Wed, Mar 1
Launched way back in 2002, Interpoker is one of those online poker rooms that you hear a lot about but never really get around to try. The dullish graphics on their website and the simplistic interface of the software that you see screenshots of in most online poker reviews could be to blame for this. Beginners see there’s little eye-candy to be found at Interpoker and they lose interest. Despite that fact, Interpoker still gets more than its fair share of fish: from its online casino. The same cannot be said about discerning poker players though. Starting with 2005, Interpoker’s boat really began to float and players began to flock to its tables. Nowadays, there’s excellent Texas Holdem traffic in the poker room, probably thanks to the reoccurring monthly bonuses and to the more than $4 million awarded in guaranteed prize-pools each month.
Interpoker has its own in-house professional too, and he’s not even some two-bit pro wannabe: he’s none other than Juha Helppi, the “Hellraiser” every online poker players knows and loves/hates.
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Interpoker used to be the ugly duckling of the online poker world, but a relatively recent overhaul of its software pretty much solved that problem. Gone are the edgy graphics and even though the new package isn’t exactly a visual delight either, it looks much better than its predecessor.
Graphics are a lot smoother now and what’s more important: animations move smoother too. All that came at a cost though: game speed is much slower now, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing: it makes multi tabling easier, and there’s no way it’s going to stand between you and the number of hands you intend to play per hour.
The sounds are nice. There’s none of that annoying repetition that may have driven you nuts in other poker rooms. These sounds are more helpful than they’re annoying despite their somewhat repetitive nature.
The lobby is simple to navigate, but it’s not exactly an eye-candy either. The statistics offered are the industry standard ones and taking notes on opponents is possible too. Hand histories are available online, or if you’re really into analyzing your past moves, you can request your hand histories via email. The friend finder feature is kind of a letdown though.
InterPoker promotions and best bonus
Interpoker plays host to a wild variety of online poker promotions. To encourage STT and MTT play, the site has launched the STT Masters and the MTT Masters promotions. The STT Masters promotion is in fact a STT race. Players can participate in three different tiers, depending on the buy-in levels, but they can take part in all three races if they so wish. Points are awarded based on the positions attained in the STTs and at the end of the promotion, players are rewarded according to how successful they were.
The MTT Masters promotion awards €20,000 in prizes every single month. This promotion is basically a tournament leader board promotion.
The bad beat jackpot that Interpoker offers is a €100,000 promotion, which rewards the unlucky player who loses while holding quad 6s or better.
Interpoker offers rewards for referred friends, and has a variety of other interesting promos on offer too, like the I Love Cash, the iCOP and the Platinum Poker Tour Promotions.
The sign-up bonus that Interpoker gives its new players is a 200% match on players’ first deposits, up to a massive €1,000. Players will redeem their Interpoker bonuses through real money play, by generating FPPs. The bonus is released in €5 increments and each such batch takes 150 FPPs to unlock.
Players have a generous 60 day validity period on their Interpoker sign-up bonus.
Tournaments-wise, Interpoker is not a bad destination at all. There are all sorts of guaranteed prize-pool events running all month long, and there’s a generous monthly freeroll series. Players who log at least 1,500 hands within the last 30 days earn a free entry to a monthly €10,000 (!) freeroll. Now, there’s some series value to reward loyal players.
Interpoker’s weekly flagship GTD is the €100,000 Sunday MTT which costs €140+€10 to enter. There are all sorts of qualifiers and sub-qualifiers running for this event.
The Headhunter series picks up the idea of rewarding every player for every single elimination he scores. The entry may be a little steeper than to other events (due to the bounties) but one can make good money in this one without ever making it past the money bubble.
Qualifiers to live events, like the Irish Poker Open and the CAPT Austria are available as well.
InterPoker Special offers
When it comes to unique Interpoker features, I just need to bring Juha Helppi up. The Finn is Interpoker’s in-house pro and a genuine status-symbol for the online poker room. If someone of the Hellraiser’s caliber plays there, it has to be special.
An ex casino dealer and an avid (not to mention successful) paintball player, Juha Helppi is the type of poker player that you either love or hate (or love to hate). Whatever the case, you’ll be able to get a piece of him over at Interpoker (and nowhere else) if you really want to.
What else is there that’s unique to Interpoker? The fish factor obviously. With the recent introduction of micro stakes, Interpoker has become much more appealing to fish. It doesn’t hurt that they have an online casino from which players keep on floating over to the poker tables either.
InterPoker does not accept US players
Interpoker is not your destination if you’re a US based online poker player. Following the 2006 UIGEA, Interpoker stopped accepting US traffic, even though that meant that their player base took a huge hit. They’ve recovered nicely from that shock though and they’re nowadays among the more popular European-facing online poker rooms out there.
Interpoker features a very nice support page. Based on what you’re interested to get support on, there are several different categories on their support page. They have a comprehensive FAQ section on there too, but if all else fails, you can contact them via phone or email. The support staff is knowledgeable and replies are reasonably swift.
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