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UNIBET REVIEW

 

Quick Summary

Unibet was founded in 1997 as a sports book, taking bets over the phone out of an office in London.  The online poker room was launched in 2004.  As such, they have extensive experience in the gaming industry and they are very wide spread in Europe and Asia.  The player base is noted to be fairly soft as they have a lot of cross over players to their poker tables from the spotsbook and casino operations.   This makes for some  very entertaining games for the experienced poker player.

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Room Details

Quick Facts

 
    • Name
    • Unibet
    • Country
    • Malta
    • Network
    • UnibetGaming
    • Established
    • 2004
    • Telephone
    • 00 356 21 33 35 77
 

Bonuses

 
    • Deposit Bonus
    • €200
    • Bonus Code
    • No code required
 

Rakeback

 
    • Rakeback
    • N/A
    • Statistics
    • N/A
 

Deductions

 
    • Tournaments
    • N/A
    • Bonuses
    • N/A
 

Payments

 
    • Payments
    • N/A
    • Deposit and Withdraw Methods
    • N/A
 

Pros:

    • Mini-view is supported.
    • Functional wait list.
    • Simple graphics look great.

Cons:

    • No buddy lists.
    • Software consumes a lot of resources.
    • The action is too fast.

Main Review:

Unibet was founded in 1997 as a sports book, taking bets over the phone out of an office in London.  The online poker room was launched in 2004.  In addition to sports betting and poker, the company offers casino games, bingo, skill games, and even scratch card lotto-type tickets.  With over 3.1 million customers across all of its business units in more than 150 countries, Unibet is one of most established gaming companies in the world.  

As for poker, Unibet is on the Microgaming network, which ranks just outside of the top ten in terms of cash game traffic.  So, while you are not going to enjoy unlimited table selection like you might at the largest poker rooms, you won’t see tumbleweed rolling through the lobby, either.  Unibet does not accept customers from the United States.

Unibet - Game Types:

Unibet offers No Limit, Pot Limit, and Fixed Limit Texas Holdem , Pot Limit and Fixed Limit Omaha Hi and Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud , and 5 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw and Razz.  Stakes run the gamut from nickel/dime tables to $150/$300 Fixed Limit tables, $100/$200 Pot Limit tables, and $200/$400 No Limit tables.  Customers can also play using Euros and Pounds.  Most of the player traffic is at the No Limit Hold’em, short-handed Limit Hold’em, and short-handed Pot Limit Omaha tables.  Most other games have very few players.  The competition is average, although some people believe that players who actually play on Unibet (as opposed to other sites on the network) are among the worst on the network because many come over from Unibet’s casino and sports betting arenas.  

Unibet offers a wide array of multi-table tournaments, including standard freezeouts and re-buys at varying buy-ins. The site provides a guaranteed prize pool for many of its tournaments.  Unibet highlights several different tournaments on its site: $100 buy-in, $2,500 guaranteed that runs every weekday, the thrice-daily “Desperado” turbo re-buy tournaments with very low buy-ins and guaranteed prize pools, and its “Extreme-Stack” cash tournaments which cost $200 and also run every weekday.

As with most any poker room, Unibet runs satellites for live events, such as the World Series of Poker and Unibet’s own Unibet Open.

Unibet - Software and Features:

Unibet, like all of the Microgaming rooms, has a unique triple-view option for its lobby.  The first is your traditional lobby, with an expandable tree on the left to choose the game type with the tables displayed in the middle of the screen.  Seated players are shown on the right.  The second view changes the way you select a game.  Game type, limit type, and seats are selected with check boxes, while the stakes are narrowed down with a slider (both min and max stakes have their own slider).  As you change the options, the appropriate tables are displayed in the middle of the screen.  The third view is the “quick play” lobby, ideal for people who play the same game every time.  Just click a large icon for cash games, Sit & Gos, or scheduled (multi-table) tournaments, choose some game specifics, and you’re whisked off to a table.  You can even set up your personal preference on the “1-Click” icon, so you can be seated with just a single click of the mouse.

The table design is fairly basic, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.  Some people like lots of fancy graphics, while others will appreciate the simple, uncomplicated design.  Frankly, there isn’t much to say about how the tables look.  All of the standard features are there.  Some nice features that not all rooms have include a hand strength display (it will tell you if you have a straight, flush, etc.), game play statistics, and a fantastic mini view, which makes multi-tabling very easy.  Other standard features are available, like a four color deck, buddy list and note taking.

Most importantly, however, Unibet’s software is stable, so there is no need to worry about it crashing on you when you have the nuts on the river.

Unibet - Behind the Scenes:

Unibet provides customer support via e-mail, phone and live chat (chat is a relatively new, and most welcome, feature).  Their response time to e-mail inquiries, while not blazing, is adequate, and they typically provide high quality responses.  

Unibet provides detailed security information on its site, which is good to see.  The site uses 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt all data sent to and from the site and only shares customer information with other parties if a) the customer has agreed to be sent marketing communications, b) law requires it, or c) if Unibet has a serious concern about any “irregularities” surrounding a player’s account.

Several certificates supporting the soundness of Unibet’s Random Number Generator for all games, including poker, are displayed on its website.  Collusion is not tolerated anywhere on the Microgaming network and Microgaming has developed Collusion Detection Software to help catch cheaters.