ULTIMATE BET

» Posted on 12 / 30 / 2015
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UltimateBet Review

Pros
US Players Accepted
111% up to $1,100 Welcome Bonus
Sleek software
Massive player volume
Loose competition at low stakes

Cons
Live support in poker client only
Very stiff competition at higher stakes

UltimateBet (UB) has come a long way over the years, now one of the top poker rooms online with excellent traffic, extensive game selection and a sleek, logical poker client, downloadable for PC and Mac. UB accepts US players and matches every new member’s first deposit 111% up to $1,100.

REVIEW

Summary
UltimateBet has seen its share of ups and down, much like the online poker industry itself, but in recent years, the poker site has really shined. Since 2008, coinciding with a merge onto the Cereus Poker Network, UltimateBet has seen nothing but growth, so much so that it is now the third largest US-facing network. The online poker room has always offered an extensive range of poker variants, and now with an enormous player base, all of them see consistent activity at most stakes.

To bring in the new year, UltimateBet rebranded itself as UB at the start of 2010. UB has been continuously refurbishing its software to give players a highly customizable experience with sleek dark graphics that a very appealing to most online poker players. There are a lot of special features in the poker client, and it’s even been made available in a Mac-friendly download to accommodate more players.

Welcome Bonus
UltimateBet has one of the largest welcome bonuses in the business, matching a new player’s first deposit 111% up to $1,100. UB calls this a “limited time offer”, but it’s been around for quite awhile now, and with the strong growth the online poker room has seen, it’s not likely to drop anytime soon.

To receive your UB welcome bonus, download the software, sign up a new player account and input the UB bonus code “UB200” when depositing. Clearing the bonus will require 20 RAI$E Points per $1, released in $5 segments.

Games
UB has a wide assortment of online poker games available in the ring game lobby. All games are hosted in the tournament lobby as well. The full collection consists of Texas Hold’em, 7 Deuce Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo, Razz, HORSE, HOSE and Crazy Pineapple. Games vary between Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit. The competition at the lowest NL stakes is pretty loose, but gets downright fierce at higher limits.

Tournaments
UltimateBet hosts a great variety of tournaments to suit all players with daily tournaments starting as low as $1. Bigger events have buy-ins scaling up into the hundreds, some even into the thousands. He Sunday $200k GTD draws the largest crowd, and comes with multiple daily satellites. Freerolls are held regularly, some with cash prizes, others with gift packages like a ticket to WPT Boot Camp.

The online poker room also hosts a great deal of live event satellites and qualifiers, including MTTs and Steps SNGs. UB launches hundreds of its members every year into major live poker events like the WSOP, WPT, EPT, Aussie Millions and Aruba Poker Classic.

Promotions
The online poker room promotes frequent reload bonuses, but they come as quickly as they go – usually offered for a 24 hour period – so it’s hard to say just what kind of reload bonus you can claim. They are usually of high value though, like 65% up to $250. Check the UB promotions page for current offers, and be sure to accept emails from ub.com to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

UltimateBet is renowned for having the largest, fastest growing bad beat jackpot in the online poker industry. Often rising to 6-digits, the bad beat jackpot is awarded to players at bad beat tables who lose a monster hand to an even better one.

7 Deuce Hold’em is a new game from UB that works kind of like a bad beat jackpot, but you don’t have to lose to win. The game is just like Texas Hold’em, but with a progressive side pot. Any player who wins with 7-2 in the hole – notorious as the worst possible starting hand – wins the side pot!

UB doesn’t restrict its promotions to real money players only. The poker site even has cash rewards for its top ‘play money’ members. If you make it into the “10,000,000 Play Chip Hall of Fame”, UltimateBet will reward you with a free $50 cash bonus!

Software
UB maintains its own proprietary software, which translates to a unique, versatile experience for its poker players. The software is designed with a crisp black and yellow theme that is sleek and attractive. The poker client comes fully equipped with great multi-tabling functions, lots of extra features and plenty of customization options. The speed and stability are top quality. UltimateBet has even provided separate download versions compatible with Windows PC and Macintosh computers.

Payments
Licensed in Kahnawake, UB accepts all players from all over the world. US players are welcome, with the sole exception of Kentucky residents. An impressive selection of payment options include Visa, Visa Delta, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, Solo, Switch, Laser, EntroPay, Euro6000, NETeller, Moneybookers, ClickandBuy, Click2Pay, Ukash, PaySafeCard, Nordea, Sofortuberweisung, POLi, iDEAL, 4B, EPS, GiroPay, PostePay, CartaSi, Przelewy24, Bank Wire, Fast Bank Transfer and Check.

Support
UltimateBet supplies fast, friendly customer support via live chat within the poker client, and an email help form on the web site.

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