Bonus and Promotions:
(who likes swordfish?)
The main draw of
the fact that the have probably the best loyalty program online. If
you play regularly at their site, especially for higher stakes, you
can earn $1,000 per year ($90 per month) in bonuses. It's basically
like getting your deposit bonus back each month. This is also a
popular international site, as they offer games in Euros, Pounds,
and U.S. Dollars. For the best value, you should stick to the $
games whenever possible. I'll go into that a little more later.
The software is basic but playable, and their customer
service is very good. Overall, this site is the best choice for
players who love bonuses, but some of their other features still make this a
strong poker room. Please note that we are decreasing their rankings
due to not accepting American players.
up to $90) and Promotions:
As mentioned above,
a good poker loyalty program. Each month, you're eligible to
receive a $90 bonus directly from them. They're rewarding you for playing regularly in
their ring games, and you'll need to play a certain amount of raked
hands to clear the bonus. This should be fairly quick for middle
stakes players, but may be difficult for low-limit players.
suggest playing at multiple tables and/or tables with high average
pots if you're looking to go for the monthly bonus as a smaller
player. This can be a really neat promotion if you plan to stick
around at their site. They also offer a prop player program, in
which they'll pay you to start off new tables. You can earn between
$10-30 for each hour of play. You will receive an offer as a pop-up
window automatically, and you can accept or decline it. Besides
that, InterPoker offers a Bad Beat Jackpot, a Royal Flush Jackpot,
and special promotions to earn poker books and merchandise.
My general comment of, "Do you like
swordfish" was supposed to imply that these players are still fish,
but they have a little sting to them. Get it? A swordfish would hurt
if it... Nevermind. Anyway,
InterPoker also offers a well-known
casino that is frequented by European players. These players have
spilled over into the poker room and are largely inexperienced.
However, they also tend to be pretty aggressive.
percentage seeing the flop is generally low at no-limit ring games
(30-40%), the average pot is still sizeable. This combination means
that you're usually going to have to go through a raise or two to
get to the flop. Once you do get to the flop, don't expect the
action to decrease. I recommend that you play a pretty tight game,
since you want to be in the hand with the best of it if you're going
to have to pay a hefty price to see the flop. You can beat these
players, but they might throw you off your game if you're used to
dominating the table.
I recently upgraded the tournament score at
as they have definitely improved their overall traffic. Even during
offpeak hours, they do have fairly popular events at a number of
currencies. They've also improved the number of actual events
available, which is good for establishing a wide range of buy-ins.
The most popular tournaments continue to be the guaranteed prize
pool tourneys and satellites.
Typically, these tournaments have a good number of participants, and
the lower traffic can actually be an advantage in a satellite event.
In terms of lower buy-ins during daytime hours, the events are
popular enough and can easily attract a couple of hundred players. Medium buy-in tourneys also average a fair amount of
traffic during peak European hours.
The majority of internet critics seem to
really rag on this software. I don't really think this is fair.
Sure, the graphics aren't exactly state-of-the-art or highly
detailed at InterPoker, but does it really matter that much? To me, poker
software is more about functionality than anything else. If I'm
comfortable using it and it runs smoothly, I'm pretty satisfied. I
appreciate sharp graphics as much as the next guy, but it isn't
necessary for me to enjoy the game. Of course, everyone has their
own priorities, and maybe graphics are the most important aspect of
online poker to you. If so, then you might want to look for a
different poker site.
That being said, this software runs very
quickly, which is a statistic that I appreciate. Typically, games
run at 60+ hands per hour, and the table windows allow you plenty of
customizable options. In general, I rate this software pretty well
since it runs smoothly and is easy to follow. Stick the $ tables
when possible, since they calculate the maximum rake at 3 units,
and it isn't on a sliding scale. A rake of 3 Pounds or Euros is
taking a lot more from the pot than $3, which is the online poker
InterPoker receives a lower payout score
not because of the actual payout into your account, but the somewhat
tedious method. I suppose it is the ensure greater security, but it
can take a little longer for your first withdrawal. How it works is
you're snail-mailed a specific PIN from InterPoker to use when you
make a withdrawal. You need this code in order to process your
cashout. If you lose the code, you'll have to wait for another PIN
to arrive in the mail. If you cashout often enough, you'll always
have your code handy so it isn't a problem. Actual cashout time is
quite fast - usually within 1-2 days. Some players may appreciate
the added security.
I like the customer service from
InterPoker. They offer standard e-mail support, but also provide a
telephone number for each country for immediate assistance. They're
usually very helpful if you need to e-mail them or speak with
someone right away.
They're on a shared network, so traffic
has been increasing. Tournament traffic is has been improving, but
ring games are the most popular. You should be able to find your
desired fixed-limit or no-limit game going on, and I do appreciate
the international traffic that populated the tables while I keep
Excellent player loyalty bonus. This is
probably the best loyalty bonus out there since you can earn
it monthly without playing a ridiculous amount of hands.
Fast and aggressive pots. European
players are notorious for being aggressive so you can usually get
your big hands raised when you want to.
Prop player program. Here's your
solution if you want to get paid to play poker. You can earn an
hourly wage for starting up new games here... just make sure they're
ones that you're familiar with.
Game Selection: Hold 'em,
Limits: Limit: 25c/50c up
to $150/$300 No-Limit: 15c/30c up to $10/$20
Citadel, ECP, major credit cards, check, or wire transfers.
Tips: As I mentioned
earlier, many of your opponents at
InterPoker will be aggressive
European players. Mostly, there are raises before and after the
flop. These players like to try to dominate the table, regardless of
the strength of their hand. Because of this common aggression, you
should play less drawing hands like J-10 suited or lower suited
connectors. With less players seeing the flop for a larger bet, you
aren't getting the pot odds necessary to make hands like suited
connectors profitable. Ideally, you'd like to have a big pocket pair
preflop like K-K or A-A. Since there is usually a raise preflop,
you're in an excellent position when you're close to the button and
are acting after your opponents.
Not only is your opponents
willing to call, he put in the first raise. Instead of slowplaying,
toss in a nice reraise. You're putting the pressure on him and
taking control of the hand. If he's raising with a trash hand, you
don't want him seeing the flop on his terms. Make him pay to push
you around when you have a premium hand, and hopefully you can get
in all your money before the flop.