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Everest Poker Review

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Important note: Everest Poker does NOT accept real money players from the United States. Now here is a site I'm amazed no one thought of years ago. At Everest, you can play against folks from about 16 different countries, and even chat with them in their own languages. Yes, Everest Poker is the world's first multi-lingual online poker room.

Although they are incredibly young, launched in July of '04, and many of their features (such as multi-table tournaments, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud) are not yet up and running, the site is already attracting a global following from the vast pool of gamblers not served by most of the American-centric poker rooms that dominate the internet.

By the end of 2005, Everest intends to be available in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Danish, German, Portuguese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, Korean, Norwegian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek, many of which are already available.

Finally, and this is not to be understated, Everest Poker has an amazing array of interactive tutorials, training rooms (equipped with automated trainers), detailed rules, tips, and strategies pages, including step-by-step information on how to use every aspect of their website. They even have no-deposit-necessary Freerolls (though they call them something different) with real cash prizes. That's right! You can win actual money at Everest Poker without ever making a single deposit. What other site can claim that?

Without a doubt, Everest Poker is the newbies' poker room, aiming to bring the game into the millions of untapped households too intimidated to leap into the deep end of the ocean where all the American sharks await.

 
Everest Poker OVERALL GRADE
Featuring:
World's first multi-lingual poker room, including multi-lingual chat
"Truly global player base!"

Interactive Tutorial and Training Room (with 3 automated trainers)
Table and Seat Wizards
One of the nicest rake structures around
A lot (and I mean a lot) of additional features: "Coming Soon"
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
0%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$100
  Referral Bonus:
$50
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
6/10
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5/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
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Overall Grade 66%
 
   
 


Bonuses
$100 no deposit required Welcome Bonus, much easier to redeem than at most sites
$50 Refer-A-Friend Bonus


 
 


Promotions
They call their freerolls "Cash Giveaway Tournaments" or "ZERO Buy-In Tournaments" - no deposit necessary in order to compete for real money (prize pool is $.07-$.10, but when just $.04 can get you into a full-fledged tournament, it's still appealing.)
Coming soon: Player points and Loyalty programs


 
 


Software & Graphics
Slick, rich 3-D graphics with particularly innovative avatars
Playing cards appear a bit small and hard to read though
No multi-table tournaments yet - but soon. Keep checking back.
Tournament players start with only $100 in chips
Amazing tutorial and training room

Everest Lobby Everest Table

 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Currently only offers Holdem
No Omaha or 7-Card Stud yet, though both (including hi/lo) are coming soon
Single table tournaments
Micro- and Low limits (fixed limit games: $.02/$.04 - $5/$10, no limit games: $.01/$/02 - $5/$10)
Tournament buy-ins as low as $.04
Action is mostly low stakes No Limit Holdem at the moment, though liable to change
See "Promotions" below for details on their unique Freerolls


 
 


Traffic
Low but likely to build considering their unique access to a truly global player pool


 
 


Competition
Soft and easy (if scant)


 
 


Rake
No flop/No drop
3.5% rake ONLY on pots that are a minimum of 3X the Big Blind and ONLY at tables with stakes higher than $.02/$.04, (and with no flop/no drop, ONLY on pots that make it past the flop)


 
 


Customer Service
Email only, but fast and friendly
Multi-lingual support in every language in which the game is available


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Quick cashouts
Multi-currency deposit options
Neteller, Visa, MasterCard, ECO, Moneybookers, 1 Pay


 
 


Ease of Use
Find-a-table selection feature (based on desired table size, stakes, limit structure, space available)
Seat wizard
Lobby stats including average pot, hands/hour, flop %'s
Best hand display (shows each player privately, of course, the best possible hand they can make at that point in the game)
Easy-to-follow game history and results summary windows