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Let’s talk about Intertops.
You know, it’s funny, but I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed Intertops. That’s crazy considering I’ve been reviewing online gambling sites for 8+ years now.
But I AM familiar with their site – if anything because they have had the most dated design for as long as I can remember.
They’ve since overhauled their site – their design, anyway – since the last time I saw them. You have the choice of which design you use, which is sort of neat.
Anyway, Intertops offers several gambling products – a sportsbook, casino and poker room. Their business was built on the back of their sportsbook. But they added the casino and poker room shortly after they made the jump online.
Not all of these products are worth your attention. That much was clear part way through our review.
And if you want to know which products are worth signing up, and which ones are not, you’ll need to read our entire review below. We’ll also tell you about Intertops’ banking options, promotions and company history. All things you should know BEFORE you join a gambling site.
Let’s get started.
Intertops is one of the oldest online sportsbooks today. The business first started offline back in 1983. They went online in 1996, and by 1998 they added their casino and poker room.
Their sportsbook and casino are operated by Thinkquick Ltd. and are registered by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.
They have a stellar reputation overall. Which is saying something considering they’ve been online since the mid 90’s.
Here are some of the opinions about Intetops from across the web:
Only ThePogg.com has issues with them, which seems to largely stem from their interactions with Intertops and related companies/operators.
Nothing else really stands out. When I searched “Intertops scam” into Google, I was surprised to see so few (legit) results given how long they’ve been online.
Many of the forum threads I found in Google are 5-8 years old. And I wouldn’t put much weight into the few recent ones I read, due to lack of proof or claims about Intertops being rigged.
The bottom line – I don’t see anything to worry about here.
Players from the United States are allowed, however, there are a few exceptions. Intertops doesn’t accept signups from players in Washington State, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York or Missouri.
I tested this out and can confirm that players from WA State won’t be able to join – regardless if you want to play for real or fake money.
You can contact Intertops using the following channels:
They say they’re available 24/7.
I contacted support via live chat because I created an account and was told that it was disabled due to security reasons – which I found out was because I live in Washington State.
While I didn’t get the outcome I wanted – an account I can use for play or real money – the person helping me was fast, knowledgeable and helpful.
So, no complaints here.
The deposit options and limits they post include:
There are no fees for any of these options.
It’s great to see they accept bitcoin, though the limits are a little lower than I’d expect.
Your cash out options (and the limits and fees for each) include:
Payments are processed 48 hours after your request has been put in.
You’ll want to keep in mind that Intertops charges a 10% fee if you don’t turn over your deposit at least 1 time before you request a cash out.
Also important – the max you can cash out each week is $10,000. This is pretty good compared to other casinos. The downside is they say nothing about making exceptions for progressive jackpot winners or VIP customers.
Intertops offers several deals – a few for every gambling product they have. Below you’ll find their evergreen offers categorized per product, as you’ll find them on their website.
The following are Intertops’ sportsbook promotions.
With the Sign Up Bonus you can choose from 1 of 3 options:
This is the first time I’ve seen a sportsbook or any other gambling site list a max for what will contribute towards the rollover on a per bet basis. I don’t really see anything wrong with it, other than any kind of limit usually sucks.
You’ll want to make sure you use the bonus code for the offer you want to claim.
Bet at least $1,500 (min odds: -200 / 1.5) during each of the following weeks in the regular season:
You’ll receive $100 for each week you qualify.
The max stake per wager that will count is $100. And the free bets will have an 8x rollover at min odds of -200/1.5 before you can cash out.
The customers with the most correct picks will win one of the following prizes:
For every 5th friend you refer, Intertops will credit you with 50% of that friend’s deposit. There’s no limit to how many friends you can refer to Intertops.
That’s it for their sportsbook promotions. Now let’s look at what deals you can claim in their casino.
Here are the promotions you can claim for Intertops’ Casino Red and Classic Casino.
Those offers are:
You’ll want to make sure you use the coupon codes, otherwise, you won’t be able to claim the offers. The minimum deposit for each offer is $20, and the standard playthrough of 30x the deposit/bonus applies.
There are a couple additional offers in their Classic Casino, too. But both their weekly spins and bonus offers are limited time deals. So, you’ll want to bookmark their promotions page to see what they put out.
The following are Intertops’ evergreen offers for poker players.
This offer is available from Monday to Thursday. All you got to do to claim the offer is contact support.
You can also exchange them for bonuses. For example:
You can look at the rewards section from your player account to see your current level, what you need to earn to move up, and see what prizes are in store for you, their value, and so on.
They have other poker-related offers as well, including reload bonuses, tournaments, freerolls and live events. But some of them are limited time offers, which don’t make much sense to add here. Others – such as the tournaments – will be covered in the poker section.
Let’s talk about Intertops’ sportsbook.
This has been their main product from the very beginning. So before even jumping into this section of the review, I’d expect them to have their stuff together.
The sports Intertops covers includes:
One option I didn’t see are esports. This is a bit surprising given that the esports industry is valued at more than half a billion dollars.
Intertops apparently didn’t get the memo.
Anyway, the standard betting options are available here – straight bets, parlays, teasers, if-wins, prop bets and more.
There are plenty of betting options, that’s for sure.
Intertops offers live betting.
When I was there they were covering soccer, baseball and tennis matches. But they have plenty other sports scheduled for the near future, which included volleyball, ice hockey, handball and basketball.
They don’t offer live streaming, though, which sucks. At least not the standard kind where you can watch the match. They do offer live play-by-play action once it unfolds – sort of like the play-by-play commentary you’ll find on Yahoo.
Their min betting limit is $1. The max a customer can win each week is $100,000.
I’ve checked Intertops’ rules section, as well as several sportsbook review sites. I couldn’t find anything that suggests they cap winners or frown on strategies such as betting arbitrage.
Your mileage may vary, though.
It’s basic, but one option I found is the ability to bounce between their newly designed sportsbook and their older “classic” sportsbook. You can use whichever one you like the most.
You’ll also have the option to bet in decimal, American and fractional odds.
One other thing I thought was interesting was the option to pre-select your ‘default stake.’ For example, if you say your default bet is $10, then that’s what will be entered automatically whenever you go to submit your bet.
It’s not going to save you tons of time, but it’s a neat little feature that will solve a minor inconvenience.
The sportsbook is okay.
I wish Intertops offered a live stream. That would make a pretty big difference.
I’ve also read from experts that Intertops is more or less suited for players on a budget. This is based on their smaller limits, bonuses and overall participation in the sportsbook.
That said, other experts say they have soft (entertainment) props and futures. And that with a little bit of effort Googling, you could make an extra $500 or more per year.
This same expert continued to say that NBA futures are +EV, and that with a little bit of effort you could find some arb opportunities betting NFL props at Intertops and 5Dimes.
So, like all sportsbooks there are some pros and cons.
Overall, I think their new sportsbook is clean, well designed and easy to use. They cover plenty of sports, and have a few neat features to help make betting here easier and more fun.
I think most sports bettors will be happy with an account here.
Intertops has two different casinos – their Classic Casino and Casino Red.
Other than aesthetics – the Classic Casino having a gold and black, and simpler design – and the Casino Red with a more modern black and red design – the biggest difference between the two casinos are the software providers powering them.
WGS Technology powers the Classic Casino, while Real Time Gaming powers Casino Red.
Honestly, neither software company is exciting. They don’t compare with the likes of Microgaming or NetEnt.
That said, when combined you’ll have more than 500 games to choose from. That includes several blackjack, video poker and table game variants, as well as lots and lots of slot machines.
Their games are playable through Intertops’ download, instant play (browser) and mobile casino. It looks like you can access either mobile casinos directly from your phone or tablet – no native app or download is needed.
You’ll find some examples of their games below.
That should give you a pretty good idea of the types of slots you’ll get to choose from.
What you won’t find here are the licensed slots. You know the types – the ones you can find in brick and mortar casinos that revolve around well-known movies (Terminator, Brides Maids), comics (Iron Man, Hulk, Superman), celebrities (Ellen, Michael Jackson), and so on.
You won’t find those here.
What you WILL find are slots that revolve around neat themes. For example, slots about animals, outer space, cars, sports, horror, roman times, the ocean, money, the holidays, and more. There are all kinds of slots too, ranging from progressives to slots with features, bonus rounds, multipliers, etc.
If you were to look at Casino Red by itself, there wouldn’t be nearly enough table games. And that’s surprising because Real Time Gaming usually has 5-7+ blackjack games on top of a dozen more table games – not including roulette and craps.
I assume they must offer more in their download than in the instant play casino. Other reviews say the same, so there you go.
Overall, though, they have a solid selection of games. It is mostly blackjack which okay, I guess, though I’d rather have a more diverse selection of table games than blackjack variants. But I don’t think you can complain about what they have here, other than the lack of live dealer games.
Again, if you only looked at the Casino Red video poker section, you might be tempted to write Intertops off. Because 3 video poker machines is outright funny.
But when combined with the Classic Casino there are more than enough video poker variants to choose from. There are more options than this, too – from what I can tell they’re multi-hand variants of the titles listed above.
And there’s a good chance you’ll find even more machines in the download.
It’s not the best – there are things I wish they had, such as licensed slot titles (which are my personal favorite) and live dealer table games.
I also find it a bit inconvenient that there are two casinos that you need to bounce between. Not only that, but their games aren’t categorized the same in both casinos, which might be confusing at first.
Overall, though, there are lots of games to choose from. I think most people will be (moderately) happy here.
Last up – Intertops’ poker room.
Did you know that Intertops Poker is on the Horizon Poker Network? This is the first time I’ve heard of them, which tells you a couple of things:
I took a look at Horizon on PokerScout.com, and came to find out that they’re owned/operated by Juicy Stakes, or more specifically, Zagox Management.
Juicy Stakes – and all the rest of the Cake Poker skins, network, etc. – have a pretty big backstory. Some of it is good, while other things are not-so-good.
Anyway, I don’t want to spend any time on them, as Intertops (Zagox Management) actually bailed them out.
Before Intertops ended up on the Cake Poker Network, they were once on the Party Gaming Network. When Party Poker left the US, Intertops moved to Microgaming. Then Microgaming left the US.
That brings us to today, with Intertops calling the Horizon Poker Network home.
The biggest downside, as I suggested earlier, is the lack of traffic on the network. According to PokerScout.com, they’re 46th in overall (worldwide) traffic, and 9th in US traffic. They had 200 players online when I last checked them out.
Based on their traffic alone I wouldn’t recommend anyone sign up here. You’ll have a hard time consistently finding games.
However, if you’re interested in their site regardless, then the following few sections will tell you a little more about what to expect in terms of games, stakes, tournaments and software features.
So, the following information was collected from several top-notch review sites around the web, as well as what little I managed to collect from Intertops’ website.
Intertops only offers 3 games – Texas holdem, omaha hi and omaha hi/lo. Most holdem games are no limit, while most omaha games are pot limit.
Their limits peak at $1/$2 for holdem cash games, and $0.50/$1 for their omaha games.
They have a decent selection of SNG and MTTs. Let’s start with the SNGs first.
For SNGs you can choose from heads-up, 4, 6, 9 and 10-handed tables. Variants include double or nothing, step tourneys, satellites, turbos, hyper turbos, and more.
They also have an interesting variant – the 9c to $999 Hyper Turbo Challenge. These are more or less step tournaments, whereas you win you’ll move to the next round. You can buy in at any point too, like step tournaments.
As for MTTs, a few of the tournaments they advertise include:
This is a seemingly random tournament series to ‘celebrate’ Australia. They’re running 4 tournaments with buy-ins being either $5 or $10. Guarantees are either $500 or $1,000. All games are no limit Texas hold’em.
This runs every Sunday. It has a $50+$5 buy-in and there are re-buys. It has a $2,500 guarantee. You start with 3,000 chips and the blind levels are 10 minutes long. You can also satellite in for $2.
This has a $200 guarantee. The buy-in is $1, and includes a $1 re-buy and $2 add-on. With a regular buy-in you’ll start with 2,500 chips, and 10,000 if you get the add-on. There are 2 additional Six Max tourneys with larger buy-ins/guarantees.
This runs from Monday to Saturday at 7:15pm EST. The buy-in is $50+$5 and you’ll start with a 3,000 stack. This is a re-buy tourney.
This has a $10+$1 buy-in and you can re-buy for the first 3.5 hours if you bust. You’ll start with a 10,000 chip stack and the blinds will be 15 minutes long. You can satellite into this tourney from a number of SNGs/tourneys.
SNG and MTT action is available up to the $20 level.
In addition to these Intertops offers a number of freerolls. Make a deposit of $25 or more and you’ll be able to join their depositor freeroll which will have a $1,000 prize pool. They also run 3 freerolls every single day, which when added up over the week comes out to $1,300 up for grabs.
They offer a download and instant play option. The instant play option will also serve as a mobile poker option for phone and tablet poker players.
According to other reviews, you need to download Microsoft Silverlight onto your device before you open the Instant Play software. It supposedly works better if you use the Firefox browser.
I’ve seen reviews that say their software is outdated and needs work. Then I’ve read reviews that try to spin that into something positive.
Meh, I’m not so sure there’s something positive about outdated poker software. And this is something that has plagued the Cake Poker Network almost ever since they came online.
That said, you can expect to have the basics software options. For example, you can size tables, change your background, card backs, turn sound and animations on/off, use 4-color deck, and so on.
For what it’s worth – despite the dated software – it reportedly works just fine.
Poker Tracker works here, too.
Their poker room is the squeaky 3rd wheel of all their gambling products.
Point blank – there aren’t enough players here to consistently find (the same) games. The lack of traffic also explains why their guaranteed tournaments are so much smaller compared to other poker rooms, both in terms of buy-ins and guaranteed prize pools.
But let’s say for a second that traffic was a non-issue.
In that case, my biggest qualm would be their software. It doesn’t sound like it has changed much since the days they were on the Cake Poker Network, other than maybe adding the instant play option.
But that would be okay and worth overlooking if they had enough traffic because the games would be super, super soft, between being a lower-tier poker site, as well as the crossover traffic from their sportsbook and casino.
Anyway, as I said earlier, I wouldn’t play here. There are plenty of other rooms with less than optimal traffic that’s STILL BETTER than Intertops. So, you might as well save your time a little bit of frustration and play at those rooms first (or instead).
The other option is to compromise. Create an account here and just snipe tourneys that look really soft. Then fill in the rest of your schedule with games from other poker sites.
I wouldn’t bother signing up here if you want to play poker. I can’t think of anything more frustrating than trying to find a game running when there are only a couple hundred players on the entire network at any given time.
That’s not to say their sportsbook or casino is perfect – because they’re not. And Intertops as a whole can make some improvements, too, such as with their cash out limits or bonus playthroughs.
Overall, though, when you factor in their overwhelmingly positive reputation in this industry, and how long they’ve been here relatively free of any (major) scams, those things are pretty easy to overlook.
The bottom line – skip Intertops if all you want to play is poker. But you should strongly consider creating an account here if you want to bet sports and/or play casino games.