Note: Ultimate Bet had some controversy in January 2008, with a cheating scandal due to a special superuser account. You can read all details here: Ultimate Bet Scandal.
Games: Ultimate Bet has a solid selection of games. Old favorites like Texas Hold'em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud are well represented, along with more exotic games such as Razz. Ultimate Bet also spreads mixed games, like HORSE. There's also a wide selection of tournaments, from regular SNGs and MTTs to satellites and bounty tournaments.
Special Features: Ultimate Bet features some of the world's top poker pros playing on their site, including stars like Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke. They also have a bad beat jackpot, which means you can win even when you lose! If you're at a jackpot table when you manage to lose with quad eights or better, you'll earn a share of the jackpot. Players at the table where the bad beat occurred also get a slice of the prize, and even players at other jackpot tables get a portion of the jackpot. Find out how big the bad beat jackpot is right now - click here!
Ultimate Bet offers a Refer-A-Friend program that allows you to earn cash bonuses by encouraging friends to join the site. Player-to-player transfers are allowed.
Software Features: Ultimate Bet's software client features a built in blackjack game, in case you want to get away from the poker tables for a while. If you sign up for an Ultimate Bet account today, you'll gain instant access to their blackjack tables and tournaments too.
The Ultimate Bet client also has many of the features you'd expect from a major poker site, like hand histories, buddy lists, and lobby filters.
Promotions: Like most poker sites, Ultimate Bet features satellites to live poker tournaments. They send a large number of players to the World Series of Poker, with satellites starting at just ten cents!
Ultimate Bet has a 111% first deposit bonus for new players, up to a maximum reward of $1100 bonus dollars. Ultimate Bet also runs frequent reload bonuses.
Ultimate Bet also have various other promotions for the regular player, including their Ultimate Leaderboard for tournament players with a million dollar prize pool. This thing is absolutely sick, with various different levels, and if you are a tournament player you really should check this out.
There's also the UB 500, an Ultimate Race for prize pools over $500,000 plus huge freeroll bonuses. For play money players, there's even the Play Money Hall of Fame!
Rakeback/Rewards: Rai$e is Ultimate Bet's loyalty program, which rewards players for play on the site. As you pay rake and tournament fees, you'll earn points that can be redeemed for merchandise, tournament entries, and cash. The more you play, the better the rewards get, with additional benefits and options open to players at the program's highest levels.
Support: Ultimate Bet handles their customer support by email. You can reach their support staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, and should receive a response within two days.