Cereus Poker Network


The Cereus Poker Network is a now-defunct poker network that was formed in 2008 as a result of a merger between Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker. The Cereus Poker Network was a popular network despite suffering from two major cheating scandals. The network went underground in 2011 due to a US government crackdown on online poker.

The aforementioned cheating scandals were perpetrated by Cereus employees who had access to player hole card information. The employees were trusted with this information in order to detect collusion and fix any software bugs that might have appeared. Instead, the employees went rogue and used that information to play poker with a major advantage over the other players.

The employees were caught by the poker community after poker tracking programs detected impossibly high win rates for certain screen names on the poker site. The suspicious players were monitored for a time and it was eventually revealed that they were employees who were abusing their power. The employees were fired, both poker sites increased security standards and life went on as normal for a time.

Eventually, the Cereus Poker Network recovered from these scandals and partially regained trust by the poker community. The network grew in traffic and managed to host games at a wide range of stakes. However, the final downfall for the Cereus Poker Network was delivered by the US government in 2011 after a major crackdown on payment processors for poker sites.

The following information on this page is left as it appeared when the Cereus Poker Network was still a viable poker network. If you’re interested in playing real money poker, we would recommend a visit to the BetOnline.com download page instead.

Absolute Poker

Absolute Poker is an online poker site that can be found at www.absolutepoker.com. Players can enjoy plenty of gaming options that include Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Texas Holdem, 7 Card Stud, Razz, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, HORSE and HOSE. Players will find full-ring, 6-max and heads-up table formats. They also offered fixed limit, no-limit and pot-limit variations to their poker games. Some game types may not offer no-limit or pot-limit depending on the game. Absolute Poker does accept US players.

Ultimate Bet

Ultimate Bet is another Cereus Network poker site that can be found at www.ultimatebet.com. Ultimate Bet provides players with a multitude of games to select from. Players can enjoy mixed games such as HORSE and HOSE. They offer stud variations that include 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo. Other games include Razz, Omaha, Texas Holdem and Omaha Hi/Lo. Players can choose from full-ring, heads-up or 6-max. Ultimate Bet also accepts US players.

Absolute Poker – Software

The Absolute Poker software can be downloaded at www.absolutepoker.com. They offer a Windows and a Mac version to accommodate both platforms. The Absolute Poker software is rich in graphics and has an extremely user-friendly interface. Players can enjoy hand history that is extremely detailed with multiple viewing options. Now, the hand history can be filtered by game types. Another neat feature is a tracking ability to review all the tournaments and satellites that you have qualified for or that you have registered for.

Final table deal making is a new feature that has been recently added as well. Players are able to create their own private tables with an invitation list. When you play, you no longer have to look at the chat box constantly as bubbles appear by each player with the text as they say something. Absolute Poker also added downloadable table skins and a time bank.

For the Absolute Poker PC software, you must meet the following system requirements:

  • Windows 98 or newer
  • 56K Internet connection or faster
  • Pentium III or faster (400MHz)
  • 128-256MB of memory (RAM)
  • 8-bit or better sound card if you want sound
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution
  • Internet Explorer 6 or better
  • 40MB of free hard drive space

For Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or better
  • Java Runtime Environment for Mac OS
  • 128MB of memory (RAM)
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution

Ultimate Bet – Software

Ultimate Bet’s poker client can be downloaded at their website, www.ultimatebet.com. The software is also available for Windows or Mac, depending on your platform. The Ultimate Bet interface is user-friendly and offers a ton of customizable table options. Ultimate Bet offers downloadable skins for their interface. They also provide players with the ability to create private tables and send out their own invitation lists.

Within the hand history window, you can now also filter it by game type similarly to Absolute Poker. Ultimate Bet also has incorporated the bubble chat feature and added the tracking feature that allows tracking your tournaments and satellites you have qualified and registered for. These are features that are exclusive to the Cereus Network.

Ultimate Bet has the same system requirements for both of their versions as Absolute Poker. Although Absolute Poker is the flagship room for the Cereus Network generating the most traffic, players may find Ultimate Bet to be the site of their choice. Ultimate Bet offers a room that is slightly slower in terms of traffic and therefore, the competition tends to be a bit softer. Ultimate Bet is a good site for beginners and they still do host some fairly large tournaments as you advance in your poker skills.


The Cereus Network presents two poker rooms within Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet that have proven to be user-friendly poker clients with good constant action. The tournament schedule is impressive and they are constantly working to improve every aspect of their service. The download process is fairly simple and quick. Each room has a unique feel but you can definitely tell that they belong to the same network. There are a lot of similarities.

The traffic is what distinguishes Absolute as the flagship room for the Cereus network. The intensified traffic brings a slightly larger tournament schedule with more guarantees running. Overall, both poker rooms are a great choice and you should not be disappointed.