The site has always retained a level of autonomy – whoever it has been working with – and this has allowed it to control its own marketing (remember “Moolette”), develop its own promotions and maintain its own cashier to ensure that players´ funds are secure and cashouts are dealt with quickly.
Innovations – such as being the first online gambling site to allow players to swap funds between poker, casino and sports betting wallets – and recurring poker bonuses have resulted in Intertops having a strong player retention; and, since the site resumed accepting new registrations from players in the US, traffic levels at Intertops have grown substantially.
The Choice of Games at Intertops Poker
There is a choice of cash games at Intertops Poker that will suit most online poker players. Poker for real money is offered in all formats of Texas Hold´em and Omaha/Omaha 08, with stakes starting at $0.02/$0.04 and increasing through multiple levels to $10.00/$20.00 ($50.00/$100.00 for Fixed Limit Texas Hold´em).
There is a fair range of Sit & Go games available at all table sizes (HU, 4-Max, 6-Max, 9-Handed and 10-Handed) which include Double or Nothing games and two steps series – one a three-handed hyper turbo in which players can invest 9c in the hope of capturing a $999 prize, and the other a route to the Intertops Poker $10,000 guaranteed weekend feature tournament.
The tournament schedule on Intertops Poker is dominated by low-mid buy-in events which often have extended re-buy and re-entry periods. The payout structure varies considerably between tournaments, and if you are a player whose primary aim is to cash in a tournament, it is recommended that you check the payout structure before entering an Intertops Poker event.
The Level of Traffic at Intertops Poker
At the time this review of Intertops Poker was originally written (February 2015), the site had only just announced that it would accept new registrations from online poker players in the US (with the exception of Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Washington). At the time we wrote
it would be inappropriate to refer to the current level of traffic on Intertops Poker because it is likely to springboard in the near future.
Well, in the twelve months following that prediction, the level of traffic at Intertops Poker did more than springboard. Visitors to the cash game tables more than trebled, while the tournaments saw a lot more action – enabling the site to introduce a much more comprehensive tournament schedule with plenty of guaranteed low buy-in events. The growth in popularity of Intertops Poker has continued, and been complimented by players from regulated countries in Europe adding to the player pool.
The Standard of Play at Intertops Poker
As mentioned at the beginning of this Intertops Poker review, the site has a strong player retention. This means that you can expect a fairly high standard of play from the site´s regs, despite many of them having migrated over to the poker product from Intertops´ sports betting and casino activities.
One thing we have noticed about the speed of play on Intertops Poker is that it is very fast. Players tend to make their betting decisions much quicker than on some other sites; and this results in a far better playing experience and the opportunity to play more hands (and collect more Frequent Player Points) within a single online poker session.
The Intertops Poker Bonus
When comparing the Intertops Poker bonus to other opportunities available on the Internet, it does not look that special – a 200% match bonus on first deposits of $500 up to $1,000 – but look a little closer at the clearing requirements, and you will see that it is one of the most achievable.
Like most other online poker sites, the Intertops Poker bonus is cleared by earning Frequent Player Points (FFPs) while playing cash games or by paying a fee to enter a Sit & Go or multi table tournament. What is different about the Intertops Poker bonus is that FFPs are distributed in cash games on the dealt rake method – so every player dealt into a hand gets 1FFP for every $1.00 raked from the pot irrespective of whether they contributed to the pot or not.
Sit & Go and tournament players have FFPs allocated to them at the rate of 7FFPs/$1.00 paid in tournament entry fees and – once a player collects 83.335 FFPs – $5.00 of the outstanding Intertops Poker bonus is released into their account. Players have 90 days in which to clear as much of their bonus as possible – again, much better than many other online poker sites.
Important Note: The Intertops Poker bonus is not applied to new accounts automatically. To make sure you are eligible for the bonus, return to the cashier´s page after you make your first deposit and click the “Bonus Code” button. Then insert the Intertops Poker bonus code “PRMBONUS” and click “Redeem Bonus”.
How to Download Intertops Poker
The Intertops Poker download is only available for Windows users. Mac poker players and players who want to play Intertops Poker on a mobile will have to download Microsoft Silverlight and then use the “Instant Play” version of the software available on the Intertops website. The “Instant Play” version of the software is just as good as the downloadable software with the exception that you are limited to multitabling four cash tables at one time (the downloadable client supports six tables).
For Windows devices, simply visit the Intertops website from any of the links on this page to download Intertops Poker. Then click on the “Download!” link on the left of the top menu bar, and a .exe installation file will download automatically to your computer. Click on the .exe installation file, select your preferred language of installation and then accept the terms of the licensing agreement (after reading them – there is quite a lot of important information in the terms and conditions of using the site).
Click “Next” and the set up wizard will complete the installation – only pausing for you to select where you would like Intertops Poker to be installed on your computer and where you would like any quick links placed. The Intertops Poker client installs very quickly and launches on your desktop when the installation process is complete.
Creating an Intertops Account
Players have the option of creating an Intertops account through the poker client or a web browser. Both options direct to a secure web page where you will asked to select the country you are playing from. You then have to insert an email address, a username (*) and a password, and select your preferred currency to fund your account.
(*) Please note that you will be asked for a screen name different from your username when you first log into the Intertops Poker client, so if you want to use a specific screen name at the tables, do not use it for your Intertops user name.
The next page of the Intertops account set up asks you for your name and date of birth (DD/Month/YYYY), and finally you have to insert your contact details. Please make sure you write your address as it appears on any documents you later want to use to verify your account – a necessary step before withdrawing your winnings!
When you click the “Sign Up” button, a message appears to tell you that your registration has been completed successfully and you will receive an email from Intertops welcoming you to the site. Please do not disregard this email because in contains instructions on how to raise your poker wallet limit to take advantage of the full Intertops Poker bonus.
Funding Your Intertops Account
Before funding your Intertops account, it is recommended that you verify your account in order to raise your poker limits. When we first registered for an account, we were limited to playing with $20 – and that would not have been much help in clearing the Intertops Poker bonus! You can verify your account by sending the required documents via email to customer support or – if you live in the US – Intertops will verify your account with a phone call.
Depending on your country of residence, there are a stack of deposit options for you to fund your account ranging from credit and debit cards to prepaid internet vouchers and online eWallets. You can also use online banking or wire transfers to fund your Intertops account, or P2P transfers via MoneyGlobal.
Verifying your account will also raise your deposit limits if you are funding your Intertops account via credit or debit card, but please be aware that withdrawing back to a card is not an option provided by Intertops. If you intend making frequent withdrawals (and who doesn´t?) it would be better to sign up for an account with one of the alternative payment processors rather than waiting for a check to arrive.
If you experience any problems either creating or funding an account, Intertops excellent customer service is available 24/7 via email, live chat, Skype or by toll-free phone in the US, UK and Germany.
Intertops Poker Rewards Program
The Intertops Poker rewards program is the primary reason that players remain at the site for so long. Once players have redeemed the Intertops Poker bonus, the FFPs that have been collected on the way are converted into Gold Chips which can then be used to exchange for cash, cash bonuses or tournament entries.
There are an incredible fifty levels within the Intertops Poker rewards program – each one also paying out cash awards when they are completed, with extra cash awards available for completing them within a specific time frame.
Players can also earn FFPs at the Intertops casino on selected games, or use the cash awards they have earned while playing poker in the casino or for placing sports bets. The rewards program offered by Intertops Poker is one of the best we have seen, rewards players of all levels for the hours they put in at the tables and is incredibly versatile.
Extra Promotions Available at Intertops Poker
In addition to an easy-to-clear poker bonus and a lucrative rewards program, Intertops Poker has a comprehensive range of ongoing promotions that will suit recreational players and high volume grinders alike.
Players at all stake levels can win Gold Cards which are distributed randomly and which can be exchanged for cash awards and tournament entries, while those prepared to put in some hours can attempt finish within the top 100 spots in Intertops Poker´s weekly FFP rake race or take part in the site´s “Endurance Challenge” which runs from the first to the twenty-sixth of each month.
Intertops Poker also hosts seasonal promotions and paths into live poker tournaments which include buy-ins, accommodation and travel expenses. Some of these can be exceptionally lucrative for players prepared to travel to exotic locations!
Intertops Poker is Most Suitable for:-
- Cash game players at low to mid stakes
- Tournament players who aim to win rather than cash
- Anybody who has not yet taken advantage of the Intertops Poker bonus
- Players in US States not prohibited by Intertops´ terms and conditions
Avoid Intertops Poker if:-
- You like playing Sit & Go games during off-peak hours
- You are a player who takes their time (you will get banned)
- If you are a particularly loose player (you will lose money)
- If you are looking for tournaments with massive guaranteed prize pools
Intertops Poker Q&A
- Is it legal for US players to play online poker for real money at Intertops Poker?
- Yes, provided that you live in a state which is not excluded in the terms and conditions, you will be welcome at Intertops Poker.
- What are the system requirements for the Intertops Poker software?
Intertops Poker for Windows Minimum Recommended Operating System Windows XP Windows 7 Processor 1.6 GHz 2.4 GHz Memory 512MB RAM 1GB RAM Disc Space 60MB 90MB Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 1024
- Do I have to fund my Intertops account straight away?
- No – in fact we recommend that you don´t and verify your account first. If you want to check out the software before playing poker for real money, you can use the play money area of the poker client, but only for cash games. There are no play money tournaments.
- How many tables can you play simultaneously at Intertops Poker?
- You can multitable up to six tables at a time through the poker client or four if you are playing “instant play” poker via a web browser.
- What is the feature tournament on Intertops Poker?
- Intertops Poker hosts a tournament every Sunday with a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000. The buy-in for the event is $109.00 and satellites run throughout the week from as little as $1.09. Players who win multiple satellites can use their extra entries for re-buys and add-ons.
- How busy is Intertops Poker during US off-peak times?
- Not bad. For many years Intertops directed its marketing towards Europe, so there is plenty of action going on throughout the day and night – wherever you live.
- Where can I find out more information about Intertops Poker?
- Details about the security put in place to protect players and their bankrolls can be found on the Intertops website. Alternatively you can contact Intertops´ excellent customer support by email, live chat, Skype or toll-free phone (US, UK and Germany).