The Ladbrokes name is massive with regard to bookmaking, but until recently they operated with a stand alone system with as far as their poker site was concerned. They have though now merged with Micro-gaming which has improved their traffic numbers. Ladbrokes poker has a major focus on tournaments, with incredibly a new one commencing every 15 minutes right throughout the day, every day of the week. They have some extremely high stakes games, with buy-ins ranging from as little as $2 up to an eyebrow raising $300.
The poker room began back in 2000, and was popular initially with its already established army of followers from the sportsbook. Curiosity being what it is, it wasn’t long before there were tournaments consisting of some very poor players, which played into the hands – literally, of the more experienced players.
Now a decade on and still those same sports gamblers continue to boost the tournament numbers, but now with the lure of Ladbrokes incredible monthly cash rewards, many top players frequent their poker room. It has been calculated that in excess of $1,000,000 is paid out by the site each calendar month, although they do have a vast turn over, so throughout the whole group, it is just a drop in the ocean to them.
A very popular tournament to enter for Ladbrokes poker followers is their annual Poker Cruise of the Caribbean. For as little as $4 it is possible to book yourself a place on this dream trip. Any winnings whilst your out there would have to go down as a bonus; just chilling out between playing the game of choice would be reward in itself. Not surprisingly, this promotion gets the biggest response, although the Barcelona Grand Prix VIP package runs it close!
Ladbrokes poker are now accepting players from Germany for the first time, so the numbers are starting to swell considerably. New members can earn for themselves a very healthy $675 based on their first deposit, as a signing up bonus.
The usual games are all available to play: the likes of Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Stud and Draw games have their place at the tables. The strategy experts are keen to warn players of the opponents to be aware of and have even pigeon hole them into certain categories. Steady players who always fold and only play the good hands are classed as ‘rocks’ and should be easy to bluff, so are not considered dangerous. ‘Calling Stations’ on the other hand, play almost every hand there is – good or bad, to at least to the river card; so they are a danger as they simply cannot be bluffed. An aggressive better, who bets early on poor hands is also a danger and has become known as a ‘maniac’ – not just on the poker table one would suspect! Then there is the basic ‘good’ player who is aggressive when needed, but gets out quick also when necessary. All in all, what’s needed is a little skill, lots of concentration and bags of luck!