Intertops Poker Review
Intertops started its business in 1983 and has been a well respected company since then. In January 1996, Intertops went down in the history books as the site that took the first online bet in the world. Today, Intertops is a well-established and popular name in the online gambling industry. It offers a sportsbook, casino, and a poker room as well.
The Intertops poker site, launched in 2003, is available in over 180 countries around the world including the US and draws a healthy traffic, with over 20,000 players during peak hours. It is located in Antigua and Barbuda, and is owned by International Gaming and Entertainment Ltd.
Intertops poker is powered by the Cake Poker network. It used to be on the Microgaming network but shifted to the Cake network as it accepts US players as well. To play poker you will need to download the software which is compatible only with the Windows platform.
The software developed by the Cake Poker network has rich graphical details in the form of realistic avatars and offers a smooth game play. Players can play on multiple tables at the same time. They can even see information like the average pot size and the number of players at a table directly from the lobby.
Tournaments and Games
Intertops offers players all the major variations of poker including Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7-card stud and 5-card stud. The competition is quite easy at Intertops. Bu the freerolls are not good enough if you want to make some money, as they mostly offer tickets to other tournaments and not prize money.
There are a number of tournaments to choose from at Intertops poker. There are the $25,000 and $15,000 tournaments taking place on a daily basis. Then there are weekly tournaments that take place every Sunday. There are freeroll tournaments of $1000 and $250 bounty tournaments as well. A number of satellite tournaments also take place on a daily basis. You can also participate in the qualifiers for the World Poker Tournament through Intertops.
Promotions and Bonuses
Initial Deposit bonus: Intertops offers its poker players a 110% bonus on their initial deposit up to a maximum amount of $600. You can avail this bonus by using the bonus code 600ITP. This particular bonus is paid out in increments of $5. To earn each increment you need to accumulate Frequent Player Points (FPPs). You need 83.335 FPP for every increment of $5.
These FPPs are earned in real cash games or in tournaments. For every dollar raked, players will earn 1 point. If 2.5 dollars are raked then every player at the table earns 2.5 points. For every dollar of tournament fees paid, players earn 7 points.
A similar bonus is also offered to players who use Moneybookers, but the upper limit is $1000. You also get a ticket to a $1000 freeroll tournament with it.
Gold chips bonus: Intertops also offers a form of no-deposit bonus to its existing players. The FPPs you earn can be exchanged for gold chips.100 FPPs get you one gold chip. 20 gold chips will get you a bonus of $5, 100 will get you a bonus of $25, and 400 chips will get you a bonus of $100.
Banking Options and Security
There are numerous banking options available for deposit. You can use credit/debit cards like MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club card, or American Express card. The transaction limit is $500 per day and $2500 per week for these cards. For some of the new customers, the limit might be $250 per day. E-wallets like Moneybookers and Neteller can also be used.
If you are worried about the transaction limit, you can also use bank wire transfer, but it might take a couple of days for the transaction to complete. Intertops uses a firewall protected encrypted VPN and protects all your transactions with a 128-bit SSL encryption.