Small US Network with Soft Games
Planet Mark’s Summary: Intertops has been around the online gambling scene for more than 15 years, and have a solid reputation. Recently they opened their poker room to US players – in addition to the European / Global player base they already served. The brand trust, combined with the famously easy games on the Revolution Poker Network have already proven to be a popular combination.
You will not find a huge number of tables here, with most of the action at the lower stakes. There are plenty of guaranteed tournaments running, plus a selection of Sit N Goes which includes double-up and heads-up tables. The feel is very much recreational, amateur players enjoying the games.
New players get a 200% welcome match (max $1000). What I like about this is that it clears in $5 increments into your account. Use bonus code 1000ITP to claim this on your first deposit.
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Below is the detailed part of my 2017 Intertops Poker Review. You’ll find information on the cash game tables first below, followed by the tournaments and then Sit N Goes. The bonuses and rewards are a strong point for this site – these are covered next. Finally the software client, payment methods and a wrap-up summary can be found.
Intertops Poker Review – Spotlight on Cash Games
These are known as ‘Ring Games’ at Intertops – and you’ll find that this is very much a matter of quality over quantity. The games are noticeably softer than the more ‘reg infested’ sites (for example PokerStars), though daytimes sometimes see the same old faces around the tables.
As you’d expect, Texas Holdem dominates the action – though Omaha, Omaha hi-lo and ‘Telsina’ (a stud variant) are spread. I have yet to see any action in Telsina, though do not check very often!
While there are tables for 3, 6 and 9 players – the 6-max games are the place to find action. Stakes start at 2c / 4c blinds ($4 max buy-in) and tend to top out at $1 / $2 ($200 buy-in). There are tables up to $10 / $20 blinds – you’ll find some mid-stakes games going on at the weekends. There are filter buttons and an advanced filter to help you find the right games. With the lower traffic I find that most tables can be viewed easily enough just by sorting by the number of players seated in the main lobby view.
There is a ‘Fast Fold’ label in the list to the left of the lobby. At the moment this leads to a blank screen with Texas Holdem and Omaha mentions – I hope to be bringing you the news of another US site offering fast fold poker soon.
Intertops Poker Review – Spotlight on Poker Tournaments
As things stand there is not enough traffic to make the regular tournaments much bigger than multi-table Sit n Goes. There are plenty of small guarantees which attract 30 to 50 players, these have buy-ins starting at less than $1 and going up to around 10. Late registration and re-entry formats help. You’ll also find rebuys, plenty of turbo structures and some satellite qualifiers too. Some qualifiers are for live events – which include World Poker Tour events.
PLO and PLO8 tournaments run – though infrequently.
With smaller networks, there is always a ‘chicken and egg’ going on with the tournament schedules. If more players join the games, bigger guarantees can be put in place – attracting still more players. Hopefully this ‘virtuous circle’ will come into play soon as the Revolution Network grows.
Intertops Poker Review 2017 – Spotlight On Sit N Goes
The first question I ask when checking out a site’s Sit n Go Tournaments is how many players understand solid bubble play. With a small sample size I noted the classic mistakes (pushing too tight / calling too light) up to the $10 level – though there are very rarely any games above this.
You will find a decent selection of structures, standard (6 and 10 handed + heads-up and 3-handed ones), turbo and double-up. Some of the games have 4 players paid for the 10 handed tables. This is good for beginners as it reduces variance, if you are experienced I recommend you pass on those.
An interesting variation is the 9c to $999 Hyper Turbo Challenge SNGs. These are effectively steps, with the winner of each round getting a seat in the next game up. You can buy-in part way up if you’d like to avoid the crazy variance of the lower levels.
Intertops Poker Review – Bonuses, Incentives and Promotions
First up, you’ll get to 200% match on your first deposit up to $1000 max ($20 min deposit needed for a $40 bonus). This is released in $5 increments as you collect frequent player points, with 83.335 points needed to release each $5.
Those same points will help you climb a loyalty scheme which has a massive 50 levels. The nice thing about this is that once you hit level 11, you’ll never dip below level 10 again. In fact you have 2 months to collect the required number of points to maintain each level (or move up). This makes this bonus scheme pretty much ‘vacation proof’.
In addition to loyalty points, you’ll earn gold chips while playing – these can be used in two ways. First for tournament entries (especially satellite qualifiers). Second they can be exchanged for bonuses by mailing support each time you hit 20, 100 or 400 coins. Gold cards is yet another scheme. You’ll get these cards randomly while you play (more at higher buy-ins). You then collect them until you make specified hands, which are worth extra bonuses.
The list goes on, freerolls, races, reloads and seasonal / special give-aways are part of the deal. While the regular loyalty scheme is great for occasional / recreational players, if you prefer you can request a rakeback deal instead. Players who receive rakeback get the other loyalty benefits at a reduced rate to compensate.
Intertops Poker Review – Software and Playability
I’ll be kind here and say ‘simple but effective’ would sum up the software client. This loads up very fast and is very easy to find your way around. When you compare the graphics and general feel of the software to more modern sites it does look very retro!
On the plus side the games are very fast (though I recommend you mute the sound).
When you register a secure website opens. The cashier is integrated into the downloadable client.
At the moment there is no mobile version or way to access the games via a browser – again I hope to see these in the near future. You can access the related casino (2 types with different software) and sports book from the main poker lobby.
There are a lot of deposit options at Intertops. I’ll start with the limited options for US players.
Credit Cards are the main US deposit option, MasterCard, Amex and Visa are all accepted. The cards will need to be able to make international payments for the funds to go through. You’ll also need to fill in a form before you can request a payout. This method is working well at poker sites as we go into 2017, and should be your first choice.
Money Global is the main US alternative. These are money orders that you can buy from convenience stores and gas stations. The key thing with this option is to contact Intertops first and get the information for the receiver (which you’ll need when you make the purchase). There is a minimum $100 deposit for this method.
For players outside of the US the number of options increases dramatically. In addition to the credit cards (and debit cards) you can choose eWallets like Skrill and Neteller, local banking services like Sofort and UKash + hybrid card / wallets like the EcoCard too. Bank wires are also available and recommended for bigger deposits.
I have not had a personal reason to contact customer service. Based on their reputation among players and 15 years in the business with no major scandals, I’m expecting this to be a plus point. You’ll find a full page of contact details including toll-free US phone numbers, skype and their head office address via the main website.
Intertops Poker Review 2017 – Summary and Next Steps
Small, soft and super-generous to loyal players would be the short summary. The size of this site does need to increase if they are going to offer bigger tournaments and more frequent Sit N Goes. At the same time the games feel very recreational (soft / easy to beat) at the moment.
I would be happy to recommend these games to both US and Worldwide readers, as long as you can overlook the slightly dated software.
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