Ladbrokes Poker - Let's Make the Lads Go Broke!
US Players No
Ladbrokes is a classic poker room that offers more than just the basic game variety. In the past it's been fairly cutting edge when it comes to software and graphics as well.
Read full review
Screenshots & Gameplay
The Lobby Screenshot
The picture shows the poker lobby at the site. Click to view full-size version.
Pros & Cons
- Great for multi tabling
- Big on high-stakes games
- Poker Tracker support
- No 7CS Low or High-Low
- No U.S. players
Ladbrokes Poker Facts
- Poker Traffic
- Software & Graphics
- Bonus and Promotions
- Game Variety
- Soft Competition
Step by Step Instructions
Full Review of Ladbrokes Poker
Summary of Ladbrokes Poker
Ladbrokes was an early player on the online poker scene, starting out in 2000. UK based, Ladbrokes used to run on its own software but now uses a customized version of the Microgaming platform. It’s still independent from the network, though.
In this classic poker room, the game range offers a tad more than the absolute basic Holdem and Omaha. Ladbrokes are huge in tournaments, with scheduled multi table tournaments starting every ten or fifteen minutes around the clock as well as satellites to big events.
If you’re after the really big money, Ladbrokes is ground zero for some really high-stakes games. A number of well-known big timers have used Ladbrokes as their catapult into high stakes poker fame.
Promotions and Bonus Information
When you sign up to Ladbrokes through Poker Junkie, you get a $500 sign-up bonus matching your first deposit.
For every qualifying real money hand you play, you gain player points that you use for various extras, such as qualifying for $80,000 worth of promotional freeroll tournaments with prize pools of up to $25,000.
On top of all this, there are the regular Rake Races, various leaderboards and guaranteed prize tournaments.
In total, Ladbrokes Poker gives away over $1,000,000 in cash rewards to players each month.
As is often the case in the highly competitive online poker niche, being your own network is a struggle for smaller pieces of the big cake.
Ladbrokes also isn’t among the top ten when it comes to poker traffic, but they have been around for ages and their customer base is to a great extent hard-core Ladbrokes fanatics.
Real-player traffic tends to peak around 1,800 cash-game players (Aug 2011).
Since Ladbrokes has decided not to deal with US players as long as US legislation appears to make this a somewhat risky business, their peak hours typically fall under European evening times.
Or, perhaps, British tea time, seeing that this is The Place to be for British online poker wizards and tourists alike.
Software & Graphics
If you like the Microgaming poker client, chances are you’ll like Ladbrokes too, since it’s running on a customized version of the Microgaming system. On the other hand, if you’re not that fond of Microgaming, you could still like Ladbrokes – since it’s been customized.
One example of customization is the poker lobby that has some functionality we recognize from the much improved Party Poker lobby, like hiding columns to get at better view of the cluttered game listings.
A huge addition compared to regular Microgaming sites is the 3D graphics poker client. Of course, not all poker players appreciate a realistic graphic overlay, but if you’re into that particular mix of PC gaming and live poker, Ladbrokes definitely offers an exciting gaming experience.
The lobby was a bit hard to navigate at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really comfortable. Cash games and tournaments are found on separate tabs, and the different poker variations are listed under separate headings, as is the convention.
What really adds usability to the Ladbrokes lobby is the My Lobby function that lets you bookmark your favorite games, and from then on you’ll find them gathered nicely in one place.
With Ladbrokes' experience and renown, you can expect absolute first-rate performance of their poker server, be it in cash games or large tournaments.
There is more than the absolute minimum here. Beside the mandatory Holdem and Omaha portfolio, Ladbrokes tends well-known and popular poker variations such as Seven Card Stud, Five Card Stud and Five Card Draw.
High, Low and High-Low variations are spread pretty much the usual way, as are the common betting structures fixed limit, pot limit and no limit. One setback, however, is that there’s no Razz or Seven Curd Stud High-Low games.
Cash games can be played full-ring, shorthanded (six players) or headsup. Sit-and-gos come in an almost bewildering fauna: there are one-table sit-and-gos with 2, 5, 6, 8 or 10 players; multi-table sit-and-gos with two, three or four tables – which in their turn are either full ring or shorthanded. There are jackpot sit-and-gos, ladders and satellites to bigger cash tournaments.
The multi table tournament gamut at Ladbrokes is all you ever dreamed of. Tournaments run all day and all night with buy-ins ranging from $2 to $300 and all the usual species are represented, such as turbos and guaranteed prize pools.
For offline events, such as the WSOP and EPT, you’ll always find an abundance of satellites at this site, and the Ladbrokes Team seems to be a really nice group to travel with should you win a seat to a remotely located poker paradise.