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Intertops US Poker Review

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BONUS

100%

up to

$1000

About Intertops Poker Room

The Intertops brand predates the internet – going all the way back to 1983. Started online in 1996, Intertops poker offers a US-friendly gambling portal with poker, casino and sports betting sections. This review focuses on the poker room. The software will be familiar to players who have been enjoying online poker sites for a while. This is based on the former Cake Poker network, now renamed as the Horizon Poker network.

You’ll find players from all over the world (though not the UK, Australia or France) enjoying smaller stakes No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha. With a big 200% welcome bonus and a highly regarded loyalty program, the rewards are excellent too. Here is what you can expect from Intertops online poker site:

Pros

  • Better than average welcome bonus + casino spins
  • Loyalty rewards, play more & cash more
  • Guaranteed money pool tournaments
  • Mobile Devices Instant Play
  • Long track record as a trusted site

Cons

  • Software could be stronger
  • High withdrawal fees
  • Small tournament pools

Intertops Poker Welcome Bonus and Promotions

Welcome Bonus

Unusually, Intertops combine casino free spins with their poker welcome bonus. Even if you don’t normally play casino games – having 25 free shots at a slot win could boost your bankroll.

Intertops poker offers a welcome bonus is based on your first deposit at a 200% match up to $1,000. I like the fact that you have a full 90 days to clear this bonus. It is paid to your account in $5 increments, based on collecting points at the real money tables. This means that if you do not complete the full bonus in 90 days, you will not lose out on at least a good part of it.

Screenshot of Intertops website 200% up to $1000 bonus

This is a simple sign-up bonus and is boosted by plenty of extra rewards for loyal players.

VIP Programs and Weekly Promotions

Loyalty Program

You will be rewarded via a loyalty program which works on FPPs (frequent player points), which can be converted to Gold Chips. This program is more complex than some. It has 50 levels, each with tiers within it, but the Gold Chips add cash to your account.

Bonus pay outs come whenever you earn enough points to complete a tier. As you move through the levels, these bonuses get bigger and better. If you move up quickly, you get special ‘turbo’ bonuses. You can take some time out from play without losing your current level. To fall down the levels, you need to clock up 3 months without earning enough FPPs to remain there.

In addition to FPPs, you’ll collect Gold Chips while you play. These can be exchanged for extra bonuses. Clearing those works in the same way as the welcome bonus. There are also reload bonuses available. You’ll earn a Gold Chip for each 100 FPP. These can be redeemed for prizes and free tournaments.

Topping it off are FPP races. These are short leader board style contests, where you compete with other players to clock up the most play.

Weekly Promotions

While there are no specific Intertops poker promotions, bonuses or rewards, the site does promote several weekly poker tournaments with guaranteed prize pools including the Sunday Sundowner with a GTD of $10,000

Game Contribution Rates

In order to keep any bonus money received, online casinos insist you meet terms, conditions and rollover requirements before cashing out. Currently Intertops poker room requests that you collect FPP’s by playing real money hands. Each time you collect 83.335 FPP’s, you’ll earn a $5 credit towards the bonus. You’ll earn one (1) FPP for every dollar you pay in a rake or seven (7) FPP for every dollar paid in tournament fees. You have three months to collect the bonus cash.

Poker Games at Intertops

Intertops Poker is not the biggest US poker room, which means the action is focused on the smaller stakes. With a global player base, you’ll find the most activity in the evenings in both Europe and the US.

No Limit Holdem attracts the most action in the real money poker games, with 6-max the table size of choice. You can play for pennies (1c / 2c blinds) and will find action up to $1 / $2 on a regular basis – with only a few tables above that. Pot Limit Omaha also attracts players, again you can expect most of the action to be at the micro / lower stakes levels.

The only other poker game variant is Omaha Hi-lo.

Tournaments and Sit n Goes

Smaller poker sites are not able to offer big guaranteed prizes like their larger rivals. While the tournament selection at Intertops is growing – this is from a small base. You will need to wait for even the smallest Sit N Go to fill up, and the biggest guarantee of the week is only $4,000 in their Sunday tournament.

On the positive side, smaller tournaments attract a lot of loose players – and the field sizes are manageable too. Instead of battling through fields of 1000’s, you’ll find 100 or so even at the lower stakes.

 

Banking Methods

There are a lot of different ways to get your money on board at Intertops. Which are available to you will depend on where you live.

For US players, the list is limited by the banking regulations. Here are the options:

  • Bitcoin: This is the most secure payment method and is now very easy to set up and use. Your BTC poker deposit will be immediately exchanged for dollars, so you don’t even need to hold Bitcoin for long. This is also the fastest withdrawal method.
  • Credit Cards: Visa or MasterCard can be used for deposits, though not for withdrawals. The usual withdrawal method for credit card deposits is via a paper check or bank wire.
  • Prepaid Cards: Paysafe cards which you can buy from convenience stores are a backup option. I recommend chatting with the Intertops support team to find out which brands work best.

You might also be able to use money transfer services or wires – chat to the cashier staff to understand your options for those.

Global players have a wider choice of deposit options. Around the world, credit and debit cards are much easier to use (they don’t get blocked by banks). You also have the option to use 3rdparty accounts which are designed for secure online payments. Examples include PaySafeCard (a voucher system), Skrill and Neteller. EcoPayz and SEPA (European Bank Transfer) can also be used. Unfortunately, this poker site does not accept PayPal poker deposits.

Note that there are fees attached to some withdrawal methods. These do not apply to the eWallets or SEPA withdrawals.

Intertops Mobile Gaming

There have been many updates to the poker software since the old Cake network days – though the tables will still look familiar to anyone that remembers Cake. You play with an angled 3D effect, with an avatar character on each seat. At Intertops Poker, the design is a smart red and black.

You can now access the poker software in two ways. In the past, you needed to download the full software client to access the tables. This has now been joined by an instant-play version. You can play in a web browser on both iOS and Android mobile devices and desktop computers.

Navigation through the lobby is straightforward. This follows standard online poker rooms format of different formats (tournaments, cash games and so on), with the game options (Holdem / Omaha) beneath. Once you get to the table list, you can use filters to find the stakes and table size that suits you best.

Customer Security

Intertops Casino Safety and Security

Intertops use the slogan ‘Trust the First’ on their homepage. This alludes to their claim to be one of the first gambling sites to hit the internet. With more than 20 years track record behind them, Intertops are now one of the best trusted brands around. They have no scandals or payment issues from their casinosportsbook or online poker rooms.

This site is licensed in Netherlands Antilles, and have their games tested for fairness (random deal of cards) by 3rdparty auditors ‘Technical Systems Testing’. Intertops also have a responsible gambling policy, including links to get help and self-exclusion options.

Customer Support Options

Have a poker software or banking question? Intertops poker customer service team is available via LIVE Chat and email. During normal business environments, you can also contact them via regional phone numbers in North America, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and evergreen number.

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