Players logging into Ultimate Poker today will be met with a new software update, which will install the long-awaited version 2.0 of the site’s software. While many features have been added and complaints addressed version 2.0 will likely fall a bit short of expectations for most players. The update is a major improvement, but still leaves more to be desired in my opinion.
What’s New in Version 2.0?
First and foremost the software is a lot crisper, both aesthetically and in terms of performance. Lag issues have been greatly reduced and the GUI now appears to be of an online poker room in 2013 and not like version2.0’s predecessor which screamed 2006 to most poker players. Players will also find they now have a large selection of Full Tilt Poker avatars to choose from.
Ultimate Poker also added a resizable table option in the version 2.0 upgrade, which will surely have the online poker grinders jumping for joy.
Auto-Post Blinds Fixed
One of the biggest complaints on the forums was the auto-post blinds option being set to “post” by default whenever you sat at a table. Thankfully this has been addressed, and the default auto-post option is now unchecked.
Color Up VIP Program Launched
Ultimate Poker 2.0 will also see the start of the site’s VIP Program. I had expected each level (which are associated with a particular color casino chip) to correspond to the number of VIP Points a player would need to attain that level in the Color Up program, but this proved to not be the case –although they do match-up as you climb higher up the VIP ladder.
What’s Missing from Version 2.0?
No New Games
Version 2.0 did see a few tournament options added to the site, but as of new Ultimate Poker is still a Texas Holdem only poker room.
Another missing element from version 2.0 was an upgraded hand history format.
Players will still have to do without any note-taking capabilities for the time being.
Now that version 2.0 has been released the community is hopeful that Ultimate Poker continues to upgrade and make improvements to their software. The site has already announced that many of the concerns raised on the forums (such as new games, hand history improvements, and player notes) are already on their to-do list for future updates.
All-in-all I’ll give the version 2.0 software a B- grade at this point. The areas they did improve were all done well, but there are still so many “standard” features and options that are lacking from the software.
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