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Ultimate Bet Poker Review

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Ultimate Bet is one of the most beautifully designed and arranged poker websites out there - kudos to the webmasters! And speaking of masters, Ultimate Bet has more of them on staff than I've seen in one place since the last broadcast of the WSOP.

"Team UB" as they're affectionately called, includes such familiar poker celebs as Annie Duke, Phil Hellmuth, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, and Antonio Esfandiari, plus a choice selection of UB Ambassadors - all of whom not only receive a stunning profile page, but also regularly contribute expert articles on bettering your game. These stars also recorded a seminar at the Bellagio which is available (for a fee) for download from the Ultimate Bet site.

Yes of course, Ultimate Bet also has excellent, fast-paced, high and low stakes action, as well as a mind-shattering multitude of promotions and satellites. And that would be enough for most of us. But no, Ultimate Bet simply doesn't stop there; they also provide detailed rules on many poker variations, a strategy section with separate beginner, intermediate, advanced, and tournament advice, a section called "Poker Life" with interesting poker-related news and entertainment extras, a player blog, and Team Ultimate Bet, offering players even more opportunities to win.

In fact, there's so many ways to win at UltimateBet, you really can't go wrong - unless of course you don't go at all.

 
Ultimate Bet OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Annual multi-million dollar tournament held in Aruba
$24,000 in prizes awarded each month
Great selection of tournaments including an Annie Duke Freeroll
Free online poker seminars presented by the pros
Great bonuses and promotions, including a redeposit bonus
Your chance to play against high profile endorsers
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
100%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$500
  Referral Bonus:
100% Cash match on your friend's deposit
  Bonus Codes:
500MAX
 
Ranking Summary
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Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
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CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
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Overall Grade 91%
 
   
 


Bonuses
100% Bonus for first time deposits up to $500 (until Jan 31, 2006)
Refer a friend bonus - 50% cash match of your friend's first deposit
"Ultimate Points" frequent player bonuses
$100 signup with 100% match with our special bonus code


 
 


Promotions
WSOP super satellite tournaments
"Play against a pro" Annie Duke freeroll
Learn poker from the pros online seminars


 
 


Software & Graphics
Play action graphics are fluid and easy to follow
Fun background selection options
Speedy dealing and chip moving which can make for fast paced gaming
No player avatar options
No seat selection option

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Game Variation & Limits
Limit and No Limit Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha 8 or Better, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud 8 or Better
Games with a twist: Double Flop Hold'em Triple Draw, Crazy Pineapple
Lots of satellite tournaments and freerolls
Limits: 1¢/2¢ - $80/$160


 
 


Traffic
Over 10,000 players online during peak hours
Even with high traffic most games have zero or little wait time
Very little traffic on pineapple and triple draw during peak hours


 
 


Competition
Diverse - draws players all over the world with strong international marketing efforts
Good low limit action
Stiff competition in games with limits/buy-ins over $5


 
 


Rake
No flop-no drop policy - there's no rake if there's no flop
Up to 5% of the pot


 
 


Customer Service
Email support broken into categories by issue
Nice "get diagnostics" feature to help you work with tech support


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposit: VISA, MasterCard, NETeller, FirePay, Citadel, SFPay, wire transfer, bank draft, cashier's check
Cash Out: NETeller, FirePay and check (VISA up to the amount charged)


 
 


Ease of Use
Graphics are clean and software is fluid
Lobby window is a bit cluttered
Free and easy software download
No seat selection in ring games