Ultimate Bet, (closed in 2011) commonly referred to as UB, teamed up with Absolute Poker in 2008 to form the Cereus Network. Ultimate Bet is approaching a decade of existence as an online poker room and they continue to provide a populated, competitive poker environment. The game selection is plentiful and Mac users will be happy to know that Ultimate Bet offers a Mac version of their downloadable software. In addition to having a Mac version, Ultimate Bet also continues to accept players from the U.S.. Ultimate Bet players have access to numerous deposit and withdrawal options and a packed tournament schedule. New players also receive an added incentive bonus opportunity for their first deposit at Ultimate Bet.
- Online Since: 2001
- UB Poker Rake %: 5% (different caps depending on stake levels and amount of players)
- US Players Accepted At UB? Yes.
- Currencies: US Dollar (in-play). Various banking methods allow for deposits/withdrawals in multiple currencies (these transactions are subject to the current exchange rate)
- Software Provider: Cereus Poker Network
- Specialty: Poker, Tournament Blackjack, Casino Games
UB Poker Bonus
New players at Ultimate Bet will receive a 111% deposit bonus on their first deposit. The 111% bonus is good up to a maximum of $1,100. To take full advantage of the offer, deposit $991. However, the bonus offer is applicable to any deposit of at least $10. The bonus is released in increments. As you play at Ultimate Bet, Status Points are earned. The loyalty program at Ultimate Bet puts players in a leveling system where each level requires a different amount of status points to equal 1 bonus dollar. New players will be Member status, and for Members, 20 status points equals $1 in bonus money. As a new player, 100 status points will need to be earned to release $5 of bonus money.
Existing Ultimate Bet players can also take advantage of a rewarding reload bonus. The reload bonus is also released in $5 increments in the same fashion as the new player bonus. Existing players can receive a 65% deposit bonus capping at $250 in bonus money. A $385 deposit will reward players with the full $250. However, the bonus is good on any deposit of $10 or more.
UB Poker Deposit Methods
- Bank Wire
- Check (Mail)
- Paysafe Card
- UK Debit Cards
- Bank Wire
- Check (Mail)
- Paysafe Card
- UK Debit Cards
UB Poker Games Offered
Ultimate Bet provides players with a good variety of mixed games but the large majority of the traffic is focused on Texas Holdem. Omaha is the second most popular game at Ultimate Bet. The poker games at Ultimate Bet are offered as sit n go's, multi-table tournaments, cash games (ring games) and heads-up matches. Poker is normally played in limit (fixed), no-limit or pot-limit betting varieties. Depending on the game, all three limit formats may not be offered. In this case, the game may be offered in only limit or a combination of limit and pot-limit.
- Texas Holdem
- 7 Card Stud
- Crazy Pineapple
- Omaha Hi-Lo
- 2-7 Triple Draw
- 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo
Online Poker Tournaments At UB
Ultimate Bet has a solid tournament schedule. Every week on Sunday you'll find the $200K guaranteed tournament. This tournament draws in a large crowd and there are plenty of satellite opportunities to win a seat into the $200K. Ultimate Bet also offers satellite tournaments to get into a number of other UB tournaments in addition to live events such as the WSOP, Aruba Poker Classic, Aussie Millions, European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour.
Everyday, Ultimate Bet has daily guaranteed tournaments running and a number of freerolls for new and experienced players alike. Ultimate Bet has re-buy and add-on tournaments, bounty (sniper) tournaments, heads-up tourneys and satellite tournaments. Players can also enjoy turbo tournaments, deep stack tourneys and plenty of freerolls. The fully updated tournament schedule can be found under the Tournaments section of www.ultimatebet.com.
Real Money Promotions At UB
Ultimate Bet is running new promotional offers constantly. Players can take part in the Poker2Nite promotion to win a chance to play on TV. Players can also win satellite promotions to gain entries into live Vegas events through offers such as the Series 2012. Poker professional Annie Duke also has a $128K Heads-Up Challenge at Ultimate Bet. There are daily promotional events such as Power Hour, where players can earn double the amount of Ultimate Points (Status Points). Ultimate Bet has a $1K freeroll for referring a friend and they offer a progressive bad beat jackpot. In addition to offering a remarkable loyalty program, UB allows players to turn their Ultimate Points into cash.
UB Software Features And Graphics
Ultimate Bet offers both of their downloadable software versions at their website, www.ultimatebet.com. They also have an instant-play version available for players that want to play poker directly in their browser. However, the downloadable versions offer more customizable features and options than the instant-play version. Ultimate Bet used to utilize very plain software, but the poker client has dramatically improved over the years. Experienced multi-tablers will enjoy the tiling and stacking options available. The tables are also resizable with hot keys.
Ultimate Bet provides players with a buddy list function and the table layout is customizable as well. Players can choose from a number of deck colors, customize their seat and customize the sound settings. Some no-limit Texas Holdem games have a rabbit cam option. This option allows players to see the turn and river even if the hand is folded. The process to get started at Ultimate Bet is fairly simple if the directions at ultimatebet.com are followed. Download the software, install the software, register/create an account, make your first deposit and you're ready to play.
Player Support At The UB Poker Website
Unfortunately, Ultimate Bet only handles support through e-mail but the response time seems to be quite impressive. The support staff can be reached by e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. From www.ultimatebet.com, there is a link for support. Within this section of Ultimate Bet's website, you'll find a very helpful frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. The support section also has a Contact Us link that provides players with a submission form to submit to customer service for any type of inquiry.
Player's Opinion Of Playing Poker At UB.com
Ultimate Bet has greatly improved over the last few years since the merger and creation of the Cereus Network. The traffic is decent with roughly 16,000 players during peak hours. The low to midrange stake levels are flooded with inexperienced poker players. The high stake levels do get some attention at Ultimate Bet but it primarily occurs during peak hours. The tournament schedule is impressive at Ultimate Bet and players seem to like the option of downloadable software for Windows or Mac in addition to an instant-play version. Experienced players should have no problems multi-tabling with the UB software for either Windows or Mac. However, instant-play lacks the customizability needed for optimal multi-tabling.