100 Millionth Hand Dealt at LadbrokesPoker.com
By staff
Mike Ventham, a sales manager from Croydon, was yesterday dealt Europe’s record breaking 100 millionth hand at Ladbrokespoker.com, Europe’s busiest Poker site. Mike, a lifelong Spurs fan, won $10,000 in one of the biggest online table pots ever at Ladbrokespoker.com. Mike, known as ‘Tricky’ has been playing online at ladbrokespoker.com since its launch in May 2002 and has enjoyed a series of online wins totalling over $50,000.

When Ladbrokespoker.com informed Tricky he had made history as the 100 millionth hand, ‘he said: “As soon as the pot went to $10,000, the whole table went all-in. I had a ACE / 9 and knew no one was ever going to fold! It’s my biggest online win to date and I’m absolutely delighted. Let’s hope my beloved Spurs get the same luck this season!”

According to independent online Poker analysts, Poker Pulse, online Poker grew over 600% in 2003 and has already more than doubled again this year. Ladbrokespoker.com is dealing over 500,000 hands of Poker a day. At the busiest times over 5,000 people from 65 different countries are playing against each other on over 600 virtual tables.

With its’ ever increasing association with Hollywood stars and Premiership footballers, Poker is the gambling sensation of the year. The A-list Poker room includes some of the biggest names in showbiz and sport such as Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Michael Owen, Teddy Sheringham and even the heir to the Goldsmith fortune, Zac Goldsmith.

The recent Ladbrokespoker.com Poker Million Masters 2 tournament saw a total of 72 players including 36 Ladbrokespoker.com online qualifiers and 36 Poker professionals and celebrities including a Rugby World Cup winner, a Darts World Champion and the current Snooker World Champion compete for the first prize of $300,000. The first prize and coveted title was eventually won by former Irish Olympic swimmer, Donnacha O’Dea who beat one of the most revered poker players of all time, Dave ‘The Devilfish’ Ulliott in a nail biting grand finale.

Ladbrokes eGaming Managing Director John O’Reilly commented: “High stakes and the art of online bluffing have made online Poker one of the biggest sensations of the last decade. In just over a year, the industry has grown at a prolific rate. This time last year we were dealing around 170,000 hands a day, today that figure has reached over 500,000 a day – it’s been astounding growth.”

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Ladbrokes, the betting and gaming division of Hilton Group plc, is the world's biggest bookmaker. It provides its customers with a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week service via over 2000 licensed betting shops in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, state of the art call centres in London and Liverpool and its interactive services. Over 400,000 registered customers from 160 countries bet on the Internet with Ladbrokes at www.ladbrokes.com and at the online casino www.ladbrokescasino.com.

In January 2004, ladbrokespoker.com published a widely acclaimed analysis on the growth of online Poker in the United Kingdom. To view the report, click on this link: http://www.ladbrokescasino.com/Poker/PDF/PokerReport2.pdf

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