Everest Poker has withdrawn from the online poker market in the UK after more than a decade of offering its services to British players.
No explanation was given for the sudden withdrawal from the UK market, although at the end of October players were warned that they would not be able to play on the grounds as of 1 November and would only have until 6 November to start making money.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this situation can cause and take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Everest Poker and wish you the best for the future,” read the end of Everest Poker’s email Support team.
UK players trying to access the Everest Poker website are greeted with the image below, informing them that British IP addresses are now blocked.
Before Black Friday, Everest Poker were active in their actions and ran live events such as the European Poker Championships. It was even possible to qualify for the PokerNews Cup at Everest Poker in 2007. One year later, Everest Poker became the only poker-related table sponsor of the 2008 World Series of Poker, a deal that continued in the 2009 series. Frenchman Antoine Saout navigated his way to third place in the 2009 WSOP Main Event after winning his place online at Everest Poker.
Things died after the death of the UIGEA, as it did with many other online poker sites. Although, it seemed Everest Poker was trying to get things started when it signed Sam Trickett as a sponsored pro in 2014. A potentially expensive promotion took place in 2014 when the site’s players won 10% of Trickett’s WSOP winnings this year. Trickett received $ 69,136 this year.
Trickett’s deal lasted only 12 months and his activity declined from that moment on, with the latest news-worthy story appearing on PokerNews in April 2016.
PokerNews grabbed the former Head of Poker, but he was unable to shed any light on the reasons behind Everest Poker’s withdrawal from the UK market. We can only speculate on the reasons why, probably due to the increased excise tax and the fact that the parent company Betclic focuses more on its domestic French offerings.