Ladbrokes Poker brings back ELC

Annette Obrestad
Annette to take on the women of the Ladbrokes Poker European Ladies Championship.

The Ladbrokes Poker European Ladies Championship will return for its third year in 2008, offering 50 women a chance to compete for a £15,000 first-place prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas.

"The European Ladies Championship is the FA Cup of the poker circuit. Amateurs pit their wits against some of the best online poker players around for a shot at the title and the glory," said Samantha Alleyne, Ladbrokes Poker PR manager.

"It's a really prestigious event and the beauty of the tournament is like the FA Cup, it's an unmissable tournament guaranteed to deliver a few shocking results!"

Some of the best female poker players in Europe will be playing, including Annette Obrestad from Norway.

"This year's ELC line-up includes 19-year-old Annette Obrestad, who last September at just 18 won the £1,000,000 first prize in a poker tournament with a majority male field," Alleyne said. "We've got women from all walks of life playing in the tournament including an astrophysicist, housewives, an array of businesswomen and a 19-year-old student. If this does not show that poker is for everyone nothing will."

Qualifiers so far include:

  • Louise Duffy, Central London
  • Dawn Jones, East London
  • Jackie Meecham, - Leytonstone (Defending champion)
  • Helena Gannon, East London
  • Liv Boeree, South London
  • Jacqui Terry, North London
  • Helena Gannon, Essex
  • Bev Pace, Kent
  • Cheryl Burton, Oxord
  • Kelly Jackson, Birmingham
  • Kat Hartree, Shropshire
  • Michelle Bennet, Yorkshire
  • Tina Ainsworth, Mansfield
  • Helen Aspinall, Leeds
  • Kim Wheatley, Cheshire
  • Pauline Ring, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
  • Elizabeth Costa, Anwick, Lincolnshire
  • Hazel Birchnall, Tyne & Wear
  • Louise Rumsey, Wales
  • Kate Barnbrook, Newport
  • Anne McDonnel, Co.Antrim, N.Ireland
  • Patricia McClean, N.Ireland
  • Lorna Mcdermid, Scotland

The ELC has proved to be very popular since its initiation, according to Ladbrokes Poker. Initially the tournament was developed as a way to introduce women to playing live poker, but the tournament has now established itself as a mainstay on the poker circuit.


There are four weeks left to qualify for the ELC at Ladbrokes Poker, and the tournament will take place May 3-4 at the London Studios.

The qualifiers for the tournament take place weekly on Mondays at 9 p.m. (GMT) at Ladbrokes Poker. It has a $250 buy-in but players can win their way into the qualifiers for as little as $5.

Winners of the weekly qualifier will receive a $2,500 prize package that includes:

  • $2,000 ELC buy-in
  • Two tickets to the ELC Party on May 2
  • Accommodation for two in London
  • Four Green Room passes for London Studios
  • Transport between the hotel and the studios

The ELC will have a guaranteed $100,000 prize pool. The highest-placing Ladbrokes Poker qualifier will also receive an added $14,000 Ladbrokes WSOP package sending them to the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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