Everest Poker is a relative newcomer to the iPoker network, but it has been around the online poker scene for a long time. Up until recently it operated as a standalone site using its own proprietary software, but due to legal restrictions governing the participation of players from certain European country, coupled with the general decline in the industry, it decided to join the iPoker network.
The Early Days at Everest Poker
Everest Poker started in 2004 at the height of the poker boom and was owned by GigaMedia at the time. Most of its success can be attributed to the way that it marketed to players in their own language, with the client and software available in 14 languages right from its launch date. This made Everest a hit in countries including France, Italy, and the Netherlands and catapulted it to well inside the top ten poker rooms in terms of traffic in 2007/2008, with an average of over 6,000 cash game players online at a time.
Everest never really became a big hit with professional grinders – possibly due to a lack of rakeback deals – and this is what made it so lucrative for those that did give it a try. Its TV and print adverts in Italy and France attracted legions of recreational players to the site. Many of these had very poor poker fundamentals and at the height of the boom it was a goldmine for a decent player.
Everest Poker Software
As previously mentioned Everest was a standalone platform and developed its own software. It was fit for the purpose but little more. There was a lack of creative updates and it only ever offered Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. However, it did have all of the important features for multi-tabling regulars like resizable tables and auto top-up in cash games.
Everest did always have a decent selection of tournaments, a good tournament lobby and there were rarely any problems with disconnections or downtime.
The Beginning of the End
Everest was holding court in the midst of the decline in the poker industry in 2010, when disaster struck. The French government decided that French players would only be allowed to play against other French players and would not be allowed to play on international networks.
Everest was in the awful position of having almost 50% of its players based in France, meaning that when they split their room in two they were left with two networks with poor liquidity. Many of the regular players also left as the large pool of recreational players from France had been taken away from them.
At this stage Mangas Gaming owned 60% of Everest poker and in late 2011 it moved players from Betclic (which they also owned) to Everest in an attempt to boost player numbers. The move didn’t provide as much liquidity as the owners thought it might and keeping the Everest Poker software running as a standalone client in the face of falling numbers became increasingly untenable. In late 2012 the software was closed down and all of Everest’s players were moved to the iPoker network.
Everest Poker Today
The decision to migrate Everest to iPoker strengthened the network’s position as the third biggest in terms of traffic – in fact they’re hot on the heels of Full Tilt for the number two spot.
There’s not too much to differentiate Everest from other iPoker skins. It operates a typical tiered VIP program called the Summit Club, the same name it used to have on its own software. You can use Summit Club points either for cash rewards or to buy stuff in the Loyalty Store.
New players at Everest get a decent welcome in the form of a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000, which clears in $2.50 increments and equates to 25% rake back. This is in addition to the value of the summit points you accrue as you play.
As well as the deposit bonus you’ll be given two tokens for the monthly first-time depositors freeroll which comes with a prizepool of $5,000 and takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month at 19:00 GMT.
The other interesting option that Everest has is its freeroll sit’n’go tournaments. They pay out 10c each time and players can play three of these per hour. For some strange reason they have decided to make them limit Hold’em though.
There is a lot of competition on the iPoker network but Everest is one of the best options. It is part of “iPoker 2?, meaning it has got access to the part of the iPoker player pool that has far more recreational players. iPoker 2 features sites such as Titan, William Hill and Paddy Power Poker. “iPoker 1? is home to the likes of Betfred and Mansion Poker.
Everest has retained the same customer service team that worked with the company before the migration to iPoker. They remain professional and efficient, and still treat security very seriously.
If you’re looking for a new skin to clear a deposit on, or simply for a new home on iPoker, I would have no hesitation about recommending Everest, one of the class acts of the online poker industry.