Ladbrokes Poker Review


03 Jul , 2009 - Posted by Dan in Online Poker Room Reviews
LADBROKES POKER
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Details:
Country of Origin : United Kingdom
License : Gibraltar
Year of Foundation : 2004
Software : Microgaming
Currencies Used : EUR, GBP, USD
Audited By : PWC
Available Games : Texas Holdem, Omaha, 5 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, 7 Card Stud
Bonus : Sign up Bonus of Up To $500

Ladbrokes are the oldest and the most prestigious gambling providers with a rich history that goes down to 1887, when they started off with horse race betting. With more than a century of experience the world-renowned company has opened its doors to online gambling as well. Its reputation as one of the finest bookmakers in the whole of Europe stands guarantee to the fact that its online services will be as trustworthy and efficient as its offline services.

It has a lot to offer in the form of games and promotions with huge cash rewards for their esteemed players. These wonderful offers draw a good amount of traffic to the website. There is a lot of cash to be won and players wanting to make money will find this a very good place.

Software

Ladbrokes Poker has made a recent shift from its own software to the vast MicroGaming software. The new software has added some improvements to the earlier dull look that the website possessed. The graphics are clear and offer 3D effects and the interface is user-friendly. The ‘My Lobby’ option gives you access to all the information such as the various games on offer and their variations and level, player statistics, real time hand histories, average pot size, number of players at a table, flop percentages, chip stack amounts and other necessities.

A chat facility is enabled where players can interact with one another. Also available is a calendar that helps players organize themselves for upcoming events so that they are given reminders as the date approaches.

Traffic

Peak hour traffic can go high above 10,000 players playing at various cash tables and tournaments simultaneously. The peak hour here is generally calculated by the European peak time. The Microgaming software is also the reason for an improved amount of traffic visiting the Ladbrokes Poker website.

Games

The games offered at Ladbrokes Poker include Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 5 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, 7 Card Stud. The most popular as with all poker sites, are the Holdem games with more concentration of traffic at the fixed limit levels. The games are juicy and loose, resulting in a lot of action and huge amounts in forms of bets can be seen and won. Micro limits starting at $0.05/$0.10 are available for players on low budgets while high rollers can have their fun at the $200/$300 limits.

Tournaments

Ladbrokes promotes a lot of tournaments as they stand to be the favorite among poker players. You can choose to play single or multi-table tournaments, while Ladbrokes Poker offers satellite tournament qualifiers that give players a chance to make it to big international events such as the European Open Tour and World Satellite Open Poker Tournament.

Apart from this there are various other tournaments to select from and these take place at intervals of ten minutes 24 hours a day. Free rolls are offered so that players can accumulate points besides which there are guaranteed tournaments and jackpots too.

Promotions

Ladbrokes Poker offers Player Points to all those players who players who play at the cash tables. These points are accumulated and exchanged for cash into your account or for buy-ins to live satellite tournaments. The points you gather are also calculated and listed on the leader board placing you at a certain rank on the board. The rake race leaderboard promotion has been designed by Ladbrokes Poker in order to reward the top 3,000 players according to their rank on the leaderboard.

To be able to get yourself listed on this board, you need to play a lot of raked hands. The more you play the higher you go on the ranking board. This is a good way of rewarding those players who play at the poker room with utmost dedication. The amount that is given out every month to players on the leaderboard is a generous $1,000,000 distributed according to the ranks of the players.

Deposit/Withdrawal Options

Deposit options as always are more than withdrawal methods and include VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Neteller, Solo. Switch, Delta, Bank Transfers and check while for withdrawals you could make use of VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Bank Wire and Check.

Support

Ladbrokes Poker offers customer support 24 hours a day through toll free telephone numbers and via their email service. The staff is very supportive and comes up with immediate help and answers to queries.

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Omaha Hi-Lo – An Introduction


16 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Omaha Poker
Omaha Hi-Lo

Omaha Hi-Lo

Omaha 8 or Better or Omaha Hi/Lo is a split pot version of the regular Omaha Poker. The rules of both games are relatively the same but with a slight difference. The difference is in Omaha Hi-Lo, the qualifying low hand will be the one to take half of the pot. This qualifying low hand is the one with five cards which are unique; eight or below. The game is played either a pot-limit or a limit fashion. This article will discuss on Limit Omaha Hi/Lo.

In Omaha poker, it is a must to use two cards in your hand and the other three cards from the board. In Omaha Hi-Lo, the player does not have to use the same two cards for both high and low.

In any Poker game, it is a must to have a good starting hand. The main goal of the game is to be able to scoop pots. This happens when the player wins both the high and the low sides of the pot. It is then needed to play hands which would give you a better chance to scoop pots.

In addition, it is recommended to look for cards which are suited and are connected in your hand. It would be better if your suited cards are suited with an ace. Never make it a habit to play any two suited cards.

This type of game is a drawing game. During the course of the game, players will be drawing constantly on either a low, flush, straight or full house. It is then recommended to pay extra attention to what is happening on the board. One important rule in Omaha is that you need to get out of the hand when you are not drawing to the nuts. If and when you are drawing and you see that the board pairs, a full house is more likely to happen and then you would need to get out. If more than one opponent is in the hand and you only have second or third nut low then you need to fold. It is not advisable to play second best hands, it will cost you money.

Quartering means that a player has been tied by another player for one side of the pot. In this Poker game, the tie usually occurs on the low side of the pot. If this happens, the player will only receive one third of the total pot. As you play Omaha Hi-Lo, you will be more familiarized with potential quartering situations.

Here are some situations where there is potential quartering: when more than three players see a flop and when four wheel cards are on the board.

When a player is counterfeited in this game, this would mean that the ability for the player to make low has been eliminated because a card fell on the board. A lot of the players who are beginners would hold on to their hands even after counterfeited. They would still hope to hit a second pair or draw to a weaker low. It is highly recommended that when you get counterfeited, you abandon the hand unless you have to redraw to the nut low or a nut high. Redraw means having a hand that has a possibility to draw to another hand if one had had been counterfeited.

Omaha Hi-Lo is a bit complex than most games. Those solid players usually become winners of the game.

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