Ultimate Gaming Network
Please be advised – This poker site has now closed.
Ultimate Poker made news in April 2013 when they became the first real money poker site in Nevada. So long as you’re within the boundaries of the state you’re able to play on their site.
What I like about their setup is that they’re partners with the Station Casinos. This gives them the opportunity to run offers between their online site and brick and mortar casinos in Las Vegas. What’s better is that they allow you to withdraw your funds and pick them up from any one of those casinos.
Their software is proprietary and created by another company they own, CyberArts. You’ll find my review below.
Of all the US accepting sites, Ultimate Poker is the least compatible. They only have a PC download. They don’t have a Mac download or a mobile poker app. However, reports have stated that Ultimate Poker has both in the works. So we’ll have to wait to see.
Available Games & Stakes at Ultimate Poker
The games you can play now at Ultimate Poker include holdem cash games, SNGs and MTTs. The stakes start at .01/.02 and peak at 10/20 for cash games, and range from .25 to 1,000 for tournaments. Tournament variations include guarantees, 6-max, double stacks, satellites, heads-up, step tourneys and turbo. When I last reviewed Ultimate Poker the SNG and cash game section appeared to be busy, even at the high stakes. This was late on a Friday night though.
Overall, when compared to other networks Ultimate Poker has little in terms of game selection. They only have holdem. But they have an ok selection of stakes and variations though. I would expect their game selection to grow as the legal landscape of online poker in America continues to improve.
That said, I do like that they run guaranteed tournaments daily. Everyday they run a $100 freeroll and $1,000 and $2,5000 nightly guarantees. Once a week (on Sundays) they run a $10k guarantee. So that’s a plus.
Lobby and Table Software Features
There’s not much to say about the lobby of Ultimate Poker. They have 3 options at the top, including ring games, SNGs and tournaments. Below that you have the option to hide full tables, empty tables and to adjust the stakes up and down. Then you have your standard options at the very top of screen for logging in/out and the table features.
From what I saw of the lobby I was surprised at the tables. They still have a web 2.0 (outdated) feel, but they’re better polished than the lobby. There are 6 backgrounds to choose from, as well as basic options like auto rebuy, muck and sound adjustments. There are 45 avatars to choose from too, as well as classic and 4-color decks. You can also lay your tables out however you want.
The bottom line is that there’s not a heck of a lot to get excited about. The software is still basic, and the graphics are outdated by a couple of years. I attribute some of this to Ultimate Poker (and legal US poker) being new. The reason being is that I don’t expect a kick ass site with tons of games, features and modern graphics until Ultimate Poker can justify doing so with traffic and revenue. And while they have some of both, it’s nothing compared to what they’ll have once more states launch their own poker sites.
What I Like
What I like the most about Ultimate Poker is their tables. It has less of an outdated feel that the rest of the site does.
They also have a good variety of stakes and variations, even if all they have is Texas holdem.
What I Don’t Like
The site looks incomplete, like you’d expect to see more games listed. The graphics look outdated and there are few features that make the experience ‘fun’ outside of playing poker. The bright side is that I expect these issues to change as the site, and legal poker as a whole, grows.