A change in name only, except for German players
Intertops, one of the most storied sportsbooks in the Internet, has made the move to rebrand their entire betting operation as Everygame.
Players logging in to Intertops.eu on December 1, saw the same exact website as they have for the last 24+ years, but with a different name, Everygame. Though this change may come as a shock to some, it is, in reality, nothing more than a name/brand change. The company has assured players and partners that ownership and management will be intact and nothing will change for customers. At least for those from outside of Germany. Apparently, for legal reasons, current and new customers from Germany will no longer be able to play at Everygame.
Origins in Germany
This could be the most shocking piece of news, as Intertops was founded in 1983 as a German bookie based and licensed in the UK. The sportsbook targeted bettors who understood the importance of getting the best price, as the German sports betting monopoly at the time had terrible odds due to a high tax rate. The sportsbook flourished and moved to Austria in 1992, still servicing a ton of German customers. But recent law changes and licensing practices have led to Intertops to exit the German market and change the name to Everygame, citing the Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty as a reason behind their decision.
A bunch of firsts
Intertops was a pioneer in many aspects of the gambling business. Much of this is credited to Simon Noble, who is highly regarded in gambling circles, having been a driving force behind Intertops, the head man at legendary sportsbook WWTS and most recently revived a sagging Pinnacle Sportsbook after they chose to exit the flourishing U.S. market.
While sportsbooks had been using telephones to take bets for many years, Intertops is credited with taking the first sports bet over the Internet. In January of 1996, a gambler from Finland logged into Intertops.com (at the time) and bet $50 on a soccer match. He won $2 at long odds. In 2000, Intertops again proved that they were way ahead of the rest of the sportsbooks taking bets from around the world. They launched the first mobile betting application in 2000, long before everyone had a mobile device in their hands. Intertops was the first to provide sports betting, casino gambling and poker under the same login. They became the first 'skin' from online poker giant Party Poker and offered the poker product under the same user login, using the same website, as their top sports and casino betting products.
A change in name only
Players will see the name changed to Everygame, but that's about it. Players can still go to intertops.eu, but they will instantly be sent to everygame.eu upon login. The color and logo scheme are all the same and most importantly, the sports betting interface, online casinos powered by RTG and WGS and the multi-player poker tables powered by the Revolution Network have not changed at all. Neither have deposit or withdrawal options, where credit cards, cryptocurrency, bank wires, checks and money transfers are still available. Even the bonus codes are the same. New players can still use ROOKIE50 to grab a 50% up to $200.
Players from Germany will no longer be able to login and no new players from Germany will be accepted. Everygame is developing a whole new live betting platform, which they claim will further improve the quality of sports bettors' in-game wagering experience. They also plan to add more changes to their wide variety of betting products, including updated casino games and improved overall technological infrastructure.
After taking bets online for just under 25 years, the name of Intertops will live forever in the history of online sports betting. According to the company, the new Everygame is being built for the next 25 and beyond. We hope so.