Ladbrokes Poker review
Ladbrokes Poker is one of the flagship rooms of the Microgaming network and connected to esteemed British bookmaker Ladbrokes, which is one of the oldest bookie companies in history having been established in 1886. The Microgaming network has been much maligned in the past with the liquidation of several of its smaller skins, but be rest assured that your money is safe at Microgaming's premier skin Ladbrokes. The recent revamp of its 'Players Club' serves as an indicator of its intentions to blitz the European market. Ladbrokes boasts slick, functional software, offering web browser 'instant-play' for those players looking to sneak in a session during a lunch break. Up to 8,000 players operate on Ladbrokes Poker during peak times, many of whom are loose punters looking for a quick spin up.
Ladbrokes offers a groundbreaking deposit bonus, which can reward players who are reluctant to deposit a lump sum. A minimum £10/$15 deposit earns a bonus reward of £35/$60 once 1750 points are accumulated. Dedicated grinders can claim a bonus of reward of £675 with 35,000 points, all from just a £10 initial deposit. In April of this year, Ladbrokes revamped its loyalty scheme with a four-tiered 'Players Club'. Players are now eligible for up to 50% rakeback and entry into €10,000 quarterly freerolls. They can also cash in loyalty points in the Ladbrokes shop, or exchange them for entry in SnG's and MTT's. Ladbrokes offers a bevy of other poker promotions, including a €20,000 cash race, €7,000 SnG race, a bad beat progressive jackpot and super-satellites to the Irish Winter Festival.
Ladbrokes offers a solid core of low and mid stakes games, with NLH, PLO and Stud variants available. There is even action at the relatively high €10/€20 stakes. Its most innovative feature is the introduction of anonymous tables. This can protect players from opponent reads, because their statistics cannot be tracked with software such as Hold'em Manager. Heads-up anonymous tables are especially useful, because heads-up play is heavily based on deciphering the opponent's playing style. Ladbrokes offers a diverse range of tournaments, ranging from the €1 euro '1-2-3, 3-2-1' tournaments where players who secure top three places in both editions can scoop up to a €20,000 jackpot, to the €300 buy-in €200,000 guaranteed. Many of the Ladbrokes tournaments adopt a rapid, re-buy structure, meaning that prize purses boom because of the number of fish re-buying. Although this makes for a frenetic pace, there is significant value here for patient, savvy players. 'Survivor' tournaments provide a real buzz, with the aim being to survive each level with a healthy chip count. Ladbrokes runs daily $100 freerolls, and round the clock satellites to the Monte Carlo Millions and WSOP.
Ladbrokes poker boasts an accessible, glossy software package, and the seamless interchanging of funds between poker, casino and sports wallets. Play runs very smoothly, and the graphics are gorgeous and crisp. Its perks include a 'last-hand' feature, 'bet-pot' feature, multi-currency play and a juicy badbeat jackpot currently standing at over $80k. Multi-table fans can launch 12 tables simultaneously, and can cascade or tile accordingly. One snag is that cards remain un-flipped when a player is all-in, making for unnecessary suspense. Ladbrokes is compatible with poker tracking tools, and players can choose between different lobby views and game filters.
Ladbrokes provides a range of deposit options, including country specific options such as Ukash and even Paypal. Its customer service is top notch, with a live chat feature and phone support.
Ladbrokes Poker is a very under-rated poker site, and there is certainly value to be had with the influx of punters from the sportsbook. Viewed flop percentages frequently exceed the 50% mark. Its slick, polished software and revolutionary Players Club, along with its unique deposit bonus, make it an attractive proposition. Ladbrokes is trying to establish more of a community feel with its professional player blogs, extensive student affiliate program and 'Live Pub Poker League'.