- Player Traffic: 7
- Software and Graphics: 8
- Bonuses and Promotions: 8
- Soft Competition: 7
- Customer Support: 8
- Game Variety: 8
- Web site: Ub.com
- Established: 2001
- Country: Kahnawake
- Network: Cereus
- Download Size: 17.1 MB
- E-Mail support: www.ub.com/support/contact-us
- Flash software (no download): Yes
- Mac download: Yes
- First deposit bonus: 111% up to $1100 in bonus dollars. You will receive $1 for every 20 Ultimate Bet points, released in $5 increments. Once you receive your bonus you’ll also be entered into a $1,000 New Depositors Freeroll that takes place on Mondays at 8:00pm ET.
- Other bonuses: See current and ongoing promotions
- Texas Hold’em
- Omaha Hi/Lo
- 7 Card Stud
- 7 Card Stud 8/B
- Mixed Games:
- H.O.R.S.E (Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)
- H.O.S.E (Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)
- H.A. (Hold’em & Omaha Hi)
History & Overview
Along with Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and part of the Cereus network. It was founded in 2001 and features a solid squad of young and up and coming poker pros. Team UB consists of Joe Sebok, Prahlad Friedman, actress Tiffany Michelle and former Anthrax guitar player Scott Ian. Phil Helmuth and Annie Duke are also spokespeople for UB.
In October 2008, 60 Minutes partnered with the Washington Post to investigate Russ Hamilton, a former Ultimate Bet consultant who was accused of cheating at UB by using software that allowed him to see his opponents’ hole cards. Kahnawake levied a $1.5 million against the company, and Ultimate Bet was forced to refund $22,100,000 to the defrauded players.
Scandal aside, UB has plenty of great features and options, including Ultimate Buddy and tournament blackjack. Read on to find out more.
Deposit & Cashout Methods for US Players
UB offers some very unique deposit options. Phone One allows you to Use your Visa to purchase pre-paid long distance phone time that you can redeem for credit. In addition, if you purchase any EBook bundle from PerEBook.com, they will credit your account with the full purchase price.
- Quick Deposit by Instant eChecks
- Phone One
- Western Union
- MG Money Transfer
- Check by Mail
- Gold Chips
- Bank Transfer
- Premium Wire
Software and graphics
UB has a very clean, easy to use interface. Everything is very intuitive and easy to find. The poker table skins share the same graphical detail. Skins include a football field, spaceship, Las Vegas, Aruba, epic empire and a Bellator MMA ring.
UB has standard poker room features like player notes, statistics and the option to save hand histories. Want to see a replay of that sweet all-in call that took down a monster pot? Simply click “Replay” at the top of any table to relive the glory.
Add your UB poker and blackjack contacts with UltimateBuddy. Open UltimateBuddy from the main lobby and see what tables your friends (or your favorite fish) are currently playing. You can add notes and even be taken directly to a table from the buddy client.
The weak-willed beware: UB has buttons on the main lobby for instant blackjack and casino play. If you think online poker is dodgy, you may want to avoid blackjack and the casino altogether. It can be tempting to throw all of your money on black at the roulette table when you’re on tilt. Set strict limits if you don’t want to take big hits to your bankroll.
Competition at the micro- and low-limits is loose, while the high stakes feature stiff competition with some of the best pros in poker ready to take your money. Still, the competition at the micro- and low-limits is above average for poker rooms.
There aren’t nearly as many players at UB as there are at PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, so finding a table to meet your average pot and players per flop percentage specifications may be difficult. Outside of peak hours, you may find only a couple $1/$2 limit 9-player tables inhabited.
If you need a break from poker you can join a tournament blackjack table, with minimum bets from $.10 to $5. Up to seven players can get in on the action. You might be weary of playing blackjack online, but it seems fairly on par to playing in a casino.
Tournaments and Freerolls
For as little as $1 you can enter a real-money tournament at UB. UB hosts both Hold’em and Omaha tournaments. Types of tournaments include: SnGs, triple or nothing—where a third of the players win triple their buy-in back (minus the fee), direct entry satellites, deep stacks, steps, guaranteed, rebuys and add-ons, bounties, heads-up and freezouts.
UB also has plenty of freerolls, including a first-time depositor freeroll. Think you’re too good to waste your time on a freeroll? Think again. UB offers a freeroll series where you can win a seat at the main event in some of the biggest poker tourneys in the world.
UB’s loyalty program is called RAI$E. Similar to PokerStars, your progress through five tiers: Member, Player, Contender, Legend and Icon. The more points you earn, the higher your status. The higher your status, the faster you will earn points, all the while gaining more exclusive access every step of the way. Depending upon your level, you can exchange your points for tournament tickets, poker merchandise and up to $1000 cash. You can even create your own private tournaments.
Once you become a highroller, you’ll earn 24/7 dedicated VIP host services, concierge services, satellite entries to live poker events such as the WSOP, WPT and Aruba.
UB is available via email support. Although they don’t provide phone and live chat support, they promptly respond to any queries.
The poker videos at UB.com will answer most common questions.