Ladbrokes takes advantage of new UK legislation to launch its Pub Poker Championship
Friday 31st August 2007
Taking advantage of new legislation that comes into effect tomorrow, British gaming giant Ladbrokes has announced details of its new online Pub Poker Championship.
Beginnning on September 10, the Championship will see players represent their local ‘public house’ in a series of online poker tournaments, earning points and prizes for themselves and the venue.
Players will be invited to represent their chosen pub in a series of five online tournaments on Ladbrokes’ poker website with 20 finalists advancing to a live grand final. The pub with the most points at the end of the Championship will win a trophy and a VIP celebrity tournament in their pub while the licensee of the pub represented by the winner will receive a poker cruise package around the Carribean.
Every publican recruiting a set number of players to represent their pub will get a free pub poker pack featuring tables, chips, cards and point-of-sale kits as well as a booklet on how to run compliant pub poker.
The Pub Poker Championship is being launched at the same time as new legislation comes into force that is set to increase the presence of poker in pubs. From September 1, pubs will be allowed to host poker and other equal-chance games without a licence ¬ provided that the maximum amount staked by a person on any game of chance is not above $10 with the maximum total staked on games of poker not exceeding $200 a day.
“Pub Poker is a great opportunity for pubs to capitalise on the poker boom,” said Richard Packman of Ladbrokes Poker.
“We understand the complexities of the new law and want to help pubs run compliant pub poker nights so they can enjoy a friendly game of poker as much as we do.”