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Summary

UltimateBet was developed alongside some of best-known poker pros including Phil Helmuth Jr and Annie Duke who can be found playing at the tables. It remains one of the big names, along side Poker Stars, which continues to accept US players. This has allowed UltimateBet to remain active, a necessity for any successful poker room, by maintaining its player base, a significant proportion of which were from the US, and by converting new players from other poker rooms which shut their doors to US players. The range of games and blinds on offer cater to all levels of players so it’s a great place to either gain some experience or to play with the pros. The functional software is fully PC and Mac compatible and the generous new player bonuses and player rewards make UltimateBet a very attractive proposition indeed.

Poker Games Available

UltimateBet is wide ranging in the games it offers. You can choose from Texas Holdem (limit, no limit and pot limit), Omaha (pot and limit), 7 Card Stud, Triple Draw, Pineapple, Horse and Royal Holdem. However, the notable absence from this lineup is any Hi/Lo versions, which may disappoint some players. There are a good variety of blinds to suit all levels of players. Texas Holdem no limit blinds start at the micro $0.01/0.02 and increase to $50/100. Texas Holdem fixed limit blinds range from $0.02/0.04 to a stomach churning $300/600!

UltimateBet offers single table and multi table tournaments in all the games you would expect. Regular multi table tournaments range from $1+$0.10 up to $500+$30 for the $50,000 guaranteed prize pool tournament. There are also a large number of freerolls and satellites awarding seats in larger tournaments to their winners, the biggest being the World Series of Poker. SNG’s are offered in both full table and short-handed versions and have buyins ranging from $1+$0.10 up to $5000+$100.

Software

Mac users will be glad to hear that UltimateBet is supported on both the PC and Mac. The UltimateBet lobby is not as awe inspiring as some, but is highly functional allowing you to switch between ring games, scheduled tournaments and SNG tournaments in an instant. In order to select a suitable game you are provided with the number of players seated, the number of players waiting, the average pot size, the percentage of players seeing the flop and the hands being player per hour. Clicking on a table will tell you who’s playing, but unfortunately will give no further information such as the respective chip stacks.

The table view is basic 3D affair that shows the table and chairs superimposed on a selected background, but not much else. No information is supplied on a players location, but if you right click on the players name displayed on the back of their chair, you can add player notes which can prove useful should you come across the same player again in the future.

Whilst most poker rooms will allow you to resize the table, UltimateBet has a unique “mini view” feature that changes the whole layout into a very basic window that allows a good number of table windows to be displayed on the same screen at the same time. The stats offered at the table by UltimateBet are more detailed than most, although they offer nothing like the dedicated stats software programs, and hand histories can be requested.

If you are one to gamble UltimateBet have added to their software single player and multi player blackjack side games. Whilst these can add to the excitement, if you are someone who looks out of the bottom line they’re probably left best alone.

Bonus

If you sign up at UltimateBet make sure to use the bonus code “phelper40” to receive the new player bonus. Upon depositing at least $25 you will qualify for a 100% deposit match bonus up to a massive $350. The bonus will be added into your bonus account and converted into real money at a rate of $1 per 10 UltimatePoints you earn in ring games and at a rate of $1 per 30 UltimatePoints you earn in SNG’s and other tournaments.

Loyalty Programs

UltimateBet operates a loyalty points scheme called UltimatePoints, but unlike other poker rooms there are a vast number of ways to earn them including spending time at a poker table (any limit, including free play), playing raked hands, entering tournaments and starting real money games. You can use the UltimatePoints to buy a whole range of items ranging from a Team UB Cap for 2,400 UltimatePoints to a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy for 4,000,000 UltimatePoints. Alternatively, you can use them to buy into special ring games and tournaments where you can increase your UltimatePoints bankroll.

UltimateBet also frequently offers reload bonuses advertised on the website and through email and you can receive up to $100 for referring your friends though the refer-a-friend scheme.

Support

UltimateBet has an extensive FAQ section that is more detailed than most allowing you to search by keyword to find exactly what you are looking for. Email support is also available via , but there is no telephone or live support; a disappointing omission.

Account Funding Methods

UltimateBet accepts deposits from: VISA, MasterCard, FirePay, Neteller, Citadel, Delta, Visa Electron, Click2Pay, epassporte, Debit Card, ATM Online, InstaDebit, Western Union, Moneybookers, Bank Draft, Wire Transfer and Check.

Account Withdrawal Methods

UltimateBet processes withdrawals using: Neteller, Moneybookers, Wire Transfer, Firepay and Check.

Legalities

UltimateBet is licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

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