Ladbrokes Poker's ELC is The FA Cup of the Poker World

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The Ladbrokes Poker ELC is the FA Cup of the poker circuit- created three years ago it has proved very popular since its initiation. Initially, the tournament was developed to introduce women to live poker rather than just playing on their PCs at home, but the tournament has quickly established itself as a mainstay on the poker circuit attracting a varied field of players.

Poker is fun and can be a very lucrative pastime, it's one of the few games where women can play in the same arena as men and it seems that for the most part women are holding their own and in some case beating the men at their own game!

The Ladbrokes Poker ELC is the FA Cup of the poker circuit- created three years ago it has proved very popular since its initiation. Initially, the tournament was developed to introduce women to live poker rather than just playing on their PCs at home, but the tournament has quickly established itself as a mainstay on the poker circuit attracting a varied field of players.

Samantha Alleyne, PR Manager for Ladbrokes Poker commented "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. Its a really prestigious event and the beauty of the tournament is like the FA Cup, its an un-missable tournament guaranteed to deliver a few shock results!" Qualification for the European Ladies Championship in May runs daily on Ladbrokespoker.com until the end of April.

Some of the best female pokers in Europe will be playing and and each have a one in fifty chance of winning the £15,000 first prize and an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas.

The ELC created three years ago has proved very popular since its initiation. Initially, the tournament was developed to act as an introduction to women to playing live poker rather than just on their PCs at home, but the tournament has quickly established itself as a mainstay on the circuit attracting a varied field of players.

Samantha Alleyne, Ladbrokes Poker PR Manager commented. "This years ELC line-up includes nineteen year old, Annette Obrestad who last September at just 19 won the £1,000,000 first prize in a poker tournament with a majority male field. We've got women from all walks of life playing in the tournament including an Astrophysicist, housewives an array if business women and a 19 year old student. if this does not show that poker is for everyone nothing will"

Samantha continued: "Poker is fun and can be a very lucrative pastime, it's one of the few games where women can play in the same arena as men and it seems that for the most part women are holding their own and in some case beating the men at their own game!"

Top female earners for 2007:
Kathy Liebert- $4,039,332
Annie Duke     - $3,476,942
Annette Orbestad - $2,481,868 (Playing in the Ladbrokes ELC)
Jennifer Harman - $1,975,436
Joanne Liu - $1,686,908
Mimi Tran - $1,432,056
Cyndy Violette - $1,251,269
Barbara Enright - $1,239,352
Lucy Rokach (UK) - $1,224,072 (Played in the Ladbrokes ELC 07)
Victoria Coren (UK) - $1,105,491

Detail as of November 2007:

Qualification runs until the end of April and the tournament will be filmed at the London Studios on the 3rd and 4th of May. If you would like quotes, further detail or photographs please contact Samantha Alleyne on 07976 180 201 or via email samantha.alleyne@ladbrokes.co.uk.

Qualifiers so far:
Louise Duffy - 31, Central London
Dawn Jones - 40 from East London
Jackie Meecham - Leytonstone (Defending champion)
Helena Gannon - East London
Liv Boeree - early twenties, South London
Jacqui Terry - North London -7793823502
Helena Gannon - 42, Essex
Bev Pace - Kent
Cheryl Burton - 40, Oxord
Kelly Jackson - 19, Birmingham
Kat Hartree - Shropshire
Michelle Bennet - 36, Yorkshire
Tina Ainsworth - Mansfield
Helen Aspinall - Leeds
Kim Wheatley - Cheshire
Pauline Ring - Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Elizabeth Costa - Anwick, Lincolnshire
Hazel Birchnall - Tyne & Wear - 0191 3852471
Louise Rumsey - Wales
Kate Barnbrook - Newport
Anne McDonnell -32 Co.Antrim, N.Ireland
Patricia McClean - N.Ireland
Lorna Mcdermid - Scotland

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