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Ultimate Bet

 

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Overall: (4)
Bonus: (4)
Promotions: (4)  
Fish: (1.5)
Tournaments: (5)
Software: (5)
Cashouts: (5)
Customer Service: (4.5)

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Overall: 4
Ultimate Bet has been one of online pokerís major players for years now, and consequently has built a large base of loyal players despite sponsoring Phil Hellmuth. Theyíre probably one of the most professional sites online, and they quietly attract a good amount of ring game and tournament traffic. They do also offer a wide range of game selection, and some decent high stakes action. Logistics like cashouts and e-mail customer service get top scores, and the software is excellent. The main complaint from players is the tighter nature of competition, which is true. However, it appeals to players who are sick of bad beats or play an aggressive style of play.

Bonus: 4 (40% up to $200)
The first time deposit bonus is pretty good at 40%. If you make a sizeable deposit, you can get up to $200 with this offer. If you use one of our links to Ultimate Bet, you can make sure that you receive the full 40%. They release the bonus to you as you earn UltimatePoints, which do add up even playing the smaller games. I like the fact that a little bit of your bonus is released every time you leave a table instead of forcing you to earn some arbitrary amount before itís released to you. They also usually have some sort of re-load bonus for subsequent deposits.

Promotions: 4
Ultimate Bet is above average in the promotions department, and they do have a good player loyalty system in place. You receive regular promotions through their e-mail newsletters, and they host a bunch of special tournaments for live event entries (like their yearly WPT-sponsored Aruba Classic), exclusive televised tournaments, and winning merchandise by playing on the site. As you earn Ultimate Points, youíll be able to order free merchandise like hats, jackets, and poker books. Their UP store actually offers some pretty neat stuff. They actually Ultimate Point tables if youíd like to gamble with them, as well.

Fish: 1.5
As I stated at the beginning of the review, UB is pretty tight compared to most online poker rooms. Flop percentages are generally lower than average and typically range between 20-35%. I donít think that players should avoid this site just for this reason, since you can still make a decent profit if you adjust your playing style accordingly. Your should be playing a more aggressive game, and you should play less drawing hands since you usually wonít be getting the proper pot odds with less players seeing the flop. Older poker rooms tend to be tighter, and I still enjoyed the action here despite that fact. Youíll find more weak-tight players than tight-aggressive players. High stakes players will appreciate the regular traffic up to the high limits.

Tournaments: 5
This is one of the main reasons to play at Ultimate Bet. They have a very busy tournament schedule for both serious tournaments players and micro buy-in players. One of their most fun daily tournaments is the (at least) $1,000 guaranteed event every night at about 10pm Eastern. For smaller players, they also have a good number of events under $10. For bigger tournament players, they now have a weekly $50,000 guaranteed event and a $150,000 guaranteed event on Sundays. They have multiple events every hour, and the tournament structure is very good. If youíre looking for tournaments, this is one of the best sites you can go with.

Software: 5
The software is basic in terms of visuals but pretty advanced in terms of features. The empty-chair avatar is actually somewhat refreshing to see in contrast to the slew of busy humanoid or personalized avatars on other sites. The UB hand history feature is well-suited for serious players, and the game lobby is probably the easiest to navigate. Their tournament lobbies were upgraded not too long ago to be a bit more user-friendly, and the quick tourney information from within an event proves useful. You can also choose from a number of picture backgrounds at each table, which is a fun little quirk.

Best Features
-Excellent tournament schedule. Due to their good traffic, their events are numerous and fill up pretty well.
-Great software. Simple, clean, and to the point.
-Good player rewards program. If you play enough here you can earn decent rewards such as poker merchandise and tournament entries.
-High stakes tables. Lots of pros and larger players frequent this site.

Cashouts: 5
Ultimate Bet is very flexible in terms of withdrawals, and they arenít obsessed with forcing you to cash out via the same method as you deposited. Iíve sometimes received my withdrawals within about 12 hours.

Customer Service: 4.5
Even though they only offer e-mail customer support, Iíve received responses within 10 minutes. I havenít had many issues here, but theyíve always been resolved quickly.
 

Game Selection: Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, Triple Draw, Pineapple


Limits:    Fixed Limit: .01/.02 - $80/160     No Limit: .01/.02 - $25/50


Tips
Since Ultimate Bet is one of the tighter online poker rooms, you should adjust your style of play here. First of all, you should have an easy time picking out the weak-tight players from the few action players. Use your player notes feature, and play more aggressively from late position when tighter players are in the blinds. Player notes can also help when youíre faced with a decision in a future hand. For example, if you were called down to the river with pocket Aces by a guy with pocket 88, you can bet into him on future hands and be confident that youíll get called down. Also, because of the tighter competition, you might want to consider slowplaying your hands more often. If youíre up against fewer opponents, the odds are less that one of them will have the right cards to draw out on you.
 

 

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