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A Look At The Ultimate Poker Software: Nevada's First Real Money Online Poker Room

An Early Review Of Nevada's First Online Poker Room

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Ultimate Poker launched today and dealt the first real-money online poker hand in Nevada. For more information about the company behind the product take a look at the latest issue of Card Player Magazine.

Continue reading for Card Player’s take on the software.

Getting Started

The first step was surprisingly easy. We headed over to UltimatePoker.com, downloaded and installed the software. Following the on-screen prompts, the entire process was simplified and within minutes the poker client was up and running.

After registering a new player nickname and verifying our identity and location by text message, we had full access to the main poker lobby. But before we could sit down and play, we needed to make our initial deposit.

The real benefit of a licensed and regulated online poker market in Nevada is the deposit process. What once took hours, if not days, has been streamlined to minutes. In addition to the option of mailing a paper check, players can use a bank wire or deposit up to $300 immediately with an instant check.

Perhaps the most popular option will be a cash deposit at any of Station Casino’s 16 different properties scattered around Las Vegas. These locations essentially act as 24/7 banks, able to take deposits and administer cash out requests at the cashier’s cage, making the funds available instantly.

Those located outside of Nevada can still register for an account, but they will be unable to deposit or play until they are in the state.

The Main Poker Lobby

Those who have played online poker in the past will see a very familiar lobby design at Ultimate Poker. Poker offerings are divided into three different categories: Ring Games, Sit And Gos and Tournaments.

Players have the option to sort the available tables by stakes, table name, buy-in, number of players and even more detailed information such as the average size of the pot, number of hands per hour and percentage of players who see the flop.

From the main lobby a player can access their cashier page, or wallet, which shows their account balance, information and transaction history. In the account history tab, users can also look at a complete history of their games and hands played. Those who are problem gamblers can even self-impose limits on their play in the responsible gaming tab.

Ring Games

Those looking for cash game action will be pleased to know that Ultimate Poker offers limit hold’em with stakes as low as $0.05-$0.10 and as high as $10-$20. They also offer no-limit hold’em with blinds as low as $0.1-$0.2 and as high as $3-$6. There are full-ring nine-handed tables and six-max tables available.

Ultimate Gaming Chief Technology Officer Chris Derossi stated that stakes and limits were not a regulatory issue by the Nevada Gaming Commission, it’s simply a matter of offering what the players request. Other games, however, do need to be approved by the NGC.

For the moment, only hold’em is being spread, but Derossi told Card Player that more games and variations, such as Omaha, Stud and Lowball will follow in the near future.

Sit And Go

Clicking on the sit and go tab will give you a number of options at varying buy-in levels. Players can compete for as little as $0.25 or as high as $100. These sit and go’s are offered full ring, six-max or heads-up, known on the site as 1v1.

Tournaments

Right now, most of the tournaments offered in the Ultimate Poker lobby are based on the current promotions being run on the site, though Derossi confirmed that more tournaments would be available in the coming weeks as the site continues to add new users.

There is a $50 buy-in $1,000 guaranteed tournament at 8 p.m. each day and a $100 buy-in $10,000 guaranteed tournament at 6 p.m. every Sunday.

Game Play

Once seated at a live table, users will notice a typical online poker layout. Players can change the color of the table background, choose between classic or four-color decks, and even pick out their own avatar from a pool of 28 options.

At the table, players can talk with both the other players in the game and observers by using the chat box in the lower left corner. Another tab allows users to look at their current session’s statistics, displaying percentages such as flops seen from the blinds or pots won at showdown.

The more serious online poker players will be happy to see that using the View option in the lobby, multiple game tables can be tiled or cascaded. Those who find themselves competing against a particular obnoxious opponent can even have that player’s chat muted.

Rake

Ultimate Poker subscribes to a purely percentage-based rake structure, rather than the typical tier system used in your local cardroom. At the moment, all no-limit hold’em games are raked at 4.5 percent with a cap depending on what stakes you are playing.

For instance, if you are playing $0.25-$0.50, the most the software will rake is $3, regardless of how large the pot gets. If you are playing six-max or heads-up games, the cap is lowered.

For limit hold’em games, and we presume future limit variations of other games, the rake is 4 percent with a generous cap that rivals even the offshore online poker sites.

The Not So Good

The biggest gripe users will have is the fact that you can only play on a PC, meaning Mac users are currently shut out unless they download VMware, which allows PC software to run on a Mac platform, and Windows 7 before downloading the Ultimate Poker client.

Additionally, players on smaller screens may find themselves frustrated by the fact that you can’t currently re-size game tables or the lobby. Those who wish to take notes on particular opponents will have to wait for an future software update.

Overall, however, we were more than impressed by Ultimate Poker’s new product. The software is smooth, the response times are speedy, the graphics are clean and perhaps most importantly, it’s incredibly easy to jump on and start playing quickly.

Current Promotions

Right now, anyone who deposits is eligible for a $10,000 freeroll taking place on May 26, where 1 in 3 players will make the money. Players can also jump into daily $100 freerolls or win their way into another freeroll for 1 million Station Casino’s Boarding Pass Points.

Sundays also bring on the Staycation freeroll, where players compete for free accommodations at Station Casino properties in Las Vegas.

 
 
 
 

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bmpek
over 1 year ago

my windows ten computer downloaded but would not run the program. said the site signature was corrupt or invalid. anyone else having this problem and a solution????

 
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Jamal
over 1 year ago

wtf is windows 10?

 
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trentbridge
over 1 year ago

I've read it works if you download using Firefox or Chrome because IE is blocking it.

 
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fingaz
over 1 year ago

Could be coz u have Windows 10? Sounds like u got scammed...

 
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notCIA
over 1 year ago

I'm a little tired so maybe I missed it after going through the article twice: What's the rake?

 
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AcesAndFaces
over 1 year ago

Wonder if Ultimate Poker will spread to other states as they legalize online poker. Hopefully there won't be sites only for New Jersey, only for Nevada, etc. after the ball gets rolling. Hoping to see some huge guarantees from the comfort of my own home. A daily $1,000 guarantee on a $50 buy in?!?! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 
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Mark Clyde Brant V
over 1 year ago

The snowball that starts the avalanche is rolling! Way to go NEVADA!

 
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Mark Clyde Brant V
over 1 year ago

Staycation Sunday freerolls is a very cool idea.

 
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Mark Clyde Brant V
over 1 year ago

The sorting feature for game selection is amazing!

 
 

Busboom
over 1 year ago

would love to try it out, but since I'm a Verizon customer, they say there's apparently a problem verifying location. Of course, it's only for Verizon... not ATT, Sprint, etc.

 
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ICEBERG64
over 1 year ago

I had a different cell Co. to just switched to AT&T I'm still locked out and no communication coming back from them ! I had to sign a 2yr contract with AT&T plus put up a $500.00 deposit for 1yr I'm starting to get hot sitting on the side lines . I have been watching some of the games being played and something bothers me I saw 5 or 6 players playing in 5 games at the same time sitting side by side that was yesterday and there back at it today that's a lot of money to be putting up buy ins of $200 min. 1&2 3&4 I heard of people playing 2 separate games at the same time but 5 something don't feel right to me !

 
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Busboom
over 1 year ago

here's the official response:

Due to a technical error on the Verizon Wireless end in Nevada, Ultimate Poker may be unable to verify your location. This might occur even if you are within state limits. Unfortunately, until Verizon Wireless fixes this technical error, you will be unable to play on Ultimate Poker, unless you have another mobile number with a supported provider (Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile). We will contact you as soon as they have rectified this error.

 
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pokertruth
over 1 year ago

THE FOLKS AT UP MUST PROOFREAD THE WRITTEN CONTENT OF THE WHOLE SITE BECAUSE IT CONTAINS MANY ERRORS AND MIS-STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE MEANING OF LIMIT, POT LIMIT AND NO LIMIT.

 
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jimmytang
over 1 year ago

UB was one of the most deceitful, shady sites out there - I can't believe anybody would support a site that has caused so many people hardship. Even in a makeover situation it amazes me that poker players flock to online or go back to these sites.

For Americans the ability to play online should be granted - so ridiculous but this is a good step for all poker players and even though I'm not a fan of UB - good day for poker..

 
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maxima191
over 1 year ago

jimmytang you are a moron it's a totally new site nothing to do with the defunct AP and UB get some glasses!

 
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AcesAndFaces
over 1 year ago

maxima191, calm down. We all make mistakes, the name calling is uncalled for. That will be enough of that or sanctions will rain down upon you my friend!

 
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Jay10
over 1 year ago

Regarding the Verizon mess, did you notice that you MUST have a mobile phone to play on the site (which will keep a lot of senior citizens away) and that it looks like they are verifying your location via your mobile phone every time you log in (which will keep a lot of privacy-first, don't-track-me folks away)?

 
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clunker
over 1 year ago

All this info and you forget to say how many people are actually using the site which is a pretty important stat to overlook. A 50$ buy in 1k guarantee would lead to believe not many yet.

 
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trentbridge
over 1 year ago

According to pokerscout.com the site has just over a hundred players right now (Friday lunch) and had a peak of just over 200 yesterday. Given that many SoCal and NoCal players might venture into Nevada for the weekend and given that many players can fly in from across the country knowing that online poker is now available again in Nevada, I wouldn't be surprised if the tournament doesn't get over 500 entries..,

 
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Barbie2
over 1 year ago

installs on windows 7, but when 'open new account', brings 'script error 1', unable to do anything after that.

 
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ICEBERG64
over 1 year ago

I am 66yrs old never text or tweeted in my life don't know how I am now $500 lighter for AT&T DEPOSIT and a two year contract with them and They still wont let me log on one of the emails sent to me said to text a number to them . What is going on They said a working phone from AT&T SPRINT or T-MOBIL and I'm still getting jammed up by them I think texting is another $20 a month at this rate I will be paying AT&T more money than I can make playing poker I have to make $50a month right now just to pay the phone bill that's a big chunk from any profits plus there are not that many players 5 cent 10 cent games come on !

 
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Swami
over 1 year ago

This great new poker site will not let me withdraw my money nor will they respond to e-mails.

Long-time Vegas resident and member of Boulder Station poker. They gladly took my money and now not only cannot I not get it there is no one to contact. The Boulder Station casino managers say it is out of there hands and offer no solutions.

I am phucked. Please stay away. Just another in a long line of BS poker sites.

Play live or don't play.

 
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Swami
over 1 year ago

Update: They have blocked all e-mails from me. They have my money; no more need to contact me.

The Fertitta brother thieves get to add another few billion backed by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Scam City, peeps.

 
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Swami
over 1 year ago

Update II.

Finally got a response. Customer Support threatened to lock my funds up for saying a naughty word in an e-mail. It is OK for those in power to be abusive and break their promises. I am supposed to be thrilled that it has taken me ten wasted hours so far - and nothing.

They said my account was now OK to withdraw and that it would take three days before withdrawing. (Took my money in 30 seconds on deposit). Problem resolved then? No. I got two steps further and then must enter a PIN then sent to my non-existent phone number.

In other words: still no access.

Boulder Station Casino managers say it is not their problem even though they promote it heavily, so I have no live human being to talk to.

Do yourselves a favor and wait for a site that actually cares about their customers.

 
 

Swami
over 1 year ago

Final update.

Got my money after a dozen e-mails, phone calls and four visits to Boulder station. Only wasted 20 hours for my 'easy withdrawal'.

Never again. I will wait for a poker site that is customer friendly.

 
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Chasen
over 1 year ago

Wow these program developers are single handedly the worst and laziest group of developers I have ever seen. Just the fact that they say, oh if you have a mac just download a VMware program and buy a full copy of Windows 7 that will run so that you can play the windows version. Are you serious? Like oh yeah I'll pay $100 for the VMware software, $200 for windows and to top it all off have my computer run as slow as it possibly can because I'm allocating all these resources to run a full copy of windows 7 in the background just to play a simple poker program. It would literally take one developer probably only one day to get a Mac Version running. It's not like they have to completely change the framework or alter the program. Just get a mac version running.

 
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