Ultimate Poker Review

  Ultimate Poker is the first fully-regulated and legal poker site to have launched in America. Currently, the site is only available to residents of Nevada and New Jersey, but the company have plans to move into other American states and Europe whenever possible.

 

Ultimate Poker

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Ultimate Poker Review - Overall 10 out of 10

Ultimate Poker was launched in Nevada in early 2013 as the first legal American online poker room since Black Friday. Nevada legislators considered Ultimate Poker's initial trial period a success and granted the poker room a full license to operate in Nevada on a permanent basis. Ultimate Poker is closely linked with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) - a trusted and exponentially-growing entertainment brand. With this and the watchful eyes of Nevada lawmakers in mind, players know that their funds are in a safe place. 

Initially, Ultimate Poker players reported that the client was clunky and poorly-designed. Several small updates and one recent generic update have allayed most customer fears, although some design and functionality issues are still to be addressed. In its initial stage, Ultimate Poker is only available to residents of Nevada, but its parent company have ambitious plans to branch out into other states and countries whenever possible.

It is a truth widely acknowledged that Ultimate Poker is an excellent place for smart grinders to play at the moment. With many of the site's new registrations being inexperienced players drawn in by the UFC connections, or live players testing out the online experience, Ultimate Poker is a 'reg's' paradise. 

Player Rewards - Color Up 

In the latest software update, Ultimate Poker rolled out the 'Color UP!' rewards scheme. This is quite similar to a typical online poker rewards structure, with players ascending the loyalty levels with every rake landmark that they meet. Higher color levels then lead to better conversion rates when rewards points are traded-in for cash or tournament tickets. 

Tournaments 

Ultimate Poker can boast a wide selection of scheduled tournaments, with regular events to suit most bankrolls and skill levels. $1,000 and $5,000 nightly events offer fun tournaments to players who are looking for a little excitement before bedtime, with $100 freerolls also running regularly for players who are down on their luck. High rollers are also catered for very well, with $20,000 ($200 buy-in) and $10,000 ($100 buy-in) tourneys taking place every Sunday. 

Training

Ultimate Poker's sponsored pro Jason Somerville produces a daily YouTube and Twitch.tv series entitled 'Run It UP!', in which he attempts to turn an initial $50 into $10,000 by playing the cash games and tournaments on Ultimate Poker. With episodes typically between 25 minutes and an hour long, the entertaining and likeable pro talks you through his strategy as he plays, whilst amusing viewers with hilarious anecdotes and funny mannerisms. 

Traffic 

Ultimate Poker report strong and growing traffic within Nevada. Of course, with players in only one state able to play on the site, liquidity is not very strong. As a result, only No Limit Hold'em games are offered at present, with Pot Limit Omaha and other poker variations promised to arrive on the site once a higher demand arises. 

Deposits and Withdrawals

Players who are unsure of online transactions can deposit to Ultimate Poker by talking to a cashier at their local Station Casino. Alternatively, online grinders can deposit by debit or credit card and bank wires. These two methods are available for withdrawals, with check by mail a further withdrawal option. 

Ultimate Poker Highlights

  • Online since 2013
  • First legal poker site in Nevada
  • 'Color UP!' reward scheme
  • Daily freerolls and scheduled tournaments
  • Daily 'Run It UP!' training videos by Jason Somerville

Additional Information

  • Nevada and New Jersey residents online
  • Hold'em and Omaha games offered
  • Software improvements continue
  • Variable levels of traffic

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