UB.com - New Name, Better Action
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UB.com - formerly Ultimate Bet Poker - is a trendsetter in online poker. The software offers great design, reliability and numerous customization options. The site also offers a sizable bonus for all Poker Junkie players.
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Screenshots & Gameplay
The Lobby Screenshot
The picture shows the poker lobby at the site. Click to view full-size version.
- UB Poker: the RAISE Loyalty Program
- New Prizes Added to the $1K UB.com Freeroll
- Poker Junkie $1K Facebook Freeroll
- 2010 WSOP: Get Paid to Show Up
- UB Sends Players to LA Poker Classic (WPT)
Pros & Cons
- Very quick payouts
- Endorsed by well known pros
- Low sit-&-go volumes
- Only support via e-mail
- Poker Traffic
- Software & Graphics
- Bonus and Promotions
- Game Variety
- Soft Competition
Step by Step Instructions
Click on Download and install the poker software – easy peasy!
Set up your poker account and invent a great nick name.
Make your first deposit and start playing to claim your sign-up bonus. Enjoy!
Full Review of UB.com
Summary of UB.com
UB.com is among the top ten sites when it comes to poker traffic - for ring games as well as tournaments. It is now one half of the Cereus network, which also hosts Absolute Poker. The game variation is impressive and there's a lot of action all the way from the micro levels to the highest stakes available online.
Promotions and a loyalty programs are very generous (use Poker Junkie’s exclusive Ultimate Bet bonus code.) Several poker pro endorsers participate in the games.
All in all, UB.com doesn't seem to have any major weaknesses.
Promotions and Bonus Information
The promotions at UB (Ultimate Bet) are respectable. As a Poker Junkie player you’ll enjoy a healthy $1100 sign-up bonus! With a deposit match of 111%, you need to deposit $991 to get the maximum bonus. Of course, any lower deposit amount will also give you the 111% UB Poker bonus (bonus code: JUNKIEUB).
The refer-a-friend program is more than decent - you get up to $75 for each friend you invite (under the usual condition that he or she makes a cash deposit and so on.) During the game year there are recurring reload bonuses, usually at around 20% match up to $100.
The loyalty program is pretty ambitious and gives you a reason to hang around after clearing the Ultimate Bet bonus for new players. All real-money hands and tournament fees that you contribute add to your player-points account. The points build up really quick and let you buy cool merchandise or enter special freerolls.
Big weekly guaranteed tournaments, numerous WSOP qualifiers and more than a few freerolls add a lot of value for active players. As a little spice to the bankroll-regulated every day grind, every hour a couple of High Hand Jackpots are granted to the best shown-down hands.
When it comes to ring game traffic, UB.com places in the top ten positions world wide. At this writing (Apr 2010) the number of real money players in ring games was 3,500 during peak hours. In the tournament department, peak-hour traffic is equally good and sometimes exceeds 20,000 real-money players.
Cash game traffic is not as Texas Holdem intense as on many other sites. With the huge array of games offered at Ultimate Bet, players tend to be more versatile. If you like a varied diet, you’ll often be able to find good games in other arenas than no-limit holdem (more below).
Software & Graphics
UB poker software has its own design and it is very stable. The poker servers seem to manage their job reliably even when the biggest tournaments are played. Player notes are supported, there is a sophisticated statistics functionality with in-depth information about your games and you can keep track of friends and favorite players, or the fish, using the buddy function.
Like many serious poker sites, UB.com has introduced resizable tables. You can shrink them or enlarge them freely to fit your needs and preferences, within certain bounds of course. This is one of the primary improvements in online poker lately, in our opinion. If you play a lot of simultaneous tables, the mini-table view allows you to keep an easy overview.
There’s a UB Poker download version for Windows. As a Mac or Linux user, you'll need a PC emulator to accommodate the UB software.
Naming the executable file mainclient.exe is pretty stupid IMHO. Typically by some developer who doesn't understand the user perspective. Anyway, that's the one you're supposed to double-click on after the Ultimate Bet download is complete, if you don't have a shortcut, and that's the name that will be displayed in the task list.
UB.com has put in blackjack and casino as their own tabs in the poker lobby – something that makes me personally halfway suicidal. After all, there are no tabs for Viagra or cheap insurances, so why casino? It's got nothing to do with poker.
Game selection at UB.com is excellent. Texas Holdem, Omaha high and high/low, and Seven Card Stud high and high/low make up the full standard kit. Then there is a range of more or less exotic poker variations such as Triple Draw Lowball (2-7 and A-5), Pineapple and Razz (Seven Card Stud low.)
With the advent of the $50,000 HORSE event in WSOP in 2006, mixed games have grown in popularity across the poker world, both live and online. UB features HORSE games as well as two other mixed up species (HOSE and HO.)
No-limit and pot-limit formats are available for most games, and for the genuine action junkie there are heads-up cash tables for Texas Holdem, Omaha and even 7-Card-Stud.
More AboutUltimateBet Becomes UB
The much appreciated poker room Ultimate Bet Poker changes its name to UB.com. That's what it's actually been called anyway, so this shouldn't be a problem for players.
The software platform has also been changed. Read the news about UB Poker and the Cereus Poker Network