Ladbrokes offers WSOP seats for European players


There are plenty of poker sites out there offering seats to the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, but not all of them have the seal of approval from the World Series of Poker. Ladbrokes Poker does and it has more than 100 seats to hand out to European players for this year's Main Event.

Until June 19, players at Ladbrokes Poker will be able to vie for an "ultimate" WSOP package exclusively for European players to compete in the 2008 WSOP Main Event.

Each Wednesday, the poker site will host a $1,000+$90 WSOP final starting at 7:45 p.m. (GMT) that will award a prize package for every $14,000 in the prize pool. At least one WSOP prize package is guaranteed each week.

The prize package includes:

  • $10,000 Main Event buy-in
  • $2,500 for expenses
  • 10-night accommodation at the Rio Hotel and Casino (extended free of charge for players who make it past Day 4 of the tournament)
  • Two passes to the Ladbrokes Poker Lounge
  • Tickets to the Ladbrokes Welcome Party

Ladbrokes Poker will be providing accommodation to the European qualifiers starting July 2 to allow them three days to acclimate before beginning play in the Main Event.

There are plenty of ways for players to win their way into the weekly final as well for a much smaller portion of their bankroll.


There are daily satellites into the weekly event that cost $100+$9 and last-chance satellites for that price on the day of the WSOP final. Players can also work their way into the daily satellites via a range of $11+$1 satellites.

"On top of the usual WSOP tournaments and satellites. the cheapest of which is $1, we're giving away over $300,000 of Ladbrokes WSOP packages to our players through our weekly Cash Game Rake Races, our Monthly MTT Leaderboard and five to the winners of our exclusive WSOP League," said Edward Ihre, Ladbrokes Poker MD.

"So everyone has an equal chance of winning a place on the Ladbrokes Poker team regardless of whether they are a tournament or cash player, a grinder or [a] luck box."

Last year Ladbrokes Poker also sent 100 players to the Main Event and came away with some pretty impressive results:

  • 54th place: Richard Harris, $190,053
  • 55th place: Paul Kershaw , $154,194
  • 122nd place: Sylvester Geoghegan, $58,570
  • 123rd place: Raj Verma, $58,570
  • 169th place: Kenny Rundh, $51,398
  • 228th place: Steven Lync, $45,422
  • 251st place: Kristian Obbarius, $45,422
  • 272nd place: Jac Arama, $45,442
  • 282nd place: Craig Edwards, $45,422
  • 315th place: Vinod Jadav, $39,445

Steve Davis will once again captain the team that heads to the WSOP under the Ladbrokes Poker flag. He came in 579th during the 2006 WSOP Main Event to pocket $20,617. The Ladbrokes Team will include the qualifiers from the poker site as well as the site's sponsored players.

"This year we have striven to provide team members with the best environment possible to emulate or better the two 12th-place finishes the team enjoyed in 2005 [and] 2006 and beat the 10 major cashes we achieved in the Main Event last year," Ihre said.

"Competing as Team Ladbrokes has many benefits apart from the camaraderie and the renowned Ladbrokes hospitality that our players have come to expect; it's a chance to be part of a winning team."

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