It would be far too easy to focus on the history of UB (formerly known as Ultimate Bet), however looking to the future, it has relaunched itself with a commitment to fair and equitable gaming and in the opinion of many they really have no choice – regulatory authorities are watching them like hawks.
If this review solely focused on the negatives, it would miss the positives, of which there are many. UB allows players from the United States which is a huge positive for all players as it means that the site is large and there is a lot of traffic at peak Australian/NZ times. They spread a wide variety of games that have minimal waiting times at all hours of the day, and they have software that is widely regarded as some of the best in the business. Throw in the huge bonus, and its hard to see why anyone wouldn’t give this site a shot.
UB is also the choice of top poker professionals Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Sebok and Tiffany Michelle.
Bonus terms and conditions
UB presents an exclusive first deposit bonus of 150% up to $1,600 - exclusively for PokerNetwork players. Simply download UB using the links on PokerNetwork, register a new account and make a minimum deposit. Bonus Dollars will be converted to real money for play on the site at the rate of $1 for every 20 UB Points you earn at raked ring game tables. $1 for every 30 UB Points earned in tournaments is also converted to real money. Players that deposit and withdraw their bonus without significant amount of play will forfeit their bonus. Bonus money is released in $5 increments.
||150% to $1,600 First Deposit Bonus
Limits & Rake
UB spreads a wide array of games at a stake to suit virtually every bankroll. Micro stakes cash games start as low as $0.02/$0.04 and they proceed upwards to a pulsating $300/$600 game that gets up more often then you’d expect. The rake system is complex. Safe to say its pretty much on par with the rest of the industry, in some cases cheaper due to it being based on players at the table and stakes etc. Full details on the rake for specific stakes and table sizes are available at the UB website.
In partnership with Absolute Poker, UB has formed the Cereus Network merging their player bases to create a new entity challenging for the top five in player traffic in the online poker industry. Even at peak European times this site is solidly in the top ten, despite most of its traffic being from an American customer base. UB like many of the larger sites that accept Americans is a poker haven 24 hours a day. This is great for those in Australia and New Zealand who commonly find peak playing hours closer to those played by Americans then the hours that the bulk of Europeans play.
UB's poker client has always had an excellent reputation. With the relaunch and the Cereus network this software is only going to get better. A huge advancement in the software is the mini-view function, something that will make multi-tabling even easier. This is sure to please those looking to maximize the return on their massive first deposit bonus as they will waste earning their bonus. Unlike some other sites UB Poker plays fast. Players can maximize their hands per hours thanks to the speed that UB games are played at. Great for action junkies! With slick graphics and smooth gameplay, UB is a pleasure to play at.
For a large online poker site, UB offers excellent customer service. There are two modes of contact – email which generally is replied to in an efficient manner and also a live chat service that is available through the UB poker software.
Player Rewards Program
RAI$E is UB's brand new player rewards program. Loyal players can enjoy five levels of membership with points earned able to be redeemed in a number of ways including the UBPoints Store and the innovative UBAuctions!