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Software: Grand Virtual
Number of games: 3
Supported languages: 19
Most Everest Poker reviews are quick to mention the room’s dedication to inexperienced players, and trite as it may seem, we here at AceHoyle.com are following suit in our own Everest Poker review.
You see, whereas rooms like Party poker and Pacific poker advertise their fish as shark food, EverestPoker.com does all it can to protect its budding noobs. Are there any downsides to this? Sure. For one thing, it likely takes Everest far longer than its competitors to turn a profit when so many of its rakes amount to mere pennies. And yet this in itself is proof that Everest actually cares about its players. Otherwise, would it really sacrifice so much in earnings?
As the Internet’s premier poker kindergarten, EverestPoker.com’s tables are stacked to the gills with fish. But pointing this out in an Everest Poker review really won’t mean much for sharks because Everest has done everything in its power to keep things safe for its greenhorns. Its real-money table limits, for instance, max out at $5/$10 while its lowest limits are $.01-.02. What’s more, its initial deposit requirement is only $5, making it nearly impossible for pros to pull a profit if they decide to troll its waters.
Everest Poker Table Limits
Everest Poker downloads are probably the fastest and easiest of any online poker room’s. All you have to do to access its Grand Virtual software suite is go to EverestPoker.com and click the “Download” button in the center of the site. The software itself supports 16 languages and is extremely attractive and navigable: Everything – including the cashier button, game- and table-selection tabs, and account-summary tab – is prominently displayed and conveniently centered around a window showing the logged-in player’s bankroll information.
Everest Poker Downloads
And yet, as with everything, Everest’s software has its cons too. On the technical end, you can only download it if you’re using Windows on a PC, and even then, once the download is complete it takes up a huge amount of disk space (9.4 megabytes by some estimates). Worse still, despite all the memory space it eats up the package only offers two poker variants, Texas Hold ‘em and Omaha. Naturally, none of these problems will bother you much if you’re a Hold ‘em buff with a trillion gigs of RAM and a shiny new Hewlett Packard. But if you’re one of those Mac people, like Five-Card Stud or think installing a backup drive is a waste of money, you may want to consider joining another online poker room.
Everest Poker bonuses aren’t the biggest in the industry, but they do suffice considering the site caters primarily to beginners. Of course, we do have to point out that while you can score Everest’s $200 sign-up bonus for depositing $5 you have to earn 2,857 Summit Points before it’s actually credited to your account – and that with a maximum of 4.2 Summit Points rewarded for each real-money game you play, you’re basically looking at over 700 games before you collect all 200 big ones. But this isn’t necessarily a downside, considering the similar point structures of other rooms, such as Titan Poker. It just puts a damper on the thought of earning 40 times your initial deposit for doing absolutely nada.
Everest Poker Bonuses
Other notable Everest Poker bonuses and promotions include the site’s World Series of Poker program, which puts a seat in the premier tournament’s Main Event up for grabs. In order to earn that seat, a player must take first or second place in five Everest-run qualifier tournaments, then take first in the sixth and final tournament. Obviously, this isn’t easy by anyone’s standards, and it’s hard to imagine EverestPoker.com’s many untested members making it very far up the ladder. Still, the program’s possible take –airplane tickets for the winner and a friend, hotel accommodations, and a chance to go for the poker world’s most coveted prize – is well-worth all the hardships involved in getting there.
All things considered, Team Hoyle likes EverestPoker.com enough to stick it in the top half of our list of all-time favorite poker rooms. Yes, we realize it offers very limited options and that Everest Poker bonuses tend to be a little skimpy. But what it lacks in these areas it more than makes up for with its focus on helping out noobs and fish of all ilks – as well as offering any player with enough skill and a little extra cash a chance to play in the WSOP.
Everest Poker’s AceHoyle.com Rank
Updated :Sat, 23/01/2010 - 20:20