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Minimum/Maximum Buy-in

The minimum buy-in for limit tables is ten times the big bet. If you want to play at a $2-$4 limit hold’em table then the minimum buy-in you could sit down with is $40. The minimum and maximum buy-ins may vary from table to table for pot limit and no limit games, and should be verified before you select a table. The minimum and maximum buy-ins will be indicated in the lobby where you select games.


Use the tables below to find the rake structure for available games on Ultimate Poker. Please note that pots are not raked in hold’em unless the flop is seen.

NOTE: “Players” refers to the number of players dealt into that hand, not the total number seated at the table.

No Limit & Pot Limit

Stakes% Rake2 Player Cap3-4 Player Cap5+ Player Cap
$0.25/$0.50 – $10/$204.50%$0.50$1.50$3.00
$50/$100 & Higher4.00%$2.00$3.00$5.00

Fixed Limit

Stakes% Rake2 Player Cap3-4 Player Cap5+ Player Cap
$10/$20 & Higher4.00%$0.50$1.50$3.00

Tournament Fees

Tournament fees are the entry fee charged to join a tournament. This value is listed after the plus-sign that follows the initial buy-in fee for a tournament.


A player is all in when they have contributed the last of their chips into a pot. They can only win the value of their all-in bet from other players in the pot. Any money bet by other opponents in addition to the all-in amount will be put in a side pot. The other active players can continue to play the side pot. The all-in player cannot be forced to fold if there is betting action in the side pot above the value of their stack. This ensures that the all-in player can still win the main pot that is equal in value to the last chips that they bet, plus the value of the opponents that matched their all-in bet.

Card Game Rules

See the “Poker Tips” section.


Breaks are scheduled at regular intervals during a tournament. Breaks begin after all of the hands currently in action in the tournament are completed. The timing of breaks can take place at a time interval (for example every hour) or after a certain number of levels (for example, after every two levels). Be aware of the tournament break information of the tournament you are playing, and use that time to use the restroom, grab food, etc. Anything you need to do to prepare yourself for the next time period of play.


Internet disconnections do happen and this is one of the risks of participating in an online tournament. This can be because of internet disconnections due to your internet service provider or connection problems between your computer and the servers. Ultimate Poker does not accept any responsibility for a player disconnect except in the case of a server crash. Each player is responsible for their own Internet connection.

Minimum Software Requirements

In order to play on Ultimate Poker, your computer must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A Windows-based operating system (Windows Vista, Windows 7 or newer)
  • 1.2 GHz Intel or AMD based CPU
  • 1 GB memory (RAM)
  • 30 MB hard drive space
  • A network connection
  • A minimum screen/display resolution of 1280×800

Unfair Play

Actions that are intended to give an unfair advantage to any player are not allowed. Soft playing certain players or directly dumping chips to other players may result in penalties. This can include the seizure of funds from the offending player’s account and/or termination of the guilty parties account. Game play will be reviewed to identify violations and unethical play. In some cases it may be necessary to withhold player’s winnings until the completion of a review.

Players are only allowed to play one account in a tournament and they can not sell off their seat mid-tournament to another player. Player’s caught doing this may receive penalties or be disqualified from the tournament (with full or partial forfeiture of entry fee and winnings), or termination of their account.


52-Card Poker Deck: All Ultimate Poker games use a standard 52-card poker deck.
Continuous Shuffle: Continuous shuffle means that cards are shuffled continuously during the course of the hand, dark-row after hole cards or board cards are dealt. In a pre-dealt shuffle cards are shuffled once before the hand (similar to brick and mortar casinos). Continuous shuffle does not increase or decrease the odds of any cards appearing on the flop, turn, or river; it keeps the randomness of the deal intact.

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