everest Poker
Tracking software - Everest Poker is supported by tracking software like PokerTracker and HoldemManager so you can improve your game faster and keep track of your results as well as your opponents.
First deposit bonus - Everest currently offers a $200 bonus to new players who use bonus code WELCOME when signing up and make a deposit. The bonus is released in increments every time you leave a real money table at which you earned Summit Points at a rate of $0.07 per Summit Point. The bonus expires after 30 days. You earn Summit Points for every hand you get dealt in real money games and where rake gets taken from the pot.
Loyalty bonus - All players earning Summit Points automatically enter the VIP summitclub. The more Summit Points you earn in a calendar month, the higher the club tier you will reach. This comes with benefits such as earning Summit Points faster and an increased maximum to the number of Summit Points you can convert to cash. The highest tier is reached when earning 50.000 Summit Points and at this tier converting your points to cash will result in an amount approximately 24% of the rake you paid.
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Your Everest Poker account will be in US dollars. Several deposit methods are supported by Everest Poker: Neteller, moneybookers, Visa, Mastercard, entropay, click2pay and paysafecard. Deposits and withdrawals using Neteller never gave any problems or unusual delays.
Everest Poker offers support through e-mail (you have to fill in an e-mail form on their website) and online chat (14:00 - 21:00 GMT).
The availability of nano stakes games makes Everest Poker a good room to start with a small bankroll. The jump to 10 nl when moving up might be a fairly large one, as there is no level in between 2 and 10 nl. Being a pretty large poker room, Everest offers plenty of games for shorthanded as well as full ring players. There are plenty of regular multi table tournaments running throughout the day with a fairly fast structure. The welcome bonus combined with the VIP summitclub will give players a nice return on the amount of rake they pay, although the summitclub won't be the best reward program out there. However, the relatively soft competition might well make up for that. The software is decent and depositing and withdrawing money seems to be fast and reliable. All this makes Everest Poker a very good poker room to play at.
Try Everest Poker for free and without further engagement if you think it might be the poker room for you based on this review.