Ultimate Bet

At a Glance

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Sign-up Bonus100%
Max Bonus$500.00
LocationCanada
Founded2000
Web SiteUltimate Bet
SoftwareDownload
U.S. PlayersYes

Ratings

Software9
Competition5
Game Variety8
Cash Game Traffic7
Tournament Structure9
Tournament Traffic7
Rake Amount8
Sign-up Bonus9
Player Bonuses6
Promotions7
Support7
Cash In/Out8
Average Rating7.5

Pros

  • 100% Sign-up bonus
  • Attractive graphics
  • High-stakes games
  • Mini-view for multi-tabling
  • High-speed play

Cons

  • Sit-and-Go's fill slowly
  • Support by email only
Visit Ultimate BetSummary - Avg. 7.5  UltimateBet offers a wide range of games with a wide range of competition levels, from moderate to professional. The software is designed to facilitate playing poker online, not to be a representation, or caricature, of a live casino room. Using options, you have more control than usual over the look and feel of the playing tables. Tournament fields are smaller than those at the highest-traffic sites, but smaller fields are attractive to many tournament players. The tournament structures are good, but the sit-and-go tournaments do sometimes fill up slowly. Total traffic for tournaments and cash games places UltimateBet in the top five online poker rooms. The current sign-up bonus is 100% up to $500.
Visit Ultimate BetSoftware - 9  UltimateBet's software is among the best in the business. Options allow you to control the amount of animation, the colors of the cards, the information shown on the table, sounds, the background, the amount of chat you see, and so on. One of the best features is your seating, which is always bottom center so that you have a perspective on the other players similar to a live game. The software plays quickly, so your hands-per-hour rate is good. The pop-up hand history shows you the cards mucked at showdown. You can play 3 tables at once after signing up; and if you email support, you can play 4 or 5 tables at once. If you do not have a high-resolution monitor for multi-tabling, you can use UltimateBet's Mini-view, which places condensed tables on your screen without overlap.
Competition - 5  The competition on UltimateBet ranges from easy to online-professional. Many of the best online tournament players are in the larger buy-in tournaments. In high-stakes cash games, you can find yourself playing against the best on the Internet. In the lower games, however, the competition has been softened by the influx of many new players. In those games, you can find see-the-flop percentages of 35% to 40% with only moderate pre-flop raising.
Game Variety - 8  Cash games: Texas Holdem, Texas Holdem Kill, Omaha Holdem, Omaha HiLow, Omaha HiLow Half Kill, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud HiLow, Crazy Pineapple, Crazy Pineapple HiLow, Double Flop Hold'em, Triple Draw (A-5 and 2-7). Tournaments: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha HiLow.
Cash Game Traffic - 7  With the increase in peak traffic from 12,000 to nearly 21,000, UltimateBet provides enough cash game traffic for you to find a game easily. You can find action at all levels, even the $25/$50 and $50/100 no limit games.
Tournament Structure - 9  UltimateBet has some of the best structures for both multi-table tournaments and sit-and-go tournaments. In both kinds of tournements, the blinds increase slowly enough that you do not have to be going all-in early on.
Tournament Traffic - 7  The tournament traffic gets better later in the day, toward evening and the night, when players number around 20,000, of whom 10,000 to 13,000 are playing tournaments. Tournament fields for larger buy-ins, for instance, $109, may be only 80 to 150 players. Many players like the smaller fields. In the daytime, even the small buy-in tournaments may have small fields.
Rake Amount - 8  UltimateBet has a rake structure comparable to other rooms with the best rakes. For games with small limits, the cap is $.50 or $1.00. At limit games of $2/$4 and above, the cap is $3 for 6-10 players, $1.50-$2.00 for 4-5 players, and $.50 for 2-3 players. For no limit games, the cap is generally $3 for 6-10 players, $2 for 4-5 players, and $1 for 2-3 players. For no limit $2/$4 and above, the cap for 2-3 players is only $.50.
Sign-up Bonus - 9  The sign-up bonus is now $100 up to $500. You can receive a referral bonus of $100 for each friend you send to UltimateBet.
Player Bonuses - 6  UltimatePoints are awarded for cash game and tournament play. You can use UltimatePoints to redeem prizes or to enter UltimatePoints tournaments, including satellites to cash tournaments. Periodically, UltimateBet gives reload bonuses, usually 25%.
Promotions - 7  As a sponsor of the Aruba event for the World Poker Tour, UltimateBet runs satellites for the $10,000 buy-in and travel expenses to the Caribbean island. The site has satellites to other major events, such as the WPT Championship at Bellagio, and UltimateBet's own Poker Challenge. In online tournaments, UltimateBet places a bounty on the heads of sponsoring pros such as Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth. You win the bounty by knocking the pro out of the tournament. There are jackpots for cash games.
Support - 7  The site offers only email support. It is usually quick and responsive.
Cash In/Out - 8  Deposit via Neteller, Moneybookers, Mastercard, Visa, Click2Pay, ClickandBuy, paysafecard, UKash, UK Debit Cards, check by mail, and bank wires. Withdrawals are generally made via the method used to deposit, but credit card depositors may have to choose another withdrawal method.


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