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A Quick Slice of Ladbrokes History
Ladbrokes is one of the longest established gambling companies in the world, having been founded in 1886. Throughout its extensive history, the company was the first to develop a chain of High Street betting offices, the first gambling company to be listed on the London Stock Exchange and the first to identify Asia as a significant betting market. The company has recently merged with one of its competitors – Gala/Coral – to become the biggest gambling operation in the UK.
Considering the innovative nature of the company, Ladbrokes Poker was a relative latecomer to online poker. The site first offered an online poker product in 2004 powered by the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN). Ladbrokes Poker remained on MPN until March 2013, when the decision was made to take advantage of the increased liquidity and better options for players on the iPoker Network.
Value: The Ladbrokes Poker Bonus
The Ladbrokes Poker bonus is similar to the first deposit bonuses offered by other skins on the iPoker Network inasmuch as it is a 200% bonus on first deposits up to a bonus value of €1,500/£1,200/$2,000 depending on the currency an account is created in. However, unlike most of its companions on the iPoker Network, Ladbrokes allows players ninety days in which to clear the bonus.
The bonus is cleared by earning Status Points for contributing to the rake deducted from cash games or for paying a fee to enter a Sit & Go game or multitable tournament. Status Points are awarded at different rates depending on what currency a game is played in (10 per $1.00/14 per €1.00/16 per £1.00) with the bonus released in five unit chunks as players reach certain milestones ($5.00 for 170 Status Points/€5.00 for 240 Status Points/£5.00 for 275 Status Points).
Value: The New Player´s Welcome Package
In addition to the incredible Ladbrokes Poker bonus, the site offers new players a wealth of opportunities to boost their bankrolls during the early days of their online poker experience. On creating and funding their accounts, players are given:
- Five €1.00 satellite tickets into the site´s exclusive “Newbie Delight” promotion which has €250.00 in prize money each week,
- Entry into a weekly “Booster” promotion in which new players are rewarded with free cash based on their volume of action at the tables (opt-in required),
- Entry into a “Depositor´s Freeroll Tournament” with €1,250 in prize money, and access to a free poker school.
Furthermore, all the Status Points earned while clearing the Ladbrokes Poker bonus can be used to enter weekly and daily tournaments with cash prizes, or saved up to enhance a player´s status in the Ladbrokes Poker VIP Club.
Value: The Ladbrokes Poker VIP Club
The Ladbrokes Poker VIP Club runs along a very simple premise. The Status Points earned playing online poker are converted into Ladbrokes Points on a like-for-like basis. The more Status Points/Ladbrokes Points that are earned in a month, the higher your status is in the VIP Club. The higher the status, the better the exchange rate when you come to exchange your Ladbrokes Points for cash or tournament entries. Here´s an example:
If you were to collect 100 Status Points during a calendar month, you would achieve level 2 in the Ladbrokes Poker VIP Club. This would enable you to exchange 2,750 Ladbrokes Points (when you have them) for a €25.00 cash bonus.
By comparison, a player who earns 4,000 Status Points within a calendar month will achieve level 5 in the VIP Club. They only need 1,600 Ladbrokes Points to get a €25.00 cash bonus. So, you should be able to see the advantage of putting in plenty of action at the tables.
Software: Poker Games and Tournaments
The choice of poker games and tournaments at Ladbrokes Poker should satisfy every type of player. Cash games run around the clock in Texas Hold´em, Omaha and the new high-action game – Six Plus Hold´em. The site also hosts games of fast-fold “Speed poker” for those who like their action a little more instant.
Among the site´s comprehensive range of Sit & Go games, Ladbrokes Poker has a three-handed hyper-turbo game called “Twister”, and players who run up a sequence of successes at the Jackpot Sit & Go tables will be eligible for a prize of up to €20,000. The tournament schedule is also pretty comprehensive – although weighted towards low buy-in events. The feature tournament each Sunday is a €75.00 buy-in “Big Sunday” with a €75,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Software: Ladbrokes Poker Download
Unusually for a poker site on the iPoker Network, there is no option to download Ladbrokes Poker for Mac. There is also no Instant Play option, so players that want to play Ladbrokes Poker on a Mac will have to use a Windows emulator or fire up their iPad and play on the mobile-compatible software. There are better options available if you want to play poker on a Mac. For Windows players, the Ladbrokes Poker download is easy.
To download the software, simply visit the site from one of the links on this review of Ladbrokes Poker. Once on the download page, the installation .exe file will begin to download automatically. Once downloaded, double-click on the .exe file to begin the installation. A set-up Wizard will guide you through the process, and the poker client will automatically launch on your desktop once the installation has finished.
Software: Ladbrokes Poker´s Mobile Apps
Ladbrokes Poker offers the best selection of opportunities to play online poker on a mobile. Cash games and Speed Poker games are available on apps that are compatible with Android and Apple mobile devices, while the HTML5 technology behind Ladbrokes mobile browser website means that online poker is accessible for players with Windows phones.
The Ladbrokes Poker mobile apps can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple iTunes stores, or players can use the QR scan featured on the Ladbrokes website. Once downloaded, the software is easy to navigate. Players can also deposit and request withdrawals through the mobile app or contact customer support.
Ladbrokes offers an extensive range of options to deposit into an online poker account. Most players have the choice of Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard, Western Union or bank transfer. If you live in a country that has regulated online poker, you will be able to use PayPal to deposit into your account and, if you live in a county in which the company has a High Street presence, you can pop into any of their betting offices and fund your account from there.
The options for withdrawals are equally as comprehensive (with the exception of PaySafeCard) and Ladbrokes offers free cashouts with low minimum amounts (Visa/MasterCard €5.00 – all other methods €10.00). An upper withdrawal limit of €5,000 per day exists and, if players want to withdraw more than that in one go, arrangements will have to made via customer support.
Security: Currency Conversions
Although the Ladbrokes Poker bonus is advertised in €uros, dollars and Sterling, there is actually a choice of ten currencies that players can choose from to open their accounts. All the games and tournaments are played in €uros, and the same currency exchange rate is applied when you leave a table as when you join. The exception is the €75,000 “Big Sunday” tournament that is played over two days – during which time the value of comparative currencies may fluctuate.
Once an account is opened in a certain currency, it cannot be changed. The site does not support multi-currency wallets, so the only time you will ever be charged for a currency conversion is if your bank, credit card or e-Wallet provider stings you when you deposit or withdraw funds in a different currency than your funding source.
Security: Customer Support
Customer support at Ladbrokes is provided by live chat, telephone and email, and staffed by highly knowledgeable and friendly personnel. If you do not want to communicate with a real person, but would rather find the answer to your query yourself, the Ladbrokes website has a comprehensive and searchable Help section with the answers to practically any question a poker player will have.
Considering that Ladbrokes also has a massive sports betting and horseracing operation – and offers online gamblers practically every betting opportunity under the sun – the site, the company and the hardworking Customer Support team should be commended for the effort that is put into resolving players´ issues as quickly and as satisfactorily as possible.
My Experience Playing at Ladbrokes Poker
As I have had a Ladbrokes account for longer than I care to remember, I was ineligible for the first deposit poker bonus. However, I found most of the low to mid stakes tables beatable and cashed in a number of valuable tournaments, so I would say that the standard of play is not that high. Due to the company´s international appeal, there was always some action around the clock and, at the quieter times, there are plenty of other betting opportunities to keep me occupied.
I love the latest version of the software (currently in beta) and the ongoing promotions. A VIP Club without status multipliers took a bit of getting used to, but the mobile poker apps are intuitive and there are some bonus promotions available to players who play Ladbrokes Poker on a mobile. Would I recommend Ladbrokes Poker to a friend? I would recommend it to everyone!